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Volume #4 Issue #7
ISSN: 0219-7642 Dec 11, 2005
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Year 2005 is about to go by and our children have grown miraculously
before our eyes. For many of us, we would be thankful when we count
our blessings. For those who are struggling, they can be thankful
too and acknowledge their 'blessings'.
Be thankful that you don't
already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative
into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
~ Author Unknown ~
As all of us will be having a Christmas holiday, so there will be no
newsletter for the Christmas day. I will see you next year!
p/s: Btw, if you want to give your kids a surprise Christmas gift,
you can consider a personalized letter from Santa.
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Should we compromise with our children?
By Russell Turner
Five Ways to Help Your Child Cope Positively With Discouraging
By Michael Grose
I am concerned that my gifted son will become bipolar. The
reason is his father is bipolar. My son is 6 years old with
an IQ of 140. He is already showing signs of moodiness and
being a perfectionist. He is very sensitive and sometimes
withdraws. Otherwise he can become silly and hyper.
I am also concerned that if he has a psych evaluation and
needs medicines, this would cloud his thinking for school.
Any suggestions on which way to go with this?
A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on
bipolar disorder in gifted child
I have two boys, ages 6 and 2. The 6-year old was identified as
highly gifted (profoundly gifted in math) a couple of years ago.
Ever since he was born, he has exhibited quite a few classic signs
of being EXTREMELY smart and well-developed. Here's my question;
since my 6-year old was my first, I don't think I'm accurately
assessing the skills or abilities of my 2 year old. He's definitely
not the same kid, and doesn't excel in the same areas, but has his
own talents. How do I know whether he is just kind of bright but
pretty average, or actually gifted?
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
gifted sibling comparison
My four year old son is always bored. He has a huge
vocabulary and was talking very clearly by age 1.5. He
understands complex and abstract ideas, he can formulate his
own theories and run with ideas, he learns and understands
explanations very quickly. I am at a loss with how to
encourage and motivate him.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
bright child and bored
My child is 3.5 years old and is highly intelligent, he can speak
sentences, however has difficultly with questions like "How was your
day?" "Did you eat your lunch today?" "Did you take a nap?" "How did
you get hurt?". He does great with questions like "what is this"
"How many are there". He has a remarkable memory. The day care
thinks he is autistic and he is rejected by his peers. I'm worried
sick is he gifted and/or autistic and/or hyperlexic and/or OCD
and/or hyperactive or is he just a normal 3 year old?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
speech problem in child
Deluxe Wooden Train Table with 100 Piece Train Set and 2 Storage Draws
* Recommended age: 4 - 6 years
Generations of children have been mesmerized by train sets.
Now it's your kids' turn to get on board and let it carry
them thousands of imaginary journeys around the lake and
over the bridge, through the bustling town, out to the
airport, back to the roundhouse, past the runway, next to
the tram stop, under the helipad and across the road!
Imaginations never stop with 100 durable, inspiring pieces,
all designed to fit on this deluxe wooden train table with
dual storage. This train table is made with a durable
melamine surface that's scratch resistant and easy to clean.
Baby Einstein Caterpillar Discover & Play Activity Center
* Recommended age: Birth - 2 years
There are at least 8 stimulating toys within hands' reach
with this latest Baby Einstein creation, together offering
enough interest and diversity to teach new colors, textures,
shapes, musical scores, realistic animal depictions and
sounds, and a bevy of bilingual words.
Low growth hormone level linked to lower IQ
BBC News Nov 29, 2005
If a child has a low growth hormone level he or she may have a lower
IQ than a normal baby, says a study. Scientists have already found
that low birth weight babies develop more slowly, reaching
development milestones later and having slightly lower IQs than
normal weight babies.
Parent-Child Connection Shapes Brain
ABCNews.com Dec 5, 2005
Allan Schore, a leading neuroscientist at the University of
California, Los Angeles' Center for Culture, Brain, and Development,
points out that the parent-child connection during a child's first
year can not only affect a child's psychological state, it actually
plays a role in physically shaping the brain.
Dyslexic children use nearly five times the brain area
uwnews.org Dec 2, 2005
Dyslexic children use nearly five times the brain area as normal
children while performing a simple language task, according to a new
study by an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington
researchers. The study shows for the first time that there are
chemical differences in the brain function of dyslexic and
Can kids' brains be trained to pay attention?
msnbc.com Nov 30, 2005
The use of special computer games to train their brains improved
healthy youngsters' ability to pay attention, scientists reported
Monday. It's not clear just how much the games helped, other
specialists cautioned. But with booming interest in developing
therapies for attention problems, the research sheds light on how a
normal youngster’s brain pays attention in the first place.
Bilingual at a young age
charlotte.com Nov 28, 2005
Center for Applied Linguistics, a Washington D.C.-based national
research and language training organization, cites studies that show
a child's brain is more open to linguistic development than adults.
And it suggests that children who learn another language often are
more creative and better at solving complex problems.
Toys that Teach: Which toys are the most educational?
Miami Herald Nov 26, 2005
Many child psychologists and development experts say that parents
may be pinning misguided hope on fancy labels. Young children can
learn as much from regular toys and everyday objects -- shoe boxes
and car keys, for instance -- as more expensive specialized
Scientists: Gene may affect IQ in males
Seattle Times Dec 4, 2005
Scientists in North Carolina say they have identified a gene that
affects IQ, a finding that, if confirmed, would be a significant
step toward understanding the genetic basis for intelligence.
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