Late-Talking Children

Late-Talking Children

Late-Talking Children

Late-Talking Children

Synopsis

This is a fascinating look at the neglected childhood problem, talking late, by a leading scholar. Much has been written about late-talking children, but nothing about bright children who simply have a delay in their speech development.

Excerpt

With so much scientific and medical literature already available on late-talking children, why would anyone write another book about them--especially someone who has no pretensions to scientific or medical expertise?

While much has been written about children who talk late, and about the many other serious problems they often have, there is virtually nothing written about the special kind of child who talks late but who otherwise shows at least normal, and often above-normal, intelligence in other ways. I am the father of such a child. When I first wrote about him in a newspaper column, after he graduated from college with a degree in computer science, letters began to come in from around the country from parents and grandparents of similar children.

After their children passed their second, third, or even fourth birthday without talking, most of these parents took them to be tested for all sorts of things. Most of these tests turned up nothing wrong--and often the experts seemed as . . .

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