Late-Talking Children: A Symptom or a Stage?


When children are late in hitting developmental milestones, parents worry. And no delay causes more parental anxiety than late talking, which is associated in many parents’ minds with such serious conditions as autism and severe intellectual disability. In fact, as children’s speech expert Stephen Camarata points out in this enlightening book, children are late in beginning to talk for a wide variety of reasons. For some children, late talking may be a symptom of other, more serious, problems; for many others, however, it may simply be a stage with no long-term complications.  

Camarata describes in accessible language what science knows about the characteristics and causes of late talking. He explains that late talking is only one of a constellation of autism symptoms. Although all autistic children are late talkers, not all late-talking children are autistic.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. A Symptom or a Stage?
  4. 2. What Do We Know about Late-Talking Children?
  5. 3. Late-Talking Children and Autism
  6. 4. Lessons from Autism: Charlatans, False Causes, and Questionable Cures
  7. 5. The Einstein Syndrome
  8. 6. Diagnosis and Dangers
  9. 7. Early Childhood Services
  10. 8. Special Education Services: The Law versus the Practice
  11. 9. Navigating Schools
  12. 10. Putting It All Together
  13. Notes
  14. Index