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Volume #4 Issue #18
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 28, 2006
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Did you follow the recently concluded American Idol contest? The
grey-haired Taylor beating out Katharine to become the new American
Idol was a surprise to me. However, to go through all the hurdles of
auditions and rounds of intense competition and nasty remarks by
Simon and turn out to be the idol was certainly an uphill task.
So, kudos to Taylor for his perseverance.
Speaking of singer, my wife and I went to "Judy Collins" concert
last Friday. Judy Collins is a renowned American folk singer and her
famous songs including 'Both Sides Now', 'To Everything
There Is a Season' and 'Send in the Clowns'. She was an
active UNICEF Representative and was honored for her involvement in
community work. Her only son committed suicide was a blow to her but
she managed to go on and wrote a book "Sanity and Grace: A Journey
of Suicide, Survival and Strength". There is nothing more touching
and transcendent than to listen to her beautiful voice in the
concert, knowing the pain of a mother who probably has not fully
recovered from such a loss. The perseverance of Collins to continue
her life and her support of social causes will be an inspiration to
all. Have a great week ahead!
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Parenting from Perfect to Great: Five Ways to Avoid the Perfect Parent Trap
By Dr. Kelly Pryde
Many parents today have fallen into the "perfect parent trap" --
they put too much focus on always doing the right thing with their
children. This trap leads to stress and pressure in the family and
causes parents to lose sight of what's really important. Dr. Kelly
Pryde offers insights on the causes of the perfect parent trap as
well as five key ideas on a more positive and realistic approach to
What are the levels of thinking for the gifted children?
A: Just as for everyone else, gifted
children go through the same thinking stages. The difference here is
that they are able to reach higher levels of thinking at a younger
age due to the ability to absorb knowledge at a much faster pace
than the average. Therefore, not surprisingly, gifted children use
higher levels of thinking skills in any form of their learning. If
taught these skills, they are able to.... Continue to
read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Thinking Levels for Gifted Children here.
We have a gifted 5 year old boy. He is in kindergarten at a private
progressive academic school. He taught himself to write at 3 and
reads at about 4th grade level and comprehends at 2nd grade. He
writes long stories and he is a spelling wizard. He has most math
basics under his belt. Most of this stuff is self taught....We have
just asked the school to consider putting him in 2nd grade and now I
am nervous about it. Are we going to damage him?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Acceleration for the Young Gifted
I went through the gifted characteristic checklist that you provided and our
daughter meets every criteria. Our daughter is now 22 months old and can
memorize songs, tunes, etc very quickly. We read at least an
hour to her a day and she has really clear verbal skills. Am
I just over-analyzing here or is there something I need to do to
maintain and grow her gifts?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Nurturing Advanced Development
My daughter is 10 years old and is in the 4th grade. She has
recently completed the WISC 4th edition. Her test scores
range her in the "average" marks. I am concerned
that my daughter is dyslexic. Would these test results give me any
information in regard to dyslexic? Please help
A: Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Diagnosing Dyslexia using WISC
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child
By Janet Zand, Robert Rountree, Rachel Walton
Health-care practitioners are a polarized lot: generally
speaking, either they subscribe wholeheartedly to
conventional medical treatments, or they eschew them
altogether. This can be a great source of frustration to
parents, whose natural response to a child's illness is a
desire to do everything possible to make that child well.
Written by a natural-medicine practitioner, a traditionally
licensed doctor, and a pediatric nurse, Smart Medicine for a
Healthier Child presents an integrated approach to
children's health care that allows a parent to do just that.
The news for multimedia babies is good, and bad
USA Today May 15, 2006
The claims vary widely, from proponents who say TV and baby software
can help kids learn to criticisms that it steals crucial time once
spent playing and reading, or even causes attention disorders.
Don't rely on fish oil factor for exam success
icWales May 15, 2006
A nutritional study by the University of Wales showed GCSE results
improved dramatically after pupils were given Omega 3 fish oil
Exercising a longer attention span
Boston.com May 21, 2006
The DORE program is based on recent research suggesting that many
learning disorders stem from the same source -- a part of the brain
called the cerebellum increasingly believed to play a role in both
movement and mental processing.
Pregnancy Stress and Child Development
Medical Breakthroughs May 22, 2006
Researchers were surprised to find women who reported more stress
and anxiety during pregnancy had children who were somewhat more
advanced in their mental and motor development at age 2.
Teaching children by going TV-free
Penticton Western News May 21, 2006
Because too much time in front of screens can impair a young child's
ability to develop language skills, the Interior Health Authority
has chosen the month of May - which is speech and hearing month - to
encourage parents to unplug their children.
Just two drinks a week may lower unborn child's IQ
Reuters May 26, 2006
The results of this study show that low-to-moderate levels of
prenatal alcohol exposure has a sustained negative effect on child IQ.
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