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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #13 Issue #07
ISSN: 0219-7642 Aug 24, 2014
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Baby brain is a special organ that is also highly refined and well-tuned with its exceptional networks of
neurons, abilities and skills. However, little is known what happens beneath a baby's brain. With
years of research on brain development, especially in young toddlers and growing children, it could be
safely assumed that several events occur simultaneously that eventually ends in creating the a super organ
in the human body.
It is fascinating to study how baby brain forms and starts working and in what manner, it masters various
skills, abilities and functions. However, child brain may maintain its status-quo or remain sedentary nature
if proper care is not taken by parents and care givers. In other words, growing children need everyday
experiences to shape their brains. The brain would never be complete unless it gets all necessary inputs
either in the form of learning experiences or in the shape of parental care.
The brain that is cherished and nurtured by parents is more superior to the one that is neglected and not
cared properly. In addition, early intervention by parents is needed to streamline the most basic functions
of the brain. To reach maximum potential in life, children also need intensive interactive exchanges of basic
ideas, emotional expressions, and that elusive loving touch from their parents.
Have a great week ahead. Take care!
Thought for today:
"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought
to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.." - Fyodor Dostoevsky
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A Wonder that is Children Brain - Knowing the Basic Science of Working Brain
Child brain is a wonderful organ! It is mysterious too! With its amazing abilities and skills, a child
brain is a fascinating area of the study.
Amazing Facts about a Child's Brain - Things that Most Parents Never Knew!
Learning about a baby brain can never be boring and tiresome. There are a number of unique things to a
baby brain and parents may wish to learn and understand them in a proper manner to boost brain development
in their children.
Q1: My son is 7 years old and took the
terra nova this past year (1st grade) i got his test results in the
mail and realized he scored perfect in the Math and Science
categories. His scores were 99 across the board. He scored above
average in the other two categories but his science and math scores
really just stood out to me. I have always know he was slightly
above average due to him teaching himself to add and subtract at 3
years old. Should I get him tested....
A: I will start with explaining the
distinction between achievement tests and intelligence tests. The
Terra Nova is an achievement test that measures how well a child has
learnt what has been taught. In principle, achievement tests are
more directly concerned with what is taught is schools, which is not
the case with intelligence or ability tests... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
High Scores on the Terra Nova here.
Q2: Can you tell me the reliability and
validity statistics for the InView test? And what the norming population was? Thank you.
A: The InView is a test of critical cognitive abilities that apparently
provides highly reliable academic ability scores. It provides
information about the thinking process. The CSI scores from InView is
said to provide a highly reliable measure of overall academic
aptitude, which is valuable information for guidance, activities
planning, and special program identification...Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Reliability and Validity of the InView Test here.
Q3: I'm a mother of a 3 years and 7
months old girl. My daughter is called to be smarter than all kids
we knew in her age. At her school they set her in a higher grade
than her age. She asks a lot of questions, concerned about all
things like why comes tomorrow? And day and night and the whole
globe? She speaks and uses vocabularies like adults....
A: The fact that she has been
accelerated at school and based on your description, your daughter
is certainly developing at a faster pace in comparison to her peers.
So, simply answering your question, it is advanced for her age.
Therefore, at this stage, parents play an important role in helping
to nurture her advanced gifts.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Above Average Developmental Milestone here.
Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
By Sam Wang, Ph.D and Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D
How children think is one of the most enduring mysteries-and difficulties-encountered by parents. In an
effort to raise our children smarter, happier, stronger, and better, parents will try almost anything,
from vitamins to toys to DVDs. But how can we tell marketing from real science? And what really goes
through your kid's growing mind-as an infant, in school, and during adolescence? Neuroscientists Sandra
Aamodt and Sam Wang (who is also a parent) explain the facets and functions of the developing brain,
discussing salient subjects such as sleep problems, language learning, gender differences, and autism.
They dispel common myths about important subjects such as the value of educational videos for babies, the
meaning of ADHD in the classroom, and the best predictor of academic success (hint: It's not IQ ). Most of
all, this book helps you know when to worry, how to respond, and, most important, when to relax. Welcome to
Your Child's Brain upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real,
reliable science. It's essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
By Daniel J. Siegel, M.D and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel,
neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight,
and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary
approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that
foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier
children. The authors explain - and make accessible - the
new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it
matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and
balances emotions, is under construction until the
mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right
brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the
left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in
silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday
parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into
a chance to integrate your child's brain and foster vital
Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with
day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you
explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child
shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and
intellectual development so that your children can lead
balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
IQ: the eternal debate of nature vs. nurture
GM News Aug 14, 2014
The first thing you need to know is that anyone's ability to do math
is based on the strength of his or her IQ, which is simply a
measurement of your cognitive skills.These are things like working
memory (e.g. holding a number in your brain long enough to use it in
the next step), logic and reasoning (e.g.“Obviously the radius can't
be a negative number ...”), and visual processing (e.g. deciding
which side of the triangle is the longest).
Scientists say child's play helps build a better brain
SCPR Aug 06, 2014
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground. "The
experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the
front end of your brain," says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the
University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. " And without play
experience, those neurons aren't changed," he says.
Brain scans reveal how children's minds learn math
CT News Aug 18, 2014
Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put
youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math.
High maternal perchlorate levels may impact child's IQ
Endocrinology Update Aug 11, 2014
Researchers have discovered an association between high maternal
perchlorate levels during pregnancy and subsequent adverse IQ in
children. The Cardiff University and Boston University School of
Medicine-led study looked at the age-three IQ of 487 children born
to mothers who had suboptimal thyroid function and iodine deficiency
Breastfeeding Joys and Benefits
The Guardian Aug 15, 2014
Brain research now shows that breastfeeding helps ensure smarter
babies. A study of 17,000 infants (from birth to age
two-and-one-half) shows breastfeeding “significantly improves
cognitive development.” A study of 4,000 children at age five shows
that kids who were breastfed had higher scores on vocabulary tests.
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