My son has been diagnosed with speech and social delays. He's 3 and starting to talk a bit now (so fun!) I've never been worried per se, because I didn't talk till I was 3 or 4 either and I'm quite verbal now. But I came across the book "Einstein Syndrome: Bright Kids Who Talk Late" (can't remember author) and it followed two studies of children who had remarkable similarities in their family history - lots of professional muscians and engineers int he immediate family, amazing math and musical abiltiies, etc. Obviously this set of conditions (bright and late talking) is named after Albert Einstein, who didn't converse fully until the age of 6.
I just wondered if any else here has a special needs child, and what kind of resources you use to help your child and your family with these. Ethan is in the Exceptional Early Learning Program (EELP) at the local elementary school, and he gets individual speech therapy there four days a week, as well as interaction with other children his age with developmental delays. I find Ethan's special needs and exceptional abilities (he can master ANY lock, childproof or otherwise and has an amazing memory for directions) cause me to be a more creative parent. I also feel really lucky in a lot of ways, because I feel like I've had extra time to prepare for the big questions and decide how I want to parent/teach him about the world. Does anyone else have an alternately developing child, and what do you find is the best hidden advantage of this, if any?