Is My Child Gifted?

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Parents often praise their child for being smart but is a smart child the same as a gifted child? They might have noticed their child being different from other children but is that enough to prove giftedness in a young child?

Some parents with gifted children might have noticed traits of giftedness when their children are just babies but could easily dismiss such traits as a part of normal development in children. There are some gifted children who display characteristics of giftedness only at a later stage when their traits are identified by their teachers at school.

What are the traits of giftedness? Gifted children exhibit some but not all of the following traits, but there are some children who don’t or have no noticeable traits until they are much older.

Curious Minds

Gifted children have heightened curiosity. They are always seeking for answers and information. They show independence in learning at an early age. They love to challenge and question everything. They always have a high level of energy. As babies, they tend to sleep less than most babies do.

Observant

A gifted child is very observant at a young age. By the time they are able to hold a pencil, they can produce drawings with great details based on their own observations. They have good memory of things they learn and see, and are able to retain details of events that happened. They also tend to spend a lot of time thinking about the process of thinking.

Long Attention Span

Children with giftedness have long attention span. When they are preoccupied with highly interesting tasks, they are extremely persistent and are able to concentrate on what they are doing for a long period of time. Sometimes they feel frustrated when they are being interrupted or restricted by the time factor.

Imaginative and Creative

It is common for gifted children to have unusual imagination. They have the ability to think “outside the box” and their thinking has indefinite boundaries. They could be judged by others as being weird.

Good with Letters and Numbers

Young children who are gifted tend to show an interest in numbers and letters. They usually learn to read at home. By the time they start school, they are advanced readers. Their fascination with numbers usually begin at the same time they learn to read and they will learn simple math at an early age.

Accelerated Learning Skills

A gifted child learns quickly and easily. He is usually a good speller, has a good memory for details of events and ideas. He has the ability to identify complex problems and is a good problem solver. His reasoning skills are excellent and he has the urge to learn, experience new things and challenge himself in many possible ways.

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The gifted child loves to read

Excellent Vocabulary

These children usually start reading books at an early age because they have an interest in books and crave for information. By the time they start school, they have already acquired extensive vocabulary. They will also exhibit verbal proficiency and manipulative behavior, such behavior is often misjudged as being bossy and braggy by their peers. Their vocabulary will increase at an exponential rate when they begin formal education. During that time, their reading level will be at a higher level than that of their peers.

Ahead of Peers

Gifted children learn at a faster pace than other children. They are able to solve math problems quickly and effortless. They are always ahead of their classmates.

Different Sense of Humor

Parents of a gifted child are sometimes not aware that their child has a sense of humour that is outside the norm. A gifted child is able to understand words with much deeper meanings. Gifted children are able to use a wide range of words that they know and come up with amusing ideas and humor. Other children usually find gifted children amusing, amazing and sometimes a bit quirky.

Friendship and Being Different

Most gifted children can sense that they are different from other children. As a result, sometimes they have problem building friendship with children of their own age group. However, they generally have no trouble making friends with older children and adult. Being more advanced in their thinking, gifted children respond and relate well with older people who have more knowledge and information to share with them. Parents and teachers are usually the people who can provide the knowledge and information these children are seeking.

Sensitivity

Many gifted children are emotionally intense and highly sensitive in many aspects. They have advanced awareness of themselves that leads to these sensitivity issues within themselves. They can be picky about tastes of food, sensitive to light and sound, textures in clothings, etc. – things that are not big issues to other children. Gifted children have unexplained feelings of being different, and are concerned about daily global and social issues they hear on the media. They have great emotional response to things that appeal to their senses like music and creative arts.

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Perfectionist

They are meticulous and aim at perfection in whatever tasks they set out to do. They challenge themselves to high levels, and sometimes set unrealistic goals for themselves. As a result, they tend to feel frustrated when they fail to meet schedules or could not achieve what they have attempted to accomplish.

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