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


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Volume #8   Issue #10

ISSN: 0219-7642    Nov 29, 2009

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Listening is one of the most important senses in our body. Listening is our ability to make out spoken words, understand their summaries and form an opinion or a meaning of those spoken words. Without listening, you cannot survive in this world. Listening is an essential and most desirable natural skill that every one of us possesses. However, the most important issue here is about the quality of our listening power. The most important question posed here is "are we listening actively to understand and comprehend the overall meaning of the conversation?"

All of us have a perceived weakness! When someone is speaking to us, we tend to act that we are listening to what the other person is talking! However, the truth is otherwise! Unfortunately, we never listen to others and understand what they are talking! Most people are very poor listeners. In nutshell, a typical conversation between two people is just talk and nothing else. In all probability, they may never understand what the other is telling, because they are already preoccupied with their eagerness to answer the other!

Children are very poor in listening just like most adults. Children may not listen to their teachers in a proactive way. In other words, children may not listen in an active manner. When children are poor in active listening, their classroom performance can go down in a drastic manner. Parents should train their children to listen to others in an active manner. Several method and techniques can help you teach proactive listening. Have a nice day!

Thought for today:
"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you." - Jeffrey Gitomer

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Training Children for Active Listening
Listening skills are very critical to your children's success. Without an ability to listen and understand spoken words, your children may find it very difficult to score better marks and grades. Hence, training your children for better and proactive listening skills becomes so important and critical.

Teaching Children the Power of Active Listening
You can use a number of methods and techniques to train your children in the art of active listening. Although time consuming in nature, these methods can help you enhance listening skills in your children in a significant way.


Q1: My daughter just took the WPPSI-III to determine what the best school would be for her. I'm pretty excited with the outcome, but I wanted more data. She is 4.5 years old. Her score was 141 with one area 147, but she was a bit off on her fine motor skills, slowing the processing. Is this a good solid IQ, an extraordinary IQ or average for a gifted program? With this score we will be applying to the gifted program.

A: The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Third Edition (WPPSI-III) is apparently a better diagnostic test that emphasizes abstract reasoning well for selection of children into gifted programs. For your daughter's age group, there are seven subtests and a good mix of verbal and visual reasoning in a child-friendly test. However, this test does have a Processing Speed Quotient, but only one of the two subtests from which it is calculated; this is included in the Full Scale IQ score .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Admission into a Gifted Program here.

Q2: I have an eight year old daughter who is very well spoken and enjoys learning. She is not very active she much rather have her nose in a book. She is very creative and is consistently asking questions about everything. I am concerned because I have been trying to make the schools realize that she is bright and needs to be challenged but no one seems to understand that. She was in second grade reading on a fifth grade level, her math skills are advanced, and almost every test she has taken she has received a perfect score....

A: Your daughter does sound gifted and it's such a shame that she is not fitting well in her class. This is such a typical case of a bright kid in a dull classroom. Other kids are picking on her simply because they may see her as being different from them and may not understand her nature and needs. It is quite strange that the school is not doing anything especially if she is performing way ahead of her peers. Perhaps, the school may not even understand what giftedness is .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Suitable Program for a Gifted Child here.

Q3: I would appreciate some input on how to interpret my daughter's results and possible meaning of her scores on the WISC-IV. She has a 27 point difference between PRI (high) and the VCI (lower), which makes a FSIQ uninterpretable. My reason for asking is that, given her high intelligence, could she be compensating for some type of learning disability - auditory, language, reading etc?

A: In general, her scores are rather high and for a score in the superior range, as a rule of thumb, the FSIQ starts from 123, though some sites indicate a higher score at 130. Her scores are being referenced to other people within her own age group (you did not indicate her age). The average IQ is 100; so deviations from the average are assigned a number which corresponds to a percentile rank .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Interpretation of WISC-IV Scores here.


How Your Child Learns Best: Brain-Friendly Strategies You Can Use to Ignite Your Child's Learning and Increase School Success
By Dr. Judy Willis

How Your Child Learns Best is a groundbreaking guide for parents that combines the latest brain research with the best classroom practices to reveal scientifically savvy ways to improve your child's success in school. Written by Judy Willis, MD, MEd, a board-certified neurologist who is also a full-time classroom teacher, How Your Child Learns Best, shows you not only how to help your child learn schoolwork, but also how to capitalize on the way your child's brain learns best in order to enrich education.

Wherever you are, from the grocery store to the car - a necessity in today's "teach to the test" world. By using everyday household items and enjoyable activities, parents of children ages three to twelve can apply targeted strategies (based on age and learning strength) in key academic areas.


Nurture Your Child's Gift: Inspired Parenting
By Dr. Caron B. Goode

Caron Goode draws on three decades of experience in education, counseling, and mind-body wellness in this guide to helping children help themselves. She shows readers how to motivate children through mind-body techniques that foster emotional openness, increase relaxation, and support the development of intelligence and intuition. "Nurture Your Child's Gift" will give you pause for reflection and exploration into and discovery of your own parenting skills; subtly guiding you back to the inspired parenting path. Discover the power of this book by learning and applying the incredible wisdom of Caron Good.



Yes, you can train your child's brain
Chicago Tribune Nov 20, 2009

The result is a compelling perspective on parenting, one that challenges conventional notions of sex differences. Yes, little boys reach for trucks. And little girls carry dolls. But in her latest book "Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can do About It," Eliot deftly refutes the zeitgeist that sex differences are hard wired at birth.

Why watching TV won't turn your baby into a genius
The Times Oct 29, 2009

As Disney offers refunds to US parents who bought Baby Einstein DVDs and have been disappointed with the results, our writer asks why middle-class parents ever believed that babies could be hot-housed by sticking them in front of a TV.

Omega-3 Benefits Your Baby's Brain and Eyes
Food Consumer Nov 17, 2009

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that the omega-3 fats, DHA and ALA, can benefit eye and cognitive development in babies. EFSA supported the role of these fats in fetal and newborn eye and brain development but said there was an adequate supply in breast milk. Their rejection of the need for supplementation did not please those that back omega-3 supplementation in infants and other population sub-groups.

Pre-preschool: Can you Influence development before a child is born
Daily Camera Nov 17, 2009

Lorna Kellogg was eight months' pregnant, in the audience at the University of Colorado's holiday concert. The brass band came on stage. Suddenly, she could feel the beat inside her body. Literally. Her son began kicking in time to the song. Kellogg, a child development expert of Boulder, says she smiled. What an adorable coincidence.

Parents must help children understand themselves
Time Transcript Nov 21, 2009

Many children are able to learn in a similar manner, but some are not. We must concern ourselves with these children; the ones who require a different approach to their learning. Understanding and confidence are two key words in the development of stable and progressive young minds.


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