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The Einstein Syndrome
     

The Einstein Syndrome

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by 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

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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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Drawing from the results of two studies of children who are "unusually late -- sometimes years behind schedule -- beginning to talk" but are, at the same time, way ahead of their peers in intellectual development (Einstein was such a child), this book will assuage the anxiety and guilt experienced by most parents of these children and demystify this misunderstood condition. Sowell reveals family patterns that have been observed, explores possible causes for Einstein syndrome, and charts the expected development of the late-talking but very bright child, while meticulously supporting his assertions with charts and statistics from both studies. The author's clear mastery of this subject and his generally positive attitude will be an additional comfort to parents.
Two separate studies provide dramatic stories of children who are exceptionally bright and at the same time exceptionally late in beginning to talk. Examples of famous as well as ordinary individuals in many walks of life are presented. Some names you will recognize are pianists Clara Schumann and Arthur Rubinstein and Nobel prize winners in physics Richard Feynman and Albert Einstein. The book also explores are the more immediately pressing personal question of how parents can cope with problems of a late-talking child and the often much bigger problems of officials who want to "label" these children and shunt them off into questionable programs. 2001, Basic Books Inc., $25.00. Ages Adult. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465081400
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
08/15/2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.84(d)

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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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Einstein Syndrome 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.