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Volume #10 Issue #10
ISSN: 0219-7642 Octorber 30, 2011
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One of the biggest challenges that confront parents around the world is the defying attitude of their
children especially refusing to listen to their parents. How many times have you heard a parent utter
in sheer frustration: “Why my children are not listening to me?” When children refuse to
listen to their parents, a gap in communication occurs and this might lead to
multidimensional family problems.
Are our children ready to listen to what we say to them? Are parents just becoming monotonous and boring
that even their children do not listen to them? In other words, do parents simply fail to say something
that is truly interesting? How can parents be interesting and lively so that children start listening to them?
Effective communication occurs only when two people are ready to listen to each other. When one speaks,
the other will listen to the words spoken at the other end. Communication can occur in a dual channel
mode and silence is the biggest enemy that might lead to confusions and conflicts of opinions. An
inspiring parent is the one who is not only interesting, but also efficient in asking the right type
of questions. The important social art of listening is critical for both parents and children. Have a
Thought for today:
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." - Ernest Hemingway
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Why Children Don't Listen? Understanding Children's Defying Behavior
Why children simply refuse to listen to their parents? What makes them neglect their parents
and their instructions? Children refusing to listen to their parents could be a defying behavior. Click to learn more.
Why Children Don't Listen? The Delicate Art of Listening
Listening and communicating are two faces of the same coin. One will not exist
without the other. They are interdependent and inclusive. Here are some
techniques that you can deploy to make your children listen to others.
Q1: Our son was recently tested. In his
verbal he scored 93, Math 99 and non-verbal 98 I was told he is
classified as 'Profoundly Gifted' what does this mean for our child
and for us as his parents. Our son is nine years old. I am a little
overwhelmed with talk of more tests and programs that are being
presented. We live on a rule farm and do not have a lot of resources
available. Thank you!
A: Gifted children are those who are
tested to have an IQ of at least two standard deviations from the
mean of 100. This means an IQ of at least 130. However, gifted
children do not have the same level of abilities and an IQ of 130 is
just the tip of giftedness. Highly or extremely gifted, which is
also known as profoundly gifted, are on the highest end of the
gifted ability range. The further they deviate from the mean, the
more likely they may demonstrate much higher abilities and also more
challenges.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Profoundly Gifted Child here.
Q2: I test students for giftedness
using the Frasier Talents Assessment Profile, a method that uses IQ
as only one of many measures to determine "giftedness". My district
only let's us test grades 3-5. For K-2 we use IQ as the dominant
criteria. Many diagnosticians claim K-2 is too early to test IQ. I
have seen research that contradicts this opinion, but cannot seem to
find it. Could you list some articles, scholarly or popular, that
have definitive, research based conclusions on the efficacy of IQ
testing for K-2? Thank you.
A: I am assuming that a child at K-2
would be of 5 years of age. For any formal evaluation on IQ, it is
generally recommended that IQ testing for gifted children be done
between age 5 and 12. Beyond 12, even the moderately gifted child is
likely to encounter test ceiling effects. For the highly or
profoundly gifted child, ceiling effects are in place on many
measures which may begin as young as 8 (including the supplemental
Stanford-Binet L-M). Research shows that for the average child, IQ
test scores are reliable around age 8.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Intelligence Test at K-2 level here.
Q3: Our daughter is very advanced for
her age (5) and has shown signs from an early age of giftedness - at
15 months she knew her shapes, the alphabet, and could count to 10
and recognize the numbers meaningfully. This is not something we
pushed for, she naturally wants to learn. That's the up side - the
down side is that she is emotionally immature, she is currently in
kindergarten and it is the 4th school she has been to - we were
asked to leave 2 of the child learning centers...
A: I believe that your child may be
twice exceptional - cognitively gifted with some behavioural issue
that causes impacts learning. Dealing with kids who are twice
exceptional can be extremely confusing. On one side, the child is
very able and on the other side, the child may be lagging behind
peers. Hence, it is not surprising for these children to be
misperceived as disruptive, lazy, stubborn, careless, or unmotivated..... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Possibly Twice Exceptional (Gifted with Special Needs) here.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk is an excellent communication tool
kit based on a series of workshops developed by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Faber and Mazlish
(coauthors of Siblings Without Rivalry) provide a step-by-step approach to improving relationships
in your house.
The "Reminder" pages, helpful cartoon illustrations, and excellent exercises will improve your
ability as a parent to talk and problem-solve with your children. The book can be used alone or
in parenting groups, and the solid tools provided are appropriate for kids of all ages. An
exceptional work, not simply just another 'how to' book. All parents can use these methods to
improve the everyday quality of their relationships with their children.
Teaching Children to Listen: A practical approach to developing children's listening skills
By Liz Spooner and Jacqui Woodcock
The authors...summarize published research and their own findings in seven schools, and address
how adults use language and how to simplify it. This handbook provides a practical, efficient
way to develop a fundamental skill. I would have no hesitation in recommending.
Teaching Children to Listen outlines a whole-school approach to improving listening skills. It
begins by looking at why listening skills are important and how to overcome barriers to achieving
them, before pinpointing the behaviors that children need to learn in order to be a good listener.
Art, music stimulates brain, helps with cognitive development
Kansas State Collegian Oct 23, 2011
Everyone knows that learning your multiplication tables, state
capitals and doing traditional course work as a child is a typical
approach to commit important facts and concepts to memory. However,
we as a nation must not forget how important the effects of fun,
spatially stimulating activities like art and music are to cognitive
development. Creative thinking greatly stimulates the brain and have
been proven to do everything from making reasoning skills stronger
to improving mood, behavior and concentration.
Debate Over Intelligence and Creativity Holds Little Relevance
HuffingtonPost Oct 13, 2011
Is there a relationship between IQ, or intelligence, and creativity? If so, what is it? Equally
important, how can we use one measurement to test another? What makes all this so important is simply
that creativity is now widely recognized as one of the most important ingredients to success in the
new economy and intelligence -- IQ at least -- has been, strangely some say, growing at 3% per decade
as reported in the Cambridge Journal of Biosocial Science.
Video games 'can alter children's brains'
The Telegraph Oct 14, 2011
Children should "feel the grass under their feet" rather than play addictive computer games that
can harm their mental development, a leading scientist has said.
Gifted child? Study shows kids' IQs can change during the teen years
CA Shine Oct 21, 2011
Researchers at the University College London used neuroimaging to
test whether fluctuations in the kids' IQ test scores might be
linked to brain development. They tested the same kids again four
years later, and were surprised by the results: Though the group's
average IQ remained about the same, some teens' scores had gone up
by as much as 20 points, while others had fallen by nearly as much.
How Touch and Movement Contribute to the Development of the Brain
Science Daily Oct 14, 2011
Every expectant mother is aware of fetal movements in the late
stages of pregnancy. It is known that the frequency of fetal
movements is correlated with the physical fitness of the newborn
child. What is the functional role of these irregular,
non-coordinated movements in the brain development? And what are the
neuronal processes that facilitate the brain development in result
of these movements?
When Parenting Styles Differ
Web MD Oct 19, 2011
When your parenting style differs from that of your partner, tensions can run
high. Take the case of Leigh Henry, 37, of San Antonio, Texas. Leigh doesn't always agree with
her husband, Ryan, also 37, on how best to parent their toddler and preschooler.
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