As parents we all want to have our children be brilliant, but there are some kids who are above the norm where intelligence is concerned. These children are normally labeled as gifted. Granted, there are different ways of defining giftedness, but experts use certain criteria to assess children to identify their talents. As parents there are some signs that we can use to gauge our children to see if they are a bit above the norm for their age group.
It is also worth knowing that many children can be gifted while having a learning disability. A child could be brilliant with numbers but have problems with reading and writing. In some cases it will be learning disability that will be most easily seen.
Signs of Giftedness in Children
Children develop differently and at different paces, so it is easy to confuse developmental milestones with a true case of an exceptionally bright child. Some telltale signs of a child aged two to four that could be classified as gifted include:
Having a vivid imaginationBeing interested in computers separate and apart from playing video gamesWell developed language skillsHaving an extraordinary memory and ability to memorize factsCuriosity and a tendency to ask lots of questionsSometimes being extremely sensitive, emotionally and physicallyExhibiting creative tendenciesAlmost always being in motion with seemingly limitless energyGetting frustrated when they do not get everything right or as perfect as they think they should
It is important to know, that these are a guide and relates to certain age groups. Some parenting resources offer tips on spotting exceptional abilities in children. Sometimes advice is also provided on ways to bring out the best in your child. It is important to remember that it never helps to pressure children to try activities that seem beyond their reach.