How do I know if my child is gifted?

Published Mon, May 31 2021 11:36 AM Updated Mon, May 31 2021 11:36 AM
How do I know if my child is gifted?

Most experts on the subject will tend to agree that some signs of your child being “gifted” include (courtesy of greatschools.org)

  • Exhibiting unusual curiosity and asking questions
  • Being good at solving problems
  • Reasoning well and understanding and adapting ideas
  • Having many interests
  • Reading avidly
  • Learning quickly and remembering what’s learned
  • Communicating well
  • Enjoying intellectual challenges

All well and good, but for younger children (especially those who haven’t learned to read yet), some of these signs may be difficult to pick up on. 

For younger children, some early signs of potential “giftedness”, include, but are not limited to: –

  • They enjoy listening to a longer book, and often ask for it to be read again
  • Your child may show an early interest in things like the alphabet
  • They may be able to remember complex events
  • Your child might be able to organize and arrange objects easily

However, it is important to note that these are just general potential signs. They do not necessarily mean your child is “gifted”. 

Your child may show some signs of being gifted that one expert would recognize, and another not. Your child may also have a very high IQ, but may have no actual “special talents”.

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