Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet by Marilyn C. Agin, Malcolm Nicholl, Lisa F. Geng |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet

The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet

by Marilyn C. Agin, Malcolm Nicholl, Lisa F. Geng
     
 

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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.

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The mother of a boy with a speech disorder and the developmental pediatrician and former speech-language pathologist who diagnosed it as apraxia team up with scribe Nicholl to pen this expert guide to understanding speech delays and problems. Parents whose child doesn't say "mama" or "dada" soon enough might hope he's a "late talker," and if that were always true, there'd be no cause for alarm. But if the child has a speech disorder, early diagnosis and intervention is crucial: "Studies have shown that youngsters with learning disabilities make up a 'disproportionately large' percentage of suicides." The authors of this volume show, via clear chapters and even clearer charts, the kinds of language milestones kids should hit at certain ages and the warning signs of potential disorders. An overview of speech disorders focuses particularly on those in which language acquisition and speech sound production is affected-e.g., apraxia, a neurological motor speech impairment that has a number of associated conditions, including sensory integration dysfunction. The authors walk parents through finding the right doctor, therapist and method of therapy; ensuring that their publicly schooled child gets an Individualized Educational Program; dealing with insurance companies; engaging in activities that encourage speech practice; understanding nutritional supplements; and dealing with fears, both their child's and their own. A careful, thorough and realistic book, this will be a great resource for any parent dealing with these issues. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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.” —ADVANCE Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312287542
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Agin, M.D. has a master's degree in Communication Disorders and was a practicing speech pathologist; she is board certified in Pediatrics and Rehabilitation. Dr. Agin is the Medical Director of the Early Intervention Program for New York City--the biggest program of its kind in the country. She also treats developmentally disabled children in a clinic setting and does private neurodevelopmental evaulations for children of all ages.

Lisa Geng is the mother of two "late talkers" and the founder and president of Children's Apraxia Network, a non-profit organization for children with neurologically-based language disorders. Lisa also founded CHERAB, a nonprofit foundation for parents and professionals working together to provide support and information for parents of children with speech challenges and/or apraxia.

Malcolm J. Nicholl is a former international journalist whose career included a two year position as Belfast bureau chief for the London Daily Mirror. He has written extensively on nutrition and education subjects.

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