Early child development: How to know if your child is gifted, by observing signs and symptoms

How to know if your child is gifted

A gifted child is not always a child who has to be performing feats of mental prowess, or inventing some wonderful new device or concept. The earlier a parent or teacher realizes this, the easier it will be for them to recognize genius in children. There are several ways that a gifted child may be identified early.

A gifted child may pass developmental stages earlier than the average child. He/she may sit early, walk early. As a baby or a toddler, the child may need less sleep than other children or individuals. Some gifted children even teach themselves how to read, without anyone knowing how they did it, or noticing that they did it. Gifted children may also learn how to read earlier than most children.

A gifted child may develop a more advanced vocabulary than his/her peers. He/she may use language more fluently or more expressively.

Early child development: How to know if your child is gifted

A gifted child may be very demanding, and may require constant interaction with adults. His/her demands may come in many ways, mostly intellectual, asking questions, wanting to try something new on his/her own, etc. He/she will often have a genuinely deep curiosity. A gifted child may be very alert and will respond actively to visual stimulation. He/she may respond well to pictures and stories.

A gifted child has the tendency to set very high or perfectionist standards for himself/herself. Because of this, he/she may also have a tendency to criticize himself/herself too much.

A gifted child often has a good memory, and when asked to tell a story of past events, will often tell a quick but detailed recollection of events. He/she may also remember bits of information children will not usually remember about certain aspects of a story. A gifted child often uses his/her good memory to amass information, and will particularly develop a detailed knowledge about things that interest him/her. He/she will also often flaunt his/her knowledge about these things.

While gifted children often show an intense joy and interest in learning, they do not necessarily enjoy school. This is a fact that must be considered by parents and teachers. Therefore, the best way to teach gifted children is to make the subject matter seem more interesting to them. If they find a subject matter interesting, they will absorb the material faster and better. A gifted child becomes easily bored with routine, and may constantly seek out and enjoy new experiences. The child exhibits a long concentration span for activities or projects in which he/she is interested in.

Most gifted children develop good moral values early in life. They also develop a strong sense of justice, and may therefore argue with parents earlier than most children, especially about being treated like children (even though they are). Being more aware of issues around them, gifted children are also more likely to be involved earlier in altruistic organizations and movements which aim to improve life for others or deplorable situations everywhere. Most gifted children feel connected to the world around them, and feel a sense of duty in terms of helping others. They are also more disturbed than regular children when it comes to news on television or other forms of mass media.

A gifted child often exhibits an adult-like sense of humor. This may not mean that he/she will outgrow childish humor, only that he/she will start finding adult-level jokes funny earlier than most children, who would not “get” such jokes.

Gifted children often exhibit a vivid and creative imagination. They often use this for problem-solving. Their more powerful imagination allows them to create faster and more impressively than their peers.

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