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is it normal for toddlers to stop using a key word and say it wrong instead?

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piffle Tue 19-Apr-05 14:29:26

dd is 30 mths has happily said nana all her eating life. (obv for banana)
Now she calls it nada
While I'm delighted that she can use two consonant sounds together so nicely, I am alarmed that she ahs stopped saying nana....
She has had some speech therapy but is thought to be coming along ok, is this fairly typical?
Yes I'm a little paranoid I know....

piffle Tue 19-Apr-05 15:43:14

oh bugger was expecting everyone to say oh yes my dd/ds did this all the time as a 2yo
aarghhh

bluebear Tue 19-Apr-05 16:15:53

Bumping this for you - no advice - my ds wasn't talking at that age...although he experiments with sound now (I think that's what he's doing when he talks semi-gibberish anyway)

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Chandra Tue 19-Apr-05 16:21:20

Piffle, I was answering to your post until I noticed that you mentioned that she has had some speech therapy so I guess more accurate info could be found in the Special Needs board. However, given the recent thread on SN boards use I would be more tempted to post this topic again under the B/D board but under a title like "reversing to bad pronunciation Xtime after speech therapy" to see if somebody with more experience in the topic is around.

From my own experience, DS (25m) has stoped saying some words he said more or less correctly but it seems that it is because he is processing the information slightly different and sometimes he made some strange mix ups. For example he used to say clock and reoj (reloj=clock in spanish), and now he only uses "cloj", Moon and Luna have become Moona and so on. HE has been unable to learn the word arriba (up) even when I have been repeating it every time we climb the stairs, I pick him up, etc since 3-4 months ago, but in general I think he is doing OK. I guess that I would wait to see if other alarming signs appear before too worried.

Chandra Tue 19-Apr-05 16:22:56

before getting too worried.

tamum Tue 19-Apr-05 16:36:38

piffle, I'm pretty sure both mine did this. I thought it was just them trying to get a better version, kind of thing. It sounds worse to us, but it's their way of developing things and trying them out. I honestly think it's OK

bobbybob Wed 20-Apr-05 02:14:12

ds is 26 months old and has gone from calling a helicopter a "copter" to "helicopter" and has now decided it's called a "hat". He says it with a big smile on his face, so I think he knows it's not right.

Just keep on agreeing with her that it's a "banana".

piffle Wed 20-Apr-05 12:36:04

I was a bit eeeks about posting on SN, although dd does have Noonan syndrome - it is mild and this is not particularly relevant to her language (we are told).She tested as age appropriate at last check up with speech therapists.
Thx for the replies, I was having one of those paranoid days...

Jimjams Wed 20-Apr-05 12:44:20

before the paranoia sets in......

I haven't replied because I have no idea not because I'm ignoring you!

I think both my boys did that- so not much help really!

piffle Wed 20-Apr-05 13:03:48

t'is ok jimjams I meant paranoid about dd (usually 2-3 x a week) not about folks replying

chipmonkey Wed 20-Apr-05 13:20:25

piffle, does your dd mix with other children? Might she be copying someone elses pronunciation? My ds1 did this in nursery.

fisil Wed 20-Apr-05 13:25:39

piffle, ds has done this with some words.

Not so important words like hepiclopter and hopspital started wrong, and have become correct.

Very important words (in his world you can't get more important than banana and elephant) have gone through many stages. He started with nana, but has been through many different versions. He's currently on banana! But elephant he has got correct in the past, or used ellie etc., but at the moment he insists on efelant. Just an observation, and I don't know what it means!

Peachyclair Wed 20-Apr-05 14:20:21

Our nursery teacher described kids as learning by the five steps forwards and three back method. I think that sums it up exactly.

piffle Thu 21-Apr-05 16:05:34

curiously she has just mastered the oo sound and now can say you, do, boo and moo
Very curious I think I'll sit back and watch with amusement!

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