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Late-Talking Children
Sowell, Thomas
Basic Books / Softcover / 1998-07-01 / 0465038352
Families and Parenting
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192 pages
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"This warm, humane 'labor of love' by a distinguished writer and economist reassures the parents of many late-talking children that their sons or daughters are not mentally retarded or autistic. Dr. Sowell's interesting interweaving of case histories seems to me an important supplement to the literature on other 'disorders' of early childhood."
- Julian C. Stanley, Johns Hopkins University

"Written with uncommon clarity, compassion, and common sense, Late Talking Children gives parents the
understanding, the confidence, and the fortitude to stand up and to fight for what is best for their child."
- Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention

"For parents of children with language problems, he combines a compassionate first-person account with sound, clear-headed advice. And it is all done in Sowell's style: indefatigably researched, sharply reasoned, and beautifully written."
- Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct

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.

Thomas Sowell is an economist who has written books and articles on many subjects. He is a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books include Migrations and Cultures, Knowledge and Decisions, Race and Culture, Ethnic America, The Vision of the Annointed, Inside American Education, and Conquests and Cultures. He has published in both academic journals and the popular media, including Time, Newsweek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and 150 newspapers that carry his nationally syndicated column. Details of his writings and career are available on the Internet at He lives in Stanford, CA.

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