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Dunnah
Dunnah asks:
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My 3 year old uses pronouns "me, her, him, them" instead of "they, she, I," for example, "him going to the store." Is this a problem?

In Topics: Cognitive development, My child's growth and development, Preparing my child for preschool
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Nov 16, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Your child is still at the beginning stages of language acquisition.  I believe that misuse of pronouns as you have described is not a problem at the age of three.  Keep in mind that his language models (parents, daycare providers, etc.) should continue to use the correct forms in his/her presence.

Thanks again for your question!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School  Psychologist
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Dunnah,

Our daughter had a similar issue with pronouns when she was three. While we worked to correct her, she didn't really grasp the correct pronoun use until kindergarten and first grade. (She's in second grade now, and does well academically, including using pronouns correctly.)

I found an article on Education.com that might interest you:

Preschool Language Milestones
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Small_Talk_Language_Milestones/

You may also find some helpful insights in this info center on preschool readiness:
http://www.education.com/topic/preschool-readiness/

I'm including links below to some fun learning activities and worksheets you may also want to try with your child.

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Relle
Relle , Student writes:
No, that is not a problem at all. This is very common and normal. Don't worry about it.
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