Understanding Your Child’s Language Development: Why Does My Child Call Everyone ‘Amma’?

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Language development in children is a fascinating and complex process. It’s not uncommon for parents to have questions or concerns, such as why a child might be using the same word to refer to different people. In this post, we’ll explore why a child might call everyone ‘Amma’ and whether it’s a cause for concern.

What Does It Mean When My Child Calls Everyone ‘Amma’?

‘Amma’ is a common term for ‘mother’ in many languages.  it could simply be that they are experimenting with language and learning about labels and categories. This is a normal part of language development.

Is It a Cause for Concern?

In most cases, a child calling everyone by the same name is not a cause for concern. It’s a phase that many children go through as they learn to differentiate between people and their roles. However, if you notice this behaviour persisting beyond the age of 3 or if it’s accompanied by other developmental delays, it might be worth discussing with a speech therapist / pathologist  or a child development specialist.

How Can I Support My Child’s Language Development?

  1. Patience: Language development varies greatly among children. Be patient and give your child the time they need to learn at their own pace.
  2. Communication: Engage your child in conversation regularly. This gives them the opportunity to practise their language skills.
  3. Correction: Gently correct your child when they misuse words. Instead of directly correcting them, model the correct usage. For example, if your child calls a friend ‘Amma’, you can say, “Yes, that’s your friend, Anu.”


Understanding your child’s language development can be both exciting and challenging. Remember, every child is unique and develops at their own pace. If you have any concerns about your child’s language development, don’t hesitate to seek advice from professionals. After all, you know your child best.

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