Every parent wants to believe that his or her child is exceptionally bright, but there is a clear difference between a child that is fairly smart and a child that is incredibly gifted.
For example, Read and Spell writes that a gifted child has a tendency to impress the adults around them with their incredible vocabulary that is miles above what their peers have and they spend a lot of time burrowed under the covers reading not one, not two, but four or more books whenever they get a bit of spare time.
While a gifted child might be highly intelligent, Read and Spell adds that they can often grow frustrated when they are in school because they constantly stump their teachers by asking questions that deviate from the lessons or they find that the usual classes are way too boring.
Read and Spell goes on to say that once a gifted child is allowed to be in a program that suits their needs and has lessons that pack a lot of material in a short amount of time, then they tend to excel at their studies due to the fact that they have excellent powers of concentration and a good memory.
For the moms and dads that are wondering if their child could be gifted, the following are the signs they need to be on the lookout for.
20 Being Fascinated With Books
PSV Schools points out that a gifted child typically shows a fascination with books from a very young age. Sure, there are children out there that truly enjoy reading and are a bit more introverted because their idea of a good time is curling up with a lengthy tome on their bed, but a truly gifted child will spend hours upon hours reading.
For the parents that have noticed that their little one is devouring book after book and loves spending time at the library above all other activities, it might not be a bad idea to ask their pediatrician or their teacher if they think they could be gifted.
19 Has A Knack For Mastering Different Languages
It tends to be easier for children to master a second language faster than most adults, especially if they have parents that are either bilingual themselves or don’t mind springing for immersion second language classes after school.
Read and Spell points out that there are some gifted children out there that can easily pick up learning a second language faster than other children their age due to the fact that it is often easier for them to remember words that that they have learned in class, which is a helpful trait if you’re trying to learn both your mother tongue as well as a second language.
18 Long Attention Span, Even If The Subject Is Boring
I was a fairly good student when I was a kid and even I will fully admit that there were times when I was daydreaming during my lessons because I had reached the end of my attention span in class and I was feeling bored out of my mind for one reason or another.
Unlike most children their age, PSV Schools notes that another trait that can be exhibited by a gifted child is that they have an excellent attention span and don’t slip off into their own thoughts or start daydreaming after getting bored because they feel like they have already spent too much time sitting in class.
17 Above-Average Abstract Reasoning Skills
If you’re a parent and you’re curious as to whether or not your bright child might be considered gifted, be on the lookout to see if your son or daughter displays above-average reasoning skills for their age when they are at home or when they are in school.
The National Association For Gifted Children writes that it is common for children that are exceptionally bright to be able to display a pretty advanced understanding of things like metaphors in a book, abstract ideas that come up in a discussion amongst adults and with word comprehension when they are reading a book.
16 Excels At Problem-Solving
I fully admit that I was never good in math and never liked having to complete things like puzzles. Even my friends that were good in math often didn’t like having to solve a word problem in their homework assignment or got bored playing with a puzzle after a while.
The National Association For Gifted Children adds that unlike their peers, a truly gifted child relishes solving a problem. It doesn’t matter if it’s a word problem that was assigned to them as part of their math homework or if they’re playing with a crossword puzzle, they love being able to figure things out.
15 Learned New Words Easily As A Toddler
Psychology Today notes that if you suspect that your toddler is pretty darn smart for his or her age, then make a note of how quickly your son or daughter picks up new words.
It is common for toddlers to act like a human sponge and learn new words as their vocabulary expands, but a gifted toddler that has a chance of growing up to be a gifted child will have a highly developed vocabulary in comparison with the neighbor’s kids of the same age and they appear to have the almost uncanny ability to learn new words almost immediately.
14 Spends Most Of Their Time Chatting With Adults
Most children will talk to adults at events and things of that nature, but after awhile they start growing bored with the conversation for one reason or another and will eagerly go to search out people around their own to chat with.
Read and Spell notes that gifted children can have a tendency to shun conversations with their peers in favor of chatting with adults because of their fantastic language and vocabulary skills. If you have a gifted child, it’s important to make sure that they don’t spend all their times with adults and older children—they need to spend time with people their own age so that they don’t wind up feeling isolated from their peers later on.
13 Has A Unique Approach To Finishing School Assignments
Psychology Today points out that a gifted child can often become frustrated with the usual way of solving problems that were given to them for homework by their teacher or completing school assignments and projects.
That’s why it is fairly common for a gifted to child to often balk if a teacher, friend, parent or other relative suggests a tried-and-true way to complete an assignment and for the child to think to themselves “Forget this, I’m going to ignore everything they said and do it my way because I have a better understanding of my own personal thinking and learning process.”
12 Tendency To Think Fast
Read and Spell adds that gifted children can have a tendency to think fast. This is pretty helpful when it comes to brainstorming ideas for a book report or an essay for a creative writing class, but it’s not that great when they’re stuck in class watching in frustration as their classmates try to keep up with what the teacher’s saying and they’ve already grasped the point of the lesson.
A gifted child can get bored with their lessons in school due to the fact that they can think as fast as Barry Allen in The Flash and actually do far better when the lessons are condensed to allow for them to study more material in a shorter period of time.
11 They Have An Excellent Memory
I was always pretty good in English classes when I was a child and did a fairly decent job of being able to imprint pertinent information from the books I read into my memory; but as a whole, my memory was always a bit foggy from the time I was young.
PSV Schools writes that gifted children have truly phenomenal memories that and these kinds of kids often pleasantly surprise both their teachers and their parents by being able to remember details of their lessons even after many months or years have passed since the first time they heard the information.
10 Barreled Through Developmental Milestones
Reader’s Digest adds that one way moms and dads can tell if their little one is going to grow up to be gifted is if they notice that they are racing through the usual developmental milestones for a child faster than other children their age or the children that live in the neighborhood.
For example, a young child that grows up to display signs of giftedness when they are older may have parents that remember that they developed an above-average vocabulary for a toddler and started to in complex sentences at an earlier age than most kids in that age group.
9 They Are A Natural Born Leader
I never liked working on group projects even as a young child because neither I nor my classmates ever wanted to step up as the leader and I often felt so frustrated with their reluctance that I would decide to get the ball rolling by stepping up to the plate, even though I really didn’t like doing so because I was always more of a “go-with-the-flow” type than a “take-charge leader.”
Unlike my childhood classmates, PSV Schools points out that gifted children display excellent leadership skills and have zero qualms about stepping up in order to take charge on things like school projects.
8 Sensitivity To Their Environment
Each child thrives in a different environment. My boyfriend has had keen hearing ever since he was a child and he admits that it always irritated him when people would whisper in class because he’d hear it and it would distract him from what the teacher was saying. Me on the other hand, I’ve never liked crowds even as a child and I always did better in a smaller classroom with less students around me.
Read and Spell writes that gifted children can be quite sensitive to their environment, which can display itself as a hyper-concentration on the task in front of them.
7 Pick Up New Skills Easily
Read and Spell notes that another trait that many gifted children all over the world often display is that they can easily pick up a new skill.
In some cases, all a gifted child needs is to hear or see a lesson once or twice before it clicks in their brain while other children their age need to have things repeated anywhere from eight to 15 times before they can commit it to memory. A gifted child is also able to teach themselves new skills, such as playing the guitar correctly or memorizing a dance choreography performed by their favorite pop singer.
6 They Were A Very Alert Infant
Let’s face it, most babies are often alert because they are brand new to this world and they’re trying to get used to who their parents are, the familiar faces of other relatives and family friends, etc.
Very Well Family adds that another way to tell if your infant could possibly develop giftedness when they are older is if they were unusually alert and very aware of their surroundings in comparison to other infants. This isn’t always a foolproof method of knowing, but there is some correlation between extremely alert infants that grow up to be gifted children.
5 Needed Constant Stimulation As An Infant
We’ve all heard about the stereotype of the gifted child that is so smart that he or she grows bored with repetition and has a need to constantly engage with something, whether it be a good book, a private tutor or a challenging app on their smartphone.
Very Well Family points out that babies that grow up to be gifted often have a tendency to be very fussy infants because they need constant mental stimulation and they decide to exercise their lungs not out of hunger or a craving for attention, but out of sheer boredom because they’re sick of staring at the same mobile or stuffed animals in their cradle.
4 They Have Very Strong Feelings
Read and Spell writes that not only can gifted children be exceptionally bright, but they also have very strong emotions too. This can express itself in the form of taking a strong, vocal position in their family about topics such as positive reinforcement dog training or why schools need to do away with standardized tests as a way of calculating a child’s intelligence or as being highly aware of the emotions of others.
The only downside to this trait is that some gifted children can need a bit of fine-tuning when it comes to channeling their emotions into appropriate social outlets, which is why many experts recommend that they go into a gifted program so they can be surrounded by other advanced children their age.
3 Getting Bored With Repetitive Lessons
I was definitely the kind of child that thrived on repetition and order during my school lessons. I always found that it was rather comforting to know exactly what was going to happen during the class and got rather irritated if the lesson deviated from the norm.
Read and Spell notes that repetition is an excellent way to drive a gifted child to distraction. If they think that a class isn’t going to challenge them, then their teacher might notice that they slowly tune out of the lesson or they show signs of being impatient, such as drumming their fingers against the desk.
2 Active Imagination
It’s pretty common for children—especially young children—to have a very active imagination. I know that my favorite activity when I was a kid to create elaborate storylines in my head before I took out my Barbie dolls and had a field day acting out the wild plot lines I had concocted for an hour or so in the toy room.
The National Association For Gifted Children adds that parents should keep an eye out if they notice that their preschooler keeps coming up with creative imaginary friends or displays a vivid imagination from a very young age, as that can be a good indicator that they are gifted.
1 Insatiable Curiosity
Most kids are pretty curious creatures; I remember that my younger sister often made my parents feel frustrated when she was a toddler and had endless questions about random subjects. For example, she wanted to know why the sky was blue on one very memorable occasion.
Read and Spell writes that a gifted child can often display what seems like an insatiable curiosity to his or her parents and teachers. They tend to love nothing better than asking their parents or teachers detailed question in their quest to soak up as much knowledge as they possibly can in a short period of time.