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


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Volume #4   Issue #12

ISSN: 0219-7642    Mar 5, 2006

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I'm a new daddy! Loh Jun Kay was born on the 27th Feb at 3:27am, and he's a cutie. See his picture here! He was born on week thirty seven of the pregnancy. That's right! He arrived three weeks early, so were my other two sons. Apparently, they just can't wait to see the world! Indeed, the world is more beautiful with them around. And yes, I have three boys now. Can you imagine with three boys at home now! I thought I can't deliver current issue on time, but somehow I manage to 'squeeze' it out. I hope you still can find great information in it. Take care!

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Do You Expect Too Much From Your Kids?
By Michael Grose
Expectations of children are tricky for parents. Expect too much of children and they may become discouraged as they know they can't deliver on your expectations. Expect too little and they may well meet your expectations and deliver very little. So, what is the 'right' expectation? Read here.


Q1: My son is 3 years 10 months old and severely speech delayed. At present he will string together short commonly used phrases and will repeat almost anything one prompts him to, but is by no means conversational....Can my son be gifted even though is so behind in other areas?

A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on Late Talker and Gifted

Q2: I have a hard time sending her to school. She doesn't feel like going already. Also, she hates and cries being in a crowd, even with relatives she know already. Is this connected to being gifted?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Fear of Crowd

Q3: My daughter (27.5 months) does not really engage in pretend or imaginative play and I'm not sure if it's because we have not fostered it or modeled it for her. Is that a skill she would develop on her own? Is she too young for conversation? or even the early stages of conversation? I worry that she just repeats and doesn't initiate original conversation topics or recount things she did on her own.....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Development of a Bright Toddler

Q4: He is able to recognize a guitar and drums and violin in music that has multiple instruments playing together. Also at 10 months he started speaking in complete sentences such as "I want that, Mama." The other day he started correcting my grammar such as, I said 5 bucks his response was "It's 5 dollars, Mommy." At dinner I asked if mommy was done eating. His response was "Mommy is now finished with her dinner."....  Please tell me what I have here. Is he a genius or am I just being his Mommy.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Highly Advanced Development of a Toddler



Raising IQ: Help Your Children Reach Their Full Potential
By Nancy Lu

Nancy has two highly gifted children. Her son has an IQ of 194 and entered college at age 10. He got his Master in Computer Science from Stanford University at age 16. Now he is 19 and is working on his third year of the Math Ph.D. program. Nancy’s daughter is also highly gifted with an IQ of 189. She is a Jr. in college majoring in English and Theater now.

She has poured her experiences raising two children with high IQs into a book she hopes will help parents stir their own children's creative juices.




Early 'detection' aids gifted children Feb 22, 2006

Recognizing and nurturing gifted students early is crucial for parents to be able to properly meet their children's academic, emotional and social needs, experts say.

Parents help needed for emotional, social growth
Exeter News Feb 21, 2006

The emotional experiences that children have from the moment they are born influence how their brains develop. Babies learn that their actions bring responses from their caregivers.

Leap Pad an effective tool, but doesn't replace mom and dad
WNDU-TV Feb 22, 2005

Educational computer games have been popular for a while now, and now, there's a fun-learning device called a Leap Pad. When it comes to learning to read, they can be a big help. However, they are not intended to replace the time kids spend reading with mom and dad.

Fish-Heavy Diet May Have Fostered Human Brain Growth Feb 21, 2006

Human brains are bigger and better than any of our closest living or dead non-human relatives in relation to body weight. Scientists say we have fish and frogs to thank for this.

Children at risk from lack of iodine
The Sydney Morning Herald Feb 20, 2006

Iodine deficiency in pregnant and breastfeeding women can damage the brain of a foetus and young baby, lowering the child's IQ by up to 15 points, cause hearing difficulties and stunt growth.

Keeping up with mother's milk
Los Angeles Times Feb 19, 2006

Formula companies keep trying to emulate human milk, but the mixture still differs from the real stuff in key ways. "We know a lot about what's in breast milk, but it's hard to replicate all the ingredients," says Dr. Richard J. Deckelbaum, a professor of pediatric nutrition at Columbia University and chairman of the Institute of Medicine's infant formula safety committee.

Those ingredients include, among other things, living cells, hormones, active enzymes and antibodies that fight infection.


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