Synopses & Reviews
The painful and baffling mystery as to why some obvisiouly brightchildren do not begin talking until long after the "normal" time isexplored in this book through personal experiences and the findings ofscientific research. The author's own experiences as the father of sucha child led to the information of a group of more than fifty sets ofparents of similar children. The anguish and frustration of these parentsas they try to cope with children who do not talk and institutions thatdo not understand them is a remarkable and moving human story.Fortunately, some of these children turn out to have not only normalintelligence but even outstanding abilities, especially in highlyanalytical fields such as mathmetics and computers. These fascinatingstories of late-talking children and the remarkable families from whichthey come are followed by explorations of scientific research that throwlight on unusual development patterns.
Praise forLate-Talking Children
"For parents ofchildren with language problems, Thomas Sowell combines a compassionatefirst-person account with sound, clearheaded advice. And it is all donein Sowell's style: indefatigably researched, sharply reasoned, andbeautifully written."
--Steve Pinker, Professor and Director of theCenter for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT, and author of The LanguageInstitute and How the Mind Works
"Written with uncommonclarity, compassion, and common sense, Late-Talking Childrengives parents the understanding, the confidence and the fortitude tostand up and to fight for what is best for their child."
--Sally E.Shaywitz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School ofMedicine; Co-Director, Yale Center fot he Study of Learning andAttention
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 authors 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.
One of Americas leading intellectuals offers a moving and deeply personal account of his experiences with his own son, a late-talking child, and offers hope, advice, and fellowship to parents who are faced with a similar situation.
About the Author
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.