|Even for children who you suspect of being really bright... And I'm not talking about kids who have words at age 2, I'm talking about the more stereotypical nonverbal child.)
Most children with Einstein syndrome (the topic of the thread) fit much closer to the description of my DS than to real "silent" children. Their parents aren't concerned that they aren't making sounds or usually even a few words but rather that they aren't speaking (using words consistently to communicate).
For instance, another child that age would say, "Mommy, banana." when he wanted one. My kids just point and grunt. And their concern actually usually begins AFTER the children have been evaluated and found to have nothing obviously wrong with them. After all, we want to know WHY our children aren't speaking and nobody will give us an answer. That's the scary thing about it.
Although I must say that my DD looks like she might not be such a late-talker as her brother as she went up to me yesterday with a Baby Bell cheese (you know, the red, waxed-covered ones), held it out to me, and said, "Help me, please." I just
. She had to repeat herself three times before I reacted. And later, at dinner, she stood up in her booster sit (she likes to climb onto the table
and I said, "Becky, sit down!" and she looked me straight in the eye and repeated my words exactly and then sat down.
: It's very disconcerting to have a 16 mo not speak except to say full sentences or count.
Oh, yes, and I announced that Daddy's car was pulling up and she ran to the window to see and shouted, "Daddy's home!" and then ran to the front door to meet him.
Up until now she was pretty unresponsive to things we said (to the point where we were concerned that her hearing was impaired) and then overnight she starts speaking in sentences and reacting to spoken word. My kids are wierd even when they're NOT late-talkers.
|A big issue with 2E is that these kids are so great at compensating that years can go by without help. Even if they are performing above level across the board, 2E kids can be performing well under their potential ability.
Okay, yes. I can see EI being useful for 2E kids. I actually worry about that a bit with my DS because he is so überintelligent that he could easily work around a disability and still be way ahead of his peers.
I'm reading the Upside-Down Brilliance book and it fits my DH, DD, and DS to a tee. Fascinating material.