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Volume #9   Issue #4

ISSN: 0219-7642    Aug 22, 2010

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Hi,
Linda Kreger Silverman is a great gifted child counseling expert in the world today. With her vast experience in guiding the parents of gifted children, she knows how to empower gifted children to reach for the stars. According to Dr. Linda Silverman, "those who are happy as children and adults have parents who love and accept them for who they are." She also notes that "responsive parents respond to the needs and desires of their children, rather than imposing their own agenda on their children."

Parents act as very good mentors and guides to nurture their gifted children. Children are not empty slates as Dr. Linda Silverman states. They take their birth with diverse abilities and personalities. "Parents are the unsung heroes and their children stay forever in their debt" - that is what Dr. Linda Silverman believes. Have a good day!

Thought for today:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless." - Jamie Paolinetti

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Boosting Your Child's Imagination and Creativity
Imagination and creativity are two of the most critical and needful skills that everyone should acquire and develop. Find out how both imagination and creativity offer several advantages and benefits that can help your children achieve excellence in their life.

Acquiring Imagination and Creative Skills - Simple Parental Techniques and Methods
Simple techniques and methods can help you teach your children the basics of imagination and creativity.

>> ASK AN EXPERT

Q1: My son took the RIAS IQ test, and made 137. He is age 3-11-2. What is this going to tell me about his future achievement. Since he was tested at almost 4 years old, is his IQ going to stay the same, increase or decrease the older he gets? What should I do to help him with his knowledge growth, so that it does stay high? Thank you for your time.

A: IQ scores are not absolutes as all IQ tests scores have a margin of error, which can add or subtract points to the score. To add to this, different tests would have a different margin of error (can be up to plus/minus 5 points for a standardized test). However, it gives a rather close indication of intelligence based on the test items; however at a rough accuracy rate of about 96%. If you are not confident of the scores, perhaps multiples tests (about three or more) can be taken in a short span of time, say, within that very year. Then the scores can be averaged... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on IQ Scores In Relation To Future Achievement here.

Q2: My son's scores for the PRI (last two Wechsler IQ tests) have always been high. His last PRI was 119. For the block subtest and the Picture Concepts my son scored above average and for the Matrix Reasoning he receive an average score. Can you suggest any games or activities that we can do with my son to encourage, strengthen and maintain this type of reasoning? Thank you.

A: There is little information here (age of child, other scores and detailed scores) so I would give a rough indication of what can be done. High PRI scores indicate high visual perception and organization, and reasoning with visually presented nonverbal material to solve the types of problems which are usually not taught in schools. Block design also requires visual-motor coordination and the ability to apply all skills in a quick, efficient manner. High scores reflect both accurate and very quick responses...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Activities to strengthen Perceptual Reasoning here.

Q3: The results of my 9 year-old son's WISC-IV test were as follows:

  • VCI 136 - 99th percentile

  • PRI 112 - 79th

  • WMI 107 -68th

  • PSI 106 - 66th.

I have been told the statistically significant spread between the VCI & the PRI renders the FSIQ inadequate as an indication of his abilities. Are there reasons other than ADHD which would account for this disparity between the VCI and the other results? Thanks much...

A: Briefly, the VCI is measures verbal concept formation, which assesses children's ability to listen to a question, draw upon learned information from both formal and informal education, reason through an answer, and express their thoughts aloud. It can tap preferences for verbal information, a difficulty with novel and unexpected situations, or a desire for more time to process information rather than deciding then and there.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Disparity between the Verbal Comprehension Index with Others (WISC-IV) here.

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Chasing Ideas: The Fun of Freeing Your Child's Imagination
By Christine Durham

Christine Durham shows how to help children be better, brighter thinkers and helps parents and teachers discover the joys of discussing ideas with children. "Chasing Ideas" shows parents of children aged 3 to 15 how to encourage them to explore ideas, think, judge, make decisions and communicate effectively and to develop these important life skills to take into adulthood.

The author's treasure trove of techniques, tips and activities will help children: let their imagination and natural curiosity reign free and find out about why things happen, how things are and how they might be; fall in love with ideas so that they see and understand more, and think creatively; unlock their minds and their potential to become ingenious thinkers, and open up issues and explore ideas by using the 'Handy Thinking' tools.

 

Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years (Supporting Early Learning)
By Bernadette Duffy

Learning through the arts has the potential to stimulate open ended activity that encourages discovery, exploration, experimentation and invention, thus contributing to children's development in all areas of learning and helping to make the curriculum meaningful to them.

Bernadette Duffy draws on her extensive experience of promoting young children's creativity and imagination to examine how visual representations, music, dance, imaginative play and drama can enable children to express their feelings, thoughts and responses. She highlights examples of good practice and provides practical guidance for those working with young children in a variety of settings, including home, school and centre-based care.

 


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Birth Order Affects Child's Intelligence and Personality
Yahoo News Aug 12, 2010

Birth order within families has long sparked sibling rivalry, but it might also impact the child's personality and intelligence, a new study suggests. First-borns are typically smarter, while younger siblings get better grades and are more outgoing, the researchers say.


Breastfeeding enhances children's IQ, finds study
DNA Aug 3, 2010

A baby's IQ level can increase by up to five points if it is breastfed properly. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, breastfed infants are found to have 5.2 points more in IQ than formula-fed infants..


Excel in emotional intelligence
Mail and Guardian Aug 22, 2010

What does it mean to be considered intelligent? Once upon a time a person was thought to be intelligent if they scored well in intelligence quotient (IQ) tests. They examined one's ability in a language and maths. If one obtained a high score, it was predicted that one had the potential to do well at college or university. There was also the common mistaken belief that a high IQ would lead to a successful career.


Promoting Intelligence - The role of games, toys and puzzles in development
How 2 Walk Aug 11, 2010

Studies have confirmed that the study of interaction with stimulating educational games with objects, the number of branches on nerve cells in the brain and increases may promote a better learning.


Power Your Child's Brain with a Smart Breakfast
Disabled World Aug 11, 2010

So, what can parents do to make sure that their children "have it all" - sharper mental and physical alertness, improved attention and mood, not to mention overall better health?


Your Child Is Gifted, Now What?
Courant Aug 13, 2010

In Connecticut, schools are required to define students as "gifted and talented," but the law stops there. While schools aren't legally obligated to provide programs for gifted students, many do.


The gifted and the underachiever
MB Aug 11, 2010

Gifted children are just like everyone else in some respects and very different in others. If they process information analytically, they tend to work in quiet and bright light at a desk and chair, and hate being interrupted.


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