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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 #11   Issue #15

ISSN: 0219-7642    Jan 6, 2013

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Greetings and best wishes for the great New Year! Let all your parenting dreams and aspirations come true in 2013. A New Year is a good time to set goals for the year. Surely, you must have your New Year's resolutions with you. What about your children and did you help them to create one? Nothing could be exciting and thrilling than creating a list of goals, design a foolproof goal setting process and start working on it.

Just as adults create a list of resolutions, children too should write down some and try to become successful. A simple list of resolutions and goals will go a long way to make your children productive and enterprising. A simple resolution could be creating a plan for getting best grades throughout the year. Alternatively, another resolution could relate to discipline and punctuality. There are hundreds of special resolutions for children, designed and created to enrich and improve their lives. Help them to write down some and create a plan to make those resolutions a reality at the end of the year. All the best.

Thought for today:
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right." - Oprah Winfrey

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The Importance of Goal Setting for Children
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Goal Setting for Young Children - Teaching Children the Basics of Goal Setting
Goal setting for young children involves a series of steps and processes, where each one of them link to the other and every step leads a little degree of success. In the end, all these steps work together to ensure maximum success, contentment and satisfaction. Read the article to learn more.

Ask an Expert

Q1: Hello, I have serial questions which are interconnected.

What are the symptoms of the severe under-challenge for an exceptionally gifted person (19 years old, who never had any acceleration because "staying with age mates is better." nor supporting family environment)?

What may be the solution(s) to continue study even after two successive dropouts?

It is possible to an exceptionally or profoundly gifted to have growing bad schools results....

A: You do appear to be pretty sure that you are highly gifted; have you been tested? Or did someone identify your gifts? Now, the worst thing that can happen to a gifted individual is not being recognised since that would lead to not being given the proper challenge and stimulation that is crucial for their learning needs. Accrelation would have worked as you may have been given a chance from your letter but it appears that someone significant decided that it was better to stay with age mates..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Some Issues on Unrecognised Gifts here.

Q2: My son is in grade 6, just turned 11 yrs old and has just joined a gifted program in public school in September. He was in a private school before then where he was always the top of his class. His prior teachers all identified him gifted since nursery and they all have been great in understanding his thirst for learning and his love of reading. When I got him tested earlier this year he scored in the very superior region in the 99.5th and 99.7th percentiles, with GAI in the 99.7th percentile, on the WISC IV test (we live in Canada)....

A: His scores on the WISC-IV indicates that he is in the superior range. However, I am a little puzzled that he is given the GAI (General Ability Index) score instead of the FSIQ (Full Scale IQ). The GAI score only considers the VCI (verbal comprehension index) and the PRI (perceptual reasoning index). For the Full Scale IQ, all 10 subtests are required to calculate the FSIQ and the four Index scores are included in the standard battery.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted With a Possible Learning Concern here.

Q3: Hi, I have a 4 1/2 year old daughter who started preschool this year. She does very well and her teacher even told us during her 1st conference that she scored high on two/three test areas after only being in school for 4 weeks. These areas were rhyming and alliteration. She scored average on picture naming. I have noticed from a young age that she was not like other children her age. She could say her ABC's by 15 months and count to 20 by 18 months. She could recognize all shapes and colors by age 2....

A: There is no concern specifically here so I am assuming you are looking out for ways to help your daughter with the description that you had given. As a rule of thumb, gifted children would demonstrate development that is at least 30% more advanced than their peers. At pre-school level, it is still hard to determine giftedness, but parents can tell if their child has a potential for giftedness. 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 Nurturing an Advanced Pre-schooler here.

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Latest Brainy News

Sesame Street Helps Explain How Kids' Brains Develop
Medical News Today Jan 04, 2013

A brain scan taken while a child watches TV is a better indicator of future test scores for reading and math compared to a brain scan that was taken under more synthetic circumstances.

Moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy may reduce child's IQ - but only for some women
Bio News Nov 19, 2012

Children's IQ can be affected by moderate drinking during pregnancy, but only for women and children with certain gene variants. The study, which followed over 4,000 mothers and children from pregnancy up to the children's eighth birthday, is the first substantial study to use genetic variants to analyse the risk of alcohol in pregnancy.

13 Superfoods For Kids For 2013
Spotlight Jan 02, 2013

As adults everywhere renew their gym memberships, stock up on workout gear, and indulge in their last desserts in preparation for tackling those New Year's resolutions, most kids are just looking forward to an excuse to stay up late and bang pots and pans.

Motivation, Not IQ, Matters Most for Learning New Math Skills
Healthland Dec 26, 2012

You don't have to be born with math skills; solving problems is a matter of studying and motivation. That may not seem like such a surprise, but it's become easy to say "I just can't do math." While some element of math achievement may be linked to natural inborn intelligence, when it comes to developing skills during high school, motivation and math study habits are much more important than IQ, according to a new study.

Study claims mother's milk can boost a baby's IQ
7 Days in Dubai Jan 3, 2013

Experts found that babies fed on breast milk exclusively had higher IQs than those who were not. Doctor Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, the executive committee director of Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign, says the findings - which reveal children who were breastfed for over six months had a 3.8 point higher IQ than those who were not - show how important it is to breastfeed.

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