Seven Signs Your Child Could Be Intellectually Gifted
All parents want to believe their children are special and unique, and the truth is each and every single one is unique! However, some children are exceptional and intelectually gifted.
Your child may be destined to be the next Einstein, Mozart, or Marie Curie but how do you know? An “intelectually gifted” child is defined as “one who demonstrates outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains.”
Assessing whether a child meets this criteria is far more complicated than simply relying on test scores. In fact, many educators look for other signs of exceptional intelligence that cannot be measured by a test or exam. Here are a few things that may indicate that your child falls in this category.
They Are Determined And Focused
Gifted children have perseverance for sticking with a task or habit until they have mastered it. They typically have an amazing sense of focus. When given a task, they tend to work on it without distractions until completion.
Because of their maturity and natural organizational abilities many genius kids will become leaders of industry. They can take charge to find the most effective solution. They also self-regulate their performance, making them always look for ways to improve.
As a result of this ability, they usually can lead their peers, as they have more confidence in their sense of direction and experience in taking charge.
Racing through milestones
One of the first signs that you may be raising a genius appears very early on in a child’s life and may occur when your child achieves developmental milestones way before predicted.
Many parents of gifted children note that they often master developmental milestones at an earlier age than expected. In particular, language skills may be significantly above age level. Many gifted children often develop an extensive vocabulary and speak in complex sentences at an early age.
Early pattern recognition
Infant geniuses will begin to recognize repetition at an early age but it’s not just simple colour or shape patterns that catch their eye. Intelectually gifted children not only notice patterns and shapes in games and activities but can also see repeated behaviors, activities, and actions more easily than their peers.
Gifted children notice everything, from which bus passes the house after breakfast time to how many bricks can fit inside the toy trunk. They are very good at observing and remembering key information.
Curiosity about the world
Smart kids are interested in the world around them, but real geniuses have an insatiable curiosity to find out about the very thing that makes things work. They can inquire about every single mammals individual eating habits to insisting on knowing exactly how the toaster works.
Gifted children will more often than not test their parents’ patience with an unending stream of questions.
A detailed knowledge or interest in their favourite topic
Gifted children will often have in-depth knowledge in one particular subject or area of interest. This might mean they can tell you the scientific name of every plant, name of all past presidents or explain the internal workings of a car engine. Whatever the topic a child prodigy’s knowledge is usually all encompassing.
They Prefer The company of adults or older peers
Gifted children may find it difficult to relate to their peers who may have different interests and abilities. Very smart kids can often feel bored in class as the work is too easy for them and will seek out more stimulating conversation with older peers and adults.