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post #101 of 108
He's 25 months. DD was into books from 6 months on, actually she was happy to listen to reading voices from even earlier. DS has JUST, and I mean JUST like in the last 2 weeks, discovered that books have stories and don't just make good cars and very fashionable hats. DD also talked quite early, and clearly, so this is kinda new to me too. I don't really know if he's gifted or not. I know DD tested as such, but he does stuff she didn't do and vice versa. He's mostly physical--walking at 9 months, jumping two footed jump off the ground at 18 months.

I love that he's been making jokes since a year or so (he'd collect 5 things from around the house, including one hat, and put each on his head one by one and prompt you to laugh. Then he'd shake his head no and do the next item. Then he'd do the hat and nod smugly. End performance).

And I hear you on the "not so cute at 5" thing. DD copies DS, or does her own version thereof and it's really grating.
post #102 of 108
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Aaack!!! Oh, no, I've jinxed myself. DD just never did baby talk at all. She went from single words and adjective-noun combinations to descriptive phrases like "at work" and "in car" to full, correct sentences.
So what constitutes "baby talk" exactly? I read about not using baby talk being an early symptom of giftedness, but never quite understood what that was supposed to mean, as I would have considered the 2- and 3-word sentences and noun phrases DS used between 16 and 21 months or so "baby talk". So do they mean this sudden shift from using 2-word sentences to (mostly) grammatically correct speech?
post #103 of 108
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So what constitutes "baby talk" exactly? I read about not using baby talk being an early symptom of giftedness, but never quite understood what that was supposed to mean, as I would have considered the 2- and 3-word sentences and noun phrases DS used between 16 and 21 months or so "baby talk". So do they mean this sudden shift from using 2-word sentences to (mostly) grammatically correct speech?
Oh, I don't know. I guess my view would be that baby talk is grammatically incorrect speech used because a kid hasn't yet learned the parts of speech. You could also call the funny noises babies make before they talk "baby talk" and then I'd have to revise my above statement. What I meant, though, was that DD never did those verb/noun combinations like "throw ball" or "milk cup" that I think kids often say before they graduate to "throw the ball" or "cup of milk." She went from "ball" and "milk" straight to grammatically correct phrases, and then to grammatically correct sentences. She did have a bit of trouble, I remember, with "what" vs. "who" and she still mixes up "he" and "she" sometimes, but she's been saying things like, "Mama, may I please have a cup of milk," since she was 2.

Or maybe my memories are warped. I guess I should break out the old videos.
post #104 of 108
Both my kids used grammatically incorrect sentences as early talkers. DS still sometimes says things like "Want swing you Mama" (meaning "I want you to swing me, Mama"). But both of them were using these quite early and moved on to more correct sentences earlier than usual. DS is currently adding a lot of "fill-in words" to his speech. Yesterday he said "I don't want my mama lie down on floor." A couple of weeks ago it probably would have been "Don't want mama lie down."
post #105 of 108
DS has been coming out with the delightful, charming, wonderous conversations at such a furious clip in the last few weeks that I couldn't keep up. I felt like I could post to this thread every day. He's especially fascinated with Christmas stuff right now, although afraid of Santa.

Rather than take over, last night I started a blog to record DS's conversations and thoughts and some of my own. (PM me if you want the address.)
post #106 of 108
It's got to be because of this thread that I am listening better or some bizzare coincidence, but my DS said his first "actually" yesterday!

Tjej
post #107 of 108
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So what constitutes "baby talk" exactly? I read about not using baby talk being an early symptom of giftedness, but never quite understood what that was supposed to mean, as I would have considered the 2- and 3-word sentences and noun phrases DS used between 16 and 21 months or so "baby talk". So do they mean this sudden shift from using 2-word sentences to (mostly) grammatically correct speech?
DS went straight from single words to grammatically correct sentences.

A couple of days after DS's 12 mo WBV, where the Dr insisted he needed to eat more, I was trying to convince DS to have another bite or to of food before letting him out of his highchair. He had tried just saying "done," but the Dr had been so convincing that he wasn't getting enough to eat that I was sitting there still trying to convince him he wanted more. Finally he looked me very squarely in the eye, and said very slowly and very carefully:

"I'm full, mama"

Of course I let him out and found myself very upset that I'd let the pediatrician get to me to the point where DS's very first sentence was such a sad one, dragged out of him by desperation.

For quite a while after that, he mostly talked in quick mumbles I found hrd to understand, but oddly my sister could . The only "babytalk" DS ever did was imitations of "babytalk" people said to him (mostly me .) When I talked about myself in the third [person too much, he started doing it too. When I got into adding a terminal "Y" to lots of cute words (example: dog=doggy) DS started adding it to all kinds of nouns.
post #108 of 108
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It's got to be because of this thread that I am listening better or some bizzare coincidence, but my DS said his first "actually" yesterday!

Tjej
DS said "actually" as well yesterday, but I don't think it was his first, though it never occurred to me to think of it as a mile stone. I just probably wouldn't have noticed it if it wasn't being discussed here.
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