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


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Volume #4   Issue #24

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 20, 2006

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The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Parents
By Jim Brackin

Children don't come with a 'how to' manual. Being a Mom or Dad is a tough, demanding and time consuming job, but there are certain habits that seem to make the job a little easier. Here are the seven that really seem to make a difference.

The Creative Child: A Guide to Encouraging Low-Tech Play
By Jennifer Johnson

Overwhelmed by gizmos and gadgets for you tot? The richest learning and playing environment for your young child inclines a traditional assortment of low-tech toys and games. Learn what toys and materials create an environment that encourages creativity in your child.


Q1: My son scored in the 99.8th percentile on the Perceptual Reasoning component of the WISC IV. What does this mean from a practical standpoint? Are there certain subjects that he will be able to better understand than others? What careers may be suited for someone with this innate ability? Does this mean he is better suited to one learning style over another?

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Perceptual Reasoning Component of the WISC IV

Q2: My child has achievement score higher than the IQ score. She is classified mentally disabled due to her IQ score. The achievement for Wechsler were: composite scale math 74, written language 89, oral language 88. The Kaufman Assessment Battery achievement composite was 76 (on the brief form it was 81). Her IQ score was lower: verbal 66, performance 68 and full scale of 64 for Wechsler. Is this a significant discrepancy? I think she may have dyslexia. Is that possible?

A: It would not be fair to assume anything without seeing the full report. Different tests may indicate different scores and these scores should not be compared with one another as they may test different abilities. The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children is a standardized test that assesses intelligence and achievement in children ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Different IQ Score here.

Q3: My son has just been given a psychological test at school. He is eleven years of age and just started Year Six in primary school. The test put his IQ at 147.5 (Standard score) and 99.9 (Percentile Rank). Is this significant? What does it mean in layman's terms? How best should I support my son in his education? I look forward to your response.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on IQ Test Results

Q4: MMy oldest was identified by our school board as highly gifted. It came as no surprise considering his development. My youngest (twins) are five now and are also displaying certain behaviors such as advanced vocabulary and reasoning ability, unusual creative and musical abilities. My question concerns my eight year old daughter. She is an above average student who appears in school to be your typical left-brained child. Her teachers love her. However at home she is extremely difficult, sensitive to the point of completely disturbing the family dynamics of the home and causing a great deal of stress...Does my daughter's situation warrant further investigation on giftedness or not? I am concerned my daughter will miss out on opportunities that may benefit her in the long run but I am unsure if her traits meet the criteria for testing.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted Kid? Unsure Kid Being Gifted



Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius: Enhancing Curiosity, Creativity, and Learning Ability
By Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D

Dr. Armstrong believes that every child has the seeds of brilliance lying deep within just waiting for an opportunity to blossom forth into the world. This books provides 300 practical suggestions and activities in helping your child realize his true gifts. He also describes how you can encourage your child's school to provide the kinds of experiences all children need in order to develop their inborn drive to learn and create.

Dr. Armstrong has served as a learning specialist in public and private schools in the United States and Canada. He currently lectures, consults, and give seminars for educational organizations throughout the country.



Baby's best hope to be brainy turns out to be you, experts say Aug 6, 2006

Hot-selling videos take a back seat to love, nurturing. Over the last 10 years, researchers have been able to use PET scans "state-of-the-art medical imaging" to observe the development of neurons and synapses. Children who come from nurturing homes where all their needs are met show rapid development. But the brains of babies who have lived in neglectful or abusive situations show markedly less growth.

Efalex Chewies - The Even Cleverer Fish Oil Capsules for Kids
Response Source Aug 9, 2006

Every parent wants their child to come top of the class this year. There’s now an even cleverer fish oil capsule for kids that can help keep them focused – new Efalex Chewies, which contains both omega-3 and omega-6 in a delicious wild berry flavour perfect for kids who need a nutritious diet but who don’t like the taste of oily fish.

Ultrasound may disrupt fetal brain development Aug 7, 2006

Exposure to ultrasound while pregnant may affect brain development in the fetus, suggests a study on mice. But experts caution that it is too soon to extrapolate the findings to humans. They stress that the imaging technique has overwhelming benefits and pregnant women should not skip essential appointments.

Imagination in the young child Aug 14, 2006

Imagination in the child under six is experience driven. To help the child build correct images of the world in his or her mind, reality and language content around those experiences need to be accurate.

Schools need to focus on EQ not IQ - doctor
IOL Aug 5, 2006

"In fact, research in the field of cognitive science has confirmed that it is the emotional state of the pupils, more than traditional intelligence or academic ability, that determines success," said Dr Johan Swartz, chairperson of the Emotional Intelligence Forum in KwaZulu-Natal.

Baby steps: Reading to infants starts the learning process Aug 5, 2006

Learning to read isn't a spontaneous event triggered by a child's first day of kindergarten. But for children who have been exposed to language and books at an early age, two local experts say, learning to read can be a breeze.


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