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


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Volume #4   Issue #20

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 25, 2006

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It's World Cup fever now. As I'm writing this, the match is going on between England and Ecuador. Yes, my wife is sleeping now. So are millions of women across the world, I guess...;-) For this one month, they are labeled 'World Cup Widow'. A survey in the UK found that 30 per cent of World Cup widows would rather go shopping than watch a match while another 30 per cent said they would prefer a meal with friends.

Not only women will be ignored during the World Cup, children can feel neglected too. One way to make sure women and children do not feel left out is to JOIN THE MAN...;-) Get the whole family involved, make the big matches a family event. Otherwise, you could go to bed early with a good book and earplugs, knowing that it will be over in one month! Got to stop writing now, second half of the match just started. Ciao!

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Q1: I would like to know how creativity relates to the development of self concept in young children.

A: This is a very large area and to find out in more detail, you may need to read some of the research studies linked to this area. Very briefly, studies have indicated a positive relationship between creativity and self-concept in young children..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Creativity and Self-Concept here.

Q2: I have a question about gifted children. One of my sons is 8 year old has had his mind set on being an astronaut since he was two. He knew all the planets and moons before 3...I have kept track of all of my children's development and do everything I can to give them opportunities to explore their interests, as well as support their dreams for the future. I would like to find a gifted program that would give my son the challenges in math that he so often asks for. Do you think I should have him tested? (I'm unsure about the validity of such things) Is it possible he is gifted?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on Is My Child Gifted?

Q3: My daughter is almost 3.5 year old and I think she is above average for her age by the things she does, but not sure she is gifted as such? She could speak clearly by 10 months old, sentences by 18 months and now has full conversations, on the telephone with people and at home. She has an exceptional memory, remembering small things from well over a year ago.... I would appreciate any comments you have so that I can build on her abilities and guide her.

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Advanced Abilities of a Young Child

Q4: Recently my son was given the WISC IV test at school for a psyhcoeducational evaluation that his doctor had requested. Below are my questions:

  1. In regards to the VCI, how many areas are covered? Is it true the five areas are similarities, vocabulary, comprehension, information, and word reasoning?

  2. Can PRI score be accurate when the area of Picture Completion was not completed?

  3. Can a full scale IQ be determined when information of Q2 is missing?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on WISC IV Interpretation


Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your Underachieving Child
By Michael D. Whitley, Ph.D

For any parent who has ever been told, "your child isn't performing up to his or her potential," this book has the answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley, Ph.D. offers a proven ten-step program to motivate underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies the six types of underachievers from the procrastinator to the hidden perfectionist to the con artist, and it presents the ten steps to help children succeed in school-and ultimately, in life.




Brain food: Why the Government wants your child to take Omega-3, the fish oil supplement June 13, 2006

Health professionals fear that youngsters do not get enough Omega-3 in a daily diet dominated by modern convenience foods. Increasingly, they believe a lack of these nutrients can contribute to poor learning, disorder and violence in the classroom.

Fish Oil To Be Given To Pregnant Women
All Headline News June 17, 2006

Researchers from the University of Alberta reveal that children of mothers who consumed cod liver oil daily after the 18th week of pregnancy and during early breast-feeding performed better in terms of IQ at the age of four, reports the Daily Mail.

Low iodine IQ risk to newborns
The Advertiser June 19, 2006

Australian mothers-to-be are not taking enough iodine during pregnancy, putting their newborns at risk of lower IQs. Even mild to moderate deficiency can reduce their IQ by up to 8 to 10 points, which can lead to the difference between being a bright child or a slow learner.

New Brain Game From Bandai Namco
IGN June 16, 2006

Raise babies and get smarter in My Angel. This particular brain training game is being supervised by Mitsuo Kodama. Kodama is a sports physiologist whose name has been associated with a couple of Simple series brain training games.

Teaching Baby to Read June 13, 2006

According to infant researcher Dr. Robert Titzer and a national panel of reading specialists, most of our reading problems would be eliminated if we started to teach reading earlier. Dr. Titzer has developed an interactive, multi-sensory learning approach that is teaching babies and toddlers all over the United States. His methods can be used with babies as young as 9 months old.

Go Ahead - Sleep With Your Kids June 23, 2006

Ferberization is unnatural. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. The technique may well be harmless. I don't begrudge Ferber the right to preach Ferberization or parents who prefer sleeping sans child the right to practice it.

Study ties environmental pollution to autism rates June 24, 2006

Bay Area research finds children with disorder are more likely to be born in neighborhoods with high levels of air toxicity.


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