Why Does My Child _______? {And is it normal?} Introducing a New Series at PWW365

As a speech pathologist, I am asked questions by fellow parents all the time about their child’s speech and language development. Why doesn’t my child say his /r/? Why does my child say /t/ for /k/? Why does my child repeat things I say?

The truth is, these questions are good questions. Why does your child do that? And….is it normal?

These questions prompted me to start my new series where I will try to explain why children do the things they do in relation to speech and language development, and let you know if it is normal, or not so normal.

And the cool part is, I’d love for YOU to help me with this series! Although I have many topics already planned, I’d love to hear from YOU, my readers, what things you would like me to explain. What things are your children (or maybe students or clients or children in your care) doing in their speech that makes you go “huh?”

You can let me know in the comments section of this post or shoot me an email at Katie@playingwithwords365.com and let me know what YOU want to learn about!

Check back next week for the first post in this series!

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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I hope you are teaching classes! These are awesome!
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  2. So great! We see a S.T. currently, but she is only here for an hour a week, and I come up with questions all week long and then forget them or don’t have time to ask. My sone who is 2.5 is very behind on speech but very ahead on literally everything else, including comprehension. Here are some strange things I have noticed: words that he says frequently that are not actual things, such as “kahnee”, which he says like 7 times a day and he seems to be using when he does not have the word for what he wants to say. “What would you like for christmas?” “KAHNEE!”. It is not candy, it is not anything he can point out to me. He has a few other of those. He also repeats the last word of my statements frequently, but when prompted, refuses to say them again. Why can he say, “no baby! Go away!” but can’t say “banana”, even though he can say “ba” and “nana”?

    • Sarah, does he say nana for banana? That is typically how kids start saying banana. This is a good one for my series :)

  3. Love this idea Katie! You always hit the nail on the head! I get these types of questions weekly! I’m sure parents (and SLP’s) will love it! Keep up the greatness!


  4. Question – Why does my 18 month old say words for a week at a time, and then seemingly stop saying them, even when prompted?

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