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Volume #10 Issue #02
ISSN: 0219-7642 July 10, 2011
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The challenge of handling a gifted child is a big task by itself. Gifted children, with all their hidden
talents and skills, are actually very difficult to handle and manage. What they need is a gentle push that acts as a
matchstick to ignite passion and interest. Child education experts recommend a number of techniques to teach gifted children.
More often, there is a general rule that dictates or determines the differences in learning abilities of
individual learners within a classroom. According to Smutny, J (National Association for Gifted Children),
“younger the age group, the more dramatic variations within the group and the more likely that the
differences you see in school performance reflect deeper differences in developmental level.” However,
these differences tend to magnify, when there are gifted children who are studying in the same classroom.
Catering to the needs of gifted children is very difficult, because they belong to an entirely different group of
children. Educational experts recommend a different type of educational approach called “differentiated
education”, which takes into consideration the actual needs of gifted children. The first basic steps here
are to understand your gifted children and identify what their needs and requirements really are. Have a nice day!
Thought for today:
"Talk to your children about peer pressure. Explain what a powerful force it can be, and ... tell them
that you will never accept the excuse that "Everyone did it" ... that they will be held responsible for their
actions." - Tom McMahon, Teen Tips
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Help your Child Deal with Peer Pressure - A Two Edged Sword
Peer pressure in school is common. Peer pressure could be both positive and negative. Here are some basic
information bits on peer pressure.
Help your Child Deal with Peer Pressure - Avoid Falling Prey to It
Handling peer pressure is very critical. Negative pressure could be very detrimental to your children.
Learn some pressure handling techniques here!
Q1: I'm a 16 year old girl at Secondary
School. I would like to ask you some questions regarding the
difference between a gifted and a bright child.
First of all, can a gifted child be gifted but still suffer from nerves
and thus sometimes have to retake some of their exams?
Also, is it potentially damaging for a gifted child to be told they are
just a hardworker (as a result of the odd Bs)?
Is it possible for a gifted child to do tests and end up with results on
A/B borderline from not having revised the material in younger academic
years as a result of disinterest, or must all gifted children get 90 %
first time round?!
A: Your questions are interesting and I
am glad you asked them so you can clarify some misconception about giftedness.
A gifted child is one that has above average abilities, but just like
everyone else, may achieve or underachieve. Being gifted does not give
any guarantees for straight A's. Gifted individuals who may not be
getting the stimulation they require would burn out and underachieve..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted or Bright here.
Q2: My son is 12 and was
evaluated with the WISC IV, and Kaufman achievement
tests. His WISC IV scores were average to high average, and his
achievement scores were 97-99 percentile (upper extreme) in reading and
97 percentile (above average) in math. How can this discrepancy be
explained? He seems to be very intelligent but behavioral issues have
gotten in the way of him getting good grades. He is currently failing
school. It has been suggested that he is "twice exceptional" (gifted,
but also learning disabled or having ADHD or emotional problems that
mask one's giftedness), but his school claims that his IQ testing shows
that he is not gifted. Is it possible to have an average IQ and score so
high on the achievement tests even though he doesn't do much school work
and doesn't study?
A: It is very possible to get different
range of scores between intelligence and achievement as the two are
not the same thing. It also gives an indication of some kind of
learning difficulty. As it is, most tests vary in their content,
appropriateness with different populations, and usefulness as a
basis for educational requests. Therefore, it is important that
tests (especially individual rather than group) are conducted by a
trained and experienced tester who would be able to document the
strengths, relative weaknesses and advise on the suitability of a
program to cater for the educational needs of the child. High IQ
scores are predominantly used as a main criterion for screening
gifted individuals for specific programs...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Average IQ and Above Average Achievement Score here.
Q3: I have a 3 year old
daughter, initially I was concern that she might have learning
disability, because she can't seems to be focus in preschool, she is
always not paying attention. But we also belief that she is extremely
bright, she have extraordinary memory, especially great in remembering
details, most of the time we didn't realized that she was paying
attention to details. For example, she remembers things months later if
where I place and object when I was searching high and low for it. Her
teacher is very impressed by her, often expressed that she seems to
be more mature than most kids of her age, she expressed herself very
well, but she just can't seems to sit still and concentrate for a
A: Twice exceptional means that the
child has very advanced cognitive abilities and yet one or more
learning disability which usually masks their strengths and in turn
depress their IQ scores so that they appear less gifted than they
really are. Giftedness can be combined with visual and hearing
impairments, cerebral palsy, other physical disabilities, and
psychological dysfunctions. Being gifted provides no immunity
against physical diseases and accidents that impair functioning. In
this case, you may be suspecting ADHD but this can only be diagnosed
after proper testing ...... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possibly Twice-Exceptional here.
Understanding Peer Influence in Children and Adolescents (The Duke Series in Child Development and Public Policy)
By Mitchell Prinstein, Ph.D and Kenneth Dodge, Ph.D
Scientists, educators, and parents of teens have long recognized the potency of peer influences on children
and youth, but until recently, questions of how and why adolescents emulate their peers were largely overlooked.
This book presents a comprehensive framework for understanding the processes by which peers shape each other's
attitudes and behavior, and explores implications for intervention and prevention.
"The topic of peer influences has long been important to the field. This remarkable volume from distinguished
editors and contributors proposes original and compelling conceptual models that will elucidate peer influence
processes for researchers and students alike. In addition, many of the authors discuss general and specific
implications of their work for prevention and intervention programs.
How to Say No and Keep Your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and Preteens
By Sharon Scott and Richard J. Murnane
This practical book for teens and preteens is filled with helpful suggestions, true stories, lively cartoons,
and proven effective skills for dealing with all kinds of negative peer pressure. All kids face difficult
decisions at some point about things like cheating, fighting, skipping school, stealing, drugs, lying to parents, etc.
New Edition Includes: 13 hard-hitting, true stories of teens who failed to manage negative peer pressure which
resulted in loss of privileges, jail, and even death. A new message to kids: "Don't just fit in, stand out!"
which empowers them to be independent thinkers.
Is Exercise the New Brain Food?
Lemon Grove July 03, 2011
We all know that exercising is good for your heart, bones and muscles, but did you know that some scientists
are calling exercise the new “brain food?” Studies being conducted all over the world are showing
a positive relationship between exercise and cognitive (brain) function.
Eating for two 'can lower baby's IQ'
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics June 30, 2011
A new study detailed in the journal Obesity Reviews, which looked at
a range of research conducted across the globe, concluded that
children whose mums overate while pregnant are at greater risk of
suffering from low IQs, eating disorders and psychosis.
Baby's Brain Wired for Human Sounds
Yahoo News June 30, 2011
Even when they are only 3 months old, infants can recognize human sounds like coughing or laughing. In addition,
if the sounds are negative in nature, the babies' brains show activity in areas involved in emotion.
How newborns solve problems, use moral reasoning and amaze scientists
Oregon Live June 23, 2011
Human infants are proving to have abilities far beyond what researchers have long assumed. Newborns grasp
abstract numbers well enough to link matching numbers of objects and sounds, they understand musical
rhythm well enough to detect a missed downbeat in a percussion line, and they consistently apply moral judgment.
10 signs your child may be gifted
Citi FM June 28, 2011
Some tots actually are branded as gifted. Is yours? There are a few
developmental guidelines that often indicate giftedness in children,
so here are ten signs that your child may be headed to the head of
Do children need to know they're gifted?
Seattle Times June 05, 2011
You can tell your child he has been given the label "gifted" as long as he also knows that it doesn't
mean he is smarter or better than anyone, just that he performs well on a certain kind of test.
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