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ISSN: 0219-7642 March 31, 2013
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Understanding giftedness in children is quire confusing. What most parents understand and comprehend
could be incorrect too. Most of them swear by classical definitions of giftedness - that is a
child possessing an IQ score of more than 130 and measured by using one or more recommended and standard
tests. Unfortunately, giftedness in children, measured based on standard IQ tests, is a quantifier for
innate or intrinsic ability and not performance.
Hence, there is a need to understand what giftedness in children means. Sometimes, a measure of high IQ may never commensurate with
actual performance. It could be classroom studies or any other activity of academic nature. The standard
definition of giftedness vis-à-vis higher IQ scores could be a big paradox, if we go solely by academic
performance and traditional grades.
A child who is motivated and driven to get higher grades in the
classroom may not be gifted. On the contrary, a child who fails to
perform well in the classroom and who is quite troublesome and
disruptive could be highly gifted. In other words, most parents
actually find it very difficult to know if their children are really
gifted or not. Hence, they may want to learn and understand
different methods and technique to find whether their children are gifted. All the best.
Thought for today:
"What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different
way of looking at the world and learning." - Chuck Grassley
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Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part I
Finding different signs and characters to notice a gifted child could be confusing. Parents may
want to learn and understand different signs of raising a gifted child. Click to learn more.
Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part II
Children, who are gifted, cannot hide their God-given traits and characters. Somehow, they
display different signs that help parents identify and later boost to make them smarter and
intelligent. Read the article to learn more.
Q1: I just want to know whether I'm
gifted or not, so that I can fix this confusion of mine. I'm 14 now,
so as far as I remember when I was around 2-3, I have a lot of
curiosities about everything that I find suspicious. I'm a fast
learner and I have a common sense, so for adults not to find me
boasting about my discoveries, I tend to act as a normal child does.
I don't know if it is because of common sense and being realistic
that I'm trying to level myself with others just to be in....
A: The best way to test for giftedness
is by using an intelligence test. Scores over 125 or about 2
standard deviation away from the mean for most intelligence test
could indicate higher intellectual ability, which is the single best
predictor of giftedness. However, there are other more subjective
methods to determined giftedness – best assessed by a professional...
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Confusion over Giftedness here.
Q2: I am trying to interpret my
daughters RIAS test scores. Her scores were as follows:
Verbal Index: Subset t-scores by age, Guess What 58: Verbal Reasoning
50, Cluster standard age score 107 with a 68 percentile by age.
Nonverbal Index: Odd item out Subset t-scores 67, What's missing 60,
cluster standard age score 126 with a 96 percentile by age.
Composite index 118(minimal estimate) 113-122, 88 percentile by age.
90% confidence interval 113-122.
Please help me understand these scores better....
A: The Reynolds Intellectual Assessment
Scale (RIAS is an individually administered intelligence test, applicable
to all ages from 3 to 94. It comprises two subtests that assess verbal intelligence
(VIX) and two subtests that assess non-verbal intelligence (NIX). A verbal and
nonverbal supplementary memory test can also be administered (yields
Composite Memory Index score -CMX). It appears that the memory test was
not administered for your daughter, as it is supplementary...
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Interpreting the RIAS scores here.
Q3: My 6 year old son took the WISC-IV and scored the following: VCI 140,
PRI 135, WMI 99, PSI 97 with a FSIQ of 127 and GAI of 146. He qualified
for the gifted program at school and is going to take the Stanford Binet
next week to see if he qualifies for the highly gifted program. My
question is: since he is testing as both gifted (Verbal
Comprehension & Perceptual Reasoning) and learning disabled (Working
Memory & Processing Speed), how concerned should I be and what can I
do to correct his areas of deficiency...
A: The Working Memory Index (WMI)
assesses the ability to hold new information in short-term memory,
concentrate, and manipulate that information to produce some result
or reasoning processes. It is important in higher-order thinking,
learning, and achievement. It can tap concentration, planning
ability, cognitive flexibility, and sequencing skill, but is
sensitive to anxiety as well....
Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Improving Working Memory and Processing Speed here.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
By James. T. Webb, Ph.D, Janet L.Gore, M.Ed, Edward R. Amend, Ph.D
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet
parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable
parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of
professional experience with gifted children and their
families, provide practical guidance in areas such as:
Characteristics of gifted
Intensity & stress;
Depression & unhappiness;
Finding professional help;
.....and much, much more!
101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
By Christine Fonseca
Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise
as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource
for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.
This book is a must-read for gifted
kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life.
Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids covers topics
including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships, and sibling rivalries. Fun quizzes,
tip sheets, and practical Q & A sections from other gifted kids and preteens make this book fun to read
and give gifted kids insight into everything they've ever wanted to know about being gifted.
Study Says Angry Tones Influence How Baby Brains Process Emotion
Red Orbit Mar 26, 2013
Parents have long known that the tone of their voice affects a baby's mood, but a new study from
the University of Oregon shows that a baby's exposure to parental arguments is associated with
the way the infant's brain processes stress and emotions.
Watch your kids!
Arab News Mar 27, 2013
A paper recently published in a leading British medical journal
urged doctors and government health officials to set limits on the
amount of time children spend in front of screens, whether TVs,
tablets, smartphones, or other devices.
Educational Toys to Make Learning Fun for Your Child
Waleg Mar 27, 2013
Toddlers need brain stimulation as much as they need physical ones. As such, parents need to provide them
with appropriate learning materials to help them learn.
What makes a prodigy special?
The National Mar 24, 2013
The master pianist Yundi, who makes his UAE debut this month, is one of those incredible classical music
outliers who makes the rest of us feel just a little bit simple by comparison. Growing up in Chongqing, he'd
already mastered the accordion by the time he was 4.
Early Number Sense Plays Role Later Math Skills
Reporter News Mar 26, 2013
We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the
earliest building blocks of math — and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems
to play a big role in how well they do everyday calculations later on.
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