During the external stage the child begins
to use external objects to represent words. This can be characterized by the child using flash cards, objects, or fingers
when counting. Another example would be the use of his name to remember letters and the sounds they make. Rhyming is also
used during this stage to improve memory and sound recognition. Another interesting event is the beginning of egocentric speech.
The child will talk to himself when there is no one else around and also during play with others. This is the child’s
verbalization of thought.