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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #12 Issue #06
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 4, 2013
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Family is where it all starts. School is where it reaches its best! It should come as no surprise that
achievement both at school and home starts at home and with parents. It is also no surprise to see that
best performance and maximum achievement for children takes its birth in home that ensures affection-full
parental support, healthy habits and disciplined routines.
Achievement, academic or non-academic, is a by-product of sheer hard work and dedicated efforts. Most
children, who underachieve, may not focus their full efforts on achieving the best. With so many reasons
affecting a child's inability to achieve satisfactory results, parents often get frustrated and disappointed
by seeing their children falling behind in academic and classroom studies.
Underachievement is a strange word! At least, it is true for most children who are affected by this
syndrome. In fact, such children may never know that they are underachieving! In other words, a
paradox called “underachievement” could be crippling for both parents and their children.
However, the best part is that parents can reverse this syndrome by using a series of positive
techniques, albeit in a gradual and calibrated manner. All the best!
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Underachieving Children - Motivating to Achieve the Best
Underachieving could be a crippling factor in a child's life.
Underachievement occurs because of many reasons that are unknown to children. Click to learn more.
Leading Underachieving Children to Achieve Unlimited Classroom Success
Dr. Rimm's Twelve Laws are universally acknowledged as a sure-fire antidote to reverse underachievement
among children. Parents can easily use these laws to help their children. Read the article to learn more.
Q1: We live in the US. Elementary
school is until 5th grade, then schools change and the children go
to a new school for 6,7,8th grade. I have 2 children. The younger
one is in 2nd grade and took a series of IQ tests at the request of
the school. He scored a 135 on the Wechsler IV IQ test for children.
The older child has not taken an IQ test, she will be in a new
school beginning in September. What should I do? Should I request
that she take an IQ test in September?
A: For your first question, find out
the reason the school had not requested for an intelligence test for
her. As these tests are costly, they are usually only administered
when there is a need. Also you need to establish why the test should
be taken. Is it merely to check her level of general intelligence?
Or to identify areas of strength and weakness?..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Taking an Intelligence Test here.
Q2: I have a 4.3 year old daughter. She
is extremely talented. At this age she speaks 4 different languages
perfectly without any confusion. Her vocabulary is very good in all
these 4 languages. Her analytical skills are also at par. I went
through your website, and I can surely say that my child is gifted
(as per the points of giftedness).
I stay in Pune, India. I would want to get her IQ test done. Kindly let
me know what should I be doing to get her IQ test done in India.
A: It is indeed amazing that your child
is able to speak four different languages fluently at a very young
age, which indicates a highly developed lingual ability. Researchers
have found that well-developed lingual ability (in this case
multilingual) actually enhances one's cognitive flexibility.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Intelligence Testing here.
Q3: My daughter (2nd grade) just
completed the WISC IV. Her FSIQ was 123 and
GAI 124. The examiner did not include the working memory (129) and
processing speed (97). Our state goes by percentiles for gifted, and she
scored at 95 GAI. The state cuts off at 97%. Should she at some time be
retested, and when? Should we push for services now or just wait?...
A: Your daughter's score is in the
superior range. There difference between her FSIQ and GAI is just one point. Briefly, the GAI is an optional
index score for the WISC-IV and is derived from the core Verbal
Comprehension and Perceptual Reasoning subtests. It provides an estimate
of general intellectual ability, with reduced emphasis on working memory
and processing speed relative to the FSIQ....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Retesting for WISC-IV here.
Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating your Underachieving Child
By Michael D. Whitley, Ph.D
For any parent who has ever been told, "Your child isn't performing up to his or her potential,"
this book has the answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley, Ph.D. offers a proven
ten-step program to motivate underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies the six
types of underachievers from the procrastinator to the hidden perfectionist to the con artist,
and it presents the ten steps to help children succeed in school-and ultimately, in life.
This is an excellent book for the parents of G/T students who are not bringing home the great
grades they are capable of making. Michael D. Whitley, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in
Houston, Texas. His clinic specializes in motivational difficulties and behavior problems of
children, adolescents, and adults.
By Peter Speaks, Ph.D and Maryann Karinch
Kids who are failing at school constantly use excuses. Parents and teachers often try tutoring,
force, or logic to try to get these underachievers to perform at a higher level. A noted
psychologist whose ideas have received media coverage reveals his dynamic method and tips for
parents and teachers which have motivated over 2,000 failing students to perform at or near
their full potential.
Empowering Underachievers is just that: empowering them. That is the key to their change. Their
internal motivation must be empowered so that they ultimately take charge. However, they need
the insight and emotional tools to get the job done. That is where you, as a dedicated parent,
educator or concerned other, can help. You can be the spark that ignites the flame. That is
what empowerment is all about.
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.
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.
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