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Volume #4 Issue #13
ISSN: 0219-7642 Mar 19, 2006
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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
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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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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