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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #10 Issue #03
ISSN: 0219-7642 July 24, 2011
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Focus on gifted children is slowly shifting from their daily educational needs to issues like ways to manage
their intelligence and skills. Gifted children are the toasts of the society. Likewise, they are the cream of a
family as well. Gifted children may not do very well in their classroom even with their hidden talent and intelligence.
Reasons for this could be numerous. However, utilizing the hidden qualities of giftedness is a different thing altogether.
If you believe that you have a gifted child, then your responsibility could only increase. You can do many things
apart from sending your gifted child to the school. Gifted children are just like uncut diamonds. With gentle
polishing and cutting, they can shine and sparkle like real diamonds.
At times, gifted children could be emotionally very fickle and wavering. Parents may need to be in touch with their
gifted children all the time and help them become skilled, knowledgeable and practical. Both elders and child experts
believe that the right type of nutrition can ensure better and optimal brain growth and development. This issue
features a section on brainy recipes for brainy children. What I believe is that it is a gentle twist and a small
change to the existing featured articles section. I also believe that it will be useful to you. Have a nice day!
Thought for today:
"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to
do, but it doesn't get you anywhere." - Unknown
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Best Brain Food for Children - Brainy Recipes (Part I)
Children are what they eat for their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Without nutritious and balanced diet,
children may not develop their brain functions in an optimal manner.
Best Brain Food for Children - Brainy Recipes (Part II)
It is quite easy to use wonderful cooking recipes to prepare brain boosting food for your children.
Make sure that you use those ingredients that contain copious amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals.
Q1: We are a Hungarian family living in
the UK. We have a boy who was born in the UK, he will be 3 in this
summer. He speaks Hungarian, English and learning German in the
nursery. He is very clever and he always was. He is gifted for
us....Do you think gifted children are made or are born? Do you
think can it be harmful for him in any way (e.g.: emotionally)? Do
you think it is a problem that he does not play with other children?
I do not mean he never plays with children, just not so often.
A: You just asked a question that has
been debated for years! Are gifted children born or made? It's a
nature-nurture question and I believe both are equally important in
raising a child regardless of whether the child is gifted or bright.
Firstly, let me define giftedness in general. Gifted children are
children who show above average advancement on a range of human
endeavours..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted Children - Born or Made? here.
Q2: My son (age 12.1, dx'd with Asperger's Syndrome at age 8.6) had WISC and
WIAT tests done as a result of research into Autism at a university here
in Melbourne, Australia. He had last been officially tested via a WISC
when he was diagnosed in 2007, and before that at age 5.1 when his
school asked us to get testing organized for him.
His FS WISC scores seem to drop with age: 5.1 = 131, 8.6 = 113, 11.8 =
107. I have wondered at that but was told after the second WISC that
"maybe he was off on the days his scores were low" - but can that be
A: The question is, can IQ scores
change? Yes, it can, though not drastically in a short period.
Especially during infancy and early childhood, there is a
possibility of change in IQ scores frequently. However, IQ scores
begin to stabilize in middle childhood. Furthermore, by the age of
approximately 7 years, childhood IQ scores are found to be rather
good predictors of adult IQ .... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Declining IQ Scores here.
Q3: My 4 year old daughter scored a 101
on the K-BIT screening 101, I was just wondering how well she scored
compared to other children her age. What is a general test score for
the K-BIT for a 4 year old?
A: Briefly, The Kaufman Brief
Intelligence Test, Second Edition (K-BIT 2) is used to measure
verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. It is used to obtain a quick
estimate of intelligence, estimate an individual's verbal versus
nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to identify students who may
benefit from enrichment or gifted programs. Additionally, this test
is also able to identify high-risk children through large-scale
screening who may require a more comprehensive evaluation....... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
K-BIT Test Score here.
Feeding The Brain: How Foods Affect Children
By C. Keith Conners, Ph.D.
An informative look at how the foods we feed our children can
shape the course of their growth, development and behavior.
This book covers:
How does diet influence IQ?
Do artificial sweeteners
contribute to hyperactivity?
Does sugar alter behavior?
Can vitamin supplements
help brain growth?
How do food additives
The Top 100 Recipes for Brainy Kids: Great Ways to Maximize Your Child's Potential
By Christine Bailey
Christine Bailey is a professional chef, teacher, and writer specializing in food and health. She has
written for numerous magazines, including You Are What You Eat, Optimum Nutrition, Natural Health and
Beauty, Pregnancy, and Mother and Baby. She is the author of The Top 100 Low-Salt Recipes
"Foods high in fat, salt, and sugar may be convenient, but they can play havoc with kids' concentration
levels, and impact mood swings and overall behavior. In The Top 100 Foods for Brainy Kids, leading nutritionist
Christine Bailey offers exciting ideas for dishes that will boost your child's brainpower all day long.
Start his day with a delicious breakfast or pack a school lunch with a Vegetarian Sesame Seed Burger. Serve her
Salmon Fish Cakes for dinner, or treat them to one of the scrumptious snacks or desserts.
Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study
Yahoo News July 11, 2011
Feeding children lots of fatty, sugary and processed foods may lower their IQ, while a diet rich in vitamins
and nutrients appears to boost it, British researchers say. "We have
found some evidence to suggest that a diet associated with
increasing consumption of foods that are high in fat, sugar and
processed foods in early childhood is associated with small
reductions in IQ in later childhood," said lead researcher Kate
Northstone, a research fellow in the department of social medicine
at the University of Bristol.
Harness kids' brainpower
Star Tribune July 18, 2011
A Minneapolis expert tells how parents can enhance their parenting skills by acquiring greater understanding
of the many facets of their child's brain.
Walsh, who lives in Minneapolis, has a new book called
"Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your
Child Grow Brighter, Healthier and Happier", which tackles the
subject of brain development as it relates to topics including
intelligence, memory, connection, exercise and the impact of
Starting early with music, dance
AZ Star July 21, 2011
Music and dance are ways to help young children develop their brains, bodies and language, says Mary Rudy,
director of Kindermusik at Musical Steps Academy. "Music is
important because research shows that music enhances the total
development of the brain, body, language and character of the
child," Rudy said.
Pushy adults put stress on their gifted children
New Zealand Herald July 08, 2011
Gifted children often feel pressure to over-achieve in order to excel later in life - and teachers and
parents are often responsible.
Do you really need to tutor your 3-year-old for kindergarten?
The Globe and Mail July 11, 2011
Forget about prepping your children for university entrance exams. To give kids a leg up in their academic
careers, parents these days are starting earlier – much earlier
School success can be predicted just FIVE minutes after a child is born, scientists claim
Daily Mail July 21, 2011
A health test given to babies minutes after they are born could reveal how well they will do in secondary school, it has been claimed.
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