The Einstein Syndrome: Bright Children Who Talk Late [Paperback]

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A follow-up to Late Talking Children builds on the studies of the first book to identify specific symptoms and characteristics of developmentally normal or highly intelligent children who may be misdiagnosed as disabled or autistic. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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The Einstein Syndrome is a follow-up to Late-Talking Children, which established Thomas Sowell as a leading spokesman on the subject. While many children who talk late suffer from developmental disorders or autism, there is a certain well-defined group who are developmentally normal or even quite bright, yet who may go past their fourth birthday before beginning to talk. These children are often misdiagnosed as autistic or retarded, a mistake that is doubly hard on parents who must first worry about their apparently handicapped children and then must see them lumped into special classes and therapy groups where all the other children are clearly very different.Since he first became involved in this issue in the mid-1990s, Sowell has joined with Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt University, who has conducted a much broader, more rigorous study of this phenomenon than the anecdotes reported in Late-Talking Children. Sowell can now identify a particular syndrome, a cluster of common symptoms and family characteristics, that differentiates these late-talking children from others; relate this syndrome to other syndromes; speculate about its causes; and describe how children with this syndrome are likely to develop.


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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.95" Width: 5.29" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Basic Books
ISBN  046508141X  
EAN  9780465081417  


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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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Simple overview of a Fascinating Subject  Jan 11, 2010
Fascinating subject! Basically the author explains that many brilliant children do not speak until later than the "norm". This book describes the Einstein Syndrome and what children are most likely to have it. He describes the three M's of the Syndrome (mathematics, music, memory) and gives several accounts of children with this anomaly. He very simply discusses the theory that the brains of these children are using so much energy in the analytical part that they don't channel it to the talking part. It's not real in depth as the author is not a scientist. He also allows too much of his personal feelings come through,in my opinion. This book is easy to understand but possibly disappointing if you want to know all the nuts and bolts of the working of the developing mind.
The author warns that not all children who speak late are highly intelligent. There are many reasons from medial problems to social/emotional reasons that can cause a delay in speaking as well. In fact, the author says that only 5% of late talkers are that way because of the Einstein Syndrome. He recommends--almost begs--parents of children who are late in talking to get them evaluated by highly qualified people. He has a lot to say on who is and who is not qualified, by the way. If the child doesn't speak because of high intelligence, there is usually no need to fear the delay and parents should just relax and wait. But in other situations, early diagnosis and intervention are critical.
The first half of the book says the same things over and over and gets a little boring. It reminds me of a college paper. The second half of the book kept my attention much better. The book is not too long--only 177 pages. So if you skim the first half and read the second half you can read through it very quickly.
 
Every Child Psychologist Needs to Read This Book  Nov 29, 2009
Beware of the "Autism Spectrum"! Does your child like math, puzzles, and building things? Does your child like to be alone sometimes? Guess what! He/she is not necessarily autistic just because some might want to label it so. This book is a healthy antidote to the idea that everyone should develop exactly the same way, and that anyone who doesn't has a problem.

I fit the profile of this book completely. I have many scientists and musicians as relatives, didn't start talking until I was 2 and a half. At that time, my family doctor told my parents that I was profoundly retarded. Nowadays, I would have been labeled as autistic (especially since I actually liked to play alone once in awhile). I grew up to be just fine (a scientist with a pilot's license...I fit the bill completely). My son also didn't start talking until he was 2 and a half. However, he was affectionate, didn't have physical signs of real autism (like hand flapping or ritualistic actions), and did seem to understand a lot more than he was saying. A year later, he is talking just fine, and loves playing with daddy.

As Sowell himself points out, if your child isn't talking by age 3, there might be something. Maybe there is a hearing problem. Maybe it really is autism. It's worth getting checked out. However, take anything anyone tells you with a grain of salt.
 
Great product-great price-great service  Sep 26, 2009
The book had been recommended to me - the grandmother of a "late talker". I was happy to find it on this site- a great price. The service was good- shipping fast. Just a perfect buy! Thank you this site!
 
Last half of book borders on offensive  Aug 8, 2009
Beware...the author of this book is "trained in economics" and is NOT a specialist in the field. The first half of the book is interesting in that tid bits of actual research data is presented, but it takes a wrong turn towards the middle of the book. For example, This is an actual quote from the book " Some professionals, and especially semi-professionals like social workers and school personnel, have airs of "experise" and an arsenol of jargon and dogmas..." Sounds like the author is describing himself.

The author also shys away from early intervention... I am totally clueless. Don't waste your money or time. Buy something written by an MD or SLP.

f you actually want to do something to help your child, buy "The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet" by Marilyn C. Agin, M.D., Lisa F. Geng and Malcolm J. Nicholl.
 
Excellent information for parents with a child who isn't talking  Jun 14, 2009
This book is full of real life experience information. Professionals might not like it, since it tells you that some of them aren't very good at what they do, and advises you to keep looking until you find the right doctor or therapist.

While it focuses on a specific sub group of children who are completely developmentally normal except for expressive language, the information and anecdotes are a good education for any parent with a child that has development issues.

It is also well written and very easy to read. Those familiar with Thomas Sowell's political and economic writings will find the same readable style here.
 

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