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


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Volume #10   Issue #02

ISSN: 0219-7642    July 10, 2011

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The challenge of handling a gifted child is a big task by itself. Gifted children, with all their hidden talents and skills, are actually very difficult to handle and manage. What they need is a gentle push that acts as a matchstick to ignite passion and interest. Child education experts recommend a number of techniques to teach gifted children.

More often, there is a general rule that dictates or determines the differences in learning abilities of individual learners within a classroom. According to Smutny, J (National Association for Gifted Children), “younger the age group, the more dramatic variations within the group and the more likely that the differences you see in school performance reflect deeper differences in developmental level.” However, these differences tend to magnify, when there are gifted children who are studying in the same classroom.

Catering to the needs of gifted children is very difficult, because they belong to an entirely different group of children. Educational experts recommend a different type of educational approach called “differentiated education”, which takes into consideration the actual needs of gifted children. The first basic steps here are to understand your gifted children and identify what their needs and requirements really are. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"Talk to your children about peer pressure. Explain what a powerful force it can be, and ... tell them that you will never accept the excuse that "Everyone did it" ... that they will be held responsible for their actions." - Tom McMahon, Teen Tips

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Help your Child Deal with Peer Pressure - A Two Edged Sword
Peer pressure in school is common. Peer pressure could be both positive and negative. Here are some basic information bits on peer pressure.

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Q1: I'm a 16 year old girl at Secondary School. I would like to ask you some questions regarding the difference between a gifted and a bright child.

First of all, can a gifted child be gifted but still suffer from nerves and thus sometimes have to retake some of their exams? Also, is it potentially damaging for a gifted child to be told they are just a hardworker (as a result of the odd Bs)? Is it possible for a gifted child to do tests and end up with results on A/B borderline from not having revised the material in younger academic years as a result of disinterest, or must all gifted children get 90 % first time round?!

A: Your questions are interesting and I am glad you asked them so you can clarify some misconception about giftedness. A gifted child is one that has above average abilities, but just like everyone else, may achieve or underachieve. Being gifted does not give any guarantees for straight A's. Gifted individuals who may not be getting the stimulation they require would burn out and underachieve..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted or Bright here.

Q2: My son is 12 and was evaluated with the WISC IV, and Kaufman achievement tests. His WISC IV scores were average to high average, and his achievement scores were 97-99 percentile (upper extreme) in reading and 97 percentile (above average) in math. How can this discrepancy be explained? He seems to be very intelligent but behavioral issues have gotten in the way of him getting good grades. He is currently failing school. It has been suggested that he is "twice exceptional" (gifted, but also learning disabled or having ADHD or emotional problems that mask one's giftedness), but his school claims that his IQ testing shows that he is not gifted. Is it possible to have an average IQ and score so high on the achievement tests even though he doesn't do much school work and doesn't study?

A: It is very possible to get different range of scores between intelligence and achievement as the two are not the same thing. It also gives an indication of some kind of learning difficulty. As it is, most tests vary in their content, appropriateness with different populations, and usefulness as a basis for educational requests. Therefore, it is important that tests (especially individual rather than group) are conducted by a trained and experienced tester who would be able to document the strengths, relative weaknesses and advise on the suitability of a program to cater for the educational needs of the child. High IQ scores are predominantly used as a main criterion for screening gifted individuals for specific programs...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Average IQ and Above Average Achievement Score here.

Q3: I have a 3 year old daughter, initially I was concern that she might have learning disability, because she can't seems to be focus in preschool, she is always not paying attention. But we also belief that she is extremely bright, she have extraordinary memory, especially great in remembering details, most of the time we didn't realized that she was paying attention to details. For example, she remembers things months later if where I place and object when I was searching high and low for it. Her teacher is very impressed by her, often expressed that she seems to be more mature than most kids of her age, she expressed herself very well, but she just can't seems to sit still and concentrate for a long time!

A: Twice exceptional means that the child has very advanced cognitive abilities and yet one or more learning disability which usually masks their strengths and in turn depress their IQ scores so that they appear less gifted than they really are. Giftedness can be combined with visual and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, other physical disabilities, and psychological dysfunctions. Being gifted provides no immunity against physical diseases and accidents that impair functioning. In this case, you may be suspecting ADHD but this can only be diagnosed after proper testing ...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Possibly Twice-Exceptional here.


Understanding Peer Influence in Children and Adolescents (The Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy)
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Scientists, educators, and parents of teens have long recognized the potency of peer influences on children and youth, but until recently, questions of how and why adolescents emulate their peers were largely overlooked. This book presents a comprehensive framework for understanding the processes by which peers shape each other's attitudes and behavior, and explores implications for intervention and prevention.

"The topic of peer influences has long been important to the field. This remarkable volume from distinguished editors and contributors proposes original and compelling conceptual models that will elucidate peer influence processes for researchers and students alike. In addition, many of the authors discuss general and specific implications of their work for prevention and intervention programs.


How to Say No and Keep Your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and Preteens
By Sharon Scott and Richard J. Murnane

This practical book for teens and preteens is filled with helpful suggestions, true stories, lively cartoons, and proven effective skills for dealing with all kinds of negative peer pressure. All kids face difficult decisions at some point about things like cheating, fighting, skipping school, stealing, drugs, lying to parents, etc.

New Edition Includes: 13 hard-hitting, true stories of teens who failed to manage negative peer pressure which resulted in loss of privileges, jail, and even death. A new message to kids: "Don't just fit in, stand out!" which empowers them to be independent thinkers.



Is Exercise the New Brain Food?
Lemon Grove July 03, 2011

We all know that exercising is good for your heart, bones and muscles, but did you know that some scientists are calling exercise the new “brain food?” Studies being conducted all over the world are showing a positive relationship between exercise and cognitive (brain) function.

Eating for two 'can lower baby's IQ'
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics June 30, 2011

A new study detailed in the journal Obesity Reviews, which looked at a range of research conducted across the globe, concluded that children whose mums overate while pregnant are at greater risk of suffering from low IQs, eating disorders and psychosis.

Baby's Brain Wired for Human Sounds
Yahoo News June 30, 2011

Even when they are only 3 months old, infants can recognize human sounds like coughing or laughing. In addition, if the sounds are negative in nature, the babies' brains show activity in areas involved in emotion.

How newborns solve problems, use moral reasoning and amaze scientists
Oregon Live June 23, 2011

Human infants are proving to have abilities far beyond what researchers have long assumed. Newborns grasp abstract numbers well enough to link matching numbers of objects and sounds, they understand musical rhythm well enough to detect a missed downbeat in a percussion line, and they consistently apply moral judgment.

10 signs your child may be gifted
Citi FM June 28, 2011

Some tots actually are branded as gifted. Is yours? There are a few developmental guidelines that often indicate giftedness in children, so here are ten signs that your child may be headed to the head of the class.

Do children need to know they're gifted?
Seattle Times June 05, 2011

You can tell your child he has been given the label "gifted" as long as he also knows that it doesn't mean he is smarter or better than anyone, just that he performs well on a certain kind of test.


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