Are our kids too soft these days? Elders say that adversities and difficulties bring out the best in one's
life. Traumatic events and disastrous situations could act as precursors to make an individual tough and
resilient. Some people are born tough and resilient. Choi Sung Bong is one such person who personifies
tenacity and resilience.
The story of Choi Sung Bong makes a fairy tale reading. It is an event by itself. An orphan who was abandoned
when he was three years old, Choi Sung Bong grew up facing all the adversities that you can see in life.
Ran away from the orphanage and started living on the street since five years old. Impoverished, poor,
and without the enduring love and affection of parents, Choi Sung Bong made a living out of selling gum
and energy drinks on the street and night clubs.
His relentless pursuit for greatness and a great dream to achieve something tangible, made him determined to
achieve immense success in life. This is the true story of a young man, who was not
only resilient, but never give up in chasing his dream. Watch his great performance on the
Korea's Got Talent TV show.
A show of a young man who reached the top in spite of extreme rigors of life.
Thought for today:
"In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet
the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life." - Albert Bandura
Q1: My daughter (who is now 9 years
old) was tested in kindergarten (at 6 years
old) for Gifted and Talented services at her public school. She was
given the WASI (Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence) test. Her
verbal IQ was 156, her performance IQ was 123, and her full scale IQ
was 145. I understand these are rather high scores...
A: The WASI is a brief measure of intellectual ability which is said to be
rather reliable and saves time. Essentially, testing professionals are
able to get a fast and reliable measure of intelligence when screening
for mental retardation, giftedness, or for other purposes. This test can
also be used for reassessing individuals who have had a comprehensive
evaluation and need re-evaluation. However, it has been suggested that
the WASI used cautiously and a second testing may be possible for
detailed scores... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Using Intelligence Test for the Gifted & Talented Programme here.
Q2: My 6 year old son scored the
following on the Cogat test: Verbal 134, Quantitative 141 and
Non-verbal 135. The school is doing additional planned activities
testing and I'm concerned with some of the answers he tells me he is
giving them.... can a child score that high on the Cogat test and not actually be
A: The Cognitive Abilities Test, also
known as the CogAT, is an exam administered to K-12 students to
assess their abilities in three areas considered important in
determining potential academic success: verbal reasoning, nonverbal
reasoning and quantitative reasoning. This test is most commonly
used by schools to determine placement for gifted and talented
programs.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted or Average? here.
Q3: We just received our daughters
scores from the WISC-IV. She did very
well in verbal comprehension (97th percentile) but scored very poorly in
perceptual reasoning (39th percentile). Her other scores were in average
to high average range. She seemed to have most of her problems with
picture concepts and block design....
A: The Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI)
which is a nonverbal ability is made up of Block Design, Matrix
Reasoning, Picture Concept and Picture Completion. It is designed to
measure nonverbal concept formation, visual perception and
organisation, simultaneous processing, visual-motor coordination,
learning, and the ability to separate figure and ground in visual
stimuli.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Improving Perceptual Reasoning Skills here.
Today's children face a great deal of stress - academic performance, heavy scheduling,
high achievement standards, media messages, peer pressures, family tension. Without healthier solutions,
they often cope by talking back, giving up, or indulging in unhealthy behaviors.
Show your child how to bounce back - and THRIVE - with coping strategies from
one of the nation's foremost experts in adolescent medicine. This 7-C plan for resilience
that helps kids of all ages learn competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution,
coping, and control to help them bounce back from challenges.
Even the most significant technological and medical advances of the 21st century have been
tempered by the increasing risk posed to children in the form of such stressors as poverty,
victimization, and family dysfunction. To overcome such challenging societal pressures, children
must become skilled in navigating through these turbulent times.
To help children overcome the everyday obstacles they face - that is, to beat the odds - the
Handbook of Resilience in Children gathers into one volume the current scientific theory,
clinical guidelines, and real-world interventions to address such issues as: The role of
resilience in overcoming trauma, adversity, and abuse.
Parents fretting about brain-training their babies have been told to
relax - children are like "dandelions" that will flourish almost
regardless of what you do. Brain experts say mums and dads worry
unnecessarily about their children's development, because the impact
of parenting is limited. New book
Welcome To Your Child's Brain, written by neuroscientists,
concludes most children can reach their potential with "good enough"
parenting because they are born hard-wired for learning.
Some researchers say giving your kids a pat on the bottom could lower their IQ. Spanking has been the
discipline measure of choice for some parents. Now a new study says sparing the rod could lead to a smarter kid.
South Coast Today recently featured a question from a teacher who has noticed that students who are focused
on being right all the time often forget to be happy. In response, the news source stated that for gifted
children, perfectionism can be a serious problem.
As parents, we know that reading to our children is crucial in their overall development as well as their
future success in school. We know that we must be role models for our children, and expose them to as much
print as possible even from the earliest age. But just how do we know which books or types of text are
appropriate for our children?
The home videos of infants as young as six months learning to read have caught the attention of many parents.
There are tons of tools to help babies, but which ones really work? ABC 4 News focused on the set of “Your
Baby Can Read” DVD's.
A little tension in our lives isn't all that bad. But ‘toxic' stress can make us physically sick,
says a renowned neuroscientist, whose research suggests how we learn to deal with anxiety as children can have a
lasting impact on our bodies and brains.
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