Biology and Nutrition
Joseph was an unhappy baby. He didn’t sleep for very long periods and seemed to cry all the time. He did best when he was held and rocked or walked. He spit up after feeding much more than the other babies in the family had. His parents called him their “high maintenance child.” He developed some ear infections that were treated with antibiotics. With the second antibiotic he received, he developed a rash. The doctor said he was allergic to amoxicillin and placed him on another antibiotic. He got over the ear infection, but continued to be whiny and had diarrhea. After one more antibiotic he developed a white coating on his tongue, which the doctor called thrush
Right Brain Math
In the animal kingdom 50% of the animals are “right paw dominant” and 50% are “left paw dominant.” This has been observed when animals press a lever to get more food or water. Human beings are 50% right-brain dominant and 50% left-brain dominant, regardless of hand dominance.
Some parents refer to this as selective hearing, but your child may actually have trouble listening. While hearing is the ability to detect sound, listening is how the brain processes auditory information.
Monitoring Auditory Processing
Smart Kids Who Hate To Write
One of the most common and most misdiagnosed processing problems in children is a blocked writing gate. This is the number one processing glitch in gifted children. Many of these children seem to be “allergic” to their pencil. They break out in whining as soon as they get a pencil or pen in their hand.
When a Child Doesn’t Remember What He Reads
One of the most puzzling situations a homeschooling mother finds herself in is when she has a child who can read the words in a book, but cannot answer the questions or tell her what has just been read. These moms frequently hear the phrase, “I don’t remember,” when queried about the reading material.
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