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


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Volume #8   Issue #2

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 9, 2009

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Learning styles form an excellent method to assist upgrade your children's quality of learning. By knowing your children's personal learning styles, you can make them adapt to the intricate process of learning lessons and syllabi. Each child has his or her own way of learning their class lessons and other useful things of life. Most children possess a delicate mixture of learning styles and techniques. Some of them may possess a dominant style of learning with lesser use for other styles. On the other hand, most of the children use a judicious mix of different learning styles. In fact, you can never have a right or perfect kind of mix. In many cases, learning styles keep changing during the course of brain development in children.

Our schools always use two types of dominant learning styles - linguistic and logistic methods. They also use a few numbers of other learning styles and methods. It is a very common fact that people tend to label those children who always use these traditional styles and methods as gifted and endowed with scholastic abilities. People also tend to label those children who use far less liked or used learning styles as ordinary. However, scholastic abilities alone do not count while assessing the overall personality of a child. By recognizing and understanding your children's learning styles, you can easily enhance their learning potentials. When you use optimized learning methods, you can make your children's speed and quality of learning better and result oriented.

Children's learning styles can have far more serious effects than you can imagine. The most preferred learning style can lead the way in which your children learn and understand. Available research displays us that each of the learning styles used by children uses different sectors of the brain. When you children use and involve all areas of the brain, they can easily remember what they learn and understand. Enhancing the learning styles in your children is a sure way to make them scholastically brilliant and mentally smart and intelligent. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it." - Alexandre Dumas

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Andrew Loh
Andrew Loh
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Children's Learning Styles - How Do Your Children Learn?
Children are different in the way they learn and understand lessons and instructions. Every childrenlearn in their own way by using a specific and definite learning style. There are so many learning styles that your child can choose to learn.

Enhancing Learning Styles of Your Children - Some Methods and Techniques
Children should use their preferred learning style to learn. Otherwise, your children may struggle to learn the lessons recited in the classroom. As a parent, you can help your children achieve better classroom performance by detecting and enhancing their learning style.


Q1: Is our daughter gifted?

My daughter aged 10 has been formally diagnosed with ADHD from about 7. As part of the support process we have had a WISC IV assessment of her approximately 2 years ago. The scores were as follows:

VCI Total 37
PR Total 40
WM Total 20
PS Total 14 (coding score of 5)
Overal total 111

Am I correct in understanding this can be equated to her IQ? I also believe I read somewhere that the VCI and PR elements could be interpreted independently to identify if a child is gifted?

A: I can understand your concern. Children with ADHD (and other neuropsychological issues) often have difficulties with working memory and processing speed may result in lower Full Scale IQ (FSIQ) scores, as with your daughter’s scores. In this case, it may be better to look at the General Ability Index (GAI) rather than the FSIQ. .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted Children with ADHD here.

Q2: I have a six year old son who has presented with many qualities of giftedness from a very early age. Walked/talked/read earlier than the vast majority of his age peers. He is highly intense, spirited, emotional, curious ... and a whole host of other gifted qualities which present on a 'grand' scale. In his first year of school last year, we asked his teacher if she could send home readers as he complained of being bored. She mentioned he didn't present with any of the gifts we spoke of and, as a result of the disparity, he was tested by the school Guidance Officer....

A: From your description, he certainly demonstrates qualities of a gifted child. The good thing here is that you believe you son is gifted and as parents, you are the best judge of his abilities. However, school are quite stringent in the criteria for a special program. It is indeed true that many gifted children may not make it into the school's gifted program due to scores that do not meet the cut-off requirement... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Mismatched WPPSI-III Scores with Ability here.

Q3: Are their other scales used measure IQ instead of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale as it relates to gifted testing?

A: Sure there is! I would like to refer you to the following webpage for a whole list of tests, the most common being the Stanford Binet (SB-5), the Wechsler (WISC), and the Woodcock Johnson (WJ-III)... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Scales to Measure Intelligence here.


Discover Your Child's Learning Style: Children Learn in Unique Ways
By Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson

It has become widely accepted that not all children learn alike. Some grasp information best by reading, while others learn better through listening or discovering concepts in a hands-on fashion. Two longtime educators-- Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle-Hodson--suggest in this guide that there are actually five aspects to a student's learning style beyond the simple modes of visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.

Their "learning style profile" takes into account a child's talents, interests, preferred learning environment, and disposition, as well as the three more familiar modes. Written as a workbook, with a series of do-it-yourself assessments, the guide offers parents a chance to diagnose their child's learning style in all five areas. A chart of activities accompanies each style.


Every Child Can Succeed: Making the Most of Your Child's Learning Style
By Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

Just as there are many roads that lead to success, there are many methods of teaching children the lessons of life. Every Child Can Succeed shows parents, grandparents, teachers and others how to utilize an innovative “learning styles" approach to help their kids live up to their potential. The assessments are uncomplicated and almost too simplistic.

And the writers convey an idealism that may not fly in some schools, suggesting that parents encourage teachers to adapt to their child's learning style, accepting, for instance, a video-taped report instead of a written one from a visual learner who conveys his talents better on screen than on paper. Understanding the assessments' results and applying them involves careful--and lengthy--reading.



Children's brain development depends on teaching them early
Town Talk July 23, 2009

A group of Central Louisiana nurses, social workers, educators and others gathered in Alexandria Wednesday to learn about the importance of early childhood development. The Forum on Early Childhood, held at the Alexandria Convention Hall, was part of advocacy efforts by the United Way of Central Louisiana to provide information about the need to nurture children early in life.

Timing Is Everything: Growth Factor Keeps Brain Development On Track
Science Daily July 18, 2009

Just like a conductor cueing musicians in an orchestra, Fgf10, a member of the fibroblast growth factor (Ffg) family of morphogens, lets brain stem cells know that the moment to get to work has arrived, ensuring that they hit their first developmental milestone on time, report scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the July 16, 2009, edition of the journal Neuron.

Boost your child's immunity and brain development
The Sunday Mail July 31, 2009

MOTHERS want the absolute best for their growing children, and Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN)'s growing up milk formulations are centered on this notion. It's most recent innovations - Enfagrow A+ and Enfakid A+ with more than four times DHA and New Triple Protection Guard - aim to provide children with the right nutrition for brain development and body resistance.

Toddlers from talkative homes have advantage in learning
Canada July 31, 2009

It's easy to forgive parents for feeling exhausted when faced with all the options to help improve their toddlers' literacy and language development before school: Think everything from flash cards to Baby Einstein DVDs.

Art helps develop children's creativity
Crest on News Advertiser July 29, 2009

We have all had the pleasure of observing or interacting with children when they bring their imaginations to life. Children have the ability to openly express themselves without being easily embarrassed. They often create their own ideas, theories and interests independently. One way to support and sustain a child's natural inclination towards creativity is to give them access to art education.

Getting kids off to good start essential
Courier Press July 17, 2009

Employers consistently rank intelligence and the ability to learn, communicate and build relationships as vital workplace skills. Extensive research has proven that an adult's capacity for all of these things is actually developed during childhood, beginning at birth. This is because a child's day-to-day experiences affect the actual hard wiring of his or her brain, including the formation of intelligence and personality.

Nutrition Facts Parents Should Know
KFSM July 29, 2009

Some say that milk does a body good, but do you know everything there is to know about the drink your kids love so much? Here are five things you should know about your kids and milk.


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