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" Learn How to Nurture A Smarter Kid "
Volume #10 Issue #24
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 27, 2012
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The inherent problems of parenting gifted children is the
perceived neglect and total ignorance about their abilities and
talents. They may not get the required support that they so badly
need to nurture their intelligence and skills. This is where patents
could come to their help in nurturing skills and talent.
Until now, gifted children experts graded giftedness among children according to the existence of multiple
intelligences. However, there are other talents and skills that parents may need to know and understand in
order to identify and nurture them in their children. Have a great day.
Thought for today:
"The start is what stops most people." - Don Shula, Former NFL Coach
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Different Types of Giftedness in Children - Part I
Giftedness in children seems to be a rare case. Not all children are gifted
while giftedness comes naturally to some children. Did you know that giftedness
among children comes in forms and patterns? Read more here!
Different Types of Giftedness in Children - Part II
Creativity may not be confused with the term "giftedness". In fact, creative giftedness
is a special skill that some children possess.
Q1: My daughter was recently screened
for early entrance to Kindergarten using the KBIT-2 and Beery VMI-6.
We were given very limited feedback on what the scores were and what
they indicate and therefore little wiggle room with which to appeal
For the KBIT-2 the district cut-off is greater than or equal to 120. Our
daughter (4 years 6 months) scored 116. (No indication of
verbal/non-verbal distinction, only that one score). For the Beery VMI-6
the district cut-off is 14, and our daughter scored 13...
A: 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
IQ Test For Early Entrance to Kindergarten here.
Q2: My child who is 13 years old and is
in the 7th grade has the following issues at school:
1. Socialization since elementary school. He gets along well with
younger or older children and adults. The neighbourhood kids also like
him a lot, but my son cannot play sports.
2. Diagnosed with mild Asperger's and on the WISC-IV has an IQ of 130
with a slow processing speed, but receives no help from the school....
A: I can understand your frustrations
and it is hard to have a child who is doing well on his strengths,
yet not getting the attention he deserves in the areas of weakness.
As for socialisation, he appears to be fine as there is some level
of mingling regardless of the age group. This would have happened
since he was quite young. Due to inappropriate affect which is
typical amongst children with Asperger's Syndrome, they may
not socialise well within their peer group as they may be seen as
different..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possibly Gifted Child with Asperger's Syndrome here.
Q3: My name is Rachael and I am mum to
Jack who turned 4 this month. We noticed that Jack was forward for
his age he had a fascination with lights at a few months old and
would turn to stare at them.. which then progressed in a fascination
for clocks which he would notice even when we was out in public at
around 5mths. The Health Visitor said at the time that Jack was a
very alert for his age. He would line up his cars perfectly all
facing the same way at just over a year old...
A: From your description, your son
appears to be rather highly above average, milestones ahead of his
peers. So you have a very, very special child and he has benefited
from your awareness. So what can you do now to maintain and further
develop his potential? Firstly, you are certainly on the right track
in observing, monitoring and providing him with all that he needs to
flourish.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Gifted Child in the Making here.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential
By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D and Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD
This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers
parents do-able strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build
satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors' clinical experience,
it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become
capable, confident, and caring people.
The world tells bright children that their performance matters; they need us, their parents,
to tell them that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. They need to know
that we love them for their kindness, curiosity, imagination, determination, and sense of fun.
Growing Up Gifted: Developing the Potential of Children at School and at Home
By Barbara Clark
Written by an internationally-known expert, this text explores who gifted learners are, how
they become gifted, and discusses methods used to support their learning, growth, and development.
Grounded in the latest research on brain function, this edition considers how these new findings
can improve teaching tools and learning experiences for gifted students.
Revised chapters address culturally responsive teaching, alternative environments, and various
models for gifted education. Building on its trusted reputation, this edition helps readers
understand intelligence, create environments that maximize gifts and talents, and implement
services that develop the potential of gifted learners.
Exercise Affects The Brain
Medical News Today May 23, 2012
Exercise has different effects on memory and on the brain depending
on the person's age, i.e. whether an adolescent or an adult
exercises. They identified a gene that seems to regulate to what
degree exercise provides a beneficial effect. This finding could
prove significant for potentially using exercise as an intervention
for mental illness.
Stomach ailments affect cognitive growth of children, say 90% doctors
Hindustan Times May 13, 2012
habits such as eating without washing hands regularly could potentially affect cognitive development of
a child under five years of age. This is because frequent stomach
infections lead to less absorption of nutrients, which has a direct
impact on a child's brain development.
Keep children away from TV before age of 3, parents told
scotsman May 24, 2012
Children who are kept away from TVs and computers until they reach
the age of three are less likely to become couch potatoes in later
life, experts claim. Psychologists say children are developing a
lifelong dependency to small screens because of over-exposure to the
technology in their childhood, something which is similar to drug or
Early Childhood Development is Crucial
Go Local May 17, 2012
The brain grows from the bottom up. If we can establish lower-level
capacities, the rest is easier. Like a house, if the foundation is
well constructed, it's a whole lot easier to fix, if you have to. As
time goes on, the window of opportunity to change the child's
trajectory starts to diminish, and the cost of correcting a
maladaptive brain goes up.
Being a pushy parent has little affect on your child: Babies filter out information they see as too complicated
Dailymail May 23, 2012
Many an alpha mum has hoped buying the latest gadgets will turn her
baby into the next Einstein. But a new study suggests pushy parents
may have little effect on their child's development. Research in the
U.S. has shown how seven and eight month olds "filter out"
information they see as too complicated and concentrate on what they
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