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


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Volume #5   Issue #4

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 15, 2006

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Healthy Self-Esteem Thinking
By Michael Grose

Research shows children with low self-esteem have three poor thinking habits, which are reflected through the way they speak and behave. High self-esteemers have different thinking habits which result in higher levels of satisfaction and achievement.

Turn Halloween Fears into Fun for Kids
By Dr. Charles Sophy

Halloween is a great time to be a kid! If your kids want a little Halloween fright here's how to make sure the fear they feel is fun.


Q1: How do we know the WISC-IV is a reliable measure of intelligence? What each WISC-IV component measures and how they are indicators for success in school. For example, coding - What does this measure and what does it do to help students in school? 

A: Standardized intelligence tests have to adhere to strict guidelines to ensure reliability. Reliability refers to the consistency of a measure. A test is considered reliable if we are able to get the same/similar result repeatedly. For example, if a test is designed to measure intelligence, two of the same form of test (say, Part A and Part B) should bear very close results when administered to a subject. Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on WISC: The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

Q2: Is there a time period (12 months) to re-take the WISC-IV test? My daughter is being tested again for the academically talented program, the school states that it has to be a full year for her to be re-tested for the WISC-IV. Is this true?

A: For standardized tests, the retake time period is usually one year or more. However, research on interval period of retesting has not really pinpointed the exact time. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Retesting Issues for the WISC-IV here.

Q3: My 9 year old is in the fourth grade in private school. He has earned A's all year on his report card, but struggles getting his class work completed. He struggles in particular with math. He understands the work, and we have met with his teacher who agrees that he has no lack of intelligence due to his test scores, but completing his class work and homework - at times - is very hard for him...

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Struggling with Class Work






Raising Children Who Think for Themselves
By Elisa Medhus, M.D.

This book offers a new approach to parenting that has the power to reverse the trend of external direction in our children and help parents bring up empathetic, self-confident, moral, independent thinkers. Children who are externally directed make decisions based on the peer groups, violent movies, sexually explicit television shows, and rap lyrics that permeate their lives. When children are self-directed, on the other hand, they use their power of reason like a sword to cut through the jungle of external influences. This book shows that it is never too late to foster in our children the ability to weight options, consider sources, and think for themselves.

Dr. Elisa Medhus is the proud recipient of three highly prestigious awards: The 2002 Parent's Choice Award, The NAPPA Gold Award (National Parenting Publications Association,) and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval.


Teach Your Child How to Think
By Edward de Bono

Edward de Bono's renowned educational program for develping children's tkinking skills has been adopted in countries and school around the world. This book provides exercises, games, and drawings and de Bono demonstrates the difference between intelligence and thinking and provides a step-by-step method for helping children develop the clear and constructive thinking patterns.




Breast milk 'does not boost IQ'
BBC News Oct 3, 2006

Breastfed babies are smarter because their mothers are clever in the first place, not because of any advantage of breastfeeding itself, a study suggests.

Boosting babies' IQ with the 'Mozart effect' Oct 14, 2006

Remember the Mozart Effect, when 'moms-and-dads-to-be' played tapes and CDs of Mozart to their 'babies-to-be' to boost their IQs? The music improved the students' "spatio-temporal intelligence" for a few minutes but the silence did nothing for the others. .

High-tech toys can stifle children's imagination
The Frederick News Oct 13, 2006

Children learn about the environment by doing and by stimulating the different parts of the brain that are used for storing information. A particular toy won't have a negative impact on a child, but they need to be used appropriately - not as baby sitters. Imagination is very, very important. It helps them understand the world better.

Why your brain needs fish
health24 Oct 10, 2006

Did you know that your brain is 60% fat? And that DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid predominantly found in fish, is one of the most abundant types of fat in this crucial organ?

Head growth in infancy tied to IQ
DailyTelegraph Oct 10, 2006

"Brain growth in early life may be important in determining not only the level of peak cognitive function attained but also whether such function is preserved in old age," the study team writes in the journal Pediatrics.

Increase the power of your brain with IQ Test Trainer!
Press-World Oct 13, 2006

IQ Test Trainer is an easy-to-use software letting you considerably increase your average IQ test score and general intelligence. The software is based on a scientific method called backpropagation a technique used for training neural networks.

Obesity in children can lead to liver disease, study finds Oct 2, 2006

Nearly 10 percent of children and teens – that's 70,000 in San Diego County and 6.5 million nationwide – have a dangerous but undiagnosed buildup of fat in their livers, a process that can lead to inflammation, cirrhosis and premature death.


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