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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 #7   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 19, 2009

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Most of our children are smart and intelligent by birth! It is just that, they are not using their natural talents and skills. Most probably, they did not get an opportunity to develop their brain functions in a normal manner. Of late, brain development in small children is gaining immense prominence among educators and parents.

Your children are undergoing a number of mental and physical changes every day. Brain develops at a very rapid rate in short cycles of bursts. These changes are very critical and play an important role in the overall development of brain.

Developing very critical brain functions in your children seem to be far more important than any other activities. As you touch, sing lullabies, hold, hug, rock and sing to your children, you can expect their brain functions to improve in a remarkable manner. These simple actions will help your children develop highly critical network of brain cells, neurons and nerve fibers. How quickly and efficiently these network connections occur can significantly influence the rate of efficiency with which the brain acts and functions.

You should be aware of early brain development in your children. However, it is also important that you should not worry too much about it. What you need to do is to follow very simple methods and guidelines to make your children's brain smarter and efficient. Just remember that your children are actually born smart and intelligent. It is just that they are yet to go through that elusive "brain-nurturing" process. Your children are yet to learn a number of skills, techniques and process in their childhood. As a parent, you can give a boost to those processes. Brain boosting is an intricate process of transforming an already equipped brain into a full-pledged and efficiently working system.

An ability to provide varied experiences and invaluable brain building activities to children is the hallmark of an influential parent. You may wish to work hard to provide these experiences to your child to make them brain smart. All the best!

Thought for today:
"If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Best Regards,
Andrew Loh
Andrew Loh
Publisher & Editor, BrainyZine


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Stimulating Brain Power in Children
Boosting brain functions in your children involves a number of basic and primary techniques that any parent can learn and master. Here are some information on how children's brain works and how parents can work to boost the functions of their children's brain.

Stimulating Brain Power in Children: Simple Things Parents Can Do
Follow this simple steps to boost your children's brain functions. Most of these methods are already in front of you!


Q1: I have just received a psychological on a student identified as Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) in reading comprehension only. His scores are as follows: Verbal Comprehension (110), Perceptual Reasoning (82) Working Memory (102) Processing Speed (85 ) Processing Speed (85) Full Scale IQ (94) All WJ-III scores are within the average range - the lowest being 85 - which was in Reading Fluency. I am concerned about the point scatter between Verbal Comprehension and Perceptual Reasoning. What is this indicative of? The last psychological testing was done when this child was in first grade. Decision was made at that time to identify him as SLD because of a discrepancy between cognitive ability and reading comprehension. This child is now in sixth grade.

A: Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is generally defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. This may manifest itself in problems and ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations. It includes conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) in Reading Comprehension here.

Q2: My daughter is 5 years old this year. She could recognize all the 26 letters and numbers 1 - 10 before she turned 18 months old. I actually did not spend much time teaching her, only casually pointed out the letters on the book covers to her (we have a few hundred books at home). When she was 2 years old, she was able to memorize my mobile phone number, and she can dial my number on her own without any assistance. She can also count up to 20.

A: Your child has most of the distinct traits of a gifted child. Her drawings are very impressive especially the intricate details. I am not sure how much more you can do since you are definitely on the right track in terms of sticking a balance between challenging and stimulating versus difficult tasks ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Possibly Gifted Child here.

Q3: My 6 year old daughter (in Kindergarten) has always appeared gifted in that she knew how to spell her name at 18 months, had 1:1 correspondence at 26 months, could read at 4, is now reading at 3rd grade levels, has always required little rest or sleep time, and is exceedingly creative. She just had a K-Bit test administered at school and scored a 133 verbal, 96 nonverbal. Her nonverbal age equivalent was younger than her age and by all accounts from her teachers, friends and family she is exceedingly mature for her age. The administrator said that the split is fairly uncommon.

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Disparity between Verbal and Nonverbal Scores here.


What's Going on in There? : How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
By Lise Eliot, Ph.D

With impressive depth and clarity, Eliot, a neuroscientist and mother of three, offers a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge about infant and early childhood brain development. Beginning with a richly detailed yet accessible tour of the growing embryo, she guides the reader through the sensory, motor, emotional and cognitive systems as they develop.

She builds up a versatile toolbox of scientific concepts and vocabulary as she goes, outlining entire neuro-scientific subfields with remarkable efficiency. Along the way, Eliot presents research results on almost every conceivable topic of interest to the curious parent, from the potential dangers of VHF exposure in utero to sex differences in olfaction after birth, to the fascinating possibility that birth is triggered by a hormonal cascade in the baby's brain.


Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power
By Susan M. Heim and Holly Engel-smothers

With more than 100 billion neurons that would stretch more than 60,000 miles, a newborn baby's brain is quite phenomenal! These neurons must generally form connections within the first eight months of a baby's life to foster optimal brain growth and lifelong learning.

Mommies, daddies, and caregivers are extremely vital to ensuring babies reach their full potential, and this parent guidebook offers descriptive explanations for developing and nurturing maximum brainpower during the essential early years. Topics include things that influence brain growth in the womb; Fattening up the brain; Windows of opportunity; Development of language, vision, hearing, & motor skills; Red flags in your baby s development; Uncovering your baby's temperament.



Brain Boost for Boys
Health News Apr 5, 2009

As a kid, fish sticks were always welcome on my plate, oven baked and full of crumbs, but not without a river of tartar sauce (or ketchup for some kids) in which to dunk to ensure that there would be no fishy taste at the end of every bite. Now that I am an adult, I love fish and eat it voluntarily without the obligatory tartar sauce or ketchup, but not everyone grows to adore the taste of fish. A new study from Sweden shows that boys who eat more fish are linked to better test scores.

How Much Fish to Eat While Pregnant
Forbes Apr 10, 2009

Women, who are pregnant, should include fish in their diet for optimal maternal health and fetal growth and development. That much health experts agree on. However, just how much seafood moms-to-be can safely consume without exposing their unborn babies to dangerous levels of mercury is a matter of ongoing debate.

From Early Brain Development to Digestive Health, New Juicy Juice Beverages Aid Children Through Different Stages of Growth and Development
PRNewswire Apr 6, 2009

Juicy Juice Brain Development is the only children's fruit juice beverage on the market currently offering DHA, which makes it a great first juice beverage choice for 1-2 year-olds. DHA acts as a building block for brain development during a child's first two years of life(1), when their brains triple in size, and experts often recommend infant formula fortified with DHA for children who are not breastfeeding (breast milk is a natural source of DHA).

The child grows in wisdom-alleviate the method of baby brain fatigue
Bukisa Apr 13, 2009

Some babies will express restless appearance after studying a period of time, usually he will look in all directions, the mind in a short while touches this toy not and rather and in a short while does again and completely listen to not to enter the thing learned, ex- learn after forget, usually also suddenly drive what things draw on but leave position.

Personality decided at birth, say scientists
NZ Herald Apr 13, 2009

Personality types are linked with structural differences in the brain - which could explain why one child grows up to be impulsive and outgoing while another becomes diligent and introspective. If you are a parent, you have probably wondered how you can make your child smarter. Though parents spend thousands of dollars hoping to give their kids an edge, the best tools are free.

Children who eat porridge for breakfast 'get better exam results'
The Telegraph Apr 09, 2009

Children who followed such a diet before their third birthday had improved scores in reading and problem-solving tests compared to their peers, it was revealed. In a study that provides some of the strongest links yet between nutrition and academic performance, academics said it also increased the likelihood of remaining in education for longer. It had a particular effect on girls.


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