Late-Talking Children

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Basic Books, Aug 4, 2008 - Psychology - 192 pages
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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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A father's first-person account of his young son's difficulties in learning to talk, his surprising discoveries about other late talkers, and some intriguing speculation about the causes of this ... Read full review

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In 1999, when my son was not talking at 3 1/2, I found Thomas Sowell's research and descriptive experiences were practically mirror-image to my own. I was so tremendously grateful to find others that were living with the same concerns. Late Talking Children was my inspiration to keep fighting hard for my son, just knowing there was hope. Ben is now 18 and soon to graduate. He plans to study Bio Chemistry and math in college. (First words came at age 4). Gina  


A Personal Experience
Children in the Group
Patterns in the Group
Patterns Outside the Group
Facts Thoughts and Questions

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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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