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We know she hears us, but why does she ignore us?
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A: Grandpa and I would like to help our 30-month-old granddaughter change a habit she has perfected—ignoring our comments or questions. Abbey is a delightful (albeit precocious) little girl with a strong vocabulary, distinct speech and correct use of idiom and tense, so it's clear she hears what takes place around her. When she is addressed, however, she often chooses not to answer, regardless of the message. “Close the door, please,” meets with the same non-response as, “Would you like to go to play?” or “Stop playing with your food”. Second or third repetitions are ignored, as well. She does not appear to be “in her own world,” she simply doesn't respond.