We have members who range in age from 3 to 105. Certainly, kids can qualify and join. Gifted youth between 14 and 18 can take one of our supervised, standardized tests, and those under 14 can submit evidence of prior testing.
Gifted young people have long been important to American Mensa; one of the first two Special Interest Groups recognized in 1965 focused on their unique issues. Currently, American Mensa has more than 2,600 members under the age of 18 with the youngest being 3 years old.
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Parents Warned: Don't Use Ritalin
Most people are unaware that problems such as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Autism are high IQ related disorders. As Gifted Child Coordinator for Mensa the High IQ Society I am very familiar with these problems. Our clinic has many years of experience in using natural solutions rather than drugs. Please contact us if you want to get your child off drugs or if your child has been diagnosed with one of these high IQ related disorders please consider natural solutions before resorting to drugs.
Hyperactive children should no longer be given Ritalin, new health guidelines say.
Ritalin should no longer be given to hyperactive children.
The drug should not be prescribed to children under five and used for older children only when they have severe ADHD or as a last resort, the guidance says.
Instead, parents should be taught psychological techniques for changing the behaviour of unruly youngsters diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The guidelines were issued by the National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.
The directive says parent training and education programmes should be offered as a first-line treatment for ADHD, both for pre-school and school-age children.
The programmes show parents how to create a structured home environment, encourage attentiveness and concentration, and better manage misbehaviour.
Research has shown they can be highly effective, helping children do better at school and lead more normal lives.
Teachers should also be involved in the management of school age children, says the guidance.
Common side effects associated with Ritalin include nervousness, insomnia and weight loss, and the drug may also cause an erratic or fast heartbeat, nausea, dizziness and headaches.
Children with the disorder are always on the move, running, climbing or jumping, as if driven by a motor that cannot be switched off.
They tend to push into queues, blurt out answers to incomplete questions, butt into conversations, and act without thinking, which makes them accident prone.
At school they are easily distracted, forgetful, unfocused, and disorganised. They may also find it hard to keep friends and suffer from bullying.
Up to 3% of school-age children and young people are affected by the disorder in the UK, and it has recently been recognised that around 2% of adults also suffer from the problem.
Previously they were often wrongly labelled as having a personality disorder or some other psychological condition.
The causes of ADHD are unclear but thought to include both genetic and environmental influences.
Diet may be involved and a link with fizzy drinks has been suggested.
Problems in the womb or birth trauma could also cause damage in the brain leading to ADHD.
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Warning: There is much misinformation and lack of knowledge about vitamin supplementation. Below is a helpful summary of research work being done by Dr. Michael Pazdon, at the University ofNew Hampshire. His report is as follows:
“Of the vitamin supplements being marketed in the United States today, we found that there are basically three types (1) Synthetic (chemical), (2) Crystallized (heat processed) and (3) Lyophilized (low temperature dehydration).
These three types were tested by chromatograms prepared by the method of Pfeiffer (BioDynamics 50, 2t), with slight modification.
1. SYNTHETIC: A chemical vitamin isolate made from inorganic materials, i.e., petroleum by-products. Sold mainly in drugstores, these vitamins act as drugs in the body. They may set up toxic reactions, and thereby rob the body of its own storehouse of antibodies.
2. CRYSTALLIZED: Commonly labeled “organic” or “natural,” these vitamins are isolates derived at perhaps partly from a whole food (organic) source but processed by a lesser expensive, high temperature process. Products need be only 10% organic to legally carry the label “natural ingredients.” Most of the live enzymes necessary for absorption into the body have been destroyed in this type of vitamin. (Example: If we labeled a dead horse “natural and organic,” our label would be correct. If we wanted to ride him to town, however, we would be out of luck. “Organic and Natural” do not necessarily mean vital or “alive.”) Sold in some drug stores and most health food stores.
3. LYPOHILIZED: Whole food is dehydrated by a cold process, preserving the complex of vitamins, bioflavonoids and enzymes found in nature. Enzymes necessary for absorption into the body remain intact. The only company we could find marketing this type of supplement is Shaklee Corporation. Shaklee products are sold by independent distributors and are not available in retail stores.”
Gladys Block, Christopher D Jensen, Edward P Norkus, Tapashi B Dalvi, Les G Wong, Jamie F McManus and Mark L Hudes.
Nutrition Journal 2007, 6:30doi:10.1186/1475-2891-6-30
Published 24 October 2007