Incorporating Pronoun Practice into Everyday Life

Fox Therapy Services • THE BLOG •

As children develop language it is not uncommon to notice that they make errors in their use of
pronouns. Pronouns typically start to develop around the age of 12 months and should be fully acquired
around age four. The first pronouns we see develop are I and it, shortly followed by you. So how do we
best support our children as they work on learning their pronouns? Here are some great ways to
incorporate pronoun practice into your everyday routines.

1. MODEL!!! I will say that one more time… MODEL!
Modeling language is the best way to teach language. When you are home or out and about
(basically any opportunity you have to use language) focus on providing models of proper
pronoun use when communicating with your child. For example, if you are at the park and
there is a little boy on a swing you can model “HE is on the swing”.

2. Correct your child’s error.
If your child says, “Him on the swing” you can repeat back “Yes, he is on the swing”.

3. Pick a good book
Choose a book that is about people or animals. As you look through the pictures take the
opportunity to use pronouns as you describe what the people or animals in the story are
doing.

4. Pretend play
Pretend play is another great way to incorporate a lot of language into an activity. Playing
with a dollhouse, kitchen, animals, dinosaurs, etc., are all great ways to target pronoun use.
Use sentences such as “They are sleeping”. “She is eating”. He gave him a piece of cake.”
“I want to put it in the house.” “You are sleeping”.

5. Look through family pictures

Looking through family photos is not only fun but is also a great way to practice pronouns as
we learn and talk about our family members.

6. TV shows and movies

Snuggle up on the couch and watch a good show with your child. Use this opportunity to
discuss what you are watching, and as you do, model proper pronoun use. Find ways to
talk about the show or movie that involves using pronouns to describe what the
characters are doing.

If you have any more questions about pronouns or your child’s language acquisition schedule
a free consultation with us today. We are here to support you and your child as they become
a confident communicator!

With warmth and gratitude,
The Fox Team

Share:

More Posts

Prepositions in the Park

Prepositions can be a confusing concept of language to learn.  Many prepositions have multiple meanings making it a complex concept for some littles to understand, such as the distinction between “up” and “above” or are you “in the coffee shop” or “at the coffee shop.”  The development of spatial prepositions suggests the following hierarchy:  1)

What is O.W.L.?

According to Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk, waiting to respond is a great strategy for our little ones language development.  The strategy OWL (Observe, Wait, and Listen) is a great way to encourage your child to initiate conversation during play.   Observe – Observing your child helps you to learn what they like. Watch their

Story Time!

Let’s Talk About Books and Books are so wonderful! Not only are they a fantastic way to spend time bonding with your child, but they also are critical in helping your child(ren) build strong language skills. Let’s talk about some of the ways that reading books with your children can help support their language development:

What is Orofacial Myofunctional therapy?

“Myofunctional therapy is a specifically prescribed regimen of exercises designed to correct oral facial muscle imbalance and deviant swallow patterns.  It is an ancillary program used in conjunction with and to enhance necessary and appropriate dental, medical, and speech treatment. 

Send Us A Message

Search foxtherapyservices.com