Late-Talking Children [Paperback]

By Thomas Sowell, Christina Traister (Narrator), Sue Black (Editor), Lia Baki (Contributor) & Steven A. Belinsky (Contributor)
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Shares stories of late-talking children and explores the scientific research concerning this unusual development pattern

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The painful and baffling mystery as to why some obviously bright children do not begin talking until long after the ”normal” time is explored in this book through personal experiences and the findings of scientific research. The author's own experiences as the father of such a child led to the formation of a goup of more than fifty sets of parents of similar children. The anguish and frustration of these prents as they try to cope with children who do not talk and institutions that do not understand them is a remarkable and moving human story. Fortunately, some of these children turn out to have not only normal intelligence but even outstanding abilities, especially in highly analytical fields such as mathematics and computers. These fascinating stories of late-talking children and the remarkable families from which they come are followed by explorations of scientific research that throw light on unusual development patterns.


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Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 2, 1998
Publisher   Basic Books
ISBN  0465038352  
EAN  9780465038350  


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More About Thomas Sowell, Christina Traister, Sue Black, Lia Baki & Steven A. Belinsky
Thomas  Sowell Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. As with many others in his neighborhood, Thomas Sowell left home early and did not finish high school. The next few years were difficult ones, but eventually he joined the Marine Corps and became a photographer in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Thomas Sowell entered Harvard University, worked a part-time job as a photographer and studied the science that would become his passion and profession: economics. Thomas Sowell graduated from Harvard University, received his Master's in Economics from Columbia University and his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Chicago. In the early '60s, Sowell held jobs as an economist with the Department of Labor and AT&T. But his real interest was in teaching. Sowell began the first of many professorships at Cornell University, and his other teaching assignments include Rutgers University, Amherst College, Brandeis University and the UCLA, where he taught in the early '70s and '80s. Thomas Sowell has a large volume of writing including a dozen books, and numerous articles and essays; covering a wide range of topics, from classic economic theory to civil rights and judicial activism, even choosing the right college. Much of his ground-breaking writing will outlive the great majority of scholarship done today! Though Thomas Sowell had been a regular contributor to newspapers in the late '70s and early '80s, he did not begin his career as a newspaper columnist until 1984. In 1990, he won the prestigious Francis Boyer Award, presented by The American Enterprise Institute.
"George F. Will's writing," says Sowell, "...proved to him that someone could say something of substance in so short a space (750 words). And besides, writing for the general public enables him to address the heart of issues without the smoke and mirrors that so often accompany academic writing."
Sowell's very timely book,The Housing Boom and Bust: Revised Edition attempts to determine whether what is being done to deal with America's 2009-2010 housing boom and bust problem is more likely to make things better or worse. His examination of racism and Liberalism in Black Rednecks and White Liberals is a classic from a daring perspective rarely heard in the Black Community. Nowhere else will you read about the co-dependent relationship between "..black rednecks.. and white liberals.." Currently Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute in Stanford, Calif.

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Helping your child reach his potential  Jan 4, 2010
Fascinating reading, but....

A toddler's brain is enormously plastic and hardwiring at a tremendous rate, and during this critical period children most readily acquire speech. If your child is not speaking by two years old, you will be doing him a GREAT favor by taking him to a speech therapist and helping him learn to communicate. He'll be HAPPIER because he can communicate his thoughts and ideas with you and his peers.

YOU'LL be happier (really!) because you'll be taking a proactive stance, instead of hoping and worrying. Speech therapy at this point is insurance. If your child does have a speech/language disorder, you'll be glad you sought early intervention. And yes, your child can be intellectually gifted and have a speech/language disorder. I know several children (including my own son) who have an IEP (special education individual education plan) in place for speech, but have tested into the gifted/talented program in elementary school. The best advice I can give you is to continue to nurture your child's strengths and please get help as soon as possible for your child's speech. In this way, you are helping your child reach his full potential.

A final note: our public schools only provide speech/language services to children significantly behind their peers. (Seventh percentile and below, according to our school's diagnostician, which means your child could have a truly significant impairment, but not qualify for services). Also, schools only provide speech classes during the regular school year, and children are often taught in pairs or groups. If your insurance covers speech or you can afford it, seek help for your child from a private speech therapist, where your child will get one-on-one instruction for an hour, even during school vacations. You'll look back on this and be glad you did!
 
False Hope  Jan 1, 2009
I read this book and The Einstein Syndrome about 6 years ago when my son was a toddler. At the time I would have given the book 5 stars because I felt there was someone out there who understood what I was going through, and I was finally given hope for the future. My son exhibit all of the "symptoms" of a late-talker or mini-Einstein. However, at age 4, my son was diagnosed with moderate autism. Once I had an official diagnosis, I started implementing behavioral and biological interventions, and at age 8, my son now carries the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. I feel the book gave me false hope that everything would work itself out on its own; it fed my denial; and I delayed intensive treatments for 2 years. While my son is years ahead of his peers academically, we still require therapies, specialists, and an IEP to help with his social and organizations deficits that seem to become more apparent every year (as his peers progress). While there is nothing wrong with having hope, at the time that I read the book, I really needed a reality check.
 
Be Careful whit this theory!! It can be very dangerous  Oct 24, 2008
I read this book because a Mother who refuses her son's Autistic diagnosis lent me her copy. As a mother of an autistic child myself, I read this book trying to look for some answers about my son's condition. I didn't find them; nevertheless, I got the perspective of this other mother. Dr. Sowell doesn't really explain why those children are late-talker & he really declines the concept that something wrong is happening. Dr Sowell has a PHD in finance or economic, not in the medical/health area. It's for this reason that his study is just a statistic theory. However, I have to admit that this study is interesting anyway. Actually, we (my family) can easily fix in his statistics. My son was diagnosed w/autism when he was 28 months old. He's 4 years old @ this moment, his speech is way late however his writing & reading levels are beyond of his age. Additional, my husband & I are Engineers & a lot of our family members have carrers in which Math is involved. This is one of the major finding in Dr. Sowell's study. The reality is that my son has HYPERLEXIA as well, which is the ability to write & read before talking. Even thought it sounds great, it's a neurological problem. That proves that my son's sensory system is desintegrated. A huge development in his visual process system & problems in his auditory system. Probably, this is what much children in Dr Sowell's study may have. For more information about Hyperlexia I recomend the book "Reading too Soon"

As a mother of an autistic child I really would love to think that my son is ok. Though, as a logical thinker I know that he's not a typical child. It's for this reason I took my son's autistic diagnosis & I'm working around it: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ABA Therapy, & Biochemical treatment.[...]

For the good of your children, take your late-talking child to a developmental physician & do what ever the actual science can offer to make sure she/he will have the most independent, healthy, & communicative life she/he can have.

Dr. Sowell's books about late-talking are very interesting from statistic from of view, but they are very far away from the real reason why these children are late-talker
 
Thank you Dr. Sowell  Jul 9, 2007
Dr. Sowell has done all parents a tremendous service, but this book is especially helpful for those parents who are questionning their child's development. He reminds us that "every child is different." We've all heard that expression used to catch the vagaries of the development process, but you'll never realize how hollow it can ring until some childcare type tells you that they think your child may be developmentally delayed. This book helps deal with the certainty that your child *is* different and puts it in perspective. It should be read along with the followup book "The Einstein Syndrome."

After two years of self-study in this area, I still found a great deal to learn in these books. Most of all, I found a lot of hope and perspective regarding kids that don't sit up and elocute at 18 months.

The best advice in this book: take your children with you everywhere, expose them to everything possible. When they're ready to communicate, you'll have lots to talk about. My son is still working his way along, but we've made great progress, as others have, by letting him have some space and grow at his own pace.

Another great idea reinforced by this book: Don't assume that your child doesn't understand or is behind because they don't speak. I've seen childcare "professionals" that make this mistake every day.

Finally, this book hints at the danger of over-assessing children and the problems of the incentive structures within public schools. I have seen first-hand how problematic the opinions of pseudoprofessionals can be, and how unscientific they are. The second book covers this threat to society in more depth.

This book helped me help my son, and that's the important thing. We are in debt to Dr. Sowell for bringing this issue to light.
 
Very interesting  Mar 9, 2007
I thought this was a very interesting book. I really enjoyed the anecdotal information and the stories about his son. Definitely worth reading if you are curious about the topic.
 

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