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Volume #10   Issue #24

ISSN: 0219-7642    May 27, 2012

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Hi,
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.

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"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.

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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 the decision.

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.

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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.

 


Latest Brainy News
 

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

Simple unhygienic 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 alcohol addiction.


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 can handle.



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