The Einstein Syndromeby Thomas Sowell
The Einstein Syndrome is a follow-up to Late-Talking Children, which established Thomas Sowell as a leading spokesman on the subject of late-talking children. While many children who talk late suffer from developmental disorders or autism, there is a certain well-defined group who are developmentally normal or even quite bright, yet who may go past their fourth
The Einstein Syndrome is a follow-up to Late-Talking Children, which established Thomas Sowell as a leading spokesman on the subject of late-talking children. While many children who talk late suffer from developmental disorders or autism, there is a certain well-defined group who are developmentally normal or even quite bright, yet who may go past their fourth birthday before beginning to talk. These children are often misdiagnosed as autistic or retarded, a mistake that is doubly hard on parents who must first worry about their apparently handicapped children and then see them lumped into special classes and therapy groups where all the other children are clearly very different.Since he first became involved in this issue in the mid-90s, Sowell has joined with Stephen Camarata of Vanderbilt University, who has conducted a much broader, more rigorous study of this phenomenon than the anecdotes reported in Late-Talking Children. Sowell can now identify a particular syndrome, a cluster of common symptoms and family characteristics, that differentiates these late-talking children from others; relate this syndrome to other syndromes; speculate about its causes; and describe how children with this syndrome are likely to develop.
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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
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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.
This book is wonderful. I cannot say enough good about it. My daughter was diagnosed autistic at 26 months of age by an Early Intervention public school psychologist because of her language delay. Be wary & take Mr. Sowells advice about getting accurate evaluations for your child. My daughter began to learn language wonderfully almost overnight without any intervention at 32 months. There is a difference between a natural late talker and a child with ASD. This book can help you recognize the difference.