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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (25 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 046508141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465081417
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Our son who is four years old cannot speak at all. I bought this book on a recommendation and to my amazement it described my son, not only has it given us hope for a brighter future for our little boy, it has also vanished the feeling of being alone and 'different'. To anyone who has a child in similar circumstances this book would be a invaluable read. It gives insight into why your child may be different and gives many examples of children and adults who have battled through similar situations and have 'caught up', many of which have excelled themselves in many different areas. If this subject is close to your heart then read this book, it shows there may be light at the end of the tunnel after all!
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Do you have a child who is 2 or 3 years old and is not talking, often not performing tasks that you demand from him, and yet you think he is understanding your speech? Does he have first class tantrums? Does he get frustrated because he expects you to understand what he wants without him saying it, and sometimes you don't? Does he go to school and seem to be retarded compared to his peers, not talking and not participating in activities? Is he exceptionally good at solving puzzles, concentrates on tasks he chooses?
Read this book and you might see him described here. He might also be autistic, or have Asperger syndrome, read about those too, but be cautious with early intervention, do the early intervention yourself, spend more time with him, put him to sleep with you in your bed, talk to him, take him on trips and walks, avoid routine, these things can't hurt. I read this book when my child was 2 and not saying one word, not even mama. Now he is 2 and a half and just started talking.
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An eye-opening book. As the parent of a child who fits this classification to the letter, from family background to the reaction that they have to her gifts and her stubbornness at nursery, I can say that this book is an absolute gem. I had never heard of the 'condition' until an educational consultant working with an organization for gifted children recommended it, and I have to say it's a great relief to have found out about it. It had gotten to the point where I had to show videos of my child counting to 100, saying her alphabet, solving mazes in under 10 seconds, etc. at nursery, for them to even consider the idea that she may not be autistic, hyperlexic or anything other than a gifted child who simply feels pressured unnecessarily into doing the most boring things imaginable for absolutely no reason other than the gratification of some people with pre-conceived ideas, who behave as if they want her to fail just to prove their point. And don't even get me started on that whole 'high-functioning autistic' non-sense. You can't expect to put people with an IQ just above sea level with savants and anything else in between in the same category and expect nobody to think it's absolutely ludicrous. And there's no such thing as a 'happy case of cured autism'; only mistaken diagnoses.
Finally, there's some recognition for the fact that a child can be an autodidact, and nobody at home makes them study anything to 'turn them' into zombies. Finally, there's the suggestion that just because some children don't perform on demand, it doesn't mean that they're unable to. And finally, there's an acknowledgment of the fact that it's bonkers to label 3-year-olds, instead of waiting to see how they develop by themselves in a year's time.
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This is the first book I have found and read specifically on Speech and Language delay since my son was diagnosed by his nursery 3.5 years. It has been an uphill battle getting enough appropriate speech and language support since then, with professionals who provided him with repeatative and insulting exercises which we were able to implement more creatively and effectively at home. I read this with an open mind and still do not think by son is an "Eistein" however our son does have circa 90% of the key elements which Sowell defines - eg IT skills, musical and extremely affectionate. This positve booked helped me to continue to fight on sons' behalf.
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My son is 3yrs and 4 months. Up to 1 month ago he said "more" and "bicky". That was it! He didn't call my name, didn't communicate, when prompted to repeat words, he did but out of context. For example: "Call Molly", he would say "call Molly", rather than actually call her.

He is being assessed and pushed down the road of Aspergers by the professionals. However, I didn't agree with this as how he "performed" during assessments was out of character when he was out of that environment. I quit my job with the aim of focusing on him and finding out how I could help him. Whilst browsing on Amazon for books to help me with his speech and language development, I found this book. I was intrigued with it from the moment I "looked inside".

This book has been a godsend for me. I don't believe my son would be on the cut and clear diagnosis of Einstein Syndrome, but if he was to be labelled this or Autistic, then the former certainly wins hands down. This book has given me a new approach towards my son and I've looked at him in a different light since starting to read it. How I interact with him, deal with his tantrums, process what the professionals say and by and large has made me back up my son instead of doubting is ability to be "normal". Since my approach has changed and I've given my son my time, he is a different child. My mother and mother-in-law who minded him between them for the 3 days I worked hadn't seen him in about 2-3 weeks. They were shocked at his progress and interaction. He has now started playschool 3 days per week which is now pushing him along further and his awareness of other children and desire to play with them has opened up.
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