My 23-month old is talking up a storm. It's delightful, but he has some strange speech habits that I was wondering if anyone else had seen in their children:

  • He narrates everything he does -- "go upstairs!" "push him!" "put cars on table!" I am not complaining, as this has alerted me to the possibility of trouble in the other room, and it's good practice, but I haven't heard of any other kids who do this.

  • He ends every sentence with "-ha" or "-no". He hasn't been exposed to any other languages (i.e. Japanese), so I have no idea where this comes from. Examples: "Eat fruit-ha!" "Sleep in crib-ha!" "Go down-no!" ("-no" could conceivably be "now" but he uses it so much that I'm not sure it is.)

Has anyone seen this before, or better yet, does anyone know why these habits could have developed?

asked 24 Apr '11, 14:56

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edited 24 Apr '11, 14:56

My daughter is almost three and she will talk non-stop while playing, frequently being the voice of both herself and the stuffed animals who are also part of the dramatic reenactment of some TV show which she likes watching.

I realize this is not the same as what you're asking, but her non-stop talking strikes me as another stage in her speech development that I find slightly unnerving.

This is a big change from three months ago when she suddenly developed a terrible stutter and I ended up doing quite a bit of research on speech development and spoke to a couple speech pathologists. What I learned was that most children between the ages of 2 and 3 experience vocabulary growth in rapid bursts and that this grown is often accompanied by mispronunciations, disfluencies, and other speaking oddities that resolve themselves over time.

It doesn't sound like you're worried, but if you are, I can tell you that both speech pathologists said the most important thing to do as a parent (for stuttering anyway) was not to draw attention to it (either through concern or correction) and to simply let my daughter communicate as she wanted.

A few weeks later, the stuttering totally disappeared. And this was stuttering at a level where my pediatrician recommended therapy. So bottom line, to me your son's speech quirks sounds like a completely normal part of his speech development.


answered 24 Apr '11, 18:53

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edited 24 Apr '11, 18:55


+1 Blue, great answer, (glad to hear your daughters stuttering corrected itself!)

(25 Apr '11, 18:54) Neen
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