Einstein Syndrome

Einstein Syndrome is a term used to describe exceptionally bright people with a slow development of speech – unlikely to have conversations before age four.

Commonalities include:

– Delayed speech development
– Usually boys
– Highly educated parents
– Musically gifted (families)
– Puzzle solving abilities
– Lagging social development
– Delayed toilet training

The main thesis is that late talkers are often inaccurately categorized as having an autism spectrum disorder and that a small subset of late talkers are actually highly intelligent children with common characteristics concentrated in music and/or memory and/or mathematics. It is difficult if not impossible to accurately assess the cognitive skills of a child who is non-verbal or minimally verbal if the testing is verbally weighted, which it typically is. It also addresses children with strong personalities resisting testing and scoring well below their capabilities.

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