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    I was with a 4 year old boy on the weekend and noticed that when he talked about himself he talked about himself in the third person.
    For example, He would say "Bert" is hungry, "Bert" would like a drink, etc etc.
    I have not seen this before. Anyone else come across this?

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    Yes, my nephew who is five does this.

    Just another reason not to like him really

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    My 2 year old does this sometimes... is it a bad thing?

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    I don't know if it is a bad thing, I just had not heard it before.

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    My 2 year old does it constantly. Not sure about a 4 year old though

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    I hear it all the time in my line of work (teach kids with autism) as they can get confused by ambiguous terms like I, me and you. They understand a lot better when there is a clear label so 3rd person is easiest. I guess it's similar for most little kids until they grasp the concept that I, me, you, they, him etc can mean any number of different people.

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    Given the age I don't think it's a bad thing, I think it's cute! If my DH was doing that then I may think it's a little odd lol.

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    I was about to mention the autism thing. Of course it doesn't mean that he has autism, but some autistic kids talk in the 3rd person.

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    I had wondered about that. He is ultra cuddly and touchy and says hello a lot. I guess it was at the back of my mind..

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    ASD is a spectrum, there are plenty of affectionate cuddly kids on the spectrum.

    It probably isn't that though, he may just be quirky. Like most kids!! Does he have any other behaviours that you might think are strange?


 

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