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Learning to Use Pronouns – How to teach “he” and “she”

Many kids have difficulty using pronouns “he” and “she.” They may call girls “he” or groups of people “she.” However, most kiddos learn to use those pronouns appropriately by age 3. If kiddos still have difficulty using pronouns after the age of three, they may need some extra help. So, what can we do?

· The first step in teaching correct usage of subjective pronouns (he, she, they, it), is to model the pronouns in sentences. We want to “bombard” kiddos with the pronouns so they get a lot of exposure to the new concepts.

· Next, we use the pronouns when talking about people in books or pictures. Have your kiddo make up sentences that start with he/she/they/it, such as “he is running,” “she is jumping,” “they are having fun.” It helps to use a visual aid, like the one pictured below. It may take a lot of practice, so be patient!

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· Lastly, we work on pronouns in conversational speech. If your kiddo says “look at what her is doing,” you may subtly correct him by saying, “oh, look at what she is doing.” The process of learning new pronouns may take a while and will require lots of prompting, but just keep at it and your kiddo will get the hang of it!

References:
http://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/5-steps-to-teach-he-and-she/
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Blog Written By:

Cheelsea Johnson

Chelsea Johnson
Speech Therapist

cjohnson@ptcne.org

Chelsea Johnson received her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She has worked with pediatric patients of all ages in outpatient and school settings in areas including language development, articulation and phonological disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and social skills development. She also has experience working with adults in hospitals, where she conducted modified barium swallow studies, and skilled nursing facilities. Chelsea was born and raised in Omaha and loves working in the community of Papillion. Seeing her patients grow and develop their speech-language skills, and being a part of the process, makes her job special.

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