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Volume #10 Issue #15
ISSN: 0219-7642 January 22, 2012
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Cognitive Learning Styles - What is it?
In s simple language, cognition means thinking. Cognition is very critical for a child's
optimum brain development. Cognitive learning styles are different among different children.
Different Cognitive Learning Strategies - Some Tips and Suggestions
Children use different cognitive learning strategies and techniques to learn. Identifying an
individual style is very critical to teach cognitive learning methods to them.
Click on the link to learn which method your children use to learn in a cognitive way.
Q1: At 18 months my daughter was
assessed by a group of medical professionals (Pediatrician,
Psychologist, Nurse and Occupational therapist). She was able to
speak in 3 and 4 word sentences, follow complex directions without
difficulty...She is now 2.5 years old. I have enrolled her into
swimming, skating, gymnastics and mommy time. She loves singing,
reciting the ABC's, counting up to 20. Able to recognize patterns
and 5 letters with sounds and enjoys being read to. She spends hours
playing with dolls and teddy bears and spends time with pretend play....
A: Today, it is much harder to
determine giftedness since many children are exposed to various
activities by parents; these activities actually make them learn
faster regardless of ability. All children are like sponges and
absorb learning quite rapidly, and enthusiastic parents certainly
help in their development. For example, a gifted toddler may learn
to read at three, and so will a bright toddler. The earlier one
reads, the faster learning will take place... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Above Average Development here.
Q2: My daughter has recently had a WISC-IV & WIAT II - full scale IQ 54. She
also has ASD & ADHD. The test concluded that she also has severe SpLD
(dyslexia). However, the Local Authority say that because she has a low
IQ, that there is not enough evidence that she is also dyslexic. Her
score showed 0.01 statistical difference between predicted & actual
scores. What do you think? Can a child be dyslexic and have a very low
A: For the longest time, a child
diagnosed as being dyslexic has been also seen as bright and
verbally articulate, but struggles to read. In fact, as a rule of
thumb, children who score high in intelligence tests but have low
reading abilities are seen as dyslexics.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Low IQ and Dyslexia here.
Q3: My son's name is Chase, and I've
been wondering for quite some time if my son is gifted. When my son
was born he could hold his head up after 2hrs or so. When he was two
weeks old he could lift his head up, arms straight. He could look at
you in the eye while laying on his belly. The pediatrician told me
that it was rare for a two week old to do something a six month old
does. He has done other things physically early for him between when
he was a few hours old until now.....
A: You did not indicate the age of your
child, so I assume that he may be around 16 months. There is very
little information to determine if he is gifted so I would just give
a general view of the developmental milestones of a child in
comparison. Though, he does appear to be advanced for his age. As a
rule of thumb, a gifted child would show about 30% advanced
development of some skills and abilities by weeks, months or even
years.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Developmental Milestones of an Advanced Child here.
Cognitive Development: The Learning Brain
By Usha Goswami, Ph.D
This book is a thoroughly revised and updated edition of
the bestselling Cognition in Children. This full-color textbook has been re-written from
the perspective of brain science and shows how new discoveries in cognitive neuroscience
force us to reconsider traditional theories of cognitive development.
Conceptualizing cognitive development around three core domains of human knowledge - naive
physics, naive biology and naive psychology - the book considers the learning mechanisms
available to the infant brain. Each chapter explores how these mechanisms affect different
aspects of cognitive development.
Cognitive Styles and Learning Strategies: Understanding Style Differences in Learning and Behavior
By Richard Riding
Cognitive style may well turn out to be the missing element
in the study of individual differences. This book reviews
and integrates research on style differences in learning and
behaviour and describes the Cognitive Styles Analysis which
provides a simple and effective method of assessing style in
children and adults.
As both a textbook and a source of reference for
professionals working in a range of contexts, it aims to
help teachers and trainers reflect on and assess their
effectiveness. The authors provide insights into personal
and professional behaviour for counsellors and personnel
professionals, and offer a framework for future research for
Active Children May Do Better in School
Time Magazine Jan 16, 2012
Physical activity can improve blood flow to the brain, fueling
memory, attention and creativity, which are essential to learning.
And exercise releases hormones that can improve mood and suppress
stress, which can also help learning. So while it may seem as if
kids are just exercising their bodies when they're running around,
they may actually be exercising their brains as well.
More School May Mean Higher IQ Scores
VOA News Jan 12, 2011
A study in Norway has found that students who stayed in school longer than others their age scored
higher on intelligence tests.
Who Is Currently Identified as Gifted in the United States?
Huffington Post Jan 05, 2012
Today, lots of different definitions of giftedness exist. This wasn't always the case. Prior to 1972,
practically every school used one criterion and one criterion only to identify giftedness: an IQ cut-off
of 130. This criterion was heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Lewis Terman, who equated high IQ with genius.
Why children need a multivitamin
news8000 Jan 9, 2012
There are 13 essential Recommended Daily Allowances of
vitamins and minerals that children need for optimum health - some
harder to obtain than others. Growing bodies need carbohydrates,
proteins, vitamins and minerals to develop correctly. However, many
American children do not take in the proper requirements.
Fish in pregnancy could enhance intellectual capacity of babies
FIS Jan 11, 2012
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the children of women
who ate more fish during pregnancy produced better results on tests of verbal intelligence, complex
motor skills and behaviors leading to socialization.
Breastfeeding boosts a child's intelligence
Vanguard Jan 19, 2012
A recent study of more than 17,000 infants followed from birth to 6
1/2 years, it was found that from IQ scores and other intelligence
tests that prolonged and exclusive breastfeeding significantly
improves cognitive development.
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