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


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #10   Issue #08

ISSN: 0219-7642    Octorber 2, 2011

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Thought for today:
"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million!" - Walt Streightiff

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Feature Articles

How to Help your Children Reach Their Full Potential?
Many experts explain that scholastic abilities are just one part of a child's life. One cannot presume that getting top grade means reaching the full potential. It is just one-step in achieving the full potential. To reach excellence in life, your child should pay his or her attention to other areas. Find out more here!

Help your Children Reach Their Full Potential - Tips and Suggestions
Experts, believe that children can reach their full potential, by managing different "managerial or executive" functions of the brain. The good news is that parents too can help their children, to change into someone, who can be the best, both in personal and professional life. Read more here!

Ask an Expert

Q1: My son is turning two in a couple weeks. He knows every color and can identify the colors correctly. He knows every farm animal, and can mimic the noises of those. Also, almost out of the blue, we discovered that he can count (up to ten), and counts objects correctly. He can say pretty much anything, so his vocabulary is rather large I would say.....Is he at a normal rate of development or is there a possibility that he is gifted? Any suggestions to help him advance even further?

A: It does appear that your son's development is rather advanced, however, the information is given is rather limited and it is hard to determine without going through a developmental checklist. Today, it is much harder to determine giftedness since many children are exposed to various activities by parents; these activities actually make them learn faster regardless of ability. ..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Potentially Gifted Toddler here.

Q2: Our son, born in July 2008, was able to work an iPhone at 18 months (identifying his apps and locating them); by 2 years was identifying all letters of the alphabet, could write his letters and numbers up to 10 free-hand and upon request; he just turned 3, and is writing up to 20 words correctly, identifies unusual shapes in abstract objects (a diamond shape in the clouds, for example), is completely obsessed with pointing out numbers...We aren't sure if we should have him tested at this point? We live in Manhattan, KS, so our options for private schooling are rather limited. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

A: I am certainly not a fan of testing very young children and I suggest you wait a little longer for more stable results. Your child does show advance abilities and this was indicated in the video link you sent. However, there was no other attempt used apart from the iPhone and the iPad. Though, from your description of this fine motor skills and verbal ability, I believe he has developed ahead of this peers...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Testing Very Young Children here.

Q3: We have a daughter who was given the WPPSI-III IQ test in two sessions either side of her 4th birthday on the advice of the head of her pre-school in Australia...The Psychologist has indicated this puts our daughter's IQ in a range between 93 and 120 and that her "skills are not within the gifted range". The significant difference in the results has been largely explained as "the early assessment having relied on rote knowledge, whereas this test calls for application".

A: This is a little strange and scores should not vary that far apart unless there is a learning problem that has gone unnoticed and became more prominent as your daughter grew older. There is also no indication of the Full Score IQ. What is her FSIQ? If there is a learning problem, there is a substitute to the FSIQ, which is the General Ability Index (GAI). It is indeed true that early intelligence assessments often rely rather heavily on rote knowledge, whereas the WISC IV calls for more application and reasoning...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted at Four, Average at Six on Standardised Test here.

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Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential
By Peg Dawson, EdD and Richard Guare, PhD

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Welcome to The Coaching Parent! You hold in your hands the key to becoming your child's personal, inspirational coach. This book provides all the tools and motivation you need to make the best use of the coaching opportunities that arise in your daily interactions with your child.


Latest Brainy News

5 myths about your child's brain
NY Post Sep 18, 2011

In an effort to raise smart, successful children, parents will try anything, from baby videos to vitamins. But how can you tell marketing from real science? New research has revealed principles that might make you think again about what's best for your child.

Less Play Time = More Troubled Kids, Experts Say
Yahoo News Sep 22, 2011

From hide-and-seek to tearing around the neighborhood with friends, playing is one of the hallmarks of childhood. But in this era of hyper-vigilant parenting, researchers find that children in the United States have far less time to play than kids of 50 years ago, a trend that may have serious consequences for their development and mental health.

Some Brain Wiring Continues to Develop Well Into Our 20s
Science Daily Sep 23, 2011

The human brain doesn't stop developing at adolescence, but continues well into our 20s, demonstrates recent research from the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Researchers find kids' origin of memories matures in later years
Cordis Sep 26, 2011

Researchers in Germany have discovered that children develop the ability to remember past events and the origin of those memories during their childhood and adolescence. Presented in the journal Child Development, the findings show that the capacity to remember the origin of memories is a long process that grows during a child's teenage years but only matures when they become an adult.

Delay Kindergarten at Your Child's Peril
NY Times Sep 24, 2011

THIS fall, one in 11 kindergarten-age children in the United States will not be going to class. Parents of these children often delay school entry in an attempt to give them a leg up on peers, but this strategy is likely to be counterproductive.

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