Re: Child Repeating Select Words
If you are not seeing any other abnormal behaviors from this child, then my guess would be that she has a receptive language delay. This means that she does not understand what you are asking her, but she knows that a response is required, so she just repeats part of what you said to her.
Without knowing this little girl, I can't say for sure, but if you are confident that her behavior is otherwise typical, that is the most likely explanation. Does she have trouble following directions (either she doesn't seem to know what to do, or she looks to her classmates for cues)? If you rephrase the way you ask her a question (for example, turn it into a statement instead), is she able to answer you? For example, instead of saying "What color is this?" try saying "tell me what color this is." Does that help?
If you have specific concerns about this child, speak to the school speech-language pathologist (SLP), who can observe the child and give you suggestions on how to help her. If her deficit is significant, or extends to expressive language as well, she may require a special education evaluation to determine if she is eligible for special ed services.
Christina (School-based SLP)