late talker resource for parents
Please help me pass the word along to all the parents and
teachers about this book.Thank you.
President, Apraxia Network of Bergen County
Outreach Coordinator of Cherab
"Oral language-the ability to communicate needs, feelings
and opinions via verbal speech-is the coin-of-the-realm in
today's society. One must be able to interact verbally with
others and an inability to do so, can greatly hamper a
child's development and independence.
For most children, oral language develops quite naturally.
As the child's vocabulary and syntax emerges, he becomes
better able to communicate with others and gains control of
his environment. A child's failure to develop normal verbal
language can create great angst for his parents and
When a parent has concerns about the child's language
development, she often turns to family members or neighbors
for 'expert' advice. The counsel that is provided generally
ranges from unwarranted panic to laissez-faire advice that
the child 'will grow out of it.' Neither of these reactions
is particularly helpful or effective.
However, The Late Talker by Agin, Geng and Nicholl provides
useful, field tested advice for parents who are concerned
about their child's language development. This gem of a
book provides an immensely readable overview of normal
language development and a thorough review of the cause of
language delays and disabilities. The material offers
comfort and counsel for the anxious parents.
The great strength of The Late Talker is its
transdisciplinary approach to the topic. Dr. Agin offers a
thoughtful medical perspective on the problem and
translates the related research into understandable and
useful terms. Co-author Lisa Geng provides an invaluable
parental perspective on the issue by discussing the
emotional reactions of the family to the child with delayed
The Late Talker provides an unparalleled overview of a
problem faced by families throughout America . But beyond
merely defining the problems, the book offers practical
advice and strategies that the reader can put into
action . . . today. This book belongs in every
pediatrician's office and in the bookshelf of every early
childhood center in the country."
--Richard D. Lavoie, M.S., M.Ed., Visiting Professor at
Simmons College , Former Director of Riverview School ,
Producer The F.A.T. City Video
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