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


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Volume #3   Issue #05

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 03, 2004

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Hi Everyone,

Here is a quote from the book, "the five people you meet in heaven":

" Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you're not really losing it. You're just passing it on to someone else. "

Some readers wrote to me questioning whether I'm going to quit publishing BrainyZine after doing this for two years now. Well, if my little sacrifices can inspire someone to be a better parent, then I'll continue to do this. See, you just received the latest issue.....8-).

Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care of her sick father.... Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret and it's something to aspire to. You too, I truly believe, have made some sacrifices for someone precious in your life. So, give yourself a pat on the back......;-)

By the way, I'm running a half-marathon (21 km) this Sunday. Wish me good luck so that I can finish the race without injuring myself. I'll keep you informed in the next issue. Have a nice day!

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How to Raise a Child with a Caring Spirit?

Answer: With self-esteem and caring deeds.


Q: There are a number of checklists to identify gifted children, identification is an easy task --- comparatively. But how should one maintain that the "giftedness" continues to "grow" in the child. p/s. keep in mind that this is regarding Indian children

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on how to maintain and grow giftedness in children here.

Q: My daughter is 3 years and 9 months old. Since about a year ago she has displayed a great deal of artistic talent (at 2 yrs 9 months old she was drawing people with arms and legs and naming them). She draws pictures and labels them specifically, often asking how to spell the word so she can write it on the paper. Today she drew a "couch and chair" which was a striking resemblance of a chair at home, complete with the light that sits behind it.

What type of assessment would you recommend for a child demonstrating artistic ability at her age?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Artistic Creativity in Children here.




Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home
By Joan F. Smutny

What does it mean when your child seems "average" at school but brilliant at home? What if your son has a talent–and a learning difference that hides it? You know that your daughter has extraordinary potential in math, but her teacher ignores it. What can you do?

If you think your gifted child isn't getting the education he or she needs, this book is for you. It helps you recognize your child's gifts, understand his or her problems at school, find out your district's policy on gifted education, explore various options (pull-out programs, acceleration, grade skipping, clustering, etc.), communicate effectively with the school and district, and provide enrichment at home.




The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child
By Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph. D, Caryn Pernu

You'll learn what giftedness is (and isn't), what makes gifted kids so special, how kids are identified as gifted, and why some kids fall through the cracks during the identification process. You'll discover encouraging practical tips for living with your gifted child and handling the endless questions, high energy, and too-smart mouth that often go along with giftedness.

You'll find out how to keep from raising a "nerd," how to prevent perfectionism, and when to get help. And you'll learn how to advocate for your child's education at school and in your state.



Poor Childhood Nutrition Tied to Behavior Problems
Reuters News Dec 1, 2004

Study findings suggest that poor early-life nutrition may cause deficits in brain function that predispose children to problems such as hyperactivity and aggression later on, the study's lead author, Dr. Jianghong Liu, told Reuters Health.

Dietary Doctor Says "Feed Problem Child More Fat"
PRWeb Aug 16, 2004

Dr. Udo Erasmus, author of the book, "Fats That Heal Fats That Kill", says many behavioral disorders -- even Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder -- are classic symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiencies, and can be successfully treated simply by adding fat-and-oil-rich foods or supplements to the diet.

How would increasing your child's intake of essential fatty acids (EFAs) lift his or her mood and improve mental performance? Read more here....

Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defect: Expert
News Today Nov 29, 2004

Recent studies have revealed the fact that folic acid proves an important catalyst for the development of the child's brain and other faculties, if the patients start taking it before pregnancy.

New Technology Helps Children with Learning and Performance
PRWeb Oct 21, 2004

Interactive Metronome‚ (IM), a computer-based technology to improve timing, focus and concentration. IM training combines the principles of the traditional, music metronome with the power of a computer to precisely measure and improve human performance.

Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
Journal July 21, 2004

When researchers studied the brains of Romanian orphans - children who had been left to cry in their cots from birth and denied any chance of forming close bonds with an adult - they found a "virtual black hole" where the orbitofrontal cortex should have been. This is the part of the brain that enables us to manage our emotions, to relate sensitively to other people, to experience pleasure and to appreciate beauty.

The genius of the genome (Book Review)
The Globe and Mail Nov 27, 2004

But having received his PhD from MIT at the tender age of 23, Marcus is clearly a man destined to play in the Big Science League. Being born with a complex brain does not mean that the newborn's brain is hardwired, Marcus says, only prewired. Nature was smart enough to evolve a newborn brain prewired for certain things, but still flexible enough to adapt its architecture to new conditions.


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