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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #4 Issue #23
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 6, 2006
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Two weeks ago, I was a volunteer on an event called "A Special
Day with Special Kids". They were about 30+ children and teenagers
with Down Syndrome. The event was filled with magic show, art &
craft, balloons sculpturing, face painting, body contour art, band
performance, etc. and everyone had a ball of a time. This was the
first time that I worked with children with Down syndrome and it was
a whole new experience for me, for they taught me more than I could
ever teach them.
I found their sincerity and authenticity absolutely captivating.
Some gave me a hug, or kissed me or would just hold my hand to take
me to their parents. They had no pretence whatsoever and acted from
a genuine authenticity – perhaps something that all of us can learn
from these special children.
During the band performance, all the children went up on stage and
danced from their heart and not with the intention of competing.
They simply had a lot of respect for each other - maybe another
quality that we can learn from these special children.
I also learnt something profound from these lovely children - they
did not see anyone as being different. To them everyone is just a
human being - regardless of race or gender or religion etc, just a human
At the end of the event, all the special children were given a
trophy. They hold it up high on the stage and wanted to show the world
that they were the champion (ironically, they are so many people in this
world think they are born loser!). Now I understand why they
are called "Special"....
p/s: BTW, I gave out a f'ree course called WAHM-IT!, The Masters Course in the last issue.
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Develop Your Child's Thinking Skills
By Cheng Cheng Tan
Learn the tips on how to make your child to think. Thinking skill
can be trained by using a technique called ...
Can Creativity Be Taught?
By Joyce Svitak
How do you teach creativity? Like a modern designer looking for
inspiration, follow the tried-and-true motto and go back to the
I have been told that my child is a "genius". After reading
the definition, she falls right in the category. My concern
is not how smart she is but how to deal with the behavioral
issues. She is 11. She acts as if she has no common sense at
all and I have to help her with simple tasks. She has become
quite "mouthy" and demands things of me and feels she needs
to know everything that is going on in the household. What
can I do to get her to be a kid?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Difficult Behavior of Gifted Child
My son is 7 years old and is in 2nd grade. He was diagnosed
with an IQ score of 130. His teacher says that he is always
daydreaming in class and is not able to go to 3rd grade
because he can not focus on different activities. Should I
keep him back in 2nd grade in order for him to develop his focus?
A: It is quite obvious that your son is
bored, hence the daydreaming. It may be possible that the lessons at
school are not challenging enough for him. Gifted children need to
find their work meaningful to be able to enjoy learning ... Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted but Bored here.
My daughter, now 6 and born end August so one of the youngest in her
class, was assessed and selected by a school for able children. She
entered into an existing class where work patterns and social
relationships were already established. Although she is very
sociable and willing, she can be shy or withdrawn initially. After a
good start things regressed and eventually she has integrated
socially. However, academically she has not met their expectations
of her potential ...
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Gifted but Unable to Cope
My son will be 5 years old next month. He has a talent for drawing.
He seems to have a photographic memory and can draw exact replicas
of objects and scenes. Is there a program which can help him nurture
his talent? Can I get him evaluated for this skill? Thanks in
advance for your answer.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Nurturing Artistic Talent
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
By Daniel Goleman, Ph.D
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success,
happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we
could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from
the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers
startling new insight into our "two minds" - the rational
and the emotional - and how they together shape our destiny.
Dr. Goleman received his Ph.D. from Harvard and reported on
the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for
twelve years, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer
Ingredient Commonly Found in Shampoos May Inhibit Brain Development
Newswise Aug 3, 2006
An ingredient found in many shampoos and other personal care
products appears to interfere with normal brain development in baby
mice when applied to the skin of pregnant mice, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have discovered. When
Diethanolamine (DEA) was applied to the skin of pregnant mice, the
fetuses showed inhibited cell growth and increased cell death in an
area of the brain responsible for memory - the hippocampus.
Lack of iodine affects kids' IQ
Irish Health Aug 2, 2006
According to a team of researchers at University College Dublin (UCD),
Irish women of childbearing age are simply not consuming enough
iodine. This could harm the development of their unborn foetus and
impact on the IQ of their children 'and on the incidence of
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)'.
Head-size no indicator of IQ levels
Sawf Aug 2, 2006
Australian researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical
Research (QMIR) who conducted a DNA study, have reported that genes
that are thought to have helped humans evolve big brains don't
appear to play any role in how intelligent we are.
Something fishy aids kid smarts
The Border Mail July 29, 2006
South African researchers have told an Australian scientific
conference that primary school children who were given daily doses
of fish oil as part of a study showed improved learning and memory.
Fish oil, rich in Omega 3 and special polyunsaturated fatty acids,
is believed to play a role in the brain development and function of
the fetus and young child.
Children learning to read when they are nine months old
9news.com July 27, 2006
One doctor says his new method of learning can teach children to
read by nine months old. Dr. Bob Titzer is the founder of "The
Titzer Method." It's a multi-sensory, interactive approach to
Ancient Asian Calculating Tool May Hold Key to Boosting Children's Mental Math Skills
PRWeb Aug 3, 2006
In Asia, many schools have rediscovered the secrets of the abacus,
an ancient calculating device that offers remarkable benefits for
nurturing young minds and encouraging proficiency in mathematics and
mental calculation. With abacus instruction, children can achieve
much more than just excellent math skills. Abacus use can build
confidence, provide a sense of achievement, promote intuitive
thinking, enhance problem-solving capability, stimulate creativity,
and improve concentration and mental endurance.
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