A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun (e.g. he, she, his, her, myself etc.). Children with Developmental Language Disorder often have difficulty with pronouns. Pronoun errors can include:
- “Me want to go” instead of “I want to go”
- “He is playing” instead of “she is playing”
- “Him hurt himself” instead of “he hurt himself”
Here are some strategies you can use to help your child use the correct pronouns;
- Provide a good model for your child by using pronouns in conversation and games
- Use pronouns when describing pictures in story books (g. “Look, she is jumping! She is jumping really high”)
- If your child makes a pronoun error, repeat back what they said with the correct pronoun (g. Child – “he is playing”, Adult – “she is playing. She is playing soccer. I think she likes playing soccer.). Emphasise the pronoun and model its use as many times as possible.