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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
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Volume #6   Issue #21

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 22, 2008

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Your child needs a number of brain foods to develop intelligence, intellect, agility, better IQ and boost brain development. Most of our children lack proper and balanced nutrition, especially in those areas where they need a range of nutritious components that are full of critical factors. Both parents and children need proper guidance and understanding of the importance of good nutrition to lead a life of health and wellness. To increase awareness and knowledge about brain food items, you may need to educate yourself of a number of important issues and topics. In this issue of BrainyZine, the featured articles aim to do that. 

To ensure brain development and boosting an all-round development, your child needs a well balanced diet including vital minerals and trace elements. Child brain development is a short term process and a critical operation, especially in growing infants and toddlers. If you know what to eat and consume to make your child smarter and intelligent, then you are smarter already! Take care!

Thought for today:
"Level with your child by being honest! Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child " - Mary MacCracken

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Top Brain Foods for Your Child
The invaluable contribution of nutritious food for your child can never be questioned. Nutritious diet forms an important part of your child's life and your child needs all essential nutrients contained a number of additives and ingredients for proper development of body, mind and brain. Here are some practical tips that tells you how you can provide your child those nutrients and food items that can boost quick brain development.

Breakfast is Vital for Growing Children - Important Reasons
Latest research suggests that having regular breakfast can help your child develop intelligence, a number of cognitive skills and an optimal IQ value. Your child also needs regular breakfast to stay fit, hale, cheerful and healthy so that he or she can develop better attitude and a relaxed lifestyle.


Q1: I have questions about the TONI -3 assessment. What areas are being tested in TONI-3. How is different form Binet or Welchler assessment mode? My son is 4 years 2 months old and was assessed by teacher using TONI-3. His score obtained was 122 and teacher claimed he is gifted. I would like to find out if the score is reliable. How should I handle a child like him....

A: It is quite surprising that your son is tested at 4 years as this test is meant for 6 years onwards. In fact, this test is used for children aged 6 or older when there are speech or language problems or when English is not the child's native language. All the tests mentioned are IQ tests that can help individuals to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. To compare one test to another is quite hard as they have their strengths and limitations and are meant for certain groups... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Different Types of Intelligence Testing here.

Q2: I am writing with regard to the testing of Gifted Children. My son was assessed by the school last year, after a bit of a battle to have it done. Unfortunately they brought in a Psychologist with no background testing this type of child. All four composite scores were used to determine IQ. In my extensive research of these composite scores (WISC-IV) the processing speed was below average, and the working memory was at average....

A: I'm sorry to hear what your son had to go through during a crucial test. This certainly sounds quite unfair and it surprises me that the school employs such testers. This should definitely be brought up as retest will only be allowed in about two years; in this case, due to "mistakes" made by the tester. In reality, for such tests, the person who administers it is the key to getting an adequate indication of your child's abilities ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Reliability of Test Score here.


Feeding the Brain: How Food Affects Children
By C.Keith Conners

Ignore the alarmist title! A prominent doctor reviews and interprets a broad spectrum of food and behavior in infants and children. Included are classic studies on sugar, hyperactivity and aggression, breakfast composition, artificial sweeteners and general issues. This book integrates research with practice, providing parents with specific at-home procedures for evaluating and improving food-behavior effects. This book is recommended for all parents, teachers, educators and public libraries. The author accumulates a load of information and details on how parents need to look, evaluate and analyze what their children are eating everyday and how they can improve their diet to include most of the essential nutrients.


Baby Greens: A Live Food Approach for Children of All Ages
By Michaela Lyn

The typical American diet is a major factor in the epidemic of obesity and poor health in the country's children. Baby Greens helps parents establish healthy eating habits in their children- and themselves-through a diet rich in raw foods. A lively mix of education, philosophy, recipes and activities, the book adapts the living foods approach for all ages and lifestyles. The fist part of the book explains the principles of bio-energetic nutrition and shows how cutting edge nutritional practices can dramatically improve a child's health. The second part offers insights into the holistic approach to pregnancy, breastfeeding and weaning. This book is a highly recommended resource for every parent and an educator.



Food for the Brain
Human Body June 15, 2008

Intelligence is something that decides the fate of people. It has made the world move and hence made our movements easier. All of us want to add on to our intelligence. It is the human nature that we do not want to work hard to get more intelligent. Instead, many people rely on certain type of food to get more intelligent. The question is whether these food and supplements actually help you become more intelligent.

New Mothers Unaware of Benefits of Important Omega-3 Fats
CNW June 11, 2008

A recent survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid among new Canadian mothers finds that less than one third are aware or understand the befits of DHA, Omega-3 fat that supports the normal development of the brain and eyes in infants. The human brain develops most rapidly in a child's first two years and DHA consumed in the first few months of life plays a keyhole in cognitive development. The importance of DHA for both mothers and infants will be discussed at the annual conference to be held in the month of June.

What's going on in their heads?
Blog Spot June 09, 2008

Because the brain reaches there adult size by age 6, child development experts have assumed those early years are the most critical. While those years are very important, new information shows us that the brain is actually continuing to develop until much later. The brain produces way more cells and connections than can possibly survive. There is only so many nutrients, there is only so many growth factors there is only so much space in the skull - there is fierce competitive elimination in which the brain cells and connections fight it out for survival.

Young Children Music
Music Teacher Blog June 11, 2008

Young children just love music and often it is through music that young children communicate for the first time, whether it be through gesture, smiling or action. But is there more to it than that? There is a growing amount of evidence to show that music enhances a child's ability to think, learn, reason and create and it is in the first five years of a child's life that all of the formative brain development and connections are being formed.

Cognitive and Emotional Development Through Play
Greater Good Magazine June 09, 2008

We sometimes neglect to mention a very basic yet powerful method of cognitive and emotional development for children and adults alike: Play. Play is rapidly disappearing from our homes. Over the last two decades alone, children have lost eight hours of free, unstructured, and spontaneous play every week. More than 30,000 schools in the United States have eliminated recess to make more time for academics. Watching television at home has increased from 30 minutes to more than three hours. It is no surprise, then that childhood obesity is now considered an epidemic.

Developing your child's resilience
Parenting Talks June 13, 2008

Consider that an average person spends about 20 years in a formal education setting. It would be interesting to learn how one copes better than the other. What makes one child resilient than the other? According to a long term research, children who are more securely attached with their parents are more able to adapt to changing life circumstances such as school life than those who have less secure attachment relationships. Further details also suggest us that children who are more resilient in their early life tend to become more successful in life.


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