You Are About To Discover A Little-Known Fact About Baby Intelligence Development Very Few Parents Realize
Baby Intelligence Development
One thing that almost no parent knows
about baby intelligence development is that it can be increased. Contrary to
popular belief, many scientific studies have shown that baby (and older
children's intelligence) can be increased through planned stimulation. Although
I've always read about these studies and have seen vast performance improvement
in my therapy children, I've never had actual independent proof that it can be
done... until now.
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For the past 11.5 months I've seen a
little 5 year old boy once (1 hour session) every 2 weeks. My therapy sessions
were mostly restricted to exercises, games and giving him 'homework' to do in
the off week. Apart from the therapy he had no other change in his day to day
I should also add that just before he
came to me, a psychologist tested his IQ. But when I started with his sessions I
did not know that. During the past 3-4 months I could see that his skills
improved noticeably, but I could never really quantify the improvement (nor did
I have the intention to do that). But about 10 days ago, after my 11.5 months
therapy sessions his mom took this boy for another potential test to a different
psychologist. His IQ increased by 15 points!
Now I'm definitely not claiming that
the increase was the direct result of my therapy sessions, but rather a
combination of a few deliberate actions by a number of people. What is
interesting though is that this boy is autistic.
Baby Intelligence Development Case Study
Another example is one of the classical
studies undertaken in 1939. The results are rather startling, and just go to
prove the idea of increasing baby intelligence through stimulation.
The study was done by Skeels and Dye on
13 infants and young children in an orphanage. These children were between 7
months and 30 months and were transferred from their orphanage to a school for
mentally retarded children. Note that the babies were transferred to only a
school for mentally retarded children, not some fancy stimulation facility.
At the school for the mentally retarded,
our orphans were placed in a ward with a few older and brighter girls, who
started playing with them during most of the time they were awake.
Just by playing with these babies, the
older girls provided many more experiences and much more stimulation than was
provided for the children left behind in the orphanage.
After the new babies had been in the
ward for a period (they did not say how long it was), Skeels and Dye again
arranged a second intelligence test on all the babies (those that were move from
the orphanage and those who stayed behind).
All 13 children who were moved to the
“stimulation environment” showed gains in IQ ranging from 7 to 58 points.
And just to double check their results, Skeels and Dye arranged for the 12
children who stayed behind at the orphanage to also undergo an intelligence
And here is the important part… all the
children at the orphanage showed a decrease in IQ ranging from 8 to 45 points.
Twenty-one years later, all the children in both groups were
located and the differences in their life situations were once again compared.
Of the 13 who received the stimulation in the school for the mentally retarded,
all were self-supporting. On the other hand, of the group that remained in the
orphanage, one died in an institution for the retarded, and five were still in
The differences in education between the
two groups are just as staggering. For the transfer group, the median (midway
between highest and lowest) was a 12th grade, or graduation. Four
completed one or more years of college, with one boy receiving a bachelor’s
degree from a large state university. For the group of 12 who remained at the
orphanage, half did not complete the third grade, and none of them went to high
Clearly, this study shows the importance
to stimulate baby intellectual development at a very early age. This is
important development of
intelligence and for general independent functioning. Of course a school for
retarded children is not the best place for giving the right kind of
stimulation, but even in this setting, the older retarded girls
who played with the children have given enough stimulation to make a tremendous difference in the
baby’s development. Just think what
difference could have been made in a really good stimulating environment at
OK, coming back to stimulating and
encouraging baby intelligence
The Starting Point...
A few brain development specialists
discovered that there is a direct link between baby mobility and brain
development... of course, the better the mobility the more the brain
development. One of the important findings is that the physical condition of
your baby is foremost to brain development and formation of learning potential.
Many years ago people believed that
developing a child's physical skills primarily stressed muscular development
rather than brain development. Through research we now know that your baby's
physical development stimulates brain development.
It has been stated by child researchers
that a child will have a greater brain capacity when his or her physical
development is stimulated and encouraged. They furthermore state that because
the body and brain work together, a baby who is on a physical stimulation
program will have greater brain capacity than one who is not.
What To Do Now About Baby Intelligence
So, how can you stimulate baby
intelligence development? This is not a simple answer and there are many correct
ways. But one of the very basic, proven ways is to start by ensuring your baby’s
physical development. Stated differently, start by ensuring your baby physical
development tracks the baby milestone targets.
That is also one of the main reasons why
I wrote The
Baby Milestone Guide... that's to share a few tips, ideas and techniques for
ensuring this basic intelligence foundation is properly in place. Once you’re
automatically tracking your baby’s physical development, then start by
stimulating various other development areas highlighted
baby intelligence development