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


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Volume #3   Issue #02

ISSN: 0219-7642    Oct 22, 2004

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Hi Everyone,

How are you today? I have spent almost half of this morning to clean up a virus on my computer….8-( In fact, I received so many spam and virus-laden emails on my brainy-child email accounts that sometimes I just selected all those emails and clicked the ‘delete' button! I truly believe I have accidentally deleted some of your emails occasionally. If so, I am sorry. Next time you send an email to me, I suggest that you put the ‘Brainy Child' into the subject line to prevent it from deleted accidentally.

Are you one of those busy parents? Did you take any extra time in your already busy schedule to spend 'quality time' with your kids? More importantly, did you listen to your child? The features articles in this issue probably will enlighten you. Take care!

Andrew Loh
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Quality Time?

There's a phrase that's become popular over the past few years that fills me with wonder. That phrase is "quality time." We've all heard it, and we all seem to accept it as a real concept. But to the average country person, that phrase is difficult to comprehend.

Beyond the Words, a Child's Voice

Even the most dedicated parent or caregiver can fail to hear the understated nuances of a child's plea. It's impossible to play detective and uncover the meaning behind every word and every gesture. Sometimes a whine is simply a whine. But if your busy schedule has you constantly preoccupied, you may be unintentionally shutting your child out. And if you're not there for your child, who will be?


Q: My 4 years old, who seems very intelligent for his age, even though he is hearing-impaired, has always had a high activity level. Sometimes he seems motor-driven (both speech and activity) and resists sleep (even when he obviously is sleepy) and despite a fairly regular routine. Is there any relation between giftedness, activity level and "sleep resistance"? Sometimes I'm afraid he has ADHD.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on ADHD and gifted child here

Q: What is the appropriate age range when one can reasonably accurate in identifying whether a child is gifted or not?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on appropriate age to identify gifted children here

Q: My 7-years old son is considered gifted by the child psychologist. Though he's very good in his studies it is quite difficult for us to get him to concentrate on everything he's in each time as he keeps on doing looking for more challenging activities. This includes his studies, where he finds it bored once he knows about it.

I enrolled him the the Japanese "Shichida Method" and at 6 years old his IQ was identified at 148 and he picks up all the lessons much faster than the rest of the children. Please let me know the characteristics of a gifted child and how can I counter his ever moving mind?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on characteristics of a gifted child here


Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Pre-School to High School (2nd Edition) 
By Judith Wynn Halsted
Customer Review - 4.5 Stars

Need a good reading list for bright students? Books give important emotional and intellectual support for gifted children, many of whom face unique issues in their lives due to their special talents and abilities. The author describes how to use books as bibliotherapy to provide support, guidance, and insight.




Measuring a child's IQ is an obsolete way to determine intelligence
News-Medicat.Net Oct 18, 2004

Measuring a child's IQ is an obsolete way to determine intelligence, and in fact, labels youngsters unfairly, according to a University of Alberta professor.

After-school program also builds analytical skills
The News Journal Oct 16, 2004

Young Rembrandts is a step-by-step drawing program that focuses on fostering children's overall brain development, according to the group's Web site. The group believes exposure to art builds analytical and perception skills that help students with math, reading and other subjects.

Breathing problems during sleep may affect mental development
ScienceDaily Oct 8, 2004

The study showed that 5-year-old children who had frequent snoring, loud or noisy breathing during sleep, or sleep apneas observed by parents scored lower on intelligence, memory, and other standard cognitive tests than other children their age. They were also more likely to have behavioral problems.

Strong relationship between kids academic achievement and fitness
News-Medicat.Net Oct 19, 2004

"We have found a strong relationship between academic achievement and fitness scores," said Darla Castelli, a professor of kinesiology whose area of expertise is effective physical education practices. "Those who scored well in academics also did well in physical fitness." 

Mercury in newborns tied to moms' diets
Palm Beach Post Oct 7, 2004

The federal government advises eating fish but in limited amounts if you're pregnant, nursing, a woman who might become pregnant or a young child. That's because methylmercury, an industrial pollutant from coal-burning power plants and other sources, turns up in fish and can harm an unborn baby or young child's developing nervous system and brain.

Maternal depression can seriously affect a child's development
Medical News Today Oct 8, 2004

The Canadian Paediatric Society's Psychosocial Committee has released a new statement that explores the issue of maternal depression and its affect on child development.


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