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


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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "

Volume #11   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 26, 2012

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How consistent and uniform are you in your patenting thoughts? Do you consider the factor of consistency in your daily parenting life? Consistency in your parenting techniques is a vital ingredient to create a successful parenting plan. It is also one of the most important factors to ensure a thoughtful parenting approach that eventually provides you much desired results. When you are consistent, you will also be pushing your children to be consistent in their actions, deeds and thought processes.

When children are consistent, it will train them in expecting something good happening to them. This will eventually assist them in gaining another positive trait called expectancy. With expectancy, your children can expect best things in life. When your children learn what to expect and how to expect, they can easily guess the consequent scenarios of their actions and reactions would be. As children learn these two important skills, they would also master how to make choices and in what manner they can choose different and available options.

A parental perspective on these two factors assumes a lot of significance too. Parents may need to reinforce only positive and good behaviors on their children to expect the best future behaviors. Similarly, parents may also need to be consistent while expressing their love and affection for children. In nutshell, consistency is the ultimate factor to ensure a positive parenting approach. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them." - Bill Ayers

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Feature Articles

What is Positive Parenting? Its Benefits and Advantages
What is positive parenting style? Is there is special connotation attached to it? Are there any special techniques tagged to it? Learn more here!

Helpful Positive Parenting Techniques and Methods
A major shift in the thinking process is necessary for the parents to start applying the principles of positive parenting. Learn these helpful positive parenting techniques here!

Ask an Expert

Q1: My 9 year old daughter has Aspergers (or HFA) and has sat her first WASI test. The results were as follows: Verbal IQ 133, 99th Percentile and Performance IQ 87, 19th percentile. I don't really understand what this means. Is she gifted? What do I concentrate on? I have to admit I'm clueless. Help please!

A: The Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI) is known to be a quick, reliable measure of intelligence. The WASI is nationally standardised, yields the three traditional Verbal, Performance, Full Scale IQ scores, and is linked to the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children IV (WISC-IV). Results are quite reliable for a brief test as such to gauge the intelligence score of an individual..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Asperger's and Testing on the WASI here.

Q2: I have a seven year old boy who recently had taken the WISC-IV. His scores came back a bit confusing. He is in first grade.

  • Verbal Comprehension 128-Superior

  • Perceptual Reasoning 106-Average

  • Working Memory 99-Average

  • Processing speed 73-BORDERLINE

  • IQ 105-Average

Any info on the 30 point spread between scores is appreciated. It appears he is gifted with a LD but what exactly is his LD how can we help? He is having behaviour issues at school.

A: There appears to be a really large gap between the verbal comprehension index compared to the rest of the index. The VCI is in the superior range and the PSI is borderline which shows that the Full Scale IQ should not be used.

You are right on track to be suspicious about the huge gap between the scores and yes, there has to be a learning problem with such scores.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Score Discrepancy on the WISC-IV here.

Q3: My 7 year old daughter was identified as moderately gifted at age 4. She displayed a number of gifted characteristics and text-book challenges of gifted children, which led us to have her tested. We attended therapy sessions to help her deal with her high anxiety around the issues of heaven, death, dying, burial rituals, world poverty, right and wrong, etc. Upon the recommendation of her therapist, we also started her in a variety of different activities a bit earlier than other children and sought to provide a more dynamic learning environment for her through a private school....

A: It is amazing what you have done for your girl so far and you are definitely on the right track. Parenting a gifted child is hard enough; but handling on with such emotions and perfectionism is a real challenge. It is indeed rather common for gifted children to get obsessed with subject of passion in the form of deep and extreme interest. On the other hand, obsessions in OCD are unwanted, anxiety producing thoughts which lead to further struggle for the individual and significant others.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Handling the Emotions of a Highly Gifted Child with Suspected OCD here.

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Latest Brainy News

Education starts at birth so-get that young brain to-work early says experts
Wrangler News Nov 19, 2012

Preparing a child for school does not start at age three, or five or seven. Ideally, it begins at birth. That is only one of the messages parents learned at a recent Parent Summit, held at Kyrene Middle School.

Vitamin C Deficiency in Pregnant Mothers may affect Baby's Brain Development
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Vitamin C deficiency in expecting mothers can cause brain damage for the developing baby, according to a study from researchers at the University of Copenhagen.

It's a tough life! Amazing picture shows baby yawning in the womb - and could reveal clues to how we develop
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