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Volume #4   Issue #13

ISSN: 0219-7642    Mar 19, 2006

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Hi,

Thank you for all the good wishes since I announced the birth of my third son. Everything is going fine so far, except that it is tough on my wife who has to breast feed the baby every 1 to 2 hours (even during the night). But with the experiences of 2 boys, we kind of take it easy this time. That said, life with a newborn is still not easy if you still remember your own newborn moment like it was yesterday ...;-)

By the way, I want to let you know that we have a new expert joining the 'Ask an Expert' panel. She is Dr. Lara Honos-Webb. She has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and is the author of The Gift of ADHD : How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths. If you, or your friends/relatives, have questions or issues related to ADHD children, you're welcome to consult with Dr. Honos-Webb.

That's all for now folks! Talk to you again on next issue. Ciao!

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Andrew Loh
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Do You Know Your Parenting Style?
By Dr. Thomas Phelan
Want to be a better parent? Knowing what your current parenting style is will help you identify your needed areas for improvement.

Keeping Kids Addicted to Electronic Screens (Computer, Video Games, TV)
By Michael Grose
The biggest factor affecting children's play habits is the revolution in sedentary entertainment options - television, computers and video games. There are ways to limit the amount of screens that children watch.

>> ASK AN EXPERT

Q1: My 9 years old daughter's IQ test was non verbal 143 and verbal 134. (UK IQ Test). She has mildly dyslexia. Her school grades are Grade B. She is usually bored at home. She is the quiet and shy student in School. How can I, as a parent, help her?

A: Find Dr. Sandhu's answer on Dyslexic and Gifted

Q2: My son will be 4 in Jan 2006 and has mild cerebral palsy. His memory skills, vocabulary, powers of observation and sense of humor are all advanced of his age group. My question is, is he gifted and if so, how do I find programs in my area that will nurture this? Because of his disability, I am afraid that he will be earmarked for "special needs programs" that may not answer all his special needs.

A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Special Needs

Q3: I'm contacting you with regard to my 18 month old daughter. Since she was born she has been highly alert and gave her first smile at two weeks old. At this stage she has approximately 150 words and is highly communicative. She comes from a long line of extremely bright people including my brother who has highest IQ ever recorded in Ireland. Unfortunately his life was very difficult because of his brightness.

My question is do you think my daughter might be similar and if so what action do we need to take about it? Your advice is greatly appreciated.

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Uneven Development of the Gifted

Q4: I am writing about my son Cyrus. He is 4, turning 5 in February of 2006. He recently began pre-school. The pre-school teacher has said she believes that he could be gifted. Also, during Cyrus's pre-school check-up, the P.A. mentioned to me about having him tested for giftedness. He said that Cyrus's thought process was so much more advanced than what a 4 year-olds is....He has a 3 year old brother, but they don't really play together much. He would rather be with his 14 and 16 year old brothers playing video games or football with them and their friends. I am not real sure if he is gifted, or what to do next?

A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on Friendship and Giftedness

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Puzzles & Games for Critical and Creative Thinking: A Workbook for Age 6-8 (The Gifted & Talented Workbooks)
By Martha Cheney, Diane Bockwoldt, Larry Nolte

A reader's feedback on this book:
"Problem solving is an important abstract skill that is often not cultivated in our children. Children need to exercise their brains and learn to think logically and creatively. This book is the answer. Both my children loved working on this book. It was not a chore--it was fun. It may be too easy for the average 8 year old. Works best on 6-7 year olds in my experience. I wish there were other books in this series geared to the older child. Individual pages would be excellent for homework or extra credit."

 

 


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


No-tech good for kids, says neurobiologist
CommercialAppeal.com Mar 15, 2006

Switch off the baby IQ DVDs. "Especially for children, putting too many devices between the child and the parents is not a good thing," says Dr. Lise Eliot. "Nothing can supplant the interaction between child and a loving, caring adult."


Does IQ or personality lead to success?
The Acorn Mar 16, 2006

Is focusing on academic achievement the answer for success in life or is guidance in developing social skills more important?


Day care is bad for babies!
The Sydney Morning Herald Mar 18, 2006

Child care "too much, too early, too long" damages babies' brain chemistry and affects their social and emotional development.


Exercise during pregnancy may benefit baby's brain
The Boston Globe Mar 13, 2006

Can a pregnant woman make her baby's brain grow bigger just by exercising? That is the intriguing question raised by German researchers who compared brain development in mice born to mothers that ran on an exercise wheel with mice born to sedentary mothers.


Harsh Family Environment May Adversely Affect Brain's Response to Threat, UCLA Psychologists Report
UCLA News Mar 13, 2006

Although scientists have long known that extreme abuse can alter patterns of brain activity, these effects were observed in children raised in "everyday working families," Taylor said.

"These are not children from families where there is physical or sexual abuse, but families in which people don't have a lot of time for one another or opportunities to be caring," emphasized Taylor, a UCLA Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and an expert in the field of stress and health.


Little fingers do the talking
PittsburghLive.com Mar 13, 2006

Signing helps to accelerate language development and stimulates brain development, its advocates insist. It builds fine and gross motor skills, as well as memory. Most important, signing promotes communication -- and it can be a fun activity for parents and children to share.


Researchers: Does 'brain fat' dictate risky behavior?
Paramus Post Mar 13, 2006

A baby's brain brims with neurons, with more produced every day. Around age 7 to 9, the skull becomes rigid and a fundamental transformation begins. The brain starts to selectively prune away underutilized cells and synapses to make room for the myelination process to continue. Freed resources are diverted to developing brain regions responsible for higher thinking skills, from language to abstract thought.


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