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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #10 Issue #23
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 13, 2012
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Learning Neuroscience to Design a Fun-filled Learning Program - Part I
Neuroscience helps parents to understand how they can use it to brain train their
children. Neuroscience could be used to design and create an enjoyable learning system that
streamlines and refines learning process.
Learning Neuroscience to Design a Fun-filled Learning Program - Part II
Reticular activating system, Amygdala's affective filter and copious amounts of the brain chemical
Dopamine are necessary to enhance learning process to an optimum level.
Q1: My son just turned 5 in March, and
is going to 1st grade in September. I had him tested for school
readiness on the advice of the school, since he is a bit young to be
moving on, but is too advanced to stay in kindergarten...as part of
the school readiness testing he had to do an IQ test. The test that
was administered was the Wechsler test, and it was administered in
Portuguese, over 2 sessions. He had a head cold for the 2nd session,
and had had some medication for that as well. He ended up scoring
118 on the test. I have to admit that this result has left me a bit
flummoxed, since I have an IQ of over 145, and his father has an IQ
of over 135....
A: I can understand your concern and I
guess most parents would be as well. He does indicate traits of
advanced learners and as you stated both yours and your spouses's IQs, it is not surprising to expect scores in
the gifted range for your son. Based on his age, the test is probably
the WPPSI III (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence -
Third Edition). This is a test for preschoolers which is from the
Wechsler's group of tests that can be tested for children from 2.6
to 7.3 years of age .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Reliability of School Readiness Test Score here.
Q2: I recently received my student's
Terra Nova Scores and am concerned about the Language score in
particular. His scores were as follows:
Total Battery: 51
Social Studies: 88
My concern is of course his language portion but also his total battery.
If you can explain what the "total battery" consists of or is
representative of, I would appreciate it. Also, are there any exercises
I can do to help my student improve in language esp. during the summer
A: The Terra Nova is a standardized
achievement test used to provide consistent, accurate, and objective
information about students' achievement in various areas of the
curriculum. Being a standardized test, standard testing procedures
(with exact directions, time limits, and scoring criteria) ensure
that testing conditions are the same for all students.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
The Total Score in Terra Nova here.
Q3: I am writing about our four year
three month old son. I am quite upset and concerned about his
different social behavior but he is not; he is perfectly happy. We have had him assessed
for Aspergers, which he does not have. We have had him in play therapy
and after the first six weeks the therapist decided that he was
acting fully normally and there were no issues to address. However
we still observe quite a difference between him and his peers
socially and it pains me a great deal...
A: From your description, it appears to
me that your son is above average in his development. You also
mentioned that both the parents were recognised as gifted; hence it
is very possible that your son is potentially gifted. Rather than
labelling at this stage (puts undue pressure to the child and
parents), it would be better to monitor his progress and work
accordingly to cater towards his learning needs and nurture him to
the best of your abilities with the resources available.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Social Behavioural Concern In Above Average Kid here.
Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
By Sam Wang, Ph.D and Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D
How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered
by parents. In an effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better,
parents will try almost anything, from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell
marketing from real science? And what really goes through your kid's growing mind-as
an infant, in school, and during adolescence?
Neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and
functions of the developing brain, discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems,
language learning, gender differences, and autism.
Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier
By David Walsh, Ph.D
From birth onward, a child's brain develops in amazing ways. Whether you're pregnant
with your first child or trying to figure out why adolescents act the way they do, parenting
expert Dr. David Walsh shows you how to make the most of the latest breakthroughs in brain
science and psychology in this complete, cradle-to-college guide to parenting.
Backed by science and filled with stories, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids finds the practical
advice in groundbreaking scientific headlines about memory, language, emotions, nutrition, play,
and more. Dr. Walsh equips you with usable information about exercise, sleep, emotional intelligence,
connection - all of which work together to help kids reach their full potential.
Train the brain
St Catherine Standard May 06, 2012
It's all about strengthening what Moreno calls the brain's
"executive function" - the part of the brain (the pre-frontal lobe)
which helps us manage cognitive processes such as working memory,
attention, verbal reasoning and multitasking.
Just what is gifted and talented?
Guardian May 09, 2012
My daughters are both exceptional at art; my son has always been a mathematical genius.
My girls have won prizes for art; my boy has won an academic prize every year of his life,
including university scholarships. Are my kids gifted and talented?
New study shows gene link to IQ
Irish Times May 3, 2012
Studies have consistently failed to identify any direct effect of a
single gene on intelligence. However, the latest large-scale study,
published on April 15th in Nature Genetics, has identified a single
gene that has a small but measurable effect on intelligence.
Nurturing the gifted child
Deccan Herald Apr 24, 2012
Many times, children are identified in the school due to their
exceptional performance in academics. But it is always wise to have
a check-list to know if your child is gifted.
Connection between baby feedings and IQ
6abc News Apr 30, 2012
Researchers say the data indicates babies who are bottle-fed or
breast-fed on a schedule tend to underperform their peers who were
fed simply when they were hungry. The difference in IQ levels was as
high as five points, which researchers called very significant. .
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