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Volume #3 Issue #20
ISSN: 0219-7642 Jul 08, 2005
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With due respect to the victims of London's terrorists act, I do not feel like writing
much in this issue except to share with you an inspirational speech by Steve Jobs
(CEO of Apple) that has been spread like a fire on the Internet now. If you have not
read it, you can read the
Jobs' Stanford University Commencement Speech here. Have a nice day!
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Are You Present With Your Children?
By Margaret Paul, Ph.D
Kids, Clothes, and Image
My daughter is 42 months old. Below are my questions:
My son is 29 months old. How strong should his vocabulary be at this
age? He does not speak in full sentences. He usually says things like "Come",
"Follow Me", "Stairs" for going up stairs. "Side" for wanting to go outside. He can
repeat quickly many things he sees and hears from us or from TV. He is my
first child so I am wondering about what is normal - if normal exists.
A:See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
speech developments here! Also, see another reader's question about
delayed speech developments on children here.
In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D
The book shatters the conventional wisdom that brands our students as "underachievers,"
"unmotivated," or as suffering from "learning disabilities," "attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder," or other "learning diseases." Armstrong explains how these flawed
labels often overlook students who are in possession of a distinctive combination of
multiple intelligences, and demonstrates how to help them acquire knowledge and skills
according to their sometimes extraordinary aptitudes.
Filled with resources for the home and classroom, this new edition of In Their Own Way
offers inspiration for every learning situation.
Minding the brain
Malaysia Star July 7, 2005
Current research in the brain sciences shows that the brain is a very plastic organ,
and that learning and experience can change the brain in significant ways. This means
we must redefine what is meant by intelligence, and design new and adaptive ways of
Health comes with a dash of iodised salt
The Hindu June 30, 2005
Even as a foetus, any deficiency in iodine can affect its normal brain development and
body growth. Hence it is imperative for pregnant women and lactating mothers to have
iodised salt and ensure that they never suffer from iodine deficiency.
Keep children away from chemicals
Poughkeepsie Journal June 26, 2005
Chemicals that poison the developing brain — neurotoxicants — pose an insidious threat
to children's health. These include lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and certain
pesticides. In the months right before and after birth, when children are passing
through the most rapid phases of development, they are especially vulnerable to these
Toddler talk, in 2 or 3 tongues
North Jersey Media June 26, 2005
Research from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Applied Linguistics suggests that
children who learn a second language are more creative and better at solving complex
problems than those who do not.
Other studies show that a 2-year-old brain has twice as many synapses as the adult
brain, and the young brain must use these connections or lose them.
Depression risk for tiny babies
BBC News July 1, 2005
Babies with small birthweights are at an increased risk of depression in later life,
Children's perfectionism can lead to misery and even mediocrity
FortWayne.com July 5, 2005
"(Perfectionists) try to protect themselves from embarrassment, criticism, anger and
the withdrawal of love or approval," says Virginia Smith Harvey of the National
Association of School Psychologists. "This results in fear of making errors or wrong
decisions, emotional guardedness, inclination to worry and cautiousness."
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