Thomas Sowell (View Bio)
Hardcover: Basic Books, 1997; Paperback: 1998.
"This warm, humane 'labor of love' by a distinguished writer and economist reassures the parents of many late-talking children that their sons or daughters are not mentally retarded or autistic. Dr. Sowell's interesting interweaving of case histories seems to me an important supplement to the literature on other 'disorders' of early childhood." — Julian C. Stanley, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY), Johns Hopkins University
"LATE-TALKING CHILDREN is a wonderful gift for parents of all children who are somehow different and don't fit into pigeonholes. After reading Thomas Sowell's gentle and perceptive account of his son John and other late-talking children, parents will know they are not alone. To this loving father and serious social critic, nothing is sacred: bureaucracies, schools, teachers, psychologists, and relatives who tend to draw hasty conclusions, reflexly label children, and then make sweeping generalizations that neither fit nor help the child. Written with uncommon clarity, compassion, and common sense, LATE-TALKING CHILDREN gives parents the understanding, confidence, and fortitude to stand up to each of these and to fight for what is best for their child." — Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Director, Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention
"LATE-TALKING CHILDREN is a wonderful book. For lovers of medical mysteries, Sowell has an eye for telling detail that one sees in only the finest clinical observers. For parents of children with language problems, he combines a compassionate first-person account with sound, clearheaded advice. For scientists and professionals, he offers provocative data with possibly profound implications for our understanding of language, mind, brain, and genes. And it is all done in Sowell's style: indefatigably researched, sharply reasoned, and beautifully written." — Steven Pinker, Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and author of THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT and HOW THE MIND WORKS