Frequently Asked Questions & Worries of Parents. Dr R Remya helps to put your minds at rest./p>
No, this is absolutely not true. Most schools and culture focus most of their attention on linguistic and logical mathematical intelligence, which form the basics of academics. However, we should also give due respect to individuals who are gifted with other intelligence like the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, and others who enrich the world with their services. Unfortunately many children who have these gifts don’t receive much reinforcement at home or in school.
Intelligence is an umbrella term used to describe properties of mind including capacities for abstract thought, planning and problem solving, language and performance ability. Most intelligence test cannot be administered to very small children. However, the assessment of social and emotional maturity acts as a pointer to the overall development quotient. Social quotient can be assessed at even 7-8 months of age.
Intelligence is not just standing first in class or performing well in academics. Human Intelligence has 9 phases as the picture given above depicts. It spreads around linguistic, mathematical, intra-personal, interpersonal, musical, existential, naturalistic, bodily and visual-spatial intelligence in the child.
Observation of temperamental characteristics gives direction for building talents effectively. A careful observation on how the child reacts to learning opportunities...their communication through eyes, the quality of their voice, their body language, their gestures and mannerism, their smiles, their enthusiastic activities like jumping up and down, listlessness...you can learn what the child prefers and have positive feeling.
By magnifying the strong points in a child we can negate their weak points. By appreciating their abilities/positive behaviours/promptness/interpersonal skills etc. we can build positive feelings and self-esteem in them. This can be navigated to guide them through difficult situations. This in turn gives them courage using their talents for tackling their weaker points. Helping them to discover what they are good at promotes healthy self-esteem and is essential to their future success