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Volume #9 Issue #4
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 22, 2010
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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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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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