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Volume #4   Issue #18

ISSN: 0219-7642    May 28, 2006

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Hi,

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 parenting.

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Q1: 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.

Q2: 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

Q3: 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

Q4: 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

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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.

 


>> LATEST BRAINY NEWS


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 supplements.


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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