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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 #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 6, 2006

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Two weeks ago, I was a volunteer on an event called "A Special Day with Special Kids". They were about 30+ children and teenagers with Down Syndrome. The event was filled with magic show, art & craft, balloons sculpturing, face painting, body contour art, band performance, etc. and everyone had a ball of a time. This was the first time that I worked with children with Down syndrome and it was a whole new experience for me, for they taught me more than I could ever teach them.

I found their sincerity and authenticity absolutely captivating. Some gave me a hug, or kissed me or would just hold my hand to take me to their parents. They had no pretence whatsoever and acted from a genuine authenticity – perhaps something that all of us can learn from these special children.

During the band performance, all the children went up on stage and danced from their heart and not with the intention of competing. They simply had a lot of respect for each other - maybe another quality that we can learn from these special children.

I also learnt something profound from these lovely children - they did not see anyone as being different. To them everyone is just a human being - regardless of race or gender or religion etc, just a human being.

At the end of the event, all the special children were given a trophy. They hold it up high on the stage and wanted to show the world that they were the champion (ironically, they are so many people in this world think they are born loser!). Now I understand why they are called "Special"....

p/s: BTW, I gave out a f'ree course called WAHM-IT!, The Masters Course in the last issue. Just in case, you did not get it, here is the download link.

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Q1: I have been told that my child is a "genius". After reading the definition, she falls right in the category. My concern is not how smart she is but how to deal with the behavioral issues. She is 11. She acts as if she has no common sense at all and I have to help her with simple tasks. She has become quite "mouthy" and demands things of me and feels she needs to know everything that is going on in the household. What can I do to get her to be a kid?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Difficult Behavior of Gifted Child

Q2: My son is 7 years old and is in 2nd grade. He was diagnosed with an IQ score of 130. His teacher says that he is always daydreaming in class and is not able to go to 3rd grade because he can not focus on different activities. Should I keep him back in 2nd grade in order for him to develop his focus?

A: It is quite obvious that your son is bored, hence the daydreaming. It may be possible that the lessons at school are not challenging enough for him. Gifted children need to find their work meaningful to be able to enjoy learning ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted but Bored here.

Q3: My daughter, now 6 and born end August so one of the youngest in her class, was assessed and selected by a school for able children. She entered into an existing class where work patterns and social relationships were already established. Although she is very sociable and willing, she can be shy or withdrawn initially. After a good start things regressed and eventually she has integrated socially. However, academically she has not met their expectations of her potential ...

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Gifted but Unable to Cope

Q4: My son will be 5 years old next month. He has a talent for drawing. He seems to have a photographic memory and can draw exact replicas of objects and scenes. Is there a program which can help him nurture his talent? Can I get him evaluated for this skill? Thanks in advance for your answer.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing Artistic Talent



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