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How to make your kids smarter: 10 steps backed by science
The Week Apr 02, 2014

But what makes children - from babies up through the teen years - smarter? Here are 10 things science says can help.

Music Positively Influences Brain
Daily Sabah Mar 28, 2014

Music has an impact on infant development and notably contributes to the cognitive process. It is reported that the impact of music on a baby starts in the mother's womb. The auditory system in the human fetus starts to develop at 21 to 22 weeks of gestation. By age three, 80 percent of brain development is com- plete and by age eight, 85 percent of mental development is reached.

Boost infant, toddler brain development - Early years more critical than you realize
The Charlotte Post Apr 03, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
Huffington Post Mar 21, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day

Tips to Boost Infant and Toddler Brain Development
Scoops and Diego Mar 12, 2014

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.

Leaving infants in buggies 'may cause long-term harm'
The Telegraph Mar 13, 2014

Parents risk damaging children's long-term development by leaving them in buggies and car seats with little face-to-face interaction, a leading psychologist has warned. Overuse of baby equipment prevents infants from exploring their physical environment and building up social skills in the vital first three years of life, it is claimed.

The Flynn effect: your kids are smarter than you
ABC Science Mar 12, 2014

We've all heard of the IQ test, or Intelligence Quotient test. It supposedly measures how smart you are. What you might not have realised is that the scores or results that people achieve are adjusted, or 'fiddled'. This is to both get the average IQ to be 100 points, and to make sure that about two-thirds of people will lie in the IQ band between 85 and 115 points.

Family Conflicts Can Impair Child's Brain Development: Study
Health US News Feb 21, 2014

Exposure to common family problems early in life can impair a child's brain development, according to new research.

Chatting spurs baby development
iAfrica Feb 16, 2014

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said on Thursday.

Training Brains: Preschool years crucial for child's development
Tyler Paper Feb 22, 2014

Nothing makes Jackie Cannon angrier than the thought of young children in day care who are not being nurtured with enriching activities.

How a Pregnant Mother's Diet Could Change a Child's Brain
The Atlantic Feb 18, 2014

Scientists have pursued every possible avenue to try and figure out why we keep getting fatter. They've explored our genes, our brains, our hormones and our gut bacteria, not to mention our fatty, sugary diets and sedentary lifestyles.

Music training raises a child's IQ
Irish Examiner Feb 16, 2014

It's an intuitive love, with more than a thousand research studies demonstrating how music can boost a child's intelligence, emotional and social development and self-esteem.

Long sentences better for babies' development than baby talk
Health 24 Feb 14, 2014

The sooner parents start explaining the world to their baby, the better. That does not mean flash cards for tots, or merely pointing out objects: "Here's an orange. That's a bowl."

Not just baby talk: chatting spurs brain development
Sowetan Live Feb 17, 2014

Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning, researchers said Thursday.

The Importance of Everyday Interactions for Early Brain Development
HHuffington Post Feb 03, 2014

Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop.

Children who watch too much TV may have 'damaged brain structures'
Daily Mail Jan 10, 2013

Watching too much television can change the structure of a child's brain in a damaging way, according to a new study. Researchers found that the more time a child spent viewing TV, the more profound the brain alterations appeared to be

Puzzles Good for a Child's Developing Brain
Brookfield Now Jan 27, 2014

Did you know that puzzles can do more than just keep young ones and even older children entertained? Puzzles can help strengthen important brain skills.

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children
Huffington Post Dec 31, 2013

We now know that the first three years of life are the years when the brains of children build their internal connections and become strong.

Good Parenting Heals Your Child's Brain
Hitche MD Jan 21, 2014

Surprisingly, when matching up the parents' behavior to their child's brain size, it became clear that the kids with the supportive parents had a hippocampi & amygdalae that were completely normal.

Cool facts about the human brain
VOXXI Jan 21, 2014

The human brain is more than just that thing we use to solve complex math problems during our high school years; our brains are the computers that tell our bodies what to do, a complex network of electrical impulses that decide who we are and how we approach our day-to-day lives. Despite the universal acceptance that the brain is important, not a lot of people know much about it.

Lashing out at kids stunts brains: study
Health MSN Dec 12, 2013

It's a common scene: a mother grabs her daughter's arm roughly on the bus. A father at the supermarket growls coarsely into his son's ear.

So Much For The 'Mozart Effect'
WVASFM Dec 12, 2013

Music makes the heart grow fonder, but scientists are not so sure that it boosts IQ. The Boston Globe notes: The idea that learning to play an instrument, read music, or sing in harmony will boost intelligence has become ingrained in modern life, but the evidence has always been pretty scant.

Why peace and quiet may be best for baby: Listening to repetitive, continuous noise can hinder a child's development
Daily Mail Dec 04, 2013

It may be all too tempting to put a baby in front of the television or play music to soothe them - but scientists fear it might be doing them permanent damage.

How dads affect kids' brain function
World Mag Dec 10, 2013

The absence of a father during childhood development may cause defects in a child's brain structure that can lead to social and behavioral impairments, according to a new study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Why Do We Believe Strengthening Brains Is the Right Strategy?
Huffington Post Dec 12, 2013

For the past several days, I have been writing pieces that say that if we want to reduce the number of people in prison and reduce the number of people who drop out of school because they can't read, we need to help children from birth to three years old exercise their brains.

Mother's Exercise May Boost Baby's Brain
NY Times Blogs Nov 20, 2013

If a woman is physically active during pregnancy, she may boost the development of her unborn child's brain, according to a heart-tugging new study of expectant mothers and their newborns.

My IQ went from 120 to 148 in 12 weeks Nov 23, 2013

Apart from this incredible jump in IQ, two of the children, who had been diagnosed with dyslexia before the trial, subsequently had their diagnoses revised after a significant improvement in reading levels. Another child who was within normal IQ range when starting SMART, has now leapt to an IQ of 140, which is considered 'gifted'.

Connections in the brains of young children strengthen during sleep, CU-Boulder study finds
Eureka Alert Nov 20, 2013

While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help brain functions mature, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)
Hhuffington Post Oct 28, 2013

If you are proud of your high IQ, stop reading now. Your IQ is an anachronism, and its reign is coming to an end. IQ, a measure of intelligence dependent on one's knowledge of specific information, has lost its relevance in the age of information.

Sleep is brain fuel for kids
Jackson Ville Oct 30, 2013

Research published in the British Medical Journal shows that getting your kids to sleep at a regular time is good for their brain.

Support healthy brain development in children
Colorado Oct 10, 2013

Children's brains are developing fast in their early years and having an impact is easier than you think.

Stress of Childhood Poverty May Have Lasting Effects on Brain
Bloomberg Businessweek Oct 21, 2013

Children raised in poverty or in orphanages experience chronic stress early in life that can have long-lasting effects on the brain, setting them up for future mental and physical ailments as adults, two studies found.

Golden window' to have a happier, smarter child
Inquirer Oct 24, 2013

The average 18-month-old can say about 10 to 30 words, but some normal 18-month-olds can say only five words. Sometimes I see a toddler of the same age who can say more than 70 words and can put these words in combination to form phrases or sentences.

Irregular Bedtimes Hampers Brain Development in Children
Science World Report Oct 15, 2013

A recent study has established a link between irregular sleep timings and behavioral problems in children. The research pointed out that children having irregular bedtimes end up disturbing their circadian rhythms that triggers sleep deprivation and hampers brain development.

Brain anatomy and language in young children
Health Canal Oct 09, 2013

Language ability is usually located in the left side of the brain. Researchers studying brain development in young children who were acquiring language expected to see increasing levels of myelin, a nerve fiber insulator, on the left side.

Michael Gove held talks with 'IQ genes' professor
Independent Oct 13, 2013

Linking intelligence to genes has long been controversial, but Professor Plomin has conducted research showing up to 70 per cent heritability for reading and maths tests at age seven, nine and 12, while scores for English, Maths and science GCSEs show up to 60 per cent heritability in a twin study.

Test kids' grit, not just their IQ
Washingtonpost Sep 28, 2013

Think smarts are all you need to succeed in school? Think again, says Angela Duckworth, a research psychologist and one of the recent MacArthur Foundation fellows. In her research, Duckworth examines two traits that predict success: grit, the tendency to sustain interest and effort in pursuing long-term goals, and self control, the regulation of behavioral, emotional and attentional impulses.

Does a mum-to-be's junk food lower baby's IQ? Poor diet can have direct impact on development of child's brain
MailOnline Sep 16, 2013

Pregnant women who are depressed often turn to junk food for comfort but they could be damaging their children's brain power in later life, warn researchers. A new study found a link between unhealthy eating in pregnancy and depression which can affect a child's IQ scores at the age of eight.

Screen overload puts brain development at risk
Brisbane Times Oct 04, 2013

Too much time in front of screens playing the wrong kind of computer games can delay a child's development or lead to serious damage in adults, new research into the impact of media and technology on the brain has found.

Raising a genius
Business Standard Sep 13, 2013

Abhijeet (name changed to protect identity) and his parents would be considered "lucky" by most people. The adolescent has an IQ above 130 and has invariably performed brilliantly in academics. He is what is called a "gifted" child

Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms
The Guardian Sep 18, 2013

A study of 17,000 people from birth indicates that reading for pleasure improves not just literacy, but math ability too. And we will soon know whether the effects continue into adult life.

Aerobic fitness can boost brain power in kids
The Star Sep 13, 2013

A new US study finds that aerobically fit children perform better in memory tests than their less fit counterparts. While regular physical activity is vital for keeping a child lean and healthy, a new US study finds that it can even boost learning and memory, especially when tasks are challenging.

Stress can hamper kids' brains, says U.S. researcher
Stalbert Leader Sep 05, 2013

Because different parts of the brain develop on their own timelines, stresses on children can impact different functions depending on when the stress occurs. Some connections between brain cells are “pruned.” A 14-year-old has fewer connections than a three-year-old and experiences determine which stay and which go.

Parents beware: Technology can harm your baby's mental development!
Daily Bhaskar Sep 09, 2013

Better keep your smart phone away from the reach of your kids. Toddlers who play with smart phones are at an increased risk of impeding their brain development, experts have warned.

Music matters: Studies show it's important for brain development
Canada Sep 06, 2013

While sports often make the shortlist of choices, music lessons can sometimes be over-looked as an important extra-curricular choice. But many recent studies are giving good reason to move music to the top of one's to-do list.

Child Abuse Changes the Brain
Guardian Today Sep 12, 2013

A follow up report on a study done two decades ago has determined that child abuse qualifies as a public health concern. The report concluded that abuse and neglect have the ability to change the brain and that these changes have a significant impact in how the child functions both as a child and into adulthood.

Thoughtful Parenting: Brain development in infants and toddlers
Steam Boat Today Aug 27, 2013

A child is born with more than 100 billion brain cells and will not grow any more. Unused brain cells and connections will wither away. Each brain cell connects with thousands of other brain cells to create the functional architecture of a child's brain.

Study Links Maternal Self Perception to Child's Brain Development and Stress Level
Science World Report Aug 10, 2013

A recent study says that a child's brain development depends on maternal self perception. This research states that a mother's perceived social status predicts the child's brain development as well as stress indicator.

How young is too young for a smartphone?
CBS News Aug 03, 2013

One major reason why experts are concerned is that this type of smartphone use, at such a young age, can impede early development in areas that would impact the child for the rest of their lives. Since childhood is a time for serious brain development, children could face problems with their basic social, verbal and learning skills.

Breastfeeding and Other Early Influencers on Children's IQ
Time Health Land July 30, 2013

A new study solidifies the connection between breast-feeding and intelligence, but it's not the only way that mom can influence youngsters' IQ, even before birth.

Regular bedtimes help a child's brain development, boost grades: study
CTV News July 10, 2013

A new study finds that irregular bedtimes and a lack of a nightly routine may disrupt healthy brain development in young children. Scientists at University College London suggest that a lack of routine can impair early development by disrupting the body clock, which can affect the brain's ability to remember and learn new information.

How to grow a baby's brain
Boston July 08, 2013

A very brief discussion of the structures of the brain responsible for regulating emotions will, I hope, serve to demonstrate how parents can promote their child's brain development in a healthy way… Research at the interface of neuroscience and infant development is offering great insights into how the exchange of looks between mother and baby actually grows the brain.

Why the current definition of intelligence isn't smart
theglobeandmail Jul 19, 2013

As a child, Scott Barry Kaufman had an auditory disorder that made it difficult to process words in real time. He was diagnosed with a learning disability, performed badly in IQ tests, had to repeat Grade 3 and spent years in special education. He was told that his disability made high-level academic achievement unlikely.

The IQ mineral
Border Mail July 01, 2013

One UK study published in the medical journal The Lancet in May, reported that children of women with a mild to moderate iodine deficiency in pregnancy had lower scores for verbal IQ, reading accuracy and reading comprehension, compared to children born to women with adequate iodine intakes.

Breastfed babies 'upwardly mobile' study claims
Nursing Times July 02, 2013

Previous research has linked breastfeeding to a number of health benefits for the baby, including improved brain function and reduced vulnerability to infection. But can breastfeeding your child really have any lasting benefit? A recent study suggests it can.

Newborn's Weight Gain Is Crucial In First Month Of Brain Development; Lower IQ Scores Linked To Slower Growth
Medical Daily June 18, 2013

A new study indicates that if a baby puts on 40 percent or more of their birthweight in their first month of life, they will have a higher IQ than babies who put on 15 percent or less of their birthweight in their first month after birth.

Breast milk is best for babies' brain development, U.S. study suggests
National Post Jun 13, 2013

Breastfeeding may be beneficial for your baby's brain, a new study from Brown University in Rhode Island and published online at NeuroImage suggests. The study, led by Sean C.L. Deoni, assistant professor of engineering, is the first examination of breastfeeding and early infant brain myelination - a process that enables nerve cells to transmit information faster.

Building blocks for brains
Bangkok Post June 12, 2013

The first few years of a child's life are too precious to waste. It has been shown that brain development and growth is at its highest from birth to age six. Parents are aware of this, and many businesses have been established to meet an unprecedented demand for classes or tools to help small children develop to their potential.

Student Test Scores Show That 'Grit' Is More Important Than IQ
Business Insider May 28, 2013

What's the best predictor of success? IQ, talent, luck? Nope. It's 'grit,' more than anything else. Through her research at the University of Pennsylvania - and firsthand experience teaching in New York City's public schools - psychologist Angela Duckworth has found that the ability to withstand stress and move past failures to achieve a goal is the best indicator of future success.

Medical know-how: ‘Thyroid deficiency leads to lower IQ in children'
Tribune May 31, 2013

Decreasing levels of iodine in the diet lead to an insufficient production of thyroid hormone which in turn results in lower IQ levels in children.

Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy may lower kid's IQ scores
CBS News May 22, 2013

Pregnant women who skip out on foods that contain iodine, like milk and fish, may be lowering their baby's IQ and reading abilities. A study published on May 22 in The Lancet showed that even women who had just a mild iodine deficiency were more likely to give birth to babies with lower verbal IQ scores, as well as lower reading abilities than women who got enough of the mineral.

Children with two parents more intelligent'
IOL May 17, 2013

Children who are brought up by two parents grow up to be cleverer than those raised by just one person, new research suggests.

Omega-3 and brain function
SMH May 10, 2013

Omega-3 refers to a group of essential fats known as fatty acids (they're essential because the body cannot synthesize them itself) that have a range of functions in the body. They form part of the membrane of neurons, control parts of gene expression in the nervous system and are crucial for brain development during pregnancy.

Hypertension in pregnancy may lower baby's IQ
WDAM May 1, 2013

Hypertension in pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight and early delivery, but now it appears it can also lower a baby's IQ. Finnish researchers followed nearly 400 men from before birth into their sixties.

Two Parents Better Than One For Child's Brain Development, Study Suggests
Huffington Post May 05, 2013

Two parents may be better than one for encouraging normal brain development in growing children, research suggests. Scientists discovered differences in the brains of mice reared by dual parents, including two females, or a single parent.

Babies born even slightly early might lag behind
Marshfield News Herald May 07, 2013

Many women choose to have labor induced or to have an elective cesarean delivery before the full term of their pregnancy is up, but a new study suggests their child's development might suffer if they are born even a little early.

PBDE Tied to Hyperactivity, Lower IQ
WFAA May 09, 2013

If you have a couch, easy chair, foam pillow (including those used for breastfeeding), mattress, mattress pad, futon, car seat, carpet padding or any other product made with PBDEs before 2005 in your house, you could be exposing your child to chemicals that may possibly lower his or her intelligence and / or lead to hyperactivity.

Child IQ - Why Confidence Matters
BrainBlogger Apr 17, 2013

Intellectual functioning has a significant relationship to the child's confidence in his or her abilities. Both intellect and self confidence interact with, and to a great extent, originate from personal experience. It is through experience with the world by which the child acquires self-confidence in his or her thought processes.

A baby's brain still develops bit by bit
The Spectrum Apr 14, 2013

At the time a baby is born, most of the body organs are pretty well developed. The heart, lungs and digestive systems are all fully functional.

Breastfeeding May Lead to Better Brain Development, Studies Claim
BH Courier Apr 08, 2013

In what may reignite the debate on breastfeeding over formula feeding, a new study claims that breastfeeding leads to better brain development.

Do Toddler Apps Turn Young Brains To Mush?
Hereandnow Mar 26, 2013

But while the American Academy of Pediatrics has long discouraged passive media use, the academy hasn't weighed in yet on interactive applications. Research is limited, since apps are so new, but the debate is polarized. Psychologist and author Aric Sigman told The Telegraph, “We risk infantilising the child's mind by spoon-feeding it with strong audio-visual sensations.” He argued that computers should be banned from schools until children reach age nine.

The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind
NY Times Blog Mar 31, 2013

Dr. Small says we do know that the brain is highly sensitive to stimuli, like iPads and smartphone screens, and if people spend too much time with one technology, and less time interacting with people like parents at the dinner table, that could hinder the development of certain communications skills.

Study Says Angry Tones Influence How Baby Brains Process Emotion
Red Orbit Mar 26, 2013

Parents have long known that the tone of their voice affects a baby's mood, but a new study from the University of Oregon shows that a baby's exposure to parental arguments is associated with the way the infant's brain processes stress and emotions.

Watch your kids!
Arab News Mar 27, 2013

A paper recently published in a leading British medical journal urged doctors and government health officials to set limits on the amount of time children spend in front of screens, whether TVs, tablets, smartphones, or other devices.

The Genius of Raising Brilliant Kids: A Conversation With Jack Andraka's Parents
Forbes Feb 02, 2013

He is the son of an engineer and anesthetist who has vaulted his way onto the main stage of science and innovation. Jack's work on developing a rapid, highly sensitive and inexpensive test for cancer has made headlines around the world.

Gifted children need teachers who set intellectual challenges
Deccan Herald Feb 21, 2013

Gifted Education (GE) is the umbrella term for enriching, diversifying, and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of gifted children: the need for stimulation and challenge. Because of their advanced cognitive development and (usually) rapid pace of work, gifted children in a typical Indian classroom spend lots of time unoccupied and bored.

Arts & Crafts: Building blocks for self-expression
Boulder Weekly Mar 13, 2013

For kids, art is more than just finger painting and doodling. It is their best chance to learn about and express their own emotions, according to some child psychologists.

Reading to kids at early age helps development
Tulsa World Mar 04, 2013

University of Tulsa education professor Diane Beals said reading to young children - those too young to understand what you're saying - is a way for kids to receive warm and responsive interaction from adults, which is important.

12-year-old Indian-origin girl is smarter than Einstein
Niti Central Mar 07, 2013

A 12-year-old Indian-origin girl in UK surprised everyone after she surpassed geniuses like Einstein and Stephen Hawking in terms of IQ level. An IQ test participated by the child prodigy has confirmed that she possesses an incredible 162.

Why IQ is a myth
Timesofindia Mar 10, 2013

Now, why is an IQ score absurd? If you can't compare raw IQ scores, it hardly tells you how important (not statistically significant but another level of significance) or large the variation in real terms is.

Play important in brain development, expert says
Postcrescent Mar 2, 2013

Playtime is just as important to early childhood brain development as proper nutrition, says Deborah McNelis, an early childhood brain specialist. The play and interaction and experiences of a child need to incorporate all of the senses for real learning and optimal brain development to take place.

Brain Development Could Suffer as Cursive Writing Fades
kaaltv Feb 18, 2013

The signature and cursive handwriting are in danger of fading away. In Minnesota, schools are no longer required to teach cursive. But it's not just the signature that's taking a hit, the way students learn and how their brains develop could suffer.

Study: Sesame Street helps child brain development
9news Jan 4, 2013

Experts at the University of Rochester had 27 children and 20 adults watch Sesame Street while undergoing a functional MRI scan. They found children whose brain activity resembled that of adults scored better on math and verbal tests.

Prenatal Exposure to Fish Beneficial to Child Development
URMC Jan 3, 2013

A study published recently in the Journal of Nutrition adds to the growing scientific evidence that when expecting mothers eat fish often, they are giving their future children a boost in brain development even though they are exposing their children to the neurotoxin, methyl mercury, present in fish.

Breastfeeding can boost child's brain
Trinidad Express Feb 4, 2013

Researchers have found a connection between breastfeeding and the development of a child's brain. Researchers concluded in a study of more than 17,000 infants from newborn to six and a half years that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding improved brain development.

Shedding New Light On Infant Brain Development
ScienceDaily Feb 18, 2013

A new study by Columbia Engineering researchers finds that the infant brain does not control its blood flow in the same way as the adult brain. The paper, which the scientists say could change the way researchers study brain development in infants and children, is published in the February 18 Early Online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

No sign that omega-3s benefit babies' brains
Chicago Tribune Feb 08, 2013

A review of the existing evidence finds it to be inconclusive about whether omega-3 fatty acids taken by mothers during pregnancy boost their kids' brain development early in life.

Impacts of television watching on the young childs developing brain
Mareeq Jan 27, 2013

Picture this. You are a busy mother trying to keep an eye on your young children, while trying to get dinner ready. What to do? The truth is some would turn the TV on, in hopes of occupying the kids for a short while.

Kids Who Eat Breakfast May Have Slightly Higher IQs
Psych Central Feb 10, 2013

Children who eat breakfast on a near-daily basis have significantly higher scores in verbal and performance IQ tests, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Making kids smarter: Stimulation, diet boost IQ scores
News Miner Jan 25, 2013

A friend of mine has a 2-year-old and a new baby. Like many parents, he is trying to figure out how he can give his children every educational advantage.

Raise Your Play I.Q. - The 'Art' of conversing with children
Positively Naperville Feb 08, 2013

Many consider holding conversations to be a primary teaching technique of early childhood educators. Everyone, however, can practice techniques to carry on meaningful and facilitative conversations with young children that foster language development during play.

How to Make Your Baby Smarter
Huffington Post Jan 28, 2013

Are you hoping for a Baby Einstein? You don't need to be a Tiger Dad to want the best for your kids, and being smart generally leads to an easier, happier life. But what are the facts and what are myths? Before you force your baby to listen to Mozart, check out the latest research to find exactly what will make a difference to a baby's future IQ.

New research shows modern parenting practices hinder child brain development (Video)
The Examiner Jan 07, 2013

This new research links certain early, nurturing parenting practices - the kind common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies - to specific, healthy emotional outcomes in adulthood, and has many experts rethinking some of our modern, cultural child rearing "norms."

Brain Child
New Parent Jan 21, 2013

Remember how your ob-gyn (and every pregnancy-related magazine and book you read!) stressed the importance of your diet for your fetus's brain and neural development? Well, now your toddler's own eating habits are crucial.

Debunking the IQ myth
Western University Jan 10, 2013

Considered a standard gauge of intelligence, an intelligence quotient (IQ) score doesn't actually provide an accurate measure of one's intellect, according to a landmark study - the largest of its kind - led by Adrian Owen of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western.

Low blood lead levels linked to lower IQ in Italian kids
Environmental Health News Jan 16, 2013

Kids exposed to low levels of lead score lower on IQ tests, according to a study of junior high students in Northern Italy. The low levels found in the youths are typical of many European and North American countries, and are below the exposures that U.S. health officials established to identify kids at risk. Growing evidence suggests even low amounts of lead can harm developing brains.

Drinking during pregnancy can lower your baby's IQ
Zeenews Jan 17, 2013

Women who drink as little as half a pint of beer per week during pregnancy can cut their baby's intelligence level by several IQ points, a new study claims. Researchers suggest this could be enough to make a difference to the child's prospects, in the study that teased out a true relationship between moderate drinking in pregnancy and its affect on an unborn child.

Sesame Street Helps Explain How Kids' Brains Develop
Medical News Today Jan 04, 2013

A brain scan taken while a child watches TV is a better indicator of future test scores for reading and math compared to a brain scan that was taken under more synthetic circumstances.

Food for Brain News

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores in children adopted from institutional settings
Medical News Mar 6, 2014

Iron deficiency predicts lower IQ scores and poor higher-order thinking skills in children adopted from institutional settings like orphanages, according to a new longitudinal study.

7 super foods for your child
Times of India Oct 30, 2013

The right kind of nutrition is extremely important, especially for a kid who is growing up. Here are seven nutrient-packed super foods that should be a part of your child's diet.

Links Tighten Between IQ, Breast-Feeding
WSJ July 29, 2013

Breast-feeding longer can make children smarter. That's the conclusion of a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association. In many ways, the study won't surprise proponents of breast-feeding, who have long posited a connection between nursing and cognition and now have an additional piece of research to back up their argument.

Study: Iodine Salt Use May Have Increased The American IQ
CBS Atlanta July 23, 2013

Although iodine deficiency remains one of the world's top causes of preventable mental retardation, many Americans don't realize that its use has increased their IQ's.

Brain food
Taste June 16, 2013

Author George Elliott wrote, 'no man can be wise on an empty stomach'. While no single food can make you brilliant, good nutrition is important. The brain is a hungry organ, needing a steady supply of nutrients.

Breastfeeding May Lead to Better Brain Development, Studies Claim
Beverly Hills Courier Apr 8, 2013

Researchers claim to have found a connection between the development of a child's brain and the amount of time spent breastfeeding. In an experiment involving over 17,000 infants aged from newborn to six and a half years old, scientists have concluded that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding led to improved brain development.

13 Superfoods For Kids For 2013
Spotlight Jan 02, 2013

As adults everywhere renew their gym memberships, stock up on workout gear, and indulge in their last desserts in preparation for tackling those New Year's resolutions, most kids are just looking forward to an excuse to stay up late and bang pots and pans.

Supplementing Kids - Diets with Omega-3 Boosts Their IQ, says Study
Topnews NZ Jan 29, 2013

A team of researchers from the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development has come up with a fact that if kids are provided with quality pre-school and diet, they could realize a boost in their IQ.

Study claims mother's milk can boost a baby's IQ
7 Days in Dubai Jan 3, 2013

Experts found that babies fed on breast milk exclusively had higher IQs than those who were not. Doctor Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, the executive committee director of Sharjah Baby Friendly Emirate Campaign, says the findings - which reveal children who were breastfed for over six months had a 3.8 point higher IQ than those who were not - show how important it is to breastfeed.

Early Child Development News

A good night's sleep helps a child make connections
Register Guard Jan 20, 2014

Now that the holidays are over and the unique and exciting activities surrounding them have come and gone, it's a good time to help children get back into regular schedules.

Want to help kids learn? Teach them to nap
Boston Sep 23, 2013

A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggest the answer is a resounding “yes.” In a study of 40 preschoolers, napping aided children's ability to recall information they had been taught earlier that day.

Read With Your Children, Not to Them
Science Daily Sep 12, 2013

Research has found that reading with young children and engaging them can make a positive impact on the child's future and their family.

Will Stuttering in Children Harm Development?
Science World Report Aug 26, 2013

A new study shows that stuttering will not necessarily harm or slow the brain development of children in school. In fact, according to an Australian study, researchers found that preschool kids who stutter may actually do better in school and develop language and non-verbal skills when they aren't as distressed by this language barrier.

Unborn babies recognize and remember words said to them in the womb
Deseret News August 28, 2013

Some mothers may be careful about what they say around their children, but new research suggests that a mother's unborn child is listening, too.

Is it time for us to build our children's Social Quotient?
DNA India July 29, 2013

Right from childhood, the focus is on developing the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of the person. The most important and the most ignored quotient is the Social Quotient (SQ). Beyond IQ, which we all know, is EQ. Emotional intelligence is awareness of one’s emotions and moods and those of others, especially in managing people.

First three years shape child's development
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune July 19, 2013

At birth, an infant's brain is only 25 percent of the size of an average adult's brain. Incredibly, by age 3, a child's brain has grown to 90 percent of an adult's brain.

Maps for the mind
Bangkok Post July 09, 2013

From the womb to the end of life, the human brain is constantly developing, but never more so than in the early years. Studies suggest the bulk of brain growth and development occurs after birth.

3 Ways to Boost Baby's Development At Home
PJ Star July 09, 2013

Every child grows at a different rate and meets milestones at a different pace because there is a wide range of "normal" when it comes to growing up. But the biggest concern for most parents happens when their babies fall behind in reaching milestones or have issues with physical coordination.

Will a new learning system really make your children smarter? July 04, 2013

Released in May, SMART stands for Strengthening Mental Abilities with Relational Training and it has been developed over the last 20 years by behavioural and educational psychologists as an intervention for those who may have learning difficulties, but also for kids who simply are not reaching their educational potential for whatever reason.

Toddler Speech Development: Some Babble Sounds Might Be Stand-Ins For Grammatical Words
Huffington Post June 18, 2013

The little sounds and puffs of air that toddlers often inject into their baby babble may actually be subtle stand-ins for grammatical words, new research suggests.

Tips for parents to prevent summer Brain Drain
Maryland News Zap Jun 01, 2013

Each summer, parents look for ways to combat “summer brain drain,” which occurs when children lose some of the knowledge they gained during the school year because they're not regularly exercising their brains.

Importance of EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE since early childhood
Lemauricien May 14, 2013

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves.

The Most Troubling Myths About Gifted Kids - Debunked
Take Part May 07, 2013

Teaching gifted students presents unique challenges and amazing rewards. Twelve years ago, when I was approached about teaching gifted students and creating classes that were to be dubbed as “highly capable” classes, my first thought was, “These are really bright kids. How hard can it be?”.

The Illusion of the ‘Gifted' Child
Time Ideas Apr 25, 2013

What exactly makes a child “gifted”? In New York City, like many school districts, giftedness is decided by a standardized test that measures verbal and nonverbal facility. Score at the 90th percentile and you make the cut for some programs, but at the 97th percentile students become eligible for the highly competitive citywide options for gifted students.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness
Huffington Post Apr 10, 2013

In K-12 classrooms everywhere are children at risk for being misunderstood, medically mislabelled, and educationally misplaced. Not limited to one gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic group, they could be the children of your neighbours, your friends, your siblings, and even yourself.

Early Number Sense Plays Role Later Math Skills
Reporter News Mar 26, 2013

We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math — and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems to play a big role in how well they do everyday calculations later on.

Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests
AScienceDaily Jan 7, 2013

Parents may be damaging healthy brain and social development with child-rearing practices that are more parent-centered than baby-focused, according to interdisciplinary research that's sparking new debate about what to do for baby.

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