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More often, our children do not have the positive character of resiliency
because they are not trained to act so. Innumerable reasons and causes contribute
to this situation. For example, a child may face some form of problems with his or
her peers. One such problem could be bullying by another child. Unfortunately,
the child who faces this problem may need to find a solution for the problem on a
personal level. Parents and teachers can help their children find a practical solution
to such a problem. The biggest benefit of finding a solution to this problem is the
development of resiliency with your children.
Resilient children are always very strong and stable in their
personality and outlook. They have the ability to find solutions for
many common problems all by themselves. On the other hand, children
who are less resilient may feel threatened and vulnerable. Such
children will be negative and feel lonely all the time.
Parents and teachers must help their children develop and enhance
the basic and primary character of resilience in their young age.
Resilient children can achieve lofty things in their young age. Have
a nice day.
Thought for today:
"Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schultz
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Building Resilience in Children - What is Resilience?
Resilient children are tough, persevering, tolerant and capable. They can face any adverse situations
in their life barring very serious ones. However, the power of resilience nature is more of a psychological
parameter and it is very difficult to comprehend its real meaning.
Building Resilience in Children - Basic Methods and Techniques
Training your children in developing the power of resilience is a thing of art and perseverance.
In fact, it is playing with your children's psyche. However, with consistent effort, even you can
help your children develop resilience so that they can face adverse situations with confidence.
Q1: a have a six and half year old boy.
He has recently been assessed by the school system. They have
determined him to be a child who is gifted but, might have a
learning disability. I am at a loss of how to support him, I believe he may fit
in to the Type 2 challenging. He definitely challenges
things and does not accept because I said so as a reason.
He is very creative and curious. He struggles with
maintaining focus and concentration. He also seems to have
difficulty learning to read or master basic lessons in
school. Do you have any recommendations, books to read, support groups etc.
A: According to Betts & Neihart (1988),
The Challenging Gifted (Type II) are the divergently gifted. Many
school systems fail to identify Type II gifted children for programs
unless the programs have been in place at least five years and
substantial in servicing has been done with teachers. This
personality type includes very creative, but often frustrated or
bored, gifted children. They question the systems around them and
are often rebellious because their abilities are unrecognized.
Impatient, direct, and competitive, such children have low self-esteem....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Support for the Type II - The Challenging Gifted here.
Q2: My son is just over six-years old
and my husband and I have always found him very intense and
challenging. Since he's been in school he has been way ahead in some
areas (reading, computer skills, comprehension, ability to
understand and create abstract concepts) and lagging behind
in others (maths, writing). The problem is he can do the
maths perfectly sometimes and other times he just won't even
bother with it. Lately, he says that school is boring .....He fits
almost all of the characteristics you list for giftedness. Is he
gifted? How can we know? We just want to understand him and help him.
A: Your son does appear to have
characteristic distinct to gifted children. From your description,
he does not clearly appear to be autistic, especially as you
indicated that he is sensitive to others and friendly. However, this
is best checked by a professional to rule out any need for
intervention since some of his behaviors appear to display autistic
tendencies. Then again, he may just be a kinaesthetic learner....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Catering for Needs of the Gifted Children here.
Q3: Would you like to tell us how to
understand the score report of Cognitive Abilities Test? What is the
key score? The Profile? (example 8A) USS? (example 202) SSS? (example 128)
Grade PR? (example 94) or other? Thank you.
A: The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
is a measure of a student's potential to succeed in school-related
tasks. It should not be confused as a measure for intelligence or
IQ. Rather, it measures the reasoning skills that have developed
even though these general cognitive skills are probably not explicitly taught....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
The Cognitive Abilities Test here.
A Parent's Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings
By Dr. Kenneth R.Ginsberg
Today's children face a great deal of stress - academic
performance, heavy scheduling, high achievement standards,
media messages, peer pressures, family tension. Without
healthier solutions, they often cope by talking back, giving
up, or indulging in unhealthy behaviors. Show your child how
to bounce back - and THRIVE - with coping strategies from
one of the nation's foremost experts in adolescent medicine.
This 7-C plan for resilience helps kids of all ages learn
competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution,
coping, and control to help them bounce back from
challenges. You'll find effective strategies to help your
children and teens.
Handbook of Resilience in Children
By Dr. Sam Goldstein and Dr. Robert B. Brooks
To help children overcome the everyday obstacles they face -
that is, to beat the odds - the Handbook of Resilience in
Children gathers into one volume the current scientific
theory, clinical guidelines, and real-world interventions to
address such issues as the role of resilience in overcoming
trauma, adversity, and abuse, the relationship between
resilience and other protective factors, resilience
differences between boys and girls, measuring and evaluating
resilience in clinical practice, using resilience in
interventions with children and families and examples of
school and community resilience-building programs. The
Handbook addresses ways in which the hypothetical and
theoretical concepts of resilience can be applied in
Early Influences on Brain Architecture
General Health Topics Apr 04, 2010
Early experience has a powerful and lasting influence on how the brain develops. The physical and
chemical conditions that encourage the building of a strong, adaptive brain architecture are present
early in life. As brains age, a number of changes lock in the ways information is processed, making
it more difficult for the brain to change to other ways of dealing with information.
Family Focus: Parents play big role in baby's brain development
Amestrib Apr 07, 2010
A young child's brain grows and changes rapidly during the first years of life. Neuroscientists have
concluded that parents play an important role in fostering their baby's brain development.
Adding DHA during Pregnancy Can Benefit Your Unborn Child's Brain and Nervous System
New Mom's Forum Apr 09, 2010
Have you been noticing these three capital letters “DHA added” appearing on the labels
of certain items at the grocery store and wonder what it means? DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is one of
the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that have many healthful properties such as lowering cholesterol
as well as lowering blood pressure.
How Can Coloring Activity Build Your Kids Creativity And Character: The Left And Right Side Of The Brain
Helping Articles Apr 05, 2010
Doodling is something that nearly every child enjoys doing. Have you ever known a child that did not
like doodling sometime during their childhood? As children, we would have colored on everything we
god a hold of if we always had a crayon in our hands.
Spanking May Make a Child More Aggressive
Business Week Apr 12, 2010
Spanking children when they're 3 seems to lead to more aggressive behavior when they're 5,
even if you take into account the child's initial level of aggression.
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