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Indicators that your child is gifted.

by The Coastal Mommie on Sun, 10/03/2010 - 9:58am

We all have special children, just as we were special to our parents, but is your child gifted?

I found this wonderful website online with an article by Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
 that has a checklist by age groups to detect early signs of giftedness.

I hope this information is helpful!

There are two ranges of age groups that she concentrates on; from birth to 2 years old and from 2 – 4 years of age.

Birth – 2 years
The following checklist is a rough indication of what you may want to look out for after your child is born up to 2 years of age.

  • Ability of recognize carers early (within a few months after birth)
  • Early expressions (e.g. smiling)
  • Unusual alertness
  • Interest in books (turning pages of books before 1 year of age and paying attention when read to within 6 months)
  • Interest in computers 
  • Unusually active and high levels of energy (but not hyperactive)
  • Playing with shape sorters by about 11 months.
  • Ability to form two word phrases by 14 months
  • Ability to understand instructions by 18 months
  • Ability to say and understand many words before 18 months
  • Could stay still and enjoy a TV programs (e.g., Sesame Street) by the age of 1
  • Has favorite TV shows/VCD/DVDs by age 1
  • Appears to require less sleep (yet not sleepy or irritable due to lack of sleep)
  • Recognition of letters/alphabets by age 2
  • Recognition and rote counting of numbers 1 – 10 or higher by age 2
  • Recognition of colors by age 2
  • Recognition of first word by age 2
  • Interest in puzzles by age 2
  • Has long attention span in interest areas by age 2
  • Ability to form at least 3 word sentence by age 2
  • Interest in time by age 2

2 – 4 years

The following includes all/most skills in the checklist above.

  • Early and extensive language development and vocabulary, forms grammatically correct sentences as compared to peers
  • Interest in computers (not video games)
  • Ability to solve a 20-piece puzzle by age 3
  • Has a vivid imagination (includes having imaginary friends)
  • Extraordinary feats of memory
  • Extreme curiosity and asks many questions
  • Specific talent (if any), such as artistic ability or an unusual facility for numbers - becomes more apparent by age 4
  • Ability to memorize and recall facts easily
  • Early development of a sense of humor
  • Ability to do one-to-one counting for small quantities by age 3
  • Recognition of simple signs and own written name by age 3
  • Ability to write letters, numbers, words, and their names between 3 and 4 years
  • Ability to read easy readers by age 4
  • Rather independent on the computer by age 4
  • Demonstration of musical aptitude just after 2
  • Ability to do simple addition and subtraction by age 4
  • High degrees of mathematical understanding by age 4 

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