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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


~ B R A I N Y - Z I N E ~

" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #12   Issue #08

ISSN: 0219-7642    Sep 1, 2013

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Every child is different. However, one thing that is common with all of them is that every one of them can learn and they do learn. Every brain is unique and special. In fact, brain can use both its lobes - the right and left. However, the perceived “balance” between both lobes is very critical to create the so-called “whole-brained” or “full brain” children. In other words, when a child uses the goodness of both lobes of brain, optimum learning might occur, eventually resulting in better academic achievement.

Brain in children needs rigorous mental workout and also needs it to tone and fine-tune its basic and executive functions. Any exercise regimen provided, thus, should focus on the entire brain and not just a part of it. In other words, it should be evenly balanced to see that the entire brain is nurtured and developed.

Full brain children can perform far better than one can imagine. Not only efficient in learning, they are also created to become failure-proof to avoid possible impediments and obstacles in future life. All the best!

Thought for today:
"When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future." - Bernard Meltzer

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Feature Articles

What is Brain Balancing?
Human brain is a complex organ that is made up of two lobes and they handle different areas of learning. Learning becomes optimum, when both lobes- the right and left, work in a seamless manner. Click to learn more.

Brain Balancing - Tips and Practical Suggestions
A child's academic achievement could be boosted by developing both lobes of the brain in equal proportions. Parents may use a series of simple techniques to optimize dual brain lobe learning. Read the article to learn more.

Ask an Expert

Q1: My son is now 2 1/2 years old and has been reading, writing, and saying his alphabet, numbers, and colors since before he was 18 months old. He has a huge vocabulary which includes spelling and writing big words like xylophone and elephant and has now started doing some simple addition like 2+1. He is also reading small books like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. My question is, is he advanced and is it possible that kindergarten could be early skipping preschool in the process?

A: From the brief description, your little one has shown above-average development compared to his age mates. It is good that you have recorded his milestones and appear to be doing a great job in helping to nurture his abilities - which has proved fruitful looking at his progress..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Skipping Preschool here.

Q2: I understand that the WISC-III or WISC-IV should not be administered twice within a 12 month period. My child was given the WISC-III at school and now we are having him tested with a private psychologist who wants to administer the WISC-IV. Is this acceptable and will the results be considered valid....

A: WISC-IV, released in August 2003 to replace the WISC-III (1991), is clearly an update of the WISC III. In comparison to the WISC-III, the WISC-IV is a substantial reformulation. The ceiling is still 160 (highest IQ score possible), but the WISC-IV offers additional harder questions at the upper ends of a number of subtests... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Testing WISC-III and WISC-IV Within a Year here.

Q3: My Son underwent and IQ Test And I was told his score was 74. What does this mean? I was also told they really want to do a full psychological exam on him but insurance will not pay for it.

A: Below is a guide to classify IQ limits (intellectual ability), however, the borders may be blurred (very marginally though) and depends on the latest guide (the DSM V). Your son comes under the borderline range and may need special services to help him in school.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Meaning of IQ Scores here.

Brainy Products

Brain-Based Early Learning Activities: Connecting Theory and Practice
By Nikki Darling-Kuria

Brain-based learning involves both hemispheres of children's brains working together, resulting in stronger, more meaningful learning experiences. Each fun activity in this book is designed to promote brain-based learning in the areas of language, mathematics, science, art, music, and the environment, and encourages physical, social, and emotional development.

Each activity includes a materials list, extension activities, variations for multi-sensory exploration, components for diversity, and an explanation of the brain connections being made. Brain-Based Early Learning Activities also includes a comprehensive overview of early brain development and how to create a brain-based early learning environment.


Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Revised 2nd Edition
By Eric Jensen

When the first edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published in 1998, it quickly became a bestseller, and it's gone on to inspire thousands of educators to apply the latest brain research in their classroom teaching. Now, author Eric Jensen is back with a completely revised and updated edition of his classic work.

In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. After discussing what parents and educators can do to get children's brains in good shape for school, Jensen goes on to explore topics such as motivation, critical thinking skills, environmental factors, the "social brain," emotions, and memory and recall.


Latest Brainy News

Thoughtful Parenting: Brain development in infants and toddlers
Steam Boat Today Aug 27, 2013

A child is born with more than 100 billion brain cells and will not grow any more. Unused brain cells and connections will wither away. Each brain cell connects with thousands of other brain cells to create the functional architecture of a child's brain.

Will Stuttering in Children Harm Development?
Science World Report Aug 26, 2013

A new study shows that stuttering will not necessarily harm or slow the brain development of children in school. In fact, according to an Australian study, researchers found that preschool kids who stutter may actually do better in school and develop language and non-verbal skills when they aren't as distressed by this language barrier.

Sleep training for babies? It's a yes
IOL Aug 28, 2013

Last week, one of my good friends, who has a six-week-old baby, went to a breast-feeding support group run by her local hospital. The nurse overseeing the group passed around a copy of the June issue of the journal Clinical Lactation, which was devoted entirely to infant sleep.

A child's first five years are the most important
Inquirer Aug 21, 2013

Brain Development - Carrie could not emphasize enough how crucial and special the first five years are in a child's brain development. This was something she repeated. While a newborn's organs such as the heart and lungs function fully as they will in a healthy 40-year-old adult, a newborn's brain is far from the 40-year-old's fully developed brain.

Unborn babies recognize and remember words said to them in the womb
Deseret News August 28, 2013

Some mothers may be careful about what they say around their children, but new research suggests that a mother's unborn child is listening, too.

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