To preface, 2yo ds has done just about everything a little bit ahead of the "norm". He matched colors at 12 months and began counting at 18 months. We definitely suspect he too is gifted.
Flash forward to the present. While at dd's violin lesson ds dumped a US map puzzle that belongs to the teachers children. The puzzle has some rather tiny pieces (Maine is its own piece) and the teacher and I were helping ds put the puzzle back together. The teacher joked that she isn't a geography buff and asked ds "What is this?" while holding up a puzzle piece. I didn't hear ds respond but the teacher leaned over and asked "Is he reading?" I said, "No???" The teacher said, "Well he just answered my question and he was correct." I wasn't sure what I thought of that and considered that the teacher may have misunderstood ds and thought he was correct when he wasn't.
Later that evening, I was telling dh about the puzzle incident and he reminded me that we have yet to be able to determine how ds can pick out every jeep vehicle he sees. Does he recognize the shape of the vehicles or is he seeing the word JEEP on each one?
24 hours after the puzzle, the kids were snuggling with us in bed (this past Saturday) watching a pbs show. On this particular show, the pig character was spelling the word MILK. The pig asked "what letter makes the mmmmm sound?" After a few seconds he says "M!" The same for I and L. Then the pig asks "What letter makes the ck ck ck sound?" Ds says, "K" and then the pig says "k". I looked over at dh just to see that he was sleeping again. lol I still don't know what to think of all of this but whatever.
Now, onto my question. With all that ds is doing (above) I'm wondering if he's begun to stutter or is he playing with sound? Each word he says in a sentence that ends with a consonant is followed by the last sound of each word. For example, he might say "Mom-m-m-m I want-t-t-t-t some-m-m-m-m juice-s-s-s-s-s." This started a few weeks ago with his just doing it here and there but has become his normal speech. I imagine if he is beginning to read that he may very well be playing with the letter sounds but I don't want to brush off something that may be a bigger issue.
Should I be concerned?
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