Baby Einstein, Maybe

While I was away, Junior and Martin swung by our pediatrician for a check-up. The doctor confirmed that Junior is a healthy, energetic, and active little boy. His hearing is much better, and his responsiveness to sounds and speech is improved, thanks to the procedure last month that removed the blockages in his ears.

He appropriately displays and reacts to emotions, and engages with those around him. He also, apparently, displays a pretty impressive grasp on logic and problem-solving, figuring out a variety of puzzles and challenges the doctor put in front of him.

That was a pleasant surprise.

Except for a few sign language gestures and garbled words, however, he does not yet possess expressive language skills.

He doesn’t speak, and it’s not clear why, although the pediatrician suggested Junior fits the description of those with the “Einstein Syndrome” which is a non-medical term given to late-talkers who possess no other signs of other disorders.

These children are often boys, are often a part of large musical families, have highly educated parents, and/or exposure to multiple languages. They are also known to be stubborn and strong-willed. These kids tend to grow up showing strong skills in math, music, and memory, and eventually, their expressive language skills catch up.

Apparently, Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4, and only became fluent at age 9, although he was surrounded by those who spoke or studied German, English, French, and Latin.

As we all know, he grew up to do pretty well for himself and mankind. Other well-known scientists, mathematicians, and composers experienced the same delay: hence, the term. It’s thought that while certain parts of the brain are developing rapidly (the visual-spatial parts), other parts (language and social skills) are taking their sweet-ass time.

So, does this mean our son really IS a baby genius?

Nope.

It just means we are all still scratching our heads and figuring him out. We meet with more specialists next month, and continue to read, sing, play, and sign with him in hopes that it all helps him to grow and become the best little human he can be.