Every parent eagerly awaits the day his or her child will speak for the first time. For millions of mothers and fathers, however, anticipation turns to anxiety when those initial, all-important words are a long time coming. Many worried parents are reassured that their child is "just a late talker," but unfortunately, that is not always the case. Balanced with a mother's perspective and an acclaimed doctor's experience, this book gives parents advice on:
*Finding the right therapy and therapist
*Negotiating with school boards, teachers, and language specialists
*Speech exercises to do at home with a child.
The Late Talker is the first book of its kind, providing effective, practical answers to the questions every concerned parent asks.
--- from the publisher
"This gem of a book provides useful, field-tested advice . . . offering comfort and counsel for the anxious parent."
--Richard D. Lavoie, M.S., M.Ed., visiting professor at Simmons College, former director of the Riverview School, and producer of The F.A.T. City Video
"Full of terrifically practical and encouraging information . . . Everyone on the team helping your late-talking child will benefit from reading this book."
--Martha R. Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., pediatric neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
"This book offers reassuring and realistic advice . . . Armed with this knowledge, both parents and professionals alike will be able to help late talkers find their voice."