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Volume #11 Issue #10
ISSN: 0219-7642 Oct 14, 2012
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It's been a very busy week for me. I'll keep the ranting to a minimum till next issue.
Thought for today:
"God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr
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How to Increase Attention Span in Children?
Attention span among children is notoriously short and inefficient. Almost all children lack the
ability to concentrate for a longer duration on any given task. There are many
reasons for this perceived deficiency.
How to Increase Attention Span in Children - Methods and Tips
To enhance attention span among children, parents may need to devise
a dual faced set of techniques, those that remove barriers to poor
attention spans and those that they can introduce which eventually
enhance longer spans.
Q1: What is the disorder where a child
or teen is highly intelligent and capable of doing their work, but
in school or life they have not been challenged enough mentally so
they decide to just quit, and lower down to their peer's level? And
most likely fall behind then. Up to the 6th grade, I was the highest
in my class, I had skipped 2nd grade, and was always in honor roll.
Then come 6th grade, everything was so easy for me so I decided to just
kind of give up, and try to fit in with all the other kids because I
thought being intelligent was a terrible thing. I wasn't challenged
enough, so I basically just pretended to be dumb....
A: There is very limited information
that is given so I am assuming that you are indeed gifted. It is
called “burn-out” and it is not a disorder but a condition that
happens when mentally unchallenged in the world of giftedness. Why
would you think being intelligent is a terrible thing? Were you
treated differently? Did something happen to make you feel that way?
Did you seek any help then or did anyone try to help you when you
started under performing from what you usually achieved.....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Burning Out Syndrome here.
Q2: I believe my younger daughter is
extremely gifted. Unfortunately, she is also extremely empathetic.
It cripples her. For example, today I was on the phone and found out
something upsetting. Even though I didn't yell, my daughter could
tell I was angry and started shrieking inconsolably. It
took me almost 20 minutes to calm her down. This is a common event, although
today was more extreme than usual. Do you have any advice for coping
with such extreme empathy in a child so young?
A: Heightened sensitivity and intense
emotions are among the distinct characteristics of a gifted child
and is demonstrated as early as in infancy. Your child appears to
display these characteristics, which is why she is quick is pick on
emotions in her environment and react to it. Especially being so
young, I can understand your concern on how to help her cope.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Coping with Extreme Empathy of the Very Young Gifted here.
Q3: I need help interpreting my 17 year old
daughters WAIS-IV scores.
Verbal Comprehension - 134
Perceptual Reasoning - 119
Working Memory - 102
Processing Speed - 81
I understand that there is a large discrepancy in the VC and the
PS.... 53 points! And 32 point discrepancy in WM and PS is also
significant.... But what does it actually mean? Is it ADD or
A: The Wechsler Adult Intelligence
Scale (WAIS) is a test designed to measure intelligence in adults
and older adolescents between 16 years to 90 years of age. It is an
individual test and takes about 75 mins to administer. Her results
are very hard to interpret as the discrepancies are large and there
is no breakdown on the results.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Interpreting the WAIS IV Score Discrepancy here.
Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed
By Christopher Willard, Ph.D
This is a book for adults and children looking to find more
peace and quiet in their daily lives. Psychotherapist Dr.
Christopher Willard provides an overview of mindfulness and
meditation techniques, clear and detailed exercises designed
for individuals and groups, and personal stories that
demonstrate the ability of mindfulness to empower children
Child's Mind is an invaluable resource for teaching our
children that confidence and power come from the ability to
be aware of and comfortable with ourselves and our
Total Focus: A Comprehensive Program to Improve Attention, Concentration and Self-Control in Children
By Dr. Robert Myers
A comprehensive, step-by-step program that will help your
child improve attention, concentration and self-control - to
see improvement both at school and at home. Bonus Audio -
ADHD's First Aid for Parents, General Relaxation for the
Whole Family and Happy Parents.
Too Much TV, Computer Use For Toddlers Could Damage Brain Development: New Study
IB Times Oct 10, 2012
An influential British medical journal is formally asking the government to set guidelines for
young children's television and computer watching habits. Doctors recommended that children
under three years of age should be kept away from television screens altogether, or else they are
risking long-term cognitive effects, according to the Guardian.
Fast food children 'develop lower IQs': Junk diet has a lasting effect, warn experts
Daily Mail Oct 03, 2012
Children given more fast food meals will grow up to have a lower IQ than those who regularly
eat freshly cooked meals, according to a study. Childhood nutrition has long lasting effects
on IQ, even after previous intelligence and wealth and social status are taken into account, it found.
Brain Connectivity Predicts Reading Skills
Scientific American Oct 09, 2012
The growth pattern of long-range connections in the brain predicts how a child's reading
skills will develop, according to research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Why Piano Lessons For Young Children are Worth the Effort
Our Kids Oct 10, 2012
In recent years, there have been an increasing number of studies showing the learning benefits
of music lessons and music education and the overall effect on children's brains.
Babies have sweet spot for language development
WANE Oct 09, 2012
Babies are born ready to learn any language in the world, and they have linguistic super-powers
that many adults don't. For instance at 6 months old, they can distinguish between sounds in
different languages that non-bilinguals hear as the same, such as an English "d" and a Hindi "d."
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