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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
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Volume #4   Issue #21

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 9, 2006

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Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions are Really Telling Our Children
By Elizabeth Pantley

There are many subtle but significant ways that parents' words and actions influence their children's behavior and development. You will find significant changes parents can make to help blend their good intentions into better parenting skills.


Q1: My daughter just turned 28 months old. Here's her development stages in brief.

* Sitting unassisted and using pincer - 4 months
* Talking - 6 months
* Walking - 7.5 months
* Knew alphabets (lowercase and uppercase) and sounds they make by 18 months
* Sounding out words by two years

The part that puzzles me most is her sense of humor. She started making puns by 12 months ...

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Child of Early Advanced Potential

Q2: My step-daughter could not talk until she was three years old. Her development was very slow and she was not able to read when she was in the first grade the first time. We had her repeat the first grade and had her retested. The test the school first gave her indicated there was not a learning problem. We asked them to retest her and the results showed that her IQ was below 70.

When she was in the fourth grade her IQ was 68. She is now in the 7th grade and the school just told us that her IQ is 77. Is this possible? She has a difficult time and still is not working on grade level. Please advise us what to do or what test they can give her?

A: Unfortunately, you did not indicate the tests used to determine her IQ. However, on a standardized IQ test, it is possible for the IQ to vary a little (just a few points usually if given the same test in a two-year gap period) but drastic changes may be a different problem entirely ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Difference in IQ level here.

Q3: My child is 6 years old. Since the IQ tests are apparently normed for age by the year, would he more likely test as having a higher IQ if he is tested late in his 6th year rather than when he has just turned 6?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Difference in IQ based on Age

Q4: My daughter is 14 years old and has been diagnosed with a specific learning disability since the age of 6 years and 5 months. For the last seven years she has been in a special Ed class at a private school and has flourished. She struggles mostly with math and loves to read (her reading is way above grade level). This year she has started high school and we have enrolled her in a school that specializes in Learning Disability (LD) kids. She hates it there and she is constantly bored ...

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted with Learning Disability?


Motivated Minds : Raising Children to Love Learning
By Deborah Stipek Ph.D, Kathy Seal

How do we show our children the great joys of learning? How do we get them to want more? Stipek and Seal offer a practical guide for parents of toddlers and elementary school students. The book explains how close relationships with adults and feelings of competency and autonomy make children want to learn and offer practical advice on promoting enthusiasm, academic risk-taking, and persistence. Motivated Minds is a must for any parent wanting to raise a curious, creative, ambitious, and independent child.




How to build a better brain June 26, 2006

With flashy toys, expensive classes and music compilations all promising to make your child smarter, it's hard to sort out the best way to help your child's brain thrive. A new policy paper helps put those worries to rest. The gist of the paper is this: what kids need is a secure relationship with adults who adore them.

Brainy Brains
ScienCentral July 6, 2006

The size of your brain doesn't necessarily determine how smart you are. Brain researchers say how your brain thickens and thins when you're a kid has a bigger influence on your IQ.

Language link to 'bubble blowing'
BBC News June 22, 2006

Infants who can blow bubbles and lick their lips are more likely to pick up language quickly, research suggests.

Innovative "Brain Training" Concept Has Provided Lifelong Learning Improvements To Students June 26, 2006

What LearningRx cognitive skills training does is "train the brain" and enhances those skills in a proprietary process that results in improvement faster and more effectively than any other educational process.

Ideal nutrition during journey of motherhood July 09, 2006

Pregnancy is the most fascinating time of a woman's life. This phase is also the most nutritionally demanding. The woman has to take care of not only her own nutritional requirements but also those of the unborn child growing rapidly inside her.


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