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


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Volume #5   Issue #6

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 12, 2006

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I received few comments on last issue about children spending too much time watching TV. One reader shared her experience about using the TV as a babysitter to her baby throughout the day. Now, her child was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. If you want to limit the TV times, there are few activities you can do to keep your kids away from the TV such as:

  • Make homemade ice cream

  • Make a card for Grandma or Grandpa

  • Make paper airplanes

  • Make up a treasure hunt (hide toys, books in your closet or bathroom)

  • Give your kids a magnet and get them list down the things in the house that can be stick on.

  • Bake a cake (buy the kid an easy cake or brownie mix)

  • Camp inside the house (use blankets over the chairs or table to make a tent. Use torchlight and read ghost story inside it)

  • ....

I guess you probably can come out more ideas to keep your kids busy instead of watching TV. Take care!

Thought for today:
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. " - Author Unknown

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Bright Kids with Learning Problems - When IQ and Achievement Don't Match Up
By Dave Palmer, Ph.D

When some parents think of high-achieving or gifted students, what comes to mind is a child who shines in every aspect of life - one who can be expected to get straight A's in school, have tons of friends, and be a star in sports. The idea is, if you're smart, you're smart, and you should be able to apply your mind and talents to just about anything and do well. Problem is, this idea just isn't true....Read more here!


Q1: I just received by son's 7th grade Terra Nova tests, his Total Score was 91 and the IQ component of this test was 122. How does the IQ test on the Terra Nova compare to other IQ tests, such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)? I don't know how to interpret these scores. Any insight would be helpful. Thank you.

A: The major difference here is that the Terra Nova is an achievement test whereas IQ tests (such as the Wechsler's and the Stanford-Binet) are ability/aptitude tests. This does not warrant a one-to-one comparison. In principle, achievement tests are more directly concerned with what is taught is schools, which is not the case with ability tests. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Difference between Terra Nova and IQ tests

Q2: When a school for the gifted ask for the WISC-IV test and is looking for more than the full scale score, what other score are they looking at for their decision as to the giftedness of the child?

A: It is indeed very hard to tell what a school looks for in gifted programs. Schools are generally guided by established research and to a certain extent, some level of trial and error to determine students who may best benefit from such a program. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Criteria for Gifted Programme Admission here.

Q3: I am curious about the differences between the Terra Nova standardized test and the other NAEP test. How do the two tests compare at the grade school level?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on The difference between the Terra Nova and other National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests


Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education
David Palmer, Ph.D.

This book is written specifically for parents who need to understand gifted testing and gifted programming so that they can make informed decisions for their children.

This book gives those with little or no background in IQ testing and gifted education a close look at how the system of screening, testing, and programming really works. This is where you'll find the direct answers and specific advice you need to make the right decisions for your child.



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Exposure to chemicals may harm young brains
Reuters UK Nov 8, 2006

Exposure to industrial chemicals in the womb or early in life can impair brain development but only a handful are controlled to protect children, researchers said on Wednesday.

Can you build a brainier baby?
Newsweek Nov 6, 2006

Exposing a baby to a lot of different stimulus in the first year of life is, indeed, healthy, says Janet Doman, co-author of "How Smart is Your Baby? Develop and Nurture Your Newborn's Full Potential." .

Scientists show how mom passes omega-3 to child
Nutra Oct 31, 2006

Supplementing mothers-to-be with omega-3 fatty acids results in higher amounts being delivered to the baby in the womb, say German scientists who have identified the carriers of the fatty acid from mother to child.

Babies' Mental Delay Tied to Moms' Vegan Diet
International News Network Oct 30, 2006

The breast-fed infants of two mothers who did not eat any animal products, including milk and eggs, developed brain abnormalities as a result of a vitamin-B12 deficiency, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. 

Fathers Influence Child Language Development More Than Mothers
ScienceDaily Nov 1, 2006

In families with two working parents, fathers had greater impact than mothers on their children's language development between ages 2 and 3, according to a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute and UNC's School of Education.

Bilingual pupils do better in exams, report finds
The Independent Oct 31, 2006

Bilingual children are far more likely to get top-grade passes in exams in all subjects, a report has found.


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