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 activities.

 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 test.

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 institutions.

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 school.

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 home.

OK, coming back to stimulating and encouraging baby intelligence development.

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 Development

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 here.

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