Reversing Sentence Structure and Jabbering

My three year old, I believe, has some mild speech/language delays and I am getting lots of good ideas about how to help her, but there are two things she does that I haven't found much information on.

She often speaks gibberish: she will say a real sentence and then keep talking with made up sounds and words.

The other thing is she reverses words in a sentence.

I hungry not (I'm not hungry).

Me hamsters play (I want to play with hamsters)

I mama stay. I want to stay with mama.

Do you have any information for me about those two behaviors?

Thank you for your time.

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May 23, 2014
Yep, same here
by: Enid

Yes! My 4 1/2 year does this also. I can't seem to find much on it. Her regular pediatrician says my child seems to be meeting her developmental milestones (garbled speech aside) and her developmental pediatrician doesn't believe it's a neurological problem or autism.

Cluttering seemed like it might be a possibility but I have not found many audio examples of it and the ones I have heard are adult and don't sound much like my child, who is also speech delayed.

She was originally diagnosed with a speech delay for Early Intervention (she was almost 3 before she would say anything, even mama) and we will be seeing a speech pathologist over the summer but I'd love to know if you were able to find any other information.

Jul 05, 2013
I understand
by: Tina

I am in the same exact boat with my 4.5 year old son. He starts talking and I can understand the first few wordsbut the middle is a mess. It's as if everything is trying to come out at once. The same happens if he wants to tell me about Pocoyo or the like.

I know he knows the words. He has learned words on the 1st grade end of year list to include "sighting" them. If we are reading or just talking casually, I can clearly understand him but when he gets excited or tries to say something extensive, I just can't understand the middle.

It gets so frustrating; not that I can't understand what is being said but because my baby wants to share with me and I want to feed that share time.

I look forward to seeing the responses you get - I need them too!

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