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karen1806 Thu 18-Aug-05 22:07:22

My 3.2yr old Ds has pretty good speech but still says he/his for males and females and has done this for a long time.We don't correct him but just repeat his sentence back using the correct pronoun. I'm not worried because I know it will come in time. I'm just interested whether your child does this or whether they used "he" and "she" from the start.

Hulababy Thu 18-Aug-05 22:09:17

Dd is 3y4m and has really good language/vocab. She also mixes up his/her/she/he too. We do the same as you. She is getting better, but I guess it is something they just learn gardually.

Jimjams Thu 18-Aug-05 22:09:49

ds2 doesn't have a clue (and I do correct him ) He's 3 and a half, has a SALT looking after him at the moment a lot who has commented (a lot) on how mature his speech is. Sure its fine.

pesha Thu 18-Aug-05 22:30:51

Dd has always been very good talker, has huge vocab, talks very clearly and absolutely non stop! She's 4y9m now, i cant remember exactly when it was but pretty sure it wasn't until nearing 4 that she finally got the hang of it and it did come quite gradually. I think she got he/she before she got him/her.
I remember her talking bout all the people she knows and watching people on tv and discussing whether they're a he with a willy or a she with a mini!!

nooka Thu 18-Aug-05 22:31:10

My dd did this too. In fact she did it for ages and ages. I think she's stopped now! She's coming up 5 and otherwise has excellent speech.

nooka Thu 18-Aug-05 22:32:46

Interestingly she is very very gender orientated, and always has been. Very girly, and will tell other children what they should be doing as a boy/girl. Get's very upset if asked to pretend to be a boy (like Shrek for example)

fqueenzebra Fri 19-Aug-05 00:00:42

i know a 5yo boy (will be 6 in October) who still says "she" for everybody. They don't really get why it matters....

I think DS1 was 4.5yo when he got the difference... DD (almost 4yo) is also very gender-oriented (constantly identifying who is a boy, who is a girl) and she also says "she" for everybody.

karen1806 Fri 19-Aug-05 08:02:43

Thanks for all your replies. Glad to know he will grow out of it eventually! The development of speech is such an interesting subject. He is my third child but I can't remember whether the others did it or not!

mumtosomeone Fri 19-Aug-05 08:09:17

think this is pretty standard!
I was often calle Uncle by my nephew!!!
They dont get the gender thing!!!
My ds has just called me his big man as i called him my little man!!!!

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