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Posted May 11, 2005
I purchased this book after my child was diagnosed with autism. Our family fit the 'Sowell profile' to a T: intellectually gifted family, musical, work in science related fields, etc. I clung to this book hoping it pertained to my child because it fit so well. Unfortuately, the diagnosis of autism was correct. For two years I was in denial. There very well may be a subset of children who are late talkers, I do not dispute that; but these children are very rare. The tone of the book portrayed school systems and early intervention as if they were only driven by their desire to find more autistic kids and get federal funding. The book also states that it does not want to give 'false hopes' but that is exactly what it does. All of Mr. Sowells case studies sound surprisingly autistic, so my child fit in well with the descriptions. I hope that people who decide to buy this book and will read my review and be cautiously optimistic instead of foolish like I was.
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Posted October 26, 2007
Our son was under the autistic umberella. Although he had many autistic qualities it did not seem to quite fit. He was affectionate and understood things we would say to him. He could play piano and build amazing structures before he was talking. I found this book when he was four. He fit the profile exactly. We continued with speech and occupational therapy. He attended a regular preschool and elementary school. He struggled socially for the first few years. Basically playing catch up for years he secluded himself from others. He is now in fourth grade and has several good friends, does very well academically in school, is amazing with legos, and wants to be an architech. He has zero signs of autism or sensitivity issues. His teachers can not believe he was ever under the autistic umbrella. I agree with the person who claims it is potentialy dangerous and feel for their situation, but they warn you in the first chapter about that. There really is this group of late-talkers. We lived it. There are other parents right now that are going through this and need this book. It is the responsiblity of the parent to be realistic about what is going on with their child. I work with autistic children and there is an obvious diffence between the children in the study and autistic children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2005
A must-read for any parent of a late talking child (not just a future Einstein)
This book is any many ways a follow up to Dr. Sowell's previous work Late Talking Children. While the author's primary focus is on children who talk late but have other exceptional strengths such as Albert Einstein had, many of his conclusions are also helpful for parents of any late-talking children. As a parent of three late-talking children, all of whom have differing abilities in other areas, the most important thing that I gained from this book is that language difficulty is not necessarily an indicator of autism and/or mental retardation, or any other non-language difficiency. Dr Sowell argues convincingly that it can be quite possible to have a late talking child with average, above average or even exceptional cognitive skills. The important thing for parents to do is to get as many qualified, professional opinions as possible as to your child's true abilities, and not simply to trust that any one specialist (especially if that specialist is connected with the public school system) has made a reliable assessment of your child's true abilities. Far too many late talking children are being misdiagnosed as autistic or mentally retarded and being put on a non-academic track in the public school system. This book should convince parents to get a second, disinterested opinion before they agree to put their late talking child on such a life altering course.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.