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For the most part, kids learn what they hear. They're not literally parrots, but it helps me to think of them that way sometimes. So, the best way to "train" them out of speech patterns is simply to not use those speech patterns yourself. Consciously avoid using "like" as a filler, and that will reinforce better speech patterns. My ...


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What I’ve been taught is to let the child try, so long as it isn’t frustrating them unduly. As with any skill, language recall comes with practice, and shortcutting that is not helpful. However, if it is frustrating the child, help is appropriate, as otherwise the child will simply avoid the interaction. What I usually do in similar situations with my ...


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encourage/reward good behavior, ignore bad behavior Children learn incredibly quickly and learn a lot more than we give them credit for. The main issue is that they often don't learn what we want them to learn in the moment. If that child keeps trying to ask you for favors in a cutesy way it's most likely because that has worked for him before. If that didn'...


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Talk to your child's doctor. If there's something concerning you about your child's development, I would recommend talking to your child's doctor. Random internet strangers can't diagnose any conditions your child may or may not have. It's possible that your child is perfectly normal; it's possible that they might have some kind of learning disorder; it's ...


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Some psychologists would say that your initial question already is futile - that you can’t win via extrinsic motivation because it doesn’t work. Maybe that’s a bit extreme, but there’s definitely a grain of truth there. So when you want your son to practice, don’t call it “practice” and don’t encourage/send/nag/... him to do his exercises. Instead, think ...


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This will be a guess, but from your description and the fact that it happens during a zoom class, I'm wondering if he might be hearing echoes of himself coming back from another participant's speaker? It can be incredibly difficult to speak when you hear a delayed echo of yourself, and it will often cause these prolongations or stutterings. There is even a ...


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