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The mother of a boy with a speech disorder and the developmental pediatrician and former speech-language pathologist who diagnosed it as apraxia team up with scribe Nicholl to pen this expert guide to understanding speech delays and problems. Parents whose child doesn't say "mama" or "dada" soon enough might hope he's a "late talker," and if that were always true, there'd be no cause for alarm. But if the child has a speech disorder, early diagnosis and intervention is crucial: "Studies have shown that youngsters with learning disabilities make up a 'disproportionately large' percentage of suicides." The authors of this volume show, via clear chapters and even clearer charts, the kinds of language milestones kids should hit at certain ages and the warning signs of potential disorders. An overview of speech disorders focuses particularly on those in which language acquisition and speech sound production is affected-e.g., apraxia, a neurological motor speech impairment that has a number of associated conditions, including sensory integration dysfunction. The authors walk parents through finding the right doctor, therapist and method of therapy; ensuring that their publicly schooled child gets an Individualized Educational Program; dealing with insurance companies; engaging in activities that encourage speech practice; understanding nutritional supplements; and dealing with fears, both their child's and their own. A careful, thorough and realistic book, this will be a great resource for any parent dealing with these issues.
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This gem of a book provides useful, field-tested advice . . . offering comfort and counsel for the anxious parent. (Richard D. Lavoie, M.S., M.Ed., visiting professor at Simmons College, former director of the Riverview School, and producer of The F.A.T. City Video)

Full of terrifically practical and encouraging information . . . Everyone on the team helping your late-talking child will benefit from reading this book. (Martha R. Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., pediatric neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School)

This book offers reassuring and realistic advice . . . Armed with this knowledge, both parents and professionals alike will be able to help late talkers find their voice. (ADVANCE Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312309244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312309244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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277 of 295 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 21, 2004
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The subtitle of "The Late Talker" is "What to Do if Your Child Isn't Talking Yet." This is misleading, since it is not what the book is about.

The focus of much of the book is apraxia, and there are descriptions of other conditions which cause late talking. It is well written and medically sound, and probably a great resource for parents seeking a diagnosis. It also does a good job of explaining the procedures followed by early intervention programs.

However, my son doesn't have apraxia or sensory integration dysfunction, and there was no advice or activities suggested for the child who simply has a developmental delay.

The foreword of this book (written by a Ph.D. from Rutgers, not the author) is vaguely threatening. Aimed at parents who adopt a "wait and see" or "he'll grow out of it" attitude, she states that the consequences of such inaction are "academic failure...juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, unemployment, depression, and even suicide."

Personally, I found this incredibly offensive.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A. Tom on June 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book, well written and very informative. However, the title is misleading, as 90% of it is information about/for apraxia. If your child is apraxic, this book is for you. If you're looking for a general book on parents at-home techniques for stimulating speech, there is only one short chapter in this book. This book also has no information about speech disorders other than apraxia. I got Patricia Hamaguchi's book, Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know, out from the library, and am reading it, and it has fantastic overview info about all kinds of speech delays and disorders. IT is an old book, 1995, so there may be new research since then.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
My child has developmental language disorders/apraxia/dysarthria/articulation disorders. Finally a book to help me understand my 32 month son! I especially found the part about insurance companies helpful since I have an HMO that only allows 20 speech therapy visits PER YEAR! I needed to know how to advocate for my son. The glossary in the back was helpful as were the resources. Not all late talking children will talk *when they are ready* or will grow out of it or are "Einstein-like"; some have problems and need intervention. My son only has a 3 word vocabulary. Otherwise he grunts and cries. He's very smart and understands everything. I am glad to read this book!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Sabol on April 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is even slightly concerned that a child may have a speech delay. I only wish I had read a book like this when my preschooler was 15 months old (the time at which I first started having those nagging feelings that something just wasn't quiet right with his speech development). Instead he was 27 months old when he was finally diagnosed with a speech delay because well-meaning people advised us to adopt a "wait and see" approach. By doing so, he lost one year of very valuable speech therapy. This book contains a wealth of information: signs of possible disorders vs. a mere speech delay; the importance of obtaining the right kinds of therapy and evaluations; dealing with insurance companies, early-intervention programs and school systems; how to be your child's best advocate; the amazing benefits of essential fatty acid supplementation; things parents can do at home with their child to stimulate speech development; internet sites, support groups, and so much more! In short, this book contains everything you'd ever need to know or want to ask to give your late talker the best head start possible!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Andrews on April 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered "The Late Talker" from Amazon along with a book my
Developmental Ped recommended to me...!! I received both today and after reading a bit of each I realized I only need "The Late Talker" and am going to return the other and get my money back! This book has already answered so many questions and will be my best "friend" during my journey to helping my son to speak. This book covers all aspects of having a Late Talker including activities you can do at home to help stimulate speech. This is a must read for all parents and professionals who work with children!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Krista Horton on April 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I would like to let others know how much I was relieved to read the book The Late Talker. I have been looking for anything to explain what I was told my peds doctor. I have a baby now who is about to be four in May. He can only say a few words, this is so sad for us now, thank you for the hope. I could not put this book down because I learned in this book that Matthew will be able to receive help. I most enjoyed the stories of hope of children like Matthew who are doing so well.

Also, I really appreciated the way this book gives me the way to know Matthew's way of looking at things and how he is probably frustrated when we don't know what he's trying to say or when other kids don't play with him. I have tried some of the suggestions. Having read other books on late talkers, I found reading this book makes so much sense that I wonder how come all of this has not been said before in other books. For example, the way to answer rude people when they ask right in front of Matthew "What's wrong with him?" just because he's not talking which before I didn't know what to say. I now answer "He's learning to talk and he's doing great" as the book said and it works and doesn't hurt Matthew's feelings.

Now I feel I know what to do and how to help Matthew and before I just worried. Again, thank you so much for this book and I recommend it and give it five stars.
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