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


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Volume #8   Issue #11

ISSN: 0219-7642    Dec 13, 2009

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Thinking is a God's gift to you and everyone. Thinking is a powerful tool! It is also an essential part of life. With thinking, you can achieve any thing in life. Thinking also helps you solve complex problems, riddles and puzzles. Thinking is also the most basic skill in human beings. Right thinking can lead to right kind of solutions. Problems are the tools to find essential solutions.

However, thinking skills vary widely among different people. One person may be very efficient in thinking and finding solutions to complex problems, while some others may be very poor in thinking processes. Most people do not think outside the box while applying their mind to find better solutions to the problems. In fact, some people look at finding the most obvious solutions to an underlying problem. On the other hand, many people may look at the problem in a different way and apply their unusual thinking processes to arrive at unusual answers. Children are no different to adults when it comes to solving complex problems.

Lateral thinking is the most potent tool that can help your children to look at problems in a radical way. Lateral thinking is also an intricate process of finding solutions to a problem in an unusual way. Lateral thinking helps your children to develop an ability to tackle the problems in an out-of-the-box way that is efficient and different. Dr. Edward de Bono proposed a revolutionary method of thinking process that can help your children in a remarkable way. Lateral thinking helps your children to use the power of their brain to convert disadvantages into definite benefits.

As Christmas and New Year Holiday are approaching, I would like to take a short break. The next issue of BrainyZine will be delivered on Jan 10, 2010. Wishing you and your family "A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!".

Thought for today:
"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much." - Jim Rohn

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Understanding Edward de Bono's Principles - Lateral Thinking
Dr.Edward de Bono is possibly one of the most genius thinkers and developer in the history of human psychology. His theory of lateral thinking is a new and pioneering way of thinking in a different way. Lateral thinking is complex and unusual because it depends on your ability to think in an out-of-the-box manner.

Applying Edward De Bono's Principles - Lateral Thinking
Teaching lateral thinking to your children is refreshingly different and thrilling. Dr.Edward de Bono suggests a number of different techniques and methods to teach lateral thinking to your children. Lateral thinking also assists your children solve all complex problems with relative ease and simplicity.


Q1: My question is that I know that my 9 year old daughter is gifted but no one seems to believe me she just started 3rd grade she reading at 5.9 grade level. She does not have perfect grades but she has A's and B's which 81% is the lowest grade she has. For some reason or other she can not take District test well, she as been diagnose with anxiety. I think the she is a visual-spital thinker, she is very creative and musical talented...

A: From your description, she is clearly more advanced than her peers and probably views things a little differently. However, at 9 years of age, this is not quite the norms and your daughter is going through quite a bit and already feeling different in a regular classroom atmosphere. The fact that the school does not even recognize her exceptionality makes it even harder for her to cope .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Being Different here.

Q2: My son is 15 years old, and although his year 6 teacher suggested he may be gifted, since attending senior school he has gone largely unnoticed and is now severely underachieving and has lost interest in school altogether....How is the best way to get his IQ tested to support or refute my diagnosis? what can I reasonably expect from the school in the way of support? Is it too late for my child to enjoy and succeed at school? 

A: It is unfortunate that in spite of knowing that your child is gifted, the school does not support the idea. This is rather typical of a traditional school system where education is meant for the majority of the spectrum and not the minority. It may be hard for a teacher in a classroom of many students to give individual attention to any child. Furthermore, the school may not even have a program for such children, hence the reluctance rather than refusal. .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Support for a Gifted Child here.

Q3: I recently had my child who is four IQ tested. Originally they thought he had a form of autism we were ask to take him to a doctor who did test for that and IQ etc. To our surprise the doctor said he scored 136, and he's four. I'm not sure what all that means I just don't see how my child could have scored that high. For a child that's Four what does that mean? Did the doctor score him wrong? We just don't see how he's that smart we don't see it. Thanks.

A: There is too little information to make any kind of suggestion here but I will try to advise based on the high IQ. I am not an expert on autism but from what I understand, when we talk about the autism spectrum, you may see terms such as ‘low functioning’ and ‘high functioning’ being used ever so often. Commonly, ‘high functioning’ autism is less of an issue for day-to-day functioning. Therefore, ‘high functioning’ autistics require very much less support, less treatment, and naturally fewer educational interventions compared to the ‘low functioning’ ones .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Possibility of High Functioning Autism here.


Serious Creativity
By Edward de Bono

Edward de Bono is regarded by many to be the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He has written 62 books with translations into 37 languages and has been invited to lecture in 54 countries. He is the originator of lateral thinking that treats creativity as the behavior of information in a self-organizing information system - such as the neural networks in the brain. From such a consideration, arise the deliberate and formal tools of lateral thinking, parallel thinking etc.

According to Edward de Bono "Complacent, adequate, sufficient all imply that something is not wrong or bad. Our normal language and thinking behavior does not have a convenient way of saying: "That is excellent but not enough". Or we might need to say "That is excellent but that is only part of the picture".


Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step
By Edward De Bono

This book is intended for use both at home and at school. At school, the emphasis has traditionally always been on vertical thinking that is effective but incomplete. This book is about lateral thinking that is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring. Lateral thinking can be learned, practiced and used. It is impossible to acquire skill in it just as it is possible to acquire skill in mathematics.

The seminal book that introduced a new way of reasoning and decision-making. Edward De Bono has contributed to Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step as an author. Dr. Edward de Bono is widely regarded as the leading authority in the direct teaching of creative thinking. He is the originator of the term "lateral thinking," and his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages.



Mother-child bonding improves brain development in children
Redding Nov 30, 2009

According to Jennifer Snider, a school readiness coordinator with First 5 Shasta, a child is born with billions of brain cells. Each new experience - such as eye contact, talking with the baby and cuddling - helps brain cells to connect. Every time those moments are repeated, the connections are reinforced. "The face-to-face nurturing relationship is important for healthy brain development,"

Interaction with parents help babies brains grow
Intelligencer Nov 30, 2009

Touch. Talk. Read. Smile. Sing. Count and Play. These are seven simple strategies you can use to build your baby's brainpower. You know that nutritious food helps your baby's body grow, but did you also know that loving nurturing experiences help your child's brain grow? Parents play an important role in shaping how their babies will learn, think and behave in the future.

Build a brainy baby
The National Nov 30, 2009

Pregnant women who eat lots of liquorices can have a detrimental effect on their child's intelligence and behavior, according to a recent combined study by scientists at Edinburgh and Helsinki universities.

Missing out on brain food puts kids at risk
WA Today Nov 14, 2009

AN OVERWHELMING majority of children do not eat enough fish, placing them at risk of heart disease, asthma, attention deficit disorder and retarded brain development, new research says.

From zero to three: Prime time for learning
Malaya Dec 08, 2009

IF there is one thing that Spongebob represents, it is the fact that a child's brain works like a sponge. The amount of information that a child can absorb is tremendous, especially from zero to three years of age. Years of continuous research by developmental psychologists affirms this.


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