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Late bloomers are kids who learn and grow in a normal fashion, but take their time doing it. For example, while most kids learn how to read by the age of six or seven, the late bloomer may not actually read until about eight or nine or even later.

It’s possible to late bloom in a number of different areas, such as walking, crawling, talking, reading, socializing with others, and so on. And while sometimes several areas are delayed, it’s possible for only one or two abilities to be affected.

The reasons for late blooming are still little understood. One possible explanation has to do with myelination or neural insulation of the brain which may take longer to achieve in a late blooming child. The main thing late blooming children need is patience and support. Don’t simply leave them alone expecting they’ll grow out of it, but provide them with experiences that can pave the way for their blooming.

Read them the book Leo the Late Bloomer about a little lion who comes into his own in his own time. Above all, don’t pressure and don’t give up; the late bloomer has his own timetables for growth.

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and speaker with twenty-eight years of teaching experience from the primary through the doctoral level, and over one million copies of his books in print on issues related to learning and human development. He is the author of nine books including Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, In Their Own Way, Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius, 7 Kinds of Smart, The Myth of the A.D.D. Child, ADD/ADHD Alternatives in the Classroom, and Awakening Genius in the Classroom. His books have been translated into sixteen languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Danish, and Russian.


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