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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 #10   Issue #22

ISSN: 0219-7642    Apr 29, 2012

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Your young baby is a lot smarter than you actually think! Humans are wired for excellent achievements and great deeds. Your children are no different too. All young children, irrespective of race or religion, are similar in their brain developmental stages. Baby brain development is an amazing process! It is mysterious and exciting too.

As your baby grows inch by inch, and month by month, you may exclaim with sheer excitement how quickly and furiously your baby changes in her attitude, character, physical and mental development! Every day is different for baby and you. Close affection and mutual interaction precedes optimal brain development. A mother's affection works as a magical potion and catalytic force!

Take your own time to observe how your baby changes her attitude and mannerism every day. Who knows, you may be surprised to see that your baby could do a lot more than what you think could, be them responding to your touch or displaying her reflexes to your affectionate play. Baby brain is truly a magnificent organ in the entire body! Have a great day.

Thought for today:
"It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action." - Al Batt

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Boosting Baby Brain Development - Simple Parental Techniques and Methods
Parents are the first facilitators of proper brain development in children. Here are some techniques and methods to help parents boost optimal brain development.

Ask an Expert

Q1: I am one of student that need your expertise. I am here to ask about some questions that relevant to IQ.

1. What is IQ?
2. How can we measure IQ?
3. How can we Increase our IQ?
4. Why is IQ important?
5. What is the level of IQ and how we measure it? (anti-genius to genius).

A: IQ, short for intelligence quotient, is a score of intelligence that is determined by one of many standardised tests that are available today. These scores are mainly used as predictors of performance namely in educational and jobs. Do note that there are many forms of intelligence tests; some tests use a single type of item or question for one strength and some test more than one skill .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on IQ Facts here.

Q2: My daughter is a 10 year old (January) in fourth grade and was in the gifted program in Georgia from 1st grade until we moved last fall. She was put into the gifted program as a result of CogAt screening and Wechsler testing. When we relocated to the Chicago area last fall she had to start the gifted process over and was recently given the Wechsler IV in conjunction broad observations of behavior and academic performance....

A: It has been noticed that some of the Full Scale IQ scores on the WISC-IV are excessively lowered by Working Memory and Processing Speed scores, as is in the case of your daughter. Due to the fact that intelligence is primarily abstract reasoning ability, emphasis on short-term auditory memory and processing speed on paper-and-pencil tests is less helpful.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Disparity between the WISC IV Indices here.

Q3: My son (age 6 yrs 4 mths) just took the WJIII. Based on his scores (Broad Math > 99.9 - SS 151 and Broad Reading 99.7 SS 142) it was suggested he test for admission to the highly gifted program in our district. He now has to sit for the Stanford Binet V and WIAT II. While I know the tests measure different things - I was just curious...what is the correlation between the three tests?

A: You are right to acknowledge the fact that these tests have varying focus. However, it is found that the reading subtests of the Woodcock Johnson Third Edition (WJIII) and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Second Edition (WIAT II) is highly correlated. Therefore, it can be assumed that one test may be able to predict another. The Stanford Binet V (SB V) and WJIII also appears to be significantly correlated.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Correlation Between Tests here.

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Latest Brainy News

Tell-tale signs of a genius child
BBC Apr 14, 2012

Another young child with an exceptionally high IQ has been accepted by Mensa. Four-year-old Heidi Hankins from Winchester is said to have an IQ of 159 - just one point below that of Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

Ask Mr. Dad: Is your child a real genius?
Indy Star Apr 22, 2012

Dear Mr. Dad: This might sound silly, but is there some way to tell if my daughter is a genius? She's only 7, but I think she's a lot smarter than I am.

Brain Power: Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education
ourkids Apr 27, 2012

Neuroscience isn't just for scientists anymore. The way experts study how children’s brains develop over time is influencing classrooms and education overall, and here are the five ways education will begin to change because of it.

iPad use may hurt infant development, say experts
Calgary Herald Apr 26, 2012

Psychologists and parents are divided on putting smartphones and tablets into such young hands, a high-stakes issue considering how pivotal the first couple of years are to child development.

Can too much television truly rot the brain?
funeducation Apr 27, 2012

While there are plenty of educational programs on at all times, television sets still have their fair share of less-than-flattering nicknames, like "the idiot box." In addition, there are those who believe that watching too much TV can rot the brain. As a result, many people have concerns over how much time children spend in front of a television set, and what impact this is having on their mental development.

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