‘Shem’s Idle Notes’: Ten Signs Your Child May Be Gifted

In the eyes of every parent, their baby is gifted. But actually, sometimes it is clear to all that a certain child might be ahead of the ordinary. Here are some of the ways you can tell if your child might be mentally gifted. Retains Information: The term "in one ear and out the other" seems to apply to most children. Those who are a cut above when it comes to intelligence actually retain a wide variety of information and are able to recall it at a later time.

In the eyes of every parent, their baby is gifted. But actually, sometimes it is clear to all that a certain child might be ahead of the ordinary. Here are some of the ways you can tell if your child might be mentally gifted.

Retains Information: The term "in one ear and out the other" seems to apply to most children. Those who are a cut above when it comes to intelligence actually retain a wide variety of information and are able to recall it at a later time.

Wide Spectrum of Interests: Gifted kiddos display an interest in a wide variety of topics. They may like toys one month, games the next month, and so forth.

Writes and Reads Early: If your tot is a smarty pants, she may be able to read and write very early on and without having had any real formal teaching.

Is musically or Artistically Talented: Children who display an unusual talent for music and/or art are often considered gifted. Tots who can draw things to perspective, have perfect pitch, or display any other higher perception of forms of art usually fall into the gifted category.

Shows Periods of Intense Concentration: Children are not known for their long attention span, but gifted ones are able to have longer periods of intense concentration and paying attention.

Has a Good Memory: Some gifted tots are able to remember things from when they were smaller. For example, a two-year-old may remember and bring up an occurrence from when he was 18-months. 

Has an Advanced Vocabulary: A tot who's early to speak is not a sign of giftedness alone, but if your little one is using advanced vocabulary and sentences, then he or she may be as bright as you think.

Pays Attention to Details: A gifted child has a keen eye for details. An older child may want to know specific details about how things work, while a younger child will be able to put away toys exactly where he got them from or notice if something has been moved from its usual spot.

Acts as His Own Critic: In general kids are not too worried about themselves or others, unless their friend has something they want. Gifted kids are the opposite and are concerned with others, but are most critical of themselves.

Understands Complex Concepts: Tots who are highly intelligent have the ability to understand complex concepts, perceive relationships, and think abstractly. They are able to understand problems in depth and think about solutions.

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