Question about 7-8 year olds and language/grammar
Just curious if you think this is typical for a child this age.
I am kind of concerned about the way SS speaks. It could be a boy vs girl thing, too, though. But it seems to me that he speaks like a child much younger than 8 yrs old.
DD had always been very verbal. She has a really impressive and extensive vocabulary, to the point that teachers comment about it. So I cannot really compare her to SS because she has always been advanced in this area. DH & I always joke about it because sometimes she uses such odd words in sentences. For example, she came out of her bedroom the other day holding a new shirt on a hanger. And she said "Mom, this shirt is unfamiliar to me, I don't recall seeing it before." DH and I cracked up about it later. That is typical for her, and it's kind of a running joke.
I don't compare (but on some level, it can be hard not to) SS vs. DD. They are two different children and girls are almost ALWAYS more advanced in these areas, anyway, I know that.
But I am concerned by these things:
SS always says:
Hisself instead of himself. As in "My dad hurt hisself."
Much instead of Many. As in "How much dollars is it?" or "How much states are there?"
He always uses got instead of have. "I don't got my backpack." "Do you got any money?"
We consistently REPEAT whatever he has said the correct way. Like, if he says "How much days of school are left?" I will say, "How many days are left? About 60."
He also speaks like a very young child. He will say "sockies" instead of socks, eggies instead of eggs or potty instead of bathroom. It just sounds odd to me to hear an 8 year old boy say "I have to go potty." I stopped using that term with DD when she was about 4 or 5!
It's hard for me to describe, but he speaks in a very baby-ish voice. He has TONS of words that he mispronounces all the time.
Yogurt is yo-gret.
Spaghetti is pasketti.
Hamburger is hang-a-burger.
Ambulance is Ama-lence.
There are many others I can't think of off the top of my head. I guess there are words my DD can't pronounce, but it seems to me that SS's are more words that a 3-4 year old would struggle with, not an 8 year old. For example, DD calls her scalp her "scallop." LOL. I think it is just a misunderstanding, though. She just started saying it on vacation b/c she had braids put in her hair and I kept saying "oh, let's put sunscreen on your scalp." And now she calls it her scallop!
It just seems to me that SS's language is far behind age/grade level appropriateness. He is behind grade level in reading and works with a one-one-one specialist for 25 mins each school day. So I guess it wouldn't be surprising that his verbal skills are delayed.
Anyone have any thoughts? I don't know if maybe finding him a speech/language therapist would be a good idea, especially over the summer.