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Volume #3   Issue #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 19, 2005

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I have good news to announce. My wife and I are expecting our third child! Well, it is an unplanned baby .... ;-). As a matter of fact, my two sons were not planned too. I guess I don't know what is family planning, grin! Nevertheless, whenever I look at the "unplanned" results (my two sons), I'm always grateful that it was a good 'outcome' after all. So, do we really need to plan every single step in our life? Or, may be we should just let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement. Sometimes life can give you something much better than you can expect! I'm one to prove it ...ha! Have a nice day.

p/s: I'll be changing the schedule of sending out BrainyZine from every other Friday to every other Sunday. So, be expected to receive the next issue of BrainyZine on Sunday.

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Is My Child Lazy?
By Judy H. wright


Q1: Hi! I'm a single mother of two gifted boys (ages 12 and 9). I'm worried about my eldest son. I think he has some behavioral problems. He does not have any friends in school and he plays with kids younger than his age at home. He said that kids of his age could not understand his interests. He doesn't like school so his grades are low except for science which he is really interested in. He gets straight A's in science even with little effort .....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted child with behavioral problems here!

Q2: Is my 3.5 year old daughter average, bright or gifted and could her acting up be due to not being challenged enough? ....

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Acting up and the gifted pre-schooler here!




Learn-Around Playground
* By LeapFrog
* Recommended age: 6 months - 3 years
* Review: Five Stars

The Learn-Around Playground is the first all-in-one activity center that links physical movements to learning connections as baby grows from sitting and crawling to standing and cruising. With LeapFrog?s patented technology, baby can control the play modes with a flip of a page. In Learn & Grow mode, over 45 interactive touch points bring learning to life as baby touches, taps, tugs, turns and spins the different activities!





Animals In The Barn Floor Puzzle
* By Melissa & Doug
* Recommended age: 3 - 6 years
* Review: Five Stars

These puzzles are fun and excellent quality. Puzzles have been known to help children to develop attention span and motor skills.





Understanding all kinds of minds
The Manila Times Aug 13, 2005

Levine's 30-year experience in studying brain development and learning patters in children produced the breakthrough model called All Kinds of Minds. A product of years of research, it provides a fresh insight on, and a comprehensive framework for understanding how all students learn.

Nature Versus Nurture: How Is Child Psychopathology Developed?
Mental Health InfoSource Aug 9, 2005

Genes alone do not determine personality... it is a matter of genes interacting with the environment in the expression of those genes, and the environment making actual changes in that expression.

Study finds link between stress in pregnant mothers
ABC Online Aug 17, 2005

The study published in the international journal Biological Psychiatry, reveals that children born to mothers who reported feeling anxious late in pregnancy, had consistently higher levels of a hormone linked to psychological problems.

Breastfeeding can reduce risk of myopia in children by half: doctors Aug 14, 2005

If you were breastfed as a baby, chances are you're less likely to be short-sighted. Singapore doctors have found that breastfeeding reduces the risk of myopia in children by almost half.

Whiz Kids: Development specialist says children can learn reading skilld as early as 15 months Aug 7, 2005

Titzer's research indicated that babies learn better if they learn through many sensory systems at the same time.The brain actually develops differently in the early years and 95 percent of brain development is done by age 5, he said.

White Matter Matters In Reading Performance, Study Finds
Science Daily Aug 13, 2005

Recent research at the University of Alberta has found a correlation between the white matter structure of children's brains and reading performance, suggesting that reading difficulties in children may have a neurological origin.

Study: Practicing Musical Instruments in Childhood Develops Brain
PlaybillArts Aug 11, 2005

Practicing a musical instrument as a young child, the study reports, is the best way to boost what is called "white matter" - the parts of the brain responsible for communication with the rest of the body - and the pyramidal tract, which is the central nervous system's major conduit.

Massage, like music and reading, helps infants develop
City Pulse Aug 10, 2005

Touch and massage can be as crucial to brain development as more widely recognized practices like playing music or reading to children, providing stimulus to infants who are still too young to move about on their own.

New Therapy for Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders Now Available in Florida
BusinessWire Aug 9, 2005

"Therapies 4 Kids" makes headway with new forms of all natural treatment for pediatric cerebral palsy, autism, traumatic brain injuries, near drowning and the like. "Therapies 4 Kids, Inc. is a multidisciplinary center that delivers exceptional care to the exceptional child," says owner Eileen de Oliveira.

Even Light Drinking During Pregnancy Can Be Harmful
DNC: Health News Aug 15, 2005

It is well established that if a woman consumes moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol during pregnancy, it can have an adverse effect on her child's intellectual and neurobehavioral development. But lower levels of prenatal alcohol exposure also may be harmful, according to a recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


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