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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 #4   Issue #10

ISSN: 0219-7642    Feb 05, 2006

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Have you wondered how the kids today can do homework while surfing the Internet and watching TV all at the same time? A new study of 8 – 18 year olds by Kaiser Family Foundation classified them as always wired to media, a.k.a 'Generation M'. Another study shows that the multi-tasking nature of these tech-savvy kids in effect will lower their IQ! Media can offer vast learning opportunities as much as it could distract children from learning. As a parent, our kids' exposure should be controlled. Like in everything, moderation is the key.

While we are on the topic on media, a casting producer at the BBC contacted me via email. She is looking for children of all backgrounds and personalities from across the US to film a video diary of their lives. This new TV program for TLC is called 'My Life as a Child'. The documentary series aims to capture American life through the eyes of 7-11 year-olds. They will train the kids to use the camera and then give them the freedom to decide what to film and what to discuss! If you are interested, you can contact the casting producer Claresa Mandola via email:

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Q1: Does gifted child follow directions well and be motivated by making A's?

A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on 6 different types of giftedness

Q2: I am a mother of a very bright boy who is now 4,5, and we’re living in Sweden. He is very curious boy and also very advanced in his development compared to other children of his age. My son has always been interested in numbers, patterns, letters and more. By the age of 2 he could count to twenty in both Swedish and English, build 80-pieces puzzles, knew the whole alphabet, shapes and colors. By the time he was 3.5 he taught himself how to read .... Should I try to keep him stimulated when at home? Should I put him in school one year ahead? Do you have some ideas on good activities for his age?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on stimulation for the gifted children

Q3: My son is 5 and 2 months. The school are I feel heading down
the route of diagnosing dyspraxia based on the fact that he
has no dominant hand for writing and his writing is large
and messy and poor drawing skills.....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Dyspraxia and High Ability

Q4: Using the version of the development checklists from the abridged DDST, Singapore, my daughter has exceeded that required of a 24 months old when she was only 16 months old. In fact, she is able to hit the milestones for the age group of 2-4 years old since she was 20 months old. Currently, she has already achieved some of the milestones listed for the 4-6 years old age group....Is she considered a gifted child? If yes, what type of activities should I involve her in?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Activities for the Gifted Child

Q5: My 9 year old girl is the poster child for ADHD in most things, especially academics. She is inattentive, impulsive, forgetful and very disorganized. But, somehow when it comes to a subject she loves, such as art, she is completely opposite! She is calm, completely detailed, and perfectly focused. She has an amazing sense for well organized thoughtful composition and emotional expression. Not long ago, a university professor saw some of her artwork and felt very strongly that she is a natural prodigy of art and that I should seriously be getting her into programs for the gifted aside from her regular schooling. Are extracurricular "advanced" programs really such a good idea at her age?....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Advance program for gifted ADHD


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Self-discipline, not IQ, best key to academic success
Detroit News Jan 22, 2006

Teaching students to see benefits of long-range sacrifices will boost achievement, experts say.

Child's height linked to intellectual development
Reuter UK Jan 20, 2005

Children who are short for their age may perform more poorly on tests of intelligence than their taller peers, a new study suggests. The findings, say researchers, imply that some environmental factors may negatively affect both early childhood height and mental development.

Turn your kids into maths geniuses!
Hindustan Times Feb 4, 2006

Often, the answer is ready as soon as the question is completed. And, this is not just about quickie two digit sums but adding 20 digits or multiplying four-five digits in seconds. All thanks to the UCMAS (Universal Concept Mental Arithmetic System) taught at its master franchise Abacus Educational System with the use of, what else, but the abacus - a mathematics tool created 2000 years ago.

Preventing Overweight Kids
Christianity Today Feb 1, 2006

MOMSense writer Linda Mintle, Ph.D., offers advice to mothers on how to shape their children's meals to keep them at a healthy weight, free of the problems obesity poses to their well-being.

Mozart makes baby Einsteins
Echo Online Feb 1, 2006

During their first years, infants' brain growth is rapid and significant. With a stimulating musical environment, children lay brain pathways that enhance their potential for future musical understanding and growth.

New Study Shows that Diets Rich in Omega-3s are Essential for Expecting Moms
Yahoo! News Jan 31, 2006

A new study by NIH researcher Joseph Hibbeln has found that omega-3 fatty acids taken by pregnant women have a discernible positive effect on the mental and social development of their children. The study, presented by Dr. Hibbeln in London, was recently featured in The Economist.

Staying sound is no child's play
ChannelNewsAsia Jan 24, 2006

Although children of the same age group may display similar behaviour and abilities, their physical and mental abilities and social behaviour develop at their own pace. For instance, some children may make progress in one area of study such as reading or writing, while making little or no progress in maths. Even within families, one sibling may be an extrovert, while the other may be shy.


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