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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (12 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465038352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465038350
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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When I finished reading this book the first time, I was nearly in tears as I had read a description of my late talking, uniquely talented preschool-age son. The book gave me hope, advised me of questions I could ask in helping my son and directions to go to learn more. I believe his work in this area is the first step in the study of these unique, late talking children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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The book Late Talking Children is an invaluable resource for many parents. The author's extensive research, and experience with his own child, are just a couple of reasons readers of this book can see his caring and dedication to the subject of late talkers. I'd never seen a book dedicated solely to this mystery of the late talking population. Many parents I have spoken with since I'd read this book felt as if they were "all alone" before they found this book, and now can see there are many others that are going through the same things that they are. Dr. Sowell also makes it very clear that although not all late talkers are autistic, that some definately are and encourages every parent to seek many REPUTABLE professionals to get an accurate diagnosis. There are many different approaches a parent can take to help their child, and it is so important not to take the inappropriate path...and I believe this level-headed no nonsense book could help any parent of a late talker find their correct path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug. 1998
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This book is a journey into the world of children who acquire language at a later than usual age. Through readable case studies of children and their families, Dr. Sowell draws some compelling conclusions that may well make an important contribution to the growing understanding of late talking children in relationship to Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). His findings about the numbers of families with adults working in analytical professions support similar observations of many others who come in contact with this population. I fear, however, Dr. Sowell will alienate others as he has me. I am a special education teacher specializing in early intervention services. I am aware of the startling increase in autism, PDD and other related disorders in children and share Dr. Sowell's concerns about inaccurate perceptions and labeling of children.
I am puzzled, though, by Dr. Sowell's clearly negative perceptions and inflammatory statements about publi! c education. The comments and conclusions scattered throughout the book often reveal his ignorance of why and how the schools must fulfill their obligation to the Federally mandated Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This mandate is funded at only 7% of the actual cost to the public education system. The balance of 93% is funded by state and local schools. Dr. Sowell accuses the schools of greedily seeking money through their "smooth talking experts"who label children so they can collect special education dollars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
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When my daughter was diagnosed as developmentally delayed I became highly distraught. I wondered daily what I had done wrong. She seemed so normal in every other aspect of development. My father saw a piece on Thomas Sowell on an evening news program where the book Late Talking Children was discussed. I purchased the book the next day and it had so many similarities to my situation that it was able to ease my fears about my daughter. Her communication skills are developing nicely today but her mental skill level has been developing at an above average rate. This book gave my family hope that my daughter is fine and only developing at her own rate. Thanks
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1998
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It is extremely surprising to me that a man of Thomas Sowell's erudition could write this book.
I am a parent of a late-talking child with high intelligence. He has some of the behavioral characteristics of the children whose case histories appear in this book, and like some of them, he was given a diagnosis of PDD-NOS. We have aggressively pursued treatment for him, with the result that his speech and socialization now appear close to normal. When he enters kindergarten in '99, there will be no question that he belongs in a normal classroom; the school he enters will be unaware that he has ever had problems, and his behavior won't tip them off. The same could have been true of the children described in Sowell's book; but it has not been, because those children's problems were not treated; everyone was too busy insisting that "my son couldn't be autistic; look at him, he can do puzzles/ math problems/ pick locks/ play on our computer!" It's time for a wake-! up call, parents; that's what mildly afflicted autistic-spectrum children of high intelligence do.
Even Sowell's statistics are questionable. He claims that it is noteworthy that every child in his sample had a close relative who is either in a technical field or a musician. Think about the proportion of engineers in the population; think about the number of families which, if one includes aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents, have technical members. For Sowell to leave this question of statistical strength unaddressed is shocking.
Yet, this book is important in that it focuses on bright children with mild autistic spectrum disorders, who may look autistic as young children but whose outcomes are often good.
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