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


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Volume #8   Issue #19

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 18, 2010

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More often, our children do not have the positive character of resiliency because they are not trained to act so. Innumerable reasons and causes contribute to this situation. For example, a child may face some form of problems with his or her peers. One such problem could be bullying by another child. Unfortunately, the child who faces this problem may need to find a solution for the problem on a personal level. Parents and teachers can help their children find a practical solution to such a problem. The biggest benefit of finding a solution to this problem is the development of resiliency with your children.

Resilient children are always very strong and stable in their personality and outlook. They have the ability to find solutions for many common problems all by themselves. On the other hand, children who are less resilient may feel threatened and vulnerable. Such children will be negative and feel lonely all the time.

Parents and teachers must help their children develop and enhance the basic and primary character of resilience in their young age. Resilient children can achieve lofty things in their young age. Have a nice day.

Thought for today:
"Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schultz

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Building Resilience in Children - What is Resilience?
Resilient children are tough, persevering, tolerant and capable. They can face any adverse situations in their life barring very serious ones. However, the power of resilience nature is more of a psychological parameter and it is very difficult to comprehend its real meaning.

Building Resilience in Children - Basic Methods and Techniques
Training your children in developing the power of resilience is a thing of art and perseverance. In fact, it is playing with your children's psyche. However, with consistent effort, even you can help your children develop resilience so that they can face adverse situations with confidence.


Q1: a have a six and half year old boy. He has recently been assessed by the school system. They have determined him to be a child who is gifted but, might have a learning disability. I am at a loss of how to support him, I believe he may fit in to the Type 2 challenging. He definitely challenges things and does not accept because I said so as a reason. He is very creative and curious. He struggles with maintaining focus and concentration. He also seems to have difficulty learning to read or master basic lessons in school. Do you have any recommendations, books to read, support groups etc.

A: According to Betts & Neihart (1988), The Challenging Gifted (Type II) are the divergently gifted. Many school systems fail to identify Type II gifted children for programs unless the programs have been in place at least five years and substantial in servicing has been done with teachers. This personality type includes very creative, but often frustrated or bored, gifted children. They question the systems around them and are often rebellious because their abilities are unrecognized. Impatient, direct, and competitive, such children have low self-esteem.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Support for the Type II - The Challenging Gifted here.

Q2: My son is just over six-years old and my husband and I have always found him very intense and challenging. Since he's been in school he has been way ahead in some areas (reading, computer skills, comprehension, ability to understand and create abstract concepts) and lagging behind in others (maths, writing). The problem is he can do the maths perfectly sometimes and other times he just won't even bother with it. Lately, he says that school is boring .....He fits almost all of the characteristics you list for giftedness. Is he gifted? How can we know? We just want to understand him and help him.

A: Your son does appear to have characteristic distinct to gifted children. From your description, he does not clearly appear to be autistic, especially as you indicated that he is sensitive to others and friendly. However, this is best checked by a professional to rule out any need for intervention since some of his behaviors appear to display autistic tendencies. Then again, he may just be a kinaesthetic learner.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Catering for Needs of the Gifted Children here.

Q3: Would you like to tell us how to understand the score report of Cognitive Abilities Test? What is the key score? The Profile? (example 8A) USS? (example 202) SSS? (example 128) Grade PR? (example 94) or other? Thank you.

A: The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a measure of a student's potential to succeed in school-related tasks. It should not be confused as a measure for intelligence or IQ. Rather, it measures the reasoning skills that have developed even though these general cognitive skills are probably not explicitly taught.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on The Cognitive Abilities Test here.


A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings
By Dr. Kenneth R.Ginsberg

Today's children face a great deal of stress - academic performance, heavy scheduling, high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressures, family tension. Without healthier solutions, they often cope by talking back, giving up, or indulging in unhealthy behaviors. Show your child how to bounce back - and THRIVE - with coping strategies from one of the nation's foremost experts in adolescent medicine.

This 7-C plan for resilience helps kids of all ages learn competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping, and control to help them bounce back from challenges. You'll find effective strategies to help your children and teens.


Handbook of Resilience in Children
By Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. Robert B. Brooks

To help children overcome the everyday obstacles they face - that is, to beat the odds - the Handbook of Resilience in Children gathers into one volume the current scientific theory, clinical guidelines, and real-world interventions to address such issues as the role of resilience in overcoming trauma, adversity, and abuse, the relationship between resilience and other protective factors, resilience differences between boys and girls, measuring and evaluating resilience in clinical practice, using resilience in interventions with children and families and examples of school and community resilience-building programs. The Handbook addresses ways in which the hypothetical and theoretical concepts of resilience can be applied in practice.



Early Influences on Brain Architecture
General Health Topics Apr 04, 2010

Early experience has a powerful and lasting influence on how the brain develops. The physical and chemical conditions that encourage the building of a strong, adaptive brain architecture are present early in life. As brains age, a number of changes lock in the ways information is processed, making it more difficult for the brain to change to other ways of dealing with information.

Family Focus: Parents play big role in baby's brain development
Amestrib Apr 07, 2010

A young child's brain grows and changes rapidly during the first years of life. Neuroscientists have concluded that parents play an important role in fostering their baby's brain development.

Adding DHA during Pregnancy Can Benefit Your Unborn Child's Brain and Nervous System
New Mom's Forum Apr 09, 2010

Have you been noticing these three capital letters “DHA added” appearing on the labels of certain items at the grocery store and wonder what it means? DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is one of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that have many healthful properties such as lowering cholesterol as well as lowering blood pressure.

How Can Coloring Activity Build Your Kids Creativity And Character: The Left And Right Side Of The Brain
Helping Articles Apr 05, 2010

Doodling is something that nearly every child enjoys doing. Have you ever known a child that did not like doodling sometime during their childhood? As children, we would have colored on everything we god a hold of if we always had a crayon in our hands.

Spanking May Make a Child More Aggressive
Business Week Apr 12, 2010

Spanking children when they're 3 seems to lead to more aggressive behavior when they're 5, even if you take into account the child's initial level of aggression.


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