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Thinking is a God's gift to you and everyone. Thinking is a powerful tool! It is also an essential part of life.
With thinking, you can achieve any thing in life. Thinking also helps you solve complex problems, riddles and puzzles.
Thinking is also the most basic skill in human beings. Right thinking can lead to right kind of solutions. Problems
are the tools to find essential solutions.
However, thinking skills vary widely among different people. One person may be very efficient in thinking and finding
solutions to complex problems, while some others may be very poor in thinking processes. Most people do not think
outside the box while applying their mind to find better solutions to the problems. In fact, some people look at
finding the most obvious solutions to an underlying problem. On the other hand, many people may look at the problem
in a different way and apply their unusual thinking processes to arrive at unusual answers. Children are no
different to adults when it comes to solving complex problems.
Lateral thinking is the most potent tool that can help your children to look at problems in a radical way. Lateral
thinking is also an intricate process of finding solutions to a problem in an unusual way. Lateral thinking helps
your children to develop an ability to tackle the problems in an out-of-the-box way that is efficient and different.
Dr. Edward de Bono proposed a revolutionary method of thinking process that can help your children in a remarkable
way. Lateral thinking helps your children to use the power of their brain to convert disadvantages into definite
As Christmas and New Year Holiday are approaching, I would like to take a short break. The next issue of BrainyZine
will be delivered on Jan 10, 2010. Wishing you and your family "A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!".
Thought for today:
"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll
fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for
you? Not much." - Jim Rohn
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Understanding Edward de Bono's Principles - Lateral Thinking
Dr.Edward de Bono is possibly one of the most genius thinkers and developer in the history of human psychology.
His theory of lateral thinking is a new and pioneering way of thinking in a different way. Lateral thinking is
complex and unusual because it depends on your ability to think in an out-of-the-box manner.
Applying Edward De Bono's Principles - Lateral Thinking
Teaching lateral thinking to your children is refreshingly different and thrilling. Dr.Edward de Bono suggests
a number of different techniques and methods to teach lateral thinking to your children. Lateral thinking also
assists your children solve all complex problems with relative ease and simplicity.
Q1: My question is that I know that my
9 year old daughter is gifted but no one seems to believe me she
just started 3rd grade she reading at 5.9 grade level. She does not
have perfect grades but she has A's and B's which 81% is the lowest
grade she has. For some reason or other she can not take District
test well, she as been diagnose with anxiety. I think the she is a
visual-spital thinker, she is very creative and musical talented...
A: From your description, she is
clearly more advanced than her peers and probably views things a
little differently. However, at 9 years of age, this is not quite
the norms and your daughter is going through quite a bit and already
feeling different in a regular classroom atmosphere. The fact that
the school does not even recognize her exceptionality makes it even
harder for her to cope .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Being Different here.
My son is 15 years old, and although his year 6 teacher suggested he
may be gifted, since attending senior school he has gone largely
unnoticed and is now severely underachieving and has lost interest
in school altogether....How is the best way to get his IQ tested to
support or refute my diagnosis? what can I reasonably expect from
the school in the way of support? Is it too late for my child to
enjoy and succeed at school?
A: It is unfortunate that in spite of
knowing that your child is gifted, the school does not support the
idea. This is rather typical of a traditional school system where
education is meant for the majority of the spectrum and not the
minority. It may be hard for a teacher in a classroom of many
students to give individual attention to any child. Furthermore, the
school may not even have a program for such children, hence the
reluctance rather than refusal. .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Support for a Gifted Child here.
I recently had my child who is four IQ tested. Originally they
thought he had a form of autism we were ask to take him to a doctor
who did test for that and IQ etc. To our surprise the doctor said he
scored 136, and he's four. I'm not sure what all that means I just
don't see how my child could have scored that high. For a child
that's Four what does that mean? Did the doctor score him wrong? We
just don't see how he's that smart we don't see it. Thanks.
A: There is too little information to
make any kind of suggestion here but I will try to advise based on
the high IQ. I am not an expert on autism but from what I
understand, when we talk about the autism spectrum, you may see
terms such as ‘low functioning’ and ‘high functioning’ being used
ever so often. Commonly, ‘high functioning’ autism is less of an
issue for day-to-day functioning. Therefore, ‘high functioning’
autistics require very much less support, less treatment, and
naturally fewer educational interventions compared to the ‘low
functioning’ ones .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possibility of High Functioning Autism here.
By Edward de Bono
Edward de Bono is regarded by many to be the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking
and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He has written 62 books with translations into 37 languages
and has been invited to lecture in 54 countries. He is the originator of lateral thinking that
treats creativity as the behavior of information in a self-organizing information system - such as the neural
networks in the brain. From such a consideration, arise the deliberate and formal tools of lateral thinking,
parallel thinking etc.
According to Edward de Bono "Complacent, adequate, sufficient all imply
that something is not wrong or bad. Our normal language and thinking behavior does not have a convenient way
of saying: "That is excellent but not enough". Or we might need to say "That is excellent but that is only
part of the picture".
Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step
By Edward De Bono
This book is intended for use both at home and at school. At
school, the emphasis has traditionally always been on
vertical thinking that is effective but incomplete. This
book is about lateral thinking that is the process of using
information to bring about creativity and insight
restructuring. Lateral thinking can be learned, practiced
and used. It is impossible to acquire skill in it just as it
is possible to acquire skill in mathematics.
The seminal book that introduced a new way of reasoning and
decision-making. Edward De Bono has contributed to Lateral
Thinking: Creativity Step by Step as an author. Dr. Edward
de Bono is widely regarded as the leading authority in the
direct teaching of creative thinking. He is the originator
of the term "lateral thinking," and his books have been
translated into thirty-seven languages.
Mother-child bonding improves brain development in children
Redding Nov 30, 2009
According to Jennifer Snider, a school readiness coordinator with First 5 Shasta, a child is born with billions of
brain cells. Each new experience - such as eye contact, talking with the baby and cuddling - helps brain cells to
connect. Every time those moments are repeated, the connections are reinforced.
"The face-to-face nurturing relationship is important for healthy brain development,"
Interaction with parents help babies brains grow
Intelligencer Nov 30, 2009
Touch. Talk. Read. Smile. Sing. Count and Play. These are seven simple strategies you can use to build your baby's
brainpower. You know that nutritious food helps your baby's body grow, but did you also know that loving nurturing
experiences help your child's brain grow? Parents play an important role in shaping how their babies will learn,
think and behave in the future.
Build a brainy baby
The National Nov 30, 2009
Pregnant women who eat lots of liquorices can have a detrimental effect on their child's intelligence and behavior,
according to a recent combined study by scientists at Edinburgh and Helsinki universities.
Missing out on brain food puts kids at risk
WA Today Nov 14, 2009
AN OVERWHELMING majority of children do not eat enough fish, placing them at risk of heart disease, asthma,
attention deficit disorder and retarded brain development, new research says.
From zero to three: Prime time for learning
Malaya Dec 08, 2009
IF there is one thing that Spongebob represents, it is the fact that a child's brain works like a sponge. The amount
of information that a child can absorb is tremendous, especially from zero to three years of age. Years of continuous
research by developmental psychologists affirms this.
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