April 17, 2006

Evidence that Speech Delayed Children are More Right-Brained

From Science Blog (May 2003):

Children with unusually delayed speech tend to listen with the right side of the brain rather than the left side of the brain, according to a study published in the December issue of the journal Radiology. Preliminary study results were presented at the Radiological Society of North America's (RSNA) Annual Meeting in 2002.

Scientists compared 17 sedated speech-delayed (2 to 8 year old) children with 35 controls. The full article is available to subscribers only. For our purposes, we'll use some of the terminology-clarifying introduction:

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Some History, Goals, & etc.

Michael, my 2 1/2 year old son, has a speech delay; nobody knows why, or what to do about it. This blog is my attempt at putting together an overview of the interrelated subjects of speech pathology and cognitive development, and how the "healthcare system" and "educational system" in the US currently deals with children who are noticeably delayed in speech, intellectual, and behavioral development.

Note that I'm no expert in the field of childhood speech development. I am not a medical doctor, and I offer no advice. I have a Ph.D. in economics, which provides me with a solid basis for reading the statistical academic literature on speech development (as well as providing a unique view on human rationality), but no understanding of formal development theory.

I have no practical experience with treatment, other than as a father to one child.

Who knows how seriously I will take this enterprise; I just want to help my son.