In 1993, American economist, Thomas Sowell, developed the term ‘Einstein syndrome’ to identify a disorder that features late acquisition of language in children. A speech delay can indicate several disorders, developmental conditions and health issues, but a distinctive factor of Einstein Syndrome is the combination of speech difficulties with outstanding memory and analytical skills.
Although milestones should be used as a guide rather than a concrete check list, when children appear to be falling behind their peers in their speech ability, it can be important to look at why that may be so they can receive assistance that is suitable for their specific needs.
If your child is not acquiring language within the same timeframe as others their age, you may be feeling concerned and worried about their future. At Chatterbox Speech Pathology, we will assess your child and provide them the help they require. If we determine they may have Einstein syndrome, we can develop a plan to support you and your child to help them improve their communication skills.
What Causes Einstein Syndrome?
Research concerning this disorder is currently minimal, and there is no official medical definition or criteria at present. As such, it is unknown how common Einstein Syndrome is, or whether it is caused by genetic or environmental factors.
It may also be evident in children with other conditions such as autism, or can be misdiagnosed as autism, hyperlexia, or certain developmental disorders. It is understood that children with Einstein syndrome generally outgrow their speech delay but retain high level analytical skills, so this can be an indication of its presence.
What Are The Symptoms?
Although no set criteria are in place for diagnosing this condition, there are some common traits that are displayed.
Primarily, there is delayed speech and heightened abilities regarding reading and numbers.
Children are often attracted to analytical or musical areas, with extended concentration spans regarding selective interests. They can also have amazing memories.
Other noticeable features can be a delay in toilet training, and a strong-willed personality. The disorder is more often evident in boys than it is in girls.
How Can Speech And Language Therapy Help?
Because Einstein Syndrome cannot be definitively diagnosed yet, it may be hard for you to know what steps to take. A child who has speech delays, whatever the reason, can benefit from formal and professional assistance to improve their communication skills.
Early intervention is accepted to be the best course of action, so it helps to discuss your concerns with your child’s doctor or to visit a speech pathologist when you begin to notice they are struggling in certain areas.
Our qualified speech therapists use evidence-based treatment methods, personalized for your child, to develop their language skills. We will assess their needs and abilities, particularly looking at their speech skills and their level of understanding regarding what is being communicated to them by others.
We will investigate their analytical abilities to gauge whether specific support related to Einstein syndrome may be relevant to them. Our speech therapy for kids can also provide activities and education so you can continue to help your child at home, and so their school can also be appropriately informed.
Will My Child Acquire Language?
Generally, yes. Children with Einstein Syndrome usually do develop language eventually. They also retain their above-normal intelligence. Just like the disorder’s name’s sake, who was also a late talker, people with this syndrome often grow up to excel in life, particularly in mathematical or musical fields. We can provide your child with guidance and resources to help them learn to express themselves and communicate so they can lead productive and full lives.
Speech Therapy Can Help A Child With Einstein Syndrome
A delay in language development does not always indicate a disorder or health concern; some children just learn at their own rate. In other situations, being a late talker can demonstrate a need for further support. Because Einstein syndrome can be misdiagnosed, it may be worth getting another opinion if you are unsure your child is getting the right help.
If your child is showing difficulties with speech skills but is displaying extraordinary abilities in other areas, it is important they feel supported and understood so they can progress – confidently and positively. These children can benefit greatly from being assessed by a doctor or speech pathologist, and from receiving speech therapy so that they can be helped to develop their communication ability.
Our therapists at Chatterbox Speech Therapy are experienced in various techniques and methods that can assist your child to learn and grow. We are here to support you and your child, so if you are concerned about a language delay, come in or phone us to discuss how we can help.