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


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #12   Issue #09

ISSN: 0219-7642    Sep 15, 2013

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Fear and anxiety are two of the most mysterious factors in life. Fear and anxiety can feed on a person's emotions and demeanor. They are almost like hungry predators, feeding on soul, brain, self-composure and courage. Anxiety can affect anybody including children. Anxiety is also just like poison. Children, who are extremely anxious, could easily become the victim that eventually leads to inferior classroom performance and impaired relations with peers.

Anxiety is very powerful, but negative trait, because it can change children's composure and mannerisms. It can even change their thoughts, to make them feel and think, that they are losing meaning with reality. Anxiety has many connotations for children. Children may not know how to identify reasons that actually lead to the status of anxiety.

Getting rid of anxiety from children's life is a tricky task, as parents' mental composure and behavior can largely influence the way in which children think and act. Confident and courageous parents can easily influence their children to drive away anxiety and replace the negative state of the mind with positivity, courage and steadfastness. All the best!

Thought for today:
"It's not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it." - Hans Selye

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Feature Articles

Let Your Children be Free of Stress and Anxiety - Make Them Mentally Tough and Resilient
Anxiety is a crippling and negative mental state that can cause innumerable ill-effects. Anxiety is a result of many negative emotions. Click to learn more.

Let Your Children be Free of Stress and Anxiety - Creating a Mentally Tougher Child
How to assist children with extreme anxiety and make them mentally tougher? Here are some techniques to drive away anxiety from their children's mind.

Ask an Expert

Q1: How do I compare my child's score to what is normal or the normal range? Is there a normal range or are there multiple factors that affect it?

A: i would assume that you mean normal range for intelligence testing scores. Yes, there is a normal range and if it deviates from the norm, the main factor affecting it would be the cognitive ability and functioning. On the Wechsler's tests, the lowest score would be 40 and highest is 160. The simple graph below shows the range and distribution of IQ scores in a normal IQ curve..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Normal IQ Range for Intelligence here.

Q2: I took my daughter to be re-evaluated for her ADHD. In doing so her new doctor administered the KBIT-2 test. Her scores were as follows: Composite 117, Verbal 104 & Non verbal 124. What are they "actually testing?" What is a composite, or what is a non-verbal test? and what do her scores mean? I want to do what is best for her whether that be getting her extra help or looking for a gifted program. I would any help you can give me in explaining this to me & guiding me in the right direction.

A: i will explain the term in a bit but first would like you to understand the test. The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (K-BIT 2) is used to measure verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. It is used to obtain a quick estimate of intelligence, estimate an individual's verbal versus nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to identify students who may benefit from enrichment or gifted programs... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Interpreting KBIT-2 Scores here.

Q3: I am the mother of a verbose 20 month old. I was an early talker myself - saying my first words at 6 months old. I anticipated that my daughter may speak early, so when she had a language explosion at 13 months I wasn't surprised - that seemed pretty normal to me. I was writing down all her words as she acquired them, until I lost count at two hundred words by the time she was 17 months old....

A: At 20 months, your little one has definitely showed above-average development compared to her peers, something you have probably noticed. It is very good that you have recorded her milestones. Her language development is rather advanced, though probably in the average range in the “advanced category”, but she appears to be picking up speed. As you mentioned, you have not taught her much and she is doing well mostly on her own, shows signs of early gifts.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Nurturing Advanced Ability here.

Brainy Products

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids)
By Dawn Huebner, Ph.D

Guides children and parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of anxiety. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering kids to overcome their overgrown worries. If you are the parent or caregiver of an anxious child, you know what it feels like to be held hostage. So does your child. Children who worry too much are held captive by their fears.

They go to great lengths to avoid frightening situations, and ask the same anxiety-based questions over and over again. Yet the answers give them virtually no relief. Parents and caregivers find themselves spending huge amounts of time reassuring, coaxing, accommodating, and doing whatever else they can think of to minimize their child's distress.


Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
By Ronald Rapee Ph.D, Ann Wignall D, Susan Spence Ph.D, Heidi Lyneham Ph.D and Vanessa Cobham Ph.D

Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But at least ten percent of children have excessive fears and worries - phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder - that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.

Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. The book offers proven effective skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to aid you in helping your child overcome intense fears and worries. You'll also find out how to relieve your child's anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.


Latest Brainy News

Stress can hamper kids' brains, says U.S. researcher
Stalbert Leader Sep 05, 2013

Because different parts of the brain develop on their own timelines, stresses on children can impact different functions depending on when the stress occurs. Some connections between brain cells are “pruned.” A 14-year-old has fewer connections than a three-year-old and experiences determine which stay and which go.

Parents beware: Technology can harm your baby's mental development!
Daily Bhaskar Sep 09, 2013

Better keep your smart phone away from the reach of your kids. Toddlers who play with smart phones are at an increased risk of impeding their brain development, experts have warned.

Music matters: Studies show it's important for brain development
Canada Sep 06, 2013

While sports often make the shortlist of choices, music lessons can sometimes be over-looked as an important extra-curricular choice. But many recent studies are giving good reason to move music to the top of one's to-do list.

Child Abuse Changes the Brain
Guardian Today Sep 12, 2013

A follow up report on a study done two decades ago has determined that child abuse qualifies as a public health concern. The report concluded that abuse and neglect have the ability to change the brain and that these changes have a significant impact in how the child functions both as a child and into adulthood.

Read With Your Children, Not to Them
Science Daily Sep 12, 2013

Research has found that reading with young children and engaging them can make a positive impact on the child's future and their family.

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