The Einstein Syndrome

The Einstein Syndrome

Bright Children Who Talk Late

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
The author of Late-Talking Children continues to examine the phenomenon, this time focusing on children who begin to speak after four but do not apparently suffer from developmental problems or a low IQ. 30,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
The author of Late-Talking Children returns to report on research that moves this phenomenon firmly into the realm of well-established science-the definitive book on this syndrome for parents, teachers, and others.

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.

Book News
Sowell (Stanford U.) presents the sequel to his 1997 book, Late-Talking Children ; both focus on studies of exceptionally bright children who are also unusually slow to develop spoken language. The new book incorporates new information on the topic plus findings from a recent study conducted by Stephen Camarata (speech language pathology, Vanderbilt U. Medical Center). Coverage includes hard statistical data about the highly unusual individual and family patterns found in Sowell's and Camarata's studies; possible explanations of these patterns; challenges in evaluating such children; the pros and cons of early intervention programs; and coping strategies for parents of such children. Accessible to both parents and professionals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780465081400
Branch Call Number: 155.413 SOW
Characteristics: xiv, 217 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 19, 2015

This book is amazing if your child fits the profile. It was a life saver for us - so glad we found something that explained our child.


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