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


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Volume #7   Issue #23

ISSN: 0219-7642    June 28, 2009

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A number of young children who possess IQ values on the higher side may experience extreme difficulties in their formal classrooms. Most children with high IQs (read gifted children) display a number of internal differences that show a sign of increased pronouncement, when they enter their classrooms. These children's apparent deviation from the normal may make them different-lot in their classroom, when compared to other average to intelligent children. These children also exhibit a number of unique learning behaviors that seem to be entirely different from others.

Children with extraordinary intelligence and talent always need a progressive, conducive and encouraging environment in their classroom. In absence of these parameters, they may show signs of declining learning attitude eventually leading to frustration and disappointments. Although, these children are extremely empowered with rare talents and abilities, their classroom performance may still remain sub-standard and average. If high IQ, giftedness and brilliance do not match your children's day-to-day classroom performance, what would you do?

Teaching and training extremely endowed children is very challenging and complex. Teachers in the classrooms have a lot of responsibility in integrating such children in their classrooms. Strong observational skills apart from fine-tuned teaching methods can help a teacher and parent to tutor children with very high IQ. A strong will to help these children can assist them to gel and work with peers and score better marks. It is possible to match high IQ with classroom performance provided parents and teachers work in this direction. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children." - Walt Disney

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Andrew Loh
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Matching IQ with Classroom Performance - Part I
Some children have very high IQ and are endowed with unique talents and giftedness when compared to other children. Even with their high IQ and giftedness, these children could face tremendous problems in their classrooms. Most children who exhibit higher IQ values may not match their traditional classroom programs.

Matching IQ with Classroom Performance - Part II
Matching higher IQ with classroom performance is a difficult task as the needs and requirements demanded by children with higher IQ tend to be unique and special. Teachers and parents may need to integrate specialized tutor and lesson plans to take care of the unique requirements of children with special talents and intelligence.


Q1: How might the definition of giftedness vary from culture to culture? How can gifted students from diverse cultural groups be discovered?

A: In reality, it should not. It should be a universal definition that defines distinct characteristics and abilities that are seen across different cultures. A universal definition seeks to allow some kind of standardization in identifying giftedness. However, a single definition could possibly defy the principles of the cultural and temporal relativity of the concept of giftedness.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Gifted Students and Cultural Difference here.

Q2: What do the following Educational Testing Terms mean:

Critical Value
Expected Difference
Base Rate
Grade Equivalents

How are they determined?
How to interpret them?
Is Age Equivalents more reliable than Grade Equivalents? Thank You!

A: I will try to explain the terms above as simply as possible, but it can get quite technical. Normal curve equivalent (NCE) is a score based on the percentile rank. It indicates the position a student falls on a normal curve (a symmetrical curve/bell curve representing the normal distribution). This enables us to determine a student's rank compared to other students on the same test. ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Definition of a few Terms in Educational Testing here.


Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education
By David Palmer

This book gives parents an insider’s look at how the selection process for special programs really works. It answers questions such as how schools identify gifted students and who is tested and why. It also discusses the question of whether gifted classes are right for your child. It reveals what the signs of giftedness are and why every parent should recognize the signs of this as well as learning disabilities.

This book presents the common discussion of what an IQ score means and if there is a down side to having a high IQ, and if there are special programs available for bright kids with learning disabilities. This book is necessary for all parents and grandparents.


The IQ Answer: Maximizing Your Child's Potential
By Dr. Frank Lawlis

In this offbeat self-help, Lawlis (The Add Answer) explores every inch of the wide field of techniques for boosting the power of the human mind, with an exciting and empowering premise: "Your body has physical limitations. But your mind can soar above and beyond what you think is possible."

Readers who would like to increase creativity and problem-solving abilities-as well as the more dubious goal of acing IQ tests-will find in this text a cornucopia of ideas to pursue, though a portion seem of dubious utility, backed more by anecdote than scientific evidence. Numerous studies are quoted, but contentious ideas-such as the use of "chelation" to detoxify the brain and the "strategic nutritional plan for mood energy"-have just been cleverly sandwiched between well-referenced facts.



Should Genius Kids Know Their IQs?
ABC News June 10, 2009

She is barely out of diapers, but the world already knows 2-year-old Karina Oakley is a genius. Her mother, Charlotte Fraser, revealed to the British media Tuesday that a London-based intelligence researcher estimated her young daughter's IQ around 160.

Babies' IQs suffer with fewer than 39 weeks in womb, study finds
The Globe and Mail June 23, 2009

Babies born at 37 or 38 weeks are considered full term, but new research has found that they have slightly lower IQs and a modestly higher chance of dying in early infancy than those who arrive after closer to 40 weeks in the womb.

Parents' challenge: gifted children may be 'twice exceptional'
Fox 28 June 18, 2009

He is the kid who started college at 14. She is the girl who started playing the violin as a toddler! He is the chess master who was 10 years old. There is no clinical definition of what makes a child gifted, but you usually know it when you see it.

Giving gifted children a safe environment to flourish
Examiner June 23, 2009

For ideas and creativity to flourish, there must be a safe place feel accepted, admired, and adored. Children need a psychologically and emotionally safe environment to grow into their best selves, to feel secure about sharing their thoughts and feelings. What are some elements of a psychologically safe environment, a safe haven from the world?

Guildford toddler Karina has IQ of 160
Get Surrey June 4, 2009

A GUILDFORD toddler with an IQ of 160 is believed to be among the top 0.03% of the smartest two-year-olds in the country. In addition, her memory, verbal and reasoning skills mean she has an IQ 60 points above the country's average of 100.

How to test for gifted children and survive dinnertime
Examiner June 23, 2009

Parents may be wondering how to find out if their children are gifted. Here are some ideas to find testing. With kids, dinner times can be crazy! Some rules to help dinnertime be a good family experience- with stimulating conversation and connection.

What the Child Learns from 12 to 24 Months
Baby Products June 22, 2009

Every parent waits in anticipation to see his or her child walk and talk. Before your child gets prepared for any action, his body has to be developed for that particular action. The development within babies varies due to many external factors.


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