61. Does being a multiple affect language development like developing Twin-Talk?
Twin talk is actually a relatively uncommon phenomenon; however, multiple birth children (identical and fraternal) frequently pronounce newly learned words or phrases incorrectly then reinforce the mispronunciation among each other. Because a multiple birth household may have more “negative” role models (children of like age) than appropriate expressive speech role models, these mispronunciations may appear to be a twin language but are not.
To learn more about developmental delays and early intervention from the multiple-birth family perspective, see our Infant Multiples Booklet and articles on multiples with special needs in the MOST Supertwins Store.
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