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Volume #11 Issue #6
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 19, 2012
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The world of child prodigies is an amazing thing!
The recently concluded London Olympics was not an exception, because many such child prodigies
participated and highlighted their stupendous skills! While many
teens are learning how to drive a car, a sixteen-year sensation,
Erica Wu, a child table tennis prodigy player, was trying to win a
gold medal! On the other, a seventeen-year-old gymnastics wonder,
Gabby Douglas, won the gold medal gymnastics individual event. Tom
Daley represented Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where
he was the youngest competitor to participate in a 10M diving final
at the age of 14.
Many young Olympians win their position in the national team, travel to the Olympics venue, participate
in one of the events and aspire to win a gold medal. The dream of winning an elusive gold medal
makes them work hard and focus on their objectives with all the concentration and dedication.
This edition of newsletter relates to gifted children, and in what manner
parents could ignite their inner potential. There is a gift in each one of our children. You may
just want to catalyze your children's inner pool of talents and skills, to make them efficient
and productive. Happy Reading!
Thought for today:
"I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious." - Albert Einstein
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Develop Your Child's Genius - How to Treat a Gifted Child to Bring Out the Best
Every child is a gifted child. There are some special talents or skills within every child. However,
giftedness among children could be boosted only with parental help and intervention.
Develop Your Child's Genius - Gifted Children Unlock their Full Potential with Active Parental Help
Unlocking a child's gifted potential is possible with active parental intervention. Boosting a
child's potential is a long and intricate process. Read the article to learn more.
Q1: I had my son screened for
giftedness last week. He is 6 years old and graduating Kindergarten.
We have known since he was not even 2 that he was a very bright
child. He was doing puzzles at 18m and doing 100 piece puzzles at
4.5yo. He was in preschool reading while the others were learning
the alphabet. Last year at the end of pre-school the teachers told
me that we could skip kindergarten and put him in 1st grade. He
loves animals and dinosaurs, can tell you what type, the long names
of ones I have never heard of, if they are herbivores or carnivores,
A: Briefly, The Kaufman Brief
Intelligence Test, Second Edition (K-BIT 2) is used to measure
verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. It is used to obtain a quick
estimate of intelligence, estimate an individual's verbal versus
nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to identify students who may
benefit from enrichment or gifted programs. Additionally, this test
is also able to identify high-risk children through large-scale
screening who may require a more comprehensive evaluation..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Lower than Expected Score on KBIT-2 here.
Q2: My son is 8 and in 2nd grade. He
recently took the Terra Nova and scored in the 99% for both reading
and math. The InView section - he scored in the 99% for total nonverbal,
total verbal and the total score with a CSI of 141.
These scores qualified him to take the WISC-IV for admittance in the
A: Different schools have different
criteria for testing to screen students for their gifted programmes.
In almost all reasonable selection, more than one method may be
used. This usually includes an achievement and an ability test. Now,
the main difference between the tests mentioned is that the Terra
Nova is an achievement test (nationally-standardised group
assessment) whereas the WISC-IV (and others such as the Stanford-Binet,
Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, etc) is
ability/aptitude tests. This does not warrant a one-to-one
comparison.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Testing for the Gifted Programme here.
Q3: My son is 8 years old. The school
he attends currently want us to have him tested by an Educational
Psychologist. They specifically want him to be WISC tested, the school
and myself believe that he is dyslexic. Which he has been tested for and
we are awaiting the results. My concern is that the schools eagerness to
have this WISC test done...
A: Like other intelligence tests the
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is designed to
measure skills and abilities, rather than grade-level subject
knowledge. This is not only for gifted children – it is a general
measure of a child's cognitive abilities. It is not only an
intelligence test but also a clinical tool....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Reason for Using the WISC here.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential
By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D and Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD
It's ironic that the children (and adults) who are most frightened about not being good
enough are often the most capable. These children may become extremely anxious before
tests--even though they're very competent academically. They may spend way too much time
on assignments or refuse to do anything where they aren't instantly successful.
The world tells bright children that their performance matters; they need us, their parents,
to tell them that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. They need to know
that we love them for their kindness, curiosity, imagination, determination, and sense of fun.
Qualities like these aren't necessarily impressive, but they matter deeply.
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
By Christine Fonseca
Pssst! Want to know a secret? 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Handbook
is a must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life.
If you know gifted kids, they will love the 101 awesome secrets, tips, and tricks included
in this book!
Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted
Kids covers topics including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships,
and sibling rivalries. Fun quizzes, tip sheets, and practical Q & A sections from other
gifted kids and preteens make this book fun to read and give gifted kids insight into
everything they've ever wanted to know about being gifted.
Natural Birth Stimulates Baby Brain Development
Discovery Aug 08, 2012
Mothers who have a choice between natural birth and a C-section would do well to choose the
former. Natural form of birth can improve the baby's brain development, according to new research.
Childhood development: The link between neglect and brain structure
Yahoo Shine July 26, 2012
The study found a disturbing difference between children raised in
loveless and neglected institutions versus those that were raised in
families, findings that support previous studies about the effects
of neglect and abuse. The Boston researches found that those
neglected infants had impaired brain structures with “measurably
lower grey matter volume and white matter volume in the cortex of
the brain...” writes Time’s Laura Blue.
Two Languages Better Than One for Kids' Brains
Every Day Health Aug 09, 2012
Children who speak more than one language seem to have a learning advantage: Being bilingual can
improve children's problem-solving skills and creative thinking, a new study suggests.
Fluoride and Low-IQ link is real, new Harvard report says
Deathrattlesports Aug 16, 2012
According to a meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of
Health, children who live in areas with heavily fluoridated water
supplies have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in
areas where the water has low levels of the chemical.
Women who drink a glass of wine a day during pregnancy affect their child's growth for nine years
Daily Mail Aug 15, 2012
Lead author Dr Robert Carter said: 'We found that children born to
women who drank heavily during pregnancy had reductions in weight,
height, and head circumference, an indicator of brain growth. 'This
alcohol-related growth restriction was present in early infancy and
persisted through to nine years of age.' He said the effects may be
permanent and affect brain development, giving children a lower IQ
Is the iPad helping or harming children?
Tabtimes Aug 11, 2012
Child psychologist Dr Jordy Kaufman has decided to explore whether Apple's iPad helps or hinders children's brain development.
How Parents' Stress Can Hurt A Child, From The Inside Out
Forbes July 25, 2012
If you're a parent, you may have seen your stress level in your child's eyes, or
perhaps you've seen it played out in his or her behavior. If you're not a parent, you may
remember the feeling of delight at your own parents' happiness, or the devastation when
you sensed that they were not OK.
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