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But while most children who are identified as gifted are usually in the preschool age or older, it is said that giftedness can also be noticed as early as infanthood. In a 2003 study published in the Educational Psychology Review, it was found that some babies were habituated, or became less responsive to familiar stimuli, faster than others. They also showed a preference for novelty, and responded more to new stimuli. Village East Gifted® compiled the following list of common characteristics of giftedness observed by parents with babies and toddlers between 1 day old and 2 years of age: 1. Born with his/her “eyes wide open” 2. Preferred to be awake rather than asleep 3. Noticed his/her surroundings all the time.

There are many other characteristics to look for: Gifted babies need less sleep than other babies. They are extremely alert and are always looking around, looking for something unfamiliar. They want to know their surroundings. Here are 8 traits of a gifted child, as described by family and marriage psychologist Dr Lynn Scoresby, as well as the US National Association for Gifted Children. 1. A gifted child may start school already knowing how to read Gifted kids are often self-taught readers and writers, developing these skills as early as when they are pre-schoolers.

A gifted child has a high level of mental ability or is extraordinarily good in a specific area of knowledge. Most countries consider a child to be gifted if his IQ score stands at 130 or beyond that. However, a gifted child could be great in different areas, such as verbal, mathematical, visual, art, musical, or even interpersonal communication.

Gifted babies may show off their creativity and originality by tackling a challenge in a surprising way, such as through sign language, pretend play, or tools (scooping a toy out of a narrow-necked jar with a spoon). They may also exhibit an unusual ability to focus and concentrate. Common Characteristics of Gifted Individuals. Unusual alertness, even in infancy.

Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly. Excellent memory. Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age. Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas.

Enjoys solving. children are different. will appear at different places on the bell curve. even children with the same score will have a different profile of strengths and weaknesses. some gifted children will have dyspraxia, or dyslexia, or ASD, or adhd and these can make spotting giftedness tricky. some are clever enough but not at all inclined to be academic, prefering to coast or put their efforts. Gifted children can show an exceptional ability to reason and learn, according to the National Association for Gifted Children. Or they perform in the top 10 percent or higher in at least one area, such as math, music, language, art, dance, or sports. They will also speak in sentences by at least 14 months and can follow spoken directions by at least 18 months.

Remembers Well. If your baby is gifted, he or she may have a remarkable memory form early on. They may remember where a hidden toy is or understand that the kitchen is for eating.

List of related literature:

Although characteristics will vary based on individual personalities and areas of giftedness, there are some general characteristics of gifted children.

“Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their Needs” by Tracy Inman, Jana Kirchner
from Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their Needs
by Tracy Inman, Jana Kirchner
Sourcebooks, 2016

Here is a list of characteristics of gifted kids, though it’s important to note that not all characteristics will apply to your child.

“The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries” by Michele Borba
from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries
by Michele Borba
Wiley, 2009

Many young gifted children also possess socialemotional characteristics such as preference for associating with older children, capacity for intense emotions, and a high level of empathy, traits that render them vulnerable to stress.

“Encyclopedia of Special Education, Volume 3: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals” by Cecil R. Reynolds, Kimberly J. Vannest, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
from Encyclopedia of Special Education, Volume 3: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals
by Cecil R. Reynolds, Kimberly J. Vannest, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
Wiley, 2018

They concluded that the primary signs of giftedness noted by both researchers and parents of gifted children were “early verbal ability, strong memory skills, and abstract reasoning” (p. 377).

“Giftedness 101” by Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD
from Giftedness 101
by Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, 2012

In addition to the characteristics of gifted children (which also apply to gifted adults, by the way) that we described above, we will mention some broad categories of giftedness.

“Grandparents' Guide to Gifted Children” by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, A. Stephen McDaniel, Frances A. Karnes
from Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children
by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, et. al.
Great Potential Press, 2004

Characteristics of gifted children.

“Guidance and Counselling in India” by Ram Nath Sharma, Rachana Sharma
from Guidance and Counselling in India
by Ram Nath Sharma, Rachana Sharma
Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, 2004

Descriptions of the gifted in terms of what is typical are useful as a basis for generalizations, but emphasis on central tendencies should not blind us to the fact that gifted children, far from falling into a single pattern, represent as almost infinite variety of patterns (pp. 15–16).

“Genius: The Natural History of Creativity” by H. J. Eysenck, Michael Gelder, Jeffrey Gray, Richard Gregory, Robert Hinde, Christopher Lonquet-Higgins
from Genius: The Natural History of Creativity
by H. J. Eysenck, Michael Gelder, et. al.
Cambridge University Press, 1995

Research suggests that the well­being of the gifted child is influenced by (a) his or her type and degree of giftedness, (b) educational fit or lack thereof, and (c) personal characteristics (Neihart, 1999).

“Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted” by Frances Karnes, Suzanne Bean
from Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted
by Frances Karnes, Suzanne Bean
Sourcebooks, 2014

Perhapsit will help to look at early observable traits that distinguish the bright child from the gifted child:

“The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius(tm)” by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
from The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius(tm)
by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Random House Publishing Group, 2015

In the field of gifted education, most refer to the work of Terman as both the pioneering work in the study of gifted children and the basis for a narrow definition of giftedness in the United States (often referred to as the IQ definition of giftedness).

“Fundamentals of Gifted Education: Considering Multiple Perspectives” by Carolyn M. Callahan, Holly L. Hertberg-Davis
from Fundamentals of Gifted Education: Considering Multiple Perspectives
by Carolyn M. Callahan, Holly L. Hertberg-Davis
Taylor & Francis, 2017

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  • What is the kid had disorders has been deaf for years or has poor memory function I’m questioning the science of
    a randomized randomized maker that uses a fake robot voice to do everything with poor it poorly edited videos

  • Some of this is incorrect when a child has Einstein Syndrome… Einstein couldn’t tie his shoes and didn’t speak in full sentences until he was 5 years old. As a toddler, Einstein was misdiagnosed as “retarded.” (The term used during Einstein’s era.)

  • I am 65 they did not have kindergarten when I went to school. I was reading on a college level by the time I was in 1st grade and was a “problem” from the day I walked into public school til the time I could drop out of high school at 16. The only teachers that treated me good were my art and music teachers. I still don’t fit in any where and have very little common ground with people. I am still learning but nobody is interested in knowing about what I am doing.

  • I didnt See a psychologist but ive been told many times that i am gifted. Im Very Sure thats because i was exposed to certain Things during my childhood a lot. So i would say in my case its practise, not a difference in my brain or sth. But of course im Not Sure. Would be interesting to Know how much These Kids Were exposed to the Things they are considered “giftet” in

  • hi i’m a ‘gifted child’. when i was a kid i was the smartest in school, i got awards and i had so many friends. i was so used to being,, Naturally talented. years later and that continued, i didn’t need to study for anything or do anything. i didn’t have to do Anything. i was so used to pleasing my parents, i was so used to being perfect. i didn’t know what failure felt like, and that made me terrified of it. it made me have a ‘if you can’t do it perfectly, don’t do it at all’ so once i reached higher grades i couldn’t keep up. things became worse, stuff i didn’t naturally know weighed me down, projects and homework i didn’t feel like i’d get perfectly i ignored. everything went to shit and everyone was asking me ‘what happened? you used to be smart, whyd this happen?’ i used to laugh and say ‘don’t know,’ holding onto my report card full of C+s and Fs. i blamed myself, though. i thought that it was my fault because i’d never learned how to study and do actual work because as a young kid i was treated like i was the smartest person in the world. i know it’s not my fault now, at least. just a side effect of circumstance.

  • I, like many of you in the comments was tested, and found to be intellectually gifted.

    When I was around 1 and a half, I taught myself how to read.

    When I was 3 I taught myself how to do math.

    I went to a private school, which meant they didn’t have a standardized testing system in place.

    I had to repeat kindergarten due to being sent a year early, and that “I had to be with kids my own age”

    I’m now almost graduating, and I can honestly say it’s frustrating.

    Half of the teachers and adults you meet seem convinced that you’re some sort of young Sheldon.

    I have had teachers on multiple occasions change my marks because “we’re gifted, so we obviously do things easily, and we pick on the normal kids because we’re so much smarter than them “

    I can’t even explain how downgrading it feels when your teacher, an adult you should be able to trust, changes something as vital as a mark due to a petty grudge.

    The gifted community where I go gets picked on quite frequently, and it seems to the teachers that we’re the ones harassing the “perfectly normal kids”

    I flunked French because we didn’t impress the teacher enough due to being gifted, so we obviously needed higher standards

    We were like any other person, except some things came easier to us.

    I apologize for ranting, I just really wanted to get this off of my chest.

  • This is interesting, my son self taught himself to read all alphabets, by the time he was 1year 10 months he could read all alphabets, lower and upper caps, in a scattered Manner by the time he was 2years 2months we noticed he knew about 20 animals, his now 2years 7months and reads numbers from 0-100, he can read basic words such as black, red, one, ten, cat, cow etc, he knows 12 music instruments, he knows his shapes including the difference between hexagon and pentagon and recognize the difference between a circle and a oval, we from South Africa, so we speak our native language at home, and my son speaks the language and self taught himself English by watching tv and cartoons such as peppa pig and teletubbies, he also has what i believe a very mature sense of humor, he can listen to an app, and it says “show me a cat, while there is a picture of a dog, wolf and a cat, and actually comes to you and say here is a cat while pointing at the dog, and when you touch a dog, he laughs so hard at you then points out the cat, and laughs at you again for not knowing a cat” we even notice he knows a “spaceship” he literally pointed one on TV, and while we were all shocked he knows a spaceship, he just laughed and went back to play, he has never been to any day care or anything of that sort, he literally self taught himself everything by just watching and listening, his concentration is on steroids, he can sit and listen to an educational audio for hrs til he gets it right, everywhere we go he stops and read numbers, alphabets, tell you what sharp and colours of a certain item

  • This is very interesting.
    I was tested at almost 5. It was a very exciting fun and stimulating series of conversations and some identification as well as the letters and numbers. I already knew how to write in cursive. I could read and comprehend concepts most grown ups couldn’t. I was asked “what I thought” about several things which nobody ever instructed or informed me of and I answered astonishingly accurately. I had been tested with a 137 IQ at almost 5. It felt good to know I was special because I always felt I had so much to give. I did funny things that I just made up. No one else “collected addresses” lolol… I’d pick flowers and go door to door and give one to whomever wanted one, just because I wanted to spread happiness and sunshine. I had a dog, when I was 7. I trained her to do many spectacular tricks. As well as be well behaved. How did I know how to do that?
    See, being gifted isn’t about getting good grades. Not at all. Smart people get good grades but aren’t necessarily gifted. This is where the dark side of being gifted starts to turn on me. Also there’s a type of depression gifted kids are prone to. I can’t recall the term… Pragmatic depression? Something to mean that we see the way “things” are so early and so quickly, much feels futile. If the gifted child has even slightly abusive parents, that kids likely to turn to some form of self medication. Maybe as early as 6.
    I’m speaking from my personal experience. I have fellow gifteds that have the same experience. It’s kind of hard. Then to be an ENFP on top of gifted… May be a tough road to hoe for some. Good thing is we’re oblivious to life and peers constantly trying to take us down. We don’t think we’re special. Why would someone not want a child to feel special? That’s the other dark side. Haters.
    I’m out of steam.
    This has given me a good idea about a story I need to write.

  • They say these kids are gifted but to me their most obvious characteristic is Americaness. Their values, ambitions, their use of language, these kids are so unbelievably American.

  • That was me until my Dad died and moved into my abusive Aunts several years ago. My son has some of these even though he has sensory issues..

  • Why are these kids acting like they are these special people with superpowers. Bruh, you like learning I get. Everyone is gifted in their own way and that is the truth. Some people discover it early some people don’t period

  • I am intellectually gifted and it was very hard for me to make friends. No one understood me and they perceived me as this whiz kid genius. They seemed almost intimidated by me. I didn’t understand what I did wrong. Why didn’t people get me? It all started to make sense when I was tested for a gifted program. I tested positive and I was ecstatic to finally meet people who were like me. When I found out that my cousin was gifted too, I was so happy to know someone like me. Then my mom told me that my elder sister was gifted too and also my uncle. Giftedness runs in my family I suppose. We are often misperceived as stuck up snobs or whacko freaks and we are neither. We are simply humans whose brains work slightly different than others. I hope that this cleared giftedness up for people who didn’t understand it. -much love, Eva ��

  • Would be nice if politicians saw this video but the USA is a country where foundations make millions. There are foundations for low income education therr should be a foundation for genious kids.

  • I hear teacher’s are selling out the names of your gifted children to data gathering cult’s, so they can follow your children around like prophet’s of God…
    Dont trust public school’s.
    Your children deserve to keep the value of their gift’s.

  • Being gifted is not easy in kindergarten I started reading chapter books and I felt embarrassed because I felt like everyone was staring at me or talking about me behind my back because I was the only one in all of kindergarten who was reading chapter books

  • I am one of the most gifted people on the planet��. From the age 8 mouths I have been singing the alphabet. At the age of just 3, my parents in rolled me in the local elementary school, where within a week I was moved up to 3rd grade. I graduated highschool with flying colours, and began work on my masters degree at 16 years old. I graduated 2 years later an was invited to work for various company’s such as google, Microsoft, and Apple. However, I refused these offers that the avarge person could only dream for. I started my own business in 2011 and now have the money to boast the largest collection in the world of Roman artifacts. Alas, my life hasn’t all been golden, for I have been bullied by my peers throughout school. Perhaps they were jealous, who nows ��‍♂️. However, at the age of five, I found solace in Mensa, a high IQ society, of which Einstien would not of been qualified to join. Nowadays I’m not bullied, for a good reason. They don’t called me the real life Tony Stark for nothing��. Although you may not be as smart as me, there’s one thing you should take away form this comment. DON’T BULLY GIFTED PEOPLE.

  • I’m already an adult. Lots of wasted time. These kids make me feel truly understood though I may not be as brilliant as I’ve already atrophied. The seven-year old blonde kid, lol, I hope he mellows out in the future.

  • “GIfted” means the child was raised to give to others to think about others… at the exclusion of him or herself. THIS is NOT A GIFT. Teaching a child to Neglect themselves is Childhood Emotional Neglect turned into a “GIFT?”

  • Well since we’re all equal and intelligence is just a social construct predicated on social class and wealth, it’s a good thing schools cut gifted programs in this modern age instead of listening to the long overhauled scientific evidence replaced by our wishful ideology.

  • I was really gifted and had a photographic memory etc. but now I suffer from Lyme disease and the amount of disbelief I experience is incredible.

  • In grade three I was reading at a grade 6 level, in year 6 I was reading thick adult fiction books ( nothing sexual ) and understood it completely. In English this year my teacher gave me over 225 questions on the analysis of Romeo and Juliet and I nearly got halfway through it but I wasn’t able to finish it because of a time limit. In prep my teacher said to my mother ” in all my 25 years of teaching, I have never met a child with such an imagination”
    I’m not very good at math but I do pass my subjects and next year I’m taking 5 OP subjects so I can go to university.

  • Wow! I ( as an eleven year old child ) can actually relate to this for once. Don’t bash me for having a YouTube channel like everyone else, I like to comment on meaningful things and my parents are perfectly fine with it.

  • What’s the worst is when teachers expect the “math whizzes” get to be tought on their level, but if you can write an intellectual, inttelagent, wise poem you will be criticized for slacking off, and daydreaming because being creative isn’t as much of an intelligent trait as writing or being creative. They do not realize how hard it is to see the world differently and not be treated to the part you would like to play. There was one teacher who had to make me believe because of the educational system I thought all I had done was played a role of a gifted child, but no I had only convinced myself that I had. Being a different kind of Gifted does not make you not gifted, it makes you a different kind of gifted.

  • I disagree at no. 5 though. Einstein did not speak until he was 5 and also Stephen Hawking was not able to read until the age of 8!!

  • One of the most important insights a gifted person can acquire beyond high performance in the academics and the arts, is to actually be able to relate to others in a sensitive, empathic, and supportive way. This skill took me years to acquire. To be able to set aside impatience with others, and relate to them in a context of mutual understanding and sincere communication, is one of the ultimate achievements of a highly gifted person.

  • In Kindergarten the goal was to read a book a day and record what book it was. I’d read the same book over and over, always pausing for abnormally long periods of time to stare at the pictures. The teacher thought I was only staring at the pictures and not doing the work (I should have finished multiple books by now and I knew that). What I was ACTUALLY doing was, at home, having Harry Potter read to me every night, learning to read along with my mom. I easily read the dinosaur book cover to cover every day. I just loved to stare at the pictures and use my visualization capacity to imagine the world as being real. I was essentially creating my own world simultaneously while reading. It’s how I passed the time whenever I was bored, which was often.

    I have so many stories of my past that act as indicators to why I was improperly diagnosed as aspergers and ADHD as a young child. And now that I’ve come to understand my own apparent giftedness that had remained a mystery to me for years I’ve noticed that word being tossed around much more frequently in my life, more often than not as directed towards me. It’s strange how life can do that.

  • As a gifted kid myself can I please just say this is the WORST representation of gifted kids. Ever. This makes me feel embarrassed to be gifted.

  • I’m sick of all this quick stuff where you see a picture for five seconds and then it goes to something else. This whole video is like that.

  • ive been diagnosed with intellectual giftedness. but i havent found a specific maths or science or arts or language thing. im just weird. ive never been the wizz kid, get the a’s be the smart kid. im just weird and generaly phycologicaly advanced from a general linguistic, social, and emotional level as well as having the sensory extremities that some kids have. hence why so many people have decided im on the autistic spectrum. nobody agnologes me as smart or clever exept for my parents but thats typical parental behavior. so idk what im exactly trying to say, for all the gifted kids who arent acknowledged because they arent the typical einstein kid, the rest of us are out there.

  • use ur gifts for good and make art inventions doc so on whatever
    God gifted u to do or be sour with it nurture it.don’t listen to dream breakers.

  • It was very hard for me when I was sent to kindergarten because I could already read and most of the classroom books had pictures but no words. I went to the school library and checked out a 5th grade book on European art. I wanted to study this instead of the math that I already knew for that age.     I’m a visual learner and didn’t pick up on motor skills early on. I needed the teacher to show me what to do not just tell me when it came to certain activities. So, when I didn’t make a paper yellow duck correctly my teacher said I had not been paying attention and punished me.     I think it’s very sad my teachers didn’t notice or care that I did want to learn. I wanted to learn many things! But I was the square peg in their classrooms and they had no patience for me.     I was rescued from this prison when my parents decided to homeschool me when I was 8. I could finally learn and be free to learn! The world became my classroom. But children deserve schools, any school they go to that will embrace them for who they are! Not label them!