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Volume #4 Issue #20
ISSN: 0219-7642 June 25, 2006
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It's World Cup fever now. As I'm writing this, the match is going on
between England and Ecuador. Yes, my wife is sleeping now. So are
millions of women across the world, I guess...;-) For this one
month, they are labeled 'World Cup Widow'. A survey in the UK found
that 30 per cent of World Cup widows would rather go shopping than
watch a match while another 30 per cent said they would prefer a
meal with friends.
Not only women will be ignored during the World Cup, children can
feel neglected too. One way to make sure women and children do not
feel left out is to JOIN THE MAN...;-) Get the whole family
involved, make the big matches a family event. Otherwise, you could
go to bed early with a good book and earplugs, knowing that it will
be over in one month! Got to stop writing now, second half of the
match just started. Ciao!
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Memories not made: Spending more time with your children
By John Dorwart
Don't you get caught up in the rat-race of acquiring "stuff" so that
you are overlooking the importance of spending time with your
children. Remember, you only have one chance at it!
I would like to know how creativity relates to the development of self concept in young children.
A: This is a very large area
and to find out in more detail, you may need to read some of
the research studies linked to this area. Very briefly,
studies have indicated a positive relationship between
creativity and self-concept in young children..... Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Creativity and Self-Concept here.
I have a question about gifted children. One of my sons is 8 year old has had
his mind set on being an astronaut since he was two. He knew all the planets and
moons before 3...I have kept track of all of my children's development and do everything I can to
give them opportunities to explore their interests, as well as support their
dreams for the future. I would like to find a gifted program that would give my
son the challenges in math that he so often asks for. Do you think I should have
him tested? (I'm unsure about the validity of such things) Is it possible he is gifted?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Is My Child Gifted?
My daughter is almost 3.5 year old and I think she is above
average for her age by the things she does, but not sure she
is gifted as such? She could speak clearly by 10 months old, sentences by
18 months and now has full conversations, on the telephone with people and at
home. She has an exceptional memory, remembering small things from well over a year ago....
I would appreciate any comments you have so that I can build on her abilities and guide her.
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Advanced Abilities of a Young Child
Recently my son was given the WISC IV test at school for a
psyhcoeducational evaluation that his doctor had requested.
Below are my questions:
In regards to the VCI, how many areas are covered? Is it
true the five areas are similarities, vocabulary,
comprehension, information, and word reasoning?
Can PRI score be accurate when the area of Picture
Completion was not completed?
Can a full scale IQ be determined when information of Q2 is
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
WISC IV Interpretation
Bright Minds, Poor Grades: Understanding and Motivating Your Underachieving Child
By Michael D. Whitley, Ph.D
For any parent who has ever been told, "your child isn't
performing up to his or her potential," this book has the
answer. Renowned clinical psychologist Michael Whitley,
Ph.D. offers a proven ten-step program to motivate
underachieving children. This easy-to follow book identifies
the six types of underachievers from the procrastinator to
the hidden perfectionist to the con artist, and it presents
the ten steps to help children succeed in school-and
ultimately, in life.
Brain food: Why the Government wants your child to take Omega-3, the fish oil supplement
SpiritualGate.com June 13, 2006
Health professionals fear that youngsters do not get enough Omega-3
in a daily diet dominated by modern convenience foods. Increasingly,
they believe a lack of these nutrients can contribute to poor
learning, disorder and violence in the classroom.
Fish Oil To Be Given To Pregnant Women
All Headline News June 17, 2006
Researchers from the University of Alberta reveal that children of
mothers who consumed cod liver oil daily after the 18th week of
pregnancy and during early breast-feeding performed better in terms
of IQ at the age of four, reports the Daily Mail.
Low iodine IQ risk to newborns
The Advertiser June 19, 2006
Australian mothers-to-be are not taking enough iodine during
pregnancy, putting their newborns at risk of lower IQs. Even mild to
moderate deficiency can reduce their IQ by up to 8 to 10 points,
which can lead to the difference between being a bright child or a slow learner.
New Brain Game From Bandai Namco
IGN June 16, 2006
Raise babies and get smarter in My Angel. This particular brain
training game is being supervised by Mitsuo Kodama. Kodama is a
sports physiologist whose name has been associated with a couple of
Simple series brain training games.
Teaching Baby to Read
abc7chicago.com June 13, 2006
According to infant researcher Dr. Robert Titzer and a national
panel of reading specialists, most of our reading problems would be
eliminated if we started to teach reading earlier. Dr. Titzer has
developed an interactive, multi-sensory learning approach that is
teaching babies and toddlers all over the United States. His methods
can be used with babies as young as 9 months old.
Go Ahead - Sleep With Your Kids
Slate.com June 23, 2006
Ferberization is unnatural. That doesn't necessarily mean it's bad.
The technique may well be harmless. I don't begrudge Ferber the
right to preach Ferberization or parents who prefer sleeping sans
child the right to practice it.
Study ties environmental pollution to autism rates
ContraCostaTimes.com June 24, 2006
Bay Area research finds children with disorder are more likely to be
born in neighborhoods with high levels of air toxicity.
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