- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312309244
- ISBN-13: 978-0312309244
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet Paperback – July 1, 2004
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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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Negatives: the book is littered with scare tactics, treatment options not approved by the FDA and overly emotional testimonials regarding this topic. The book definitely has a dr Phil or "the doctors" theme to it that is a little too aggressive for my liking.
And my son is Tanner. I read the first chapter and was so scared I closed the book. I could not deal. Over the next couple of days, I read subsequent parts, usually pieces of a chapter before I got scared again. But it kept resounding in me ... THIS is what he had, THIS is what the issue has been, THIS is the name of it! His speech therapist thinks so too, and now so too does the developmental pediatrician.
Yes, it was scary. But it was scary from the standpoint that when my son was born 12 weeks too early, the doctors gave his odds for various conditions and they were very high. We had passed all of the critical parts along the way, with no issues of the cited disabilities. I knew the feeding issues were important - never mind that no doctor or even his feeding therapist thought anything of them, I knew there was an issue. And for those difficulties to be a precursor for the speech problems? Wow. I am amazed that NO ONE ever saw it, no matter how much I asked or how many evaluations I demanded.
While this book is scary, it also gives me hope. It tells me that with therapy (the RIGHT therapy, no less), he can improve his speech. It says I did right, asking questions so early. It says Early Intervention is key. That all is hope. But even more, it gave me a road map for my next couple of years. Those of you who are saying it is scary for the average Late Talker, yeah, I get that. For the few parents out there with apraxic kids, though, it's like they are talking to our souls. They know. They know the fight, they know the fears, they know that the worst thing to do is nothing.
I am so glad I happened upon this book. While I was scared, I am not now - now, I know my path and I am steeled to following it, for the betterment of my son.
At this point, two weeks later, we don't know if she got him the cod oil or has him in therapy or if she is still offended but we thank you for the book as it let us know he just may be a late talker or that there are ways we can help him if there is a bigger problem. We are hoping his Mama decides to use the suggestions and help him too before his friends and others start making fun of him.