I have a 4-year-old child in my class who is very good at expressing herself, but she doesn’t seem to understand a lot of what others say to her. That limits her ability to follow directions and to interact with other children. What can I do to help her?
I have seen a number of children just like the child you describe. They can talk up a storm, but they have trouble responding to what other people are communicating. This child might say, “I want to go outside,” and you say, “Oh! That sounds like fun. What do you want to do outside?” Instead of responding to your question, the child might start to talk about a toy she has in her hand.
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