Indicators that your child is gifted.
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 â€“ 4 years of age.
Birth â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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