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How to Know if Your Child is Gifted

Lela Davidson is a mother and writer who is passionate about healthcare and education for women and children.


Gifted or Just Bright?

Sometimes it's difficult to discern whether a child is truly gifted, and therefore in need of special services in order to thrive, or simply very bright and well-served by the traditional classroom setting. Remember, a gifted child is not necessarily a model student.

  • A bright child will know the answers, but a gifted child asks the questions.
  • Bright children are interested. Gifted children are extremely curious.
  • A bright child will pay attention, while a gifted one will get involved physically and mentally - often not seeming to pay attention, but taking in information anyway.
  • Bright kids work hard and gifted kids play around but still get good grades and test scores.
  • Bright children answer all the questions while gifted children question all the answers.
  • Bright kids have same-age peers. Gifted kids prefer adults and older kids.
  • A bright child memorizes easily. A gifted child is good at guessing the right answer.
  • A bright child learns with ease, but a gifted child gets bored because he already knew the answers.
  • Bright children listen well. Gifted children express strong feelings and opinions.
  • Bright kids are self-satisfied, but gifted kids are highly self-critical and perfectionist.

We all want to believe our little Johnny or Susie is the smartest thing since Einstein, but only some of us will be correct. If your child is truly "gifted" it's important to get him or her the right kind of educational experiences at an early age. Gifted kids are famous for getting bored with school and therefore actually underachieving if their special needs are not met. The idea is that these kids need a different kind of instruction and classroom experience in order to reach their full potential. In response, U.S. pubic schools have created Gifted and Talented programs.

But how do you know if your child is gifted? Read on.

Is My Child Gifted?

Here is the short list from the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented. These are the folks who administer the public school gifted and talented programs. A typical gifted preschooler (age 2-5) will exhibit the following:

  • Uses advanced vocabulary for age.
  • Uses spontaneous verbal elaboration with new experiences.
  • Has the ability to make interesting or unusual shapes or patterns through various media: blocks, playdough, crayons.
  • Ability to assemble puzzles designed for older children.
  • Sense of humor used in general conversation.
  • Understanding of abstract concepts such as death and time.
  • Mastery of new skills with little repetition.
  • Demonstration of advanced physical skills.
  • Demonstration of advanced reasoning skills through explanation of occurrences.

Official Determination

Different schools test for giftedness differently, but a common factor is the IQ test because it results in a number, which can then be compared to the school or classroom norm. Kids who school in the top 2%, or with an IQ of around 125, are generally considered for gifted programs.

Often multiple tests will be used and the numbers evaluated in conjunction with one another. However, schools don't use a number alone to determine giftedness. For the purpose of placing a child in the gifted program, checklists of traits observed by teachers and parents are often used. Various qualitative tests may also be used to capture information not easily tested on standardized objective tests.

Not All Children Are Gifted

If your child is not identified as gifted, it may be because your school does not provide any special programs or services for gifted children. Beware the phrase "all of our children are gifted". It's a red flag that tells you there may not be a gifted education program at all. It shows school administration's lack of knowledge about the needs of truly gifted children.

Whether identified by the school or not, you know your child. If she needs extra stimulation you may have to be the one to provide it. And if she has trouble in the classroom due to her giftedness, you will have to forge good relationships with the teachers to make sure she is served.

Resources for Parents of Gifted Children:




See Also:

Battling Perfectionism in Children

How to Approach the Endless Questions of a Gifted Child

All About Duke TIP

Indigo Children 101

All About SIG: Summer Institute For the Gifted

How to Choose a Summer Camp for Gifted Children

How to Recognize the Gifted Pre-School Child

How Gifted Children Are Assessed

Gifted Children and Attention Deficit Disorder

Duke TIP Summer Programs

Educational Talent Searches For Gifted Children: Off-Level Testing

Educational Talent Searches for Gifted Children: Benefits of Participation

Educational Talent Searches for Gifted Children: Contrasts to Traditional Education

How Does My Gifted Child Get Into an Educational Talent Search?

All About Johns Hopkins University Talent Search

Links to Gifted and Talented Child Resources


SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on January 05, 2012:

I think it is good to have gifted programs in public school, but these should not be at the expense of other children. When I was in elementary school there were certain students selected to take gifted classes in the mornings before school, and some of us kids not included - we felt particularly excluded.

Later on in my school career I was able to get into advanced classes because of my own hard work and merit. I did not have teachers praising me as gifted, I had to work hard to get to where I was. It was not until high school where I had savvy teachers that realized my gifts for art and history. Only one in middle school noticed these things about me.

Some of the students who were considered gifted were promoted to advanced classes year after year, even when they did not do the work to be there. By the time you are in an advanced placement high school class, I believe you should be working to be there, and not slacking off and failing to do the reading.

The clincher was finding out that kids in the gifted classes were able to take foreign language and art enrichment courses in middle school, that many of us did not receive. I would have loved to have been ahead in my foreign language classes in high school, but I was not offered the opportunity to take special French classes in middle school.

My primary caveat about the gift programs is this cannot be at the expense of other children, especially in this economy when budget cuts are effecting all students across the board. If your child is gifted and you believe he or she deserves a more specialized education, I believe parents should put them in a private school. Taking funds away from courses that could be offered to all hard working kids is jut not fair, anymore

jellogirl on November 27, 2011:

I'm not a gifted child, but defiantly a bright one. I think that both gifted and bright children have their strong points, but it is better to be a hard worker and not as smart, then lazy and incredibly smart.

VerbalHoney on November 14, 2011:

Great Article - thank you!!

mensagal on October 01, 2011:

Darnit, my corrections didn't register because I waited too long.

Make that "I felt like a doofus answering questions that to me, seemed too obvious to even bother answering. "

mensagal on October 01, 2011:

I can relate to most of this article, but one comment really stood out: "Bright children answer all the questions while gifted children question all the answers."

I have a 150 IQ and grew up a gifted underachiever. I always knew the answers in class but rarely raised my hand because they seemed so ridiculously simple to me, I felt like I would be showing off if I answered every time I knew. The bright kids would jump to answer every question and ended up getting all the attention while I sat there bored and wondering when we'd actually learn something. I found that, in schools, teachers notice the outgoing students and show-offs but rarely recognize the quiet geniuses. As I got older, I finally gave in and started answering the mindless questions just so I could get some recognition for my abilities, but still even as a graduate student, I felt like the classes and questions were "dumbed down." I felt like a doofus answering questions that to me, seemed to obvious to even bother answering. Unfortunately, gifted people usually have to dumb down to get along. Sigh.

motherofsamzach on September 05, 2011:

Well amanda you sure read a lot about gifted parents,children and their stories for someone who proclaims that no one cares about them. Your careful reading shows that you must be interested, and I think many people are.

I think giftedness and other's stories about themselves and their children are fascinating. So many gifted people yearn to share what they have felt or what their children have gone through as people whose experiences do not fall into the middle of the bell curve, but they are embarrassed or they fear that others will roll their eyes and scoff.

Giftedness is real and those who experience it don't always have it easy as you may assume. Everyone needs to feel included, comfortable, and to know that there are others out there like themselves. So I encourage all of you who are ,or who know the brightest children, or adults, to keep sharing your stories, to continue to build each other up, to talk about who you are, even if you are a genius!!

Many people care, a lot.

amanda on August 26, 2011:

i have a six year old and i think he's a smart boy and i hope he's gifted. and i can understand how just about every parent would like her child to be gifted. but these stories, especially the ones of the writer herself being gifted, well, they are just ridiculous. i, too, had my moments of glory in school, but really, does anyone want to hear about them? i think not.

if there are gifted people reading this hub or blog or whatever it is, i do offer one valuable tip in life: no one really cares about how smart you are. really they don't. and it doesn't win you friends in high places.

so if you are gifted, bring up good interesting discussion points in conversation with others. keep to yourself the others regarding your torment as a "bored" and possibly under-achieving student or your incredible knack at guessing the right answers. because, really, the world has little need to know of tortured genius.

and mothers (and fathers), you, too, post interesting stories of your child doing fifth grade math in kindergarten. but save for your spouse or the grandparents all the other stuff about your genius daughter noticing the correlation between finger drumming and sound generation or the ability to recite the alphabet or "absorb" information in a distracted manner. i am afraid the rest of find them rather tedious and somewhat nauseating.

Tina on June 10, 2011:

I really liked this article. Ever since I was a kid, my parents told me (in Chinese) that I was a truly gifted kid. I could read somewhat simple books at 2, and knew my numbers, too. I fit nearly all the criteria for 'gifted' kids, but I also fit some things for 'bright.' My memory is amazing, but I'm also good at guessing. I'm not just talking about when I learn stuff, needing little repetition. I honestly have a fantastic memory for everything.

Also, the difference between me and (I think) some other gifted kids was that I was so extremely motivated. I always wanted to be the first one done, always wanted to produce the best work. It was so easy, though, and I hated it. I always had this hopeful wish that, if I finished early, they'd give me more to do. They didn't, but at least my elementary school did have a gifted program. That wasn't too much of a challenge either, but I felt a little better because some of the kids there, too, were at least somewhat 'gifted.' I don't flaunt it, really I hate it when people think I'm stuck up or something. Really, I think being gifted has caused nearly all my problems at school and a few with my family. The kids always say "It's easy for you because you're smart." Or when I'm doing something and I want to make it 'just right,' they interrupt and say, "You think you're so perfect. Why do you always do that? It's good enough." And, it's not, unless I want to be like them. For me, it's not even good enough to get an 'A' (as in, Solid A, not A-). I need to do more. You might say I'm one of the bright learners because I actually do try hard, but I'm not. The material is so unbelievably easy, and I've learned it already, but I like making my stuff 'perfect.'

Kids think that being me is easy. Maybe for the stuff we learn in school, but my life is infinitely more difficult than theirs. Not just in the areas of learning, because it's too easy and I feel like I'm not living up to my potential (even in the stupid 'Honors' classes), but the many problems I face in general. I won't mention them, but my family is definitely not the 'lucky, nice, and rich' kind.

Anyway, thanks for this article. :] I think it's a good indication of whether someone is 'gifted' or not for those who care.

Sahara on May 12, 2011:

I am so grateful for this article. I have a son who just turned 3 and I've always had to give him extra stimulation. He has been counting from when he started talking and he fits more than 75% of this list. Now I have to find ways to keep him interested.

Anonymous on May 12, 2011:

Thank-you for this list. I fit more than 3/4 of the criteria for a "Gifted" child. In the past I never cared enough to know whether I was merely bright or more than that, though since an early age it has been very clear that I am advanced. Thanks to your list, I'm gaining an understanding of myself and what I will need to do ensure I am challenged in the future.

However, where I live there are no programs for those blessed enough to be "Gifted", and rarely does an oppurtunity to go beyond the curriculum set for the average person in each grade level present itself. Testing doesn't even happen, sadly.

Jim on April 09, 2011:

Pubic schools? LOL

New Mum on March 05, 2011:

This hub is great! I just am curious about my daughter, she'll turn 2years next month, she can identify A-P (capital and small letters) and numbers 1-10. Almost any picture cards (with big names; icicles, alligator etc) I show her once, she'll identify it immediately. She can identify blue, red, yellow, black, white and green. It's scary, cos she's already in preschool/daycare, and other kids her age are struggling w letters A-F. When I show her this words at first she pretends she's not listening, 2 days later she'll pick them up and call the names out. She plays a lot, which is normal for her age. I'm a medical doctor and my husband is a civil engineer, we hardly spend anytime w her, and the nanny is not well educated, so she does all these w the little she gets from us. She is my first baby and I was wandering is she's gifted, talented, bright or what? If she is, do I need to do something about her now to improve it, is it too early? I'll appreciate your opinion

New Mum on March 05, 2011:

This hub is great! I just am curious about my daughter, she'll turn 2years next month, she can identify A-P (capital and small letters) and numbers 1-10. Almost any picture cards (with big names; icicles, alligator etc) I show her once she'll identify it immediately. She can identify blue, red, yellow, black, white and green. It's scary, cos she's already in preschool/daycare, and other kids her age are struggling w letters A-F. When I show her this words at first she pretends she's not listening, 2 days later she'll pick them up and call the names out. She plays a lot, which is normal for her age. I'm a medical doctor and my husband is a civil engineer, we hardly spend anytime w her, and the nanny is now well educated, so she does all that w the little she gets from us. She is my first baby and I was wandering is she gifted, talented, bright or what? If she is do I need to do something about her now to improve it, is it too early? I'll appreciate your opinion

Bruce A. Beaudet from Canada on March 02, 2011:

Excellent distinction between being bright and gifted. I would recommend an assessment by a qualified professional as another tool to determine giftedness.

John on February 14, 2011:

Thanks for the article, now I know kids don't usually post blogs, but i like to hang out with the older, more mature teenagers and alduts preferably. I absolutly HATE bragging, but I think I am a gifted child, let me explain:

I just sold my third book online and it seems to be a good part-time john to get a little money, but that's not the point, it's HOW I wright, and how i'm miunderstood.

I literally create clear images in my head, and look at every detail,and right it down, then branch out and continue a good story, it's hard to see what i mean but i hope you get me, thanks. :)

Blah on January 28, 2011:

i usually read in school when i get board because its something to do i cant just sit there and do nothing for 55 minutes but pretty much everything on there is completely me

Blah on January 28, 2011:

and i cant study before a test or i go BLANK, and when my teachers give us time to study before i always just sit there , but they yell at me and never listin to what i have to say, you school is a bunch of bs

blah on January 28, 2011:

according to this im pretty gifted (im 14 9th grade) i question all my teachers explanations im really curious. In my algebra class i get f's on my test even though all my answers are right, but i dont show my work because i already know the answers (they just pop up in my head) and i get EXTREMELY board in school, i don't like doing my work, i find it pointless because i my teachers know ill get all of the answers right, so why waste paper and time? im kinda shy cause i don't have a lot of friends because well i just dont like any of them and i dont talk much. oh and i kinda like say stuff like why cant we do it this way or that way its so much simpler (that happens everyday)

Esmerelda on December 29, 2010:

My child sixth grade teacher called him gifted. I'm pretty sure of it but people tend to disagree getting that Mexican people are stupid (He's Colombian although and that's what people believe) He has millions of questions in his mind but, he's to self-confident to ask them. If he's one thing it's curios and about every single thing in life I think he is above extremes on that. He never seems to pay attention though somehow he still absorbs the information. He never works too hard all of his teachers now he never does his best (still get very good grades although) He's one of the "cool" kids kind of like a bully at times he seems to play a lot. HE questions eveything it's always constant debating and he does loose and he admits it and it's in every subject when he gets the little hunch that it just might be wrong. He loves adults but older kids are really good to him too. HE is always guessing...always and thinking he thinks more than he does anything. He's always day dreaming his friends in his classes always tell me...he obviously gets easily bored. Opinions and what not is where she shines a lot. It was John Lennon's anniversary of his death (and being an extreme Beatle fan at 11) his class room was given a journal prompt on if he could have anything what would it be..He was supposed to write a Paragraph....he wrote four pages and some how turned it into a report for World Peace I'm a Lawyer and his Law Political knowledge is so.....incredible and his teacher also claimed it unbelievable...It's really amazing. He's teacher proir has been teaching for the last 20 years has said similar things he had an incredible political ability and he was an incredible writer "one of the best I've seen in my twenty years of teaching" He;s also a computer genius he nows four computer languages at 12! Those three things are the things that he excels in the most and his teachers all claim him to be "Gifted" for..he's an extraordinarily good reader too. He posts really deep and inspiring things even on Facebook! I haven't told him about his teacher calling him gifted yet although....here's his autobio: http://sebsblogoflife.wordpress.com/who-is-seb/

Natalie M. on October 12, 2010:

Thank you for this hub. My daughter and my son both fit the profile. The problem, if it could be called that, is Gifted Children often have difficult personalities. Some teachers see the potential in these children and help them advance, as in the case with my daughter. As for my son, he is very misunderstood. He gets 100+ on all his tests unless he loses a few points for talking, because he finishes before the other children. He is not very good at following directions and monotony but excels anyway and the teacher seems irritated. My daughter is in the G & T program in her school, but everything rides on the mood of my son the day of the test. He is dances to the beat of his own drum, and finishes puzzles in minutes which are for children of a much older age. I will wait and pray and keep him challenged at home until we find a program or teacher who can steer us in the right direction. This hub was an eyeopener and it helped me considerably. I started feeling disheartened with my son's gift that left him separated from his peers. I think we will have him privately tested next week so we could have a better idea of our options.

Robin Ferger on October 09, 2010:

thank you for this. I checked myself and yes all of the things you said gifted childs have is correct. I matched in all of them, I am bored in class, I do guess right answers, I do get extremely bored because I do know the answer, from 4th-10th grade I was always like I already know this can't we learn something new?

I guess my school just didn't have this kind of program, my grades were good straight B's and yet the teachers complained to my parent that I was not doing great in class.

I did not get what I needed to develop, I did not get any challenge at all, if I had a talent it is gone because of this.

School is a waste for me now, soon 17 and I do NEVER practice for tests. we took a math test I guessed some of it and the result said 117%, compared to others in class, mostly they were at 76-88% and a few below 70.

can't believe I got close to 40% higher than the others when I never payd attention in class. I think the test was to see how close you were to the average though, like 100% was the average grade and I scored 17% higher than the average person. but nevemind it is just big to me because I'm twice as good as the ones in my class that are 2 or 3 years older than me.

Is there any way I can use my gifted abilites? I asked to get moved 1 grade up and was denied because "you have to pass this one first", they won't let me take all the tests, hey principal we had 3 tests in one day and I got A, A and A+. maybe you should let me skip 1 year to actually get a challenge, maybe make me practice to tests or just try to help me find my talent, I just know I have one.

MyMastiffPuppies on September 05, 2010:

I think you have written a very informative hub and I appreciate the links you have included. I know it can be a controversial subject for some but it is truly something that has to be discussed when it comes to education. Unfortunately in today's economy many of these programs will be cut even more. We must always be diligent with our children at home to challenge them even if they are not getting challenged at school.

jonathan Mcenzie on August 20, 2010:

Some of these comments are soooo cringing!! i agree with zoey

Zoey on July 22, 2010:

Here is the thing I don't get about, 'gifted' and 'talented' students, is it even fair for the rest of us in struggle to learn, study, to work harder and harder just to be put in advanced or gifted classes? We feel like in a lower zone, like we are doomed for a better future. The school separated the 'gifted' students from the rest of us, we didn't even got a chance to prove we are just as worthy as they are.

Plus, just because a student is 'gifted' or 'talented' doesn't mean they get the easy way to success in life. For instance, Walt Disney dropped out of high school and became a success, or my father who also wasn't considered 'gifted' is a huge success in his business. We are all equal. And Laure I sometimes ask myself the same thing, am I gifted? We are all gifted, no matter how they treat us, see us or separate us.

laure, nice eu on March 27, 2010:

am i gifted?

because i know how to play chess, badminton,basketball,soccer,swimming, and i think im using my mind........ and you know what i really love to sing... cause i have a great voice....that no one still discover me.... i hope one of this day... you will discover me..... i am a composer, a writer.... and etc. i can do anything because i trust myself... i always told myself i can do this....

Hello on July 30, 2009:

Judging from the contrastments you made, you reminded me of my childhood.

I used to ask my mum a lot of questions that she could not answer and disliked searching for answers. I even scolded her once because she could not answer my questions!

I was very playful in primary school but somehow my grades weren't bad at all. Sadly, I was even lazy to use my brain sometimes!

I used to argue with my teachers especially over maths questions. Even though the answer provided is different from mine, I would still argue and insist my answer is correct.

Thanks for this article

iMindMap on March 15, 2009:

All children are born with greatness. We have continuely promote and nature it.

WordWielder from Austin on March 14, 2009:

Great article- a timely response to an often overlooked need. I have a 22 month old little girl. Though she is still talks a lot of gibberish I am more and more amazed at just how bright she is. I'm not going to say she is gifted because I think it may be a little too early in this stage to tell. However, I've noticed a few things that really make me wonder.

For example, my wife nursed her and the hospital she was delivered at was all for nursing. Yet, when we went to see the Pediatrics, I was very disappointed in their very PRO FORMULA approach, to the point of pushing it on us. I'm the kind of person that doesn't mind if someone nurses or uses formula, but don't push it on me as I am completely convinced the mother's milk is best. Back to the story- this Pediatric clinic kept pushing this to the point they cautioned: "your baby's brain is not going to develop properly". Fortunately for them, I was not there when this was told to my wife or they would most likely still be dealing with the reprecussions of such a statement.

Obviously, as a new parent this worried me after it was told to me. I had this nagging doubt that her brain might not develop as it should. Then one day, a small but by implication- a huge incident occurred that set my mind at ease.

I'm a guitarist and would often play up in my office. This particular occasion I was playing my electric guitar, which as you may know- can really be heard through an amplifier. Well, my amplifier was one side of the room and I was on the other side. I happened to be playing my guitar using a 20 foot long electric cord. This particular moment I had the cord stretched to the max while I was playing, meaning me and my guitar were 20 feet away from the amplifier- where the sound was coming through.

My wife was carrying our baby (9 months old at the time) and walked into the room. Me and the guitar were closest to the entry while the amp was as previously mentioned- on the other side of the room, out of view. My little girl watched my fingers intently, then looked at the other end of the room to see where the sound was coming from. She was making the correlation that what my fingers were doing on the guitar was the cause of the sound coming from the other side of the room!

From that point forward, I never doubted her brain's development and for that matter, have been even more amazed since! Thanks for such a thoroughly researched and fine work!

teleassistência on February 27, 2009:

Excellent and useful information. Despite their capabilities I know that in a way my children are gifted: they are experts in making me happy!

Proud Mom from USA on February 14, 2009:

Excellent hub!!!

IT Guru from Leicester, UK on December 21, 2008:

Thank you for another excellent hub.


Michelle on December 18, 2008:

I have a little girl who is GAT and she passed the OLSAT in Kindg. we did have some help from www.anotheryoungscholar.com, but they told me she was talented, and was exposed to a lot at a young age, that was a big difference between her and the other kids. I'm so proud of my little girl, I work hard with her on all the different strategies I learned she will be tested on in the next grade, so that I can get her prepared. Your information in this article is excellent, please continue to help inform parents.

ram meena on December 09, 2008:

iam very thankful to you sharing this article

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Thanks for the great article. For any parents out there considering whether to pursue a gifted program for their child, I would encourage you to entertain the idea. After my 6 year old son was moved from regular class to the gifted he's flourished even more than I thought he could.

His curiosity is now fed not stifled and his questions are now welcomed and not thwarted because of the teacher’s time constraints to deal with the mass of other children in the class.

Kim on November 29, 2008:

It is also interesting to note that gifted kids can also have difficulty in academic areas and qualify for remedial help as well as services for their giftedness. These kids are known as "twice exceptional".

Great article!

JJC13 from Liverpool on November 21, 2008:

I enjoy reading your article. Helps me a lot as a parent of a little boy.

lhdkus on November 17, 2008:

Lela, this was a good article. Thank you! :-)

stanleyreese from Alabama on November 14, 2008:

How early is too early to test?

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on November 01, 2008:

Hi Worldscope, Abnormal would be one way to put it and they are certainly statistically outside the norm. Also, gifted education is considered special education.

George Chegge from Boston, MA, USA on October 30, 2008:

Hi Lela, Should we consider Gifted children as abnormal - on the better side of the scale?

mcarolyn from Philippines on October 15, 2008:

TO HAVE a gifted child, it starts from US.... If we observe that our child is a "gifted" one, then help him to develop that skill..

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on October 08, 2008:

childcen - Yes, IQ tests are used as part of the determination of giftedness in the public school system. However, other tests are also used, as well as information about creativity and motivation. It's been my experience that the testing process is subjective. A number on a test is not going to tell the whole story.

childcen from New Zealand on October 08, 2008:

The common factor used to test giftedness is IQ. I am wondering if EQ or any other factors would be tested as well. Would be interesting to know these as well.

Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on October 08, 2008:

Someone told me once that the inclusion of realistic or nearly realistic detail in drawings by young children can be an indication of giftedness. For example, in drawings by children of people, the earlier they include the correct number of fingers, the better. Likewise for drawings of cars, trucks, flowers, etc.

I'm not sure that a bright line can be drawn between "gifted" and "bright." I think of intelligence/giftedness/brightness as more of a continuum than an either/or concept. However, I agree that the distinctions mentioned in the hub do have considerable validity.

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on October 08, 2008:

Anne, you're probably right. It's challenging getting gifted kids motivated sometimes, but every child is different and yours just happen to be different in this particular way. Enjoy!

anne.moss from Israel on October 08, 2008:

I am pretty sure I have at least one genius on my hands, but only in one topic: math. He fifth-grade math when he was four years old and would actually help the older siblings of his kindergarten kids lol. Their parents would call us and say stuff like "you realize you have a gifted child there?" He's gifted in other areas, is extremely verbally advanced and so on, but we really try to downplay all of that. Our main aim is for him to have good social skills, which he does so far. His little brother btw is definitely gifted.

Lela Davidson (author) from Bentonville, Arkansas on September 19, 2008:

If you count working with my own child... I read a lot on the topic to understand my oldest. He's a genius! Objectively speaking, of course.

Parenting Styles on September 17, 2008:

That's really an excellent list you have there! Do you work with gifted children or something ? I just love this list.

Kitty A Smith on August 26, 2008:

Your list Gifted or Just Bright? gave me such a good laugh. It brought me back to when my daughter was young. The comparisons are spot on. But even more than this, I was able to see myself. When I was in the third grade, I was removed from regular classes and taken to "reading lab" the first of many experimental teaching methods which were the forerunner to today's gifted programs. There was no label in those days (thankfully). I personally detest the term Gifted, i feel it makes others and sets an unrealistic standard for these children. I think "Creative" is a more descriptive term, but there may be one even better. I cringe remembering teachers that would say something along the lines of "she should know better since she is gifted."

MarcNorris from Canada on April 30, 2008:

Thank you for the distinction between a gifted and a bright child. Our five year old seems gifted, though he has had some behavioral problems at school because it is too easy.

FinancePortal from UK on April 24, 2008:

This is a great hub, thanks very much. My kids are being assessed at the moment, they have Asperger's and all are extremely intelligent. Once their IQ has been tested the struggle then starts with the school to get their needs catered for properly.

Sandilyn from Port Orange, FL on April 18, 2008:

Good hub! I wish that I would have known all of this when my son was very young. I remember when he was in kindergarten and his teacher told me that he was too smart and that she didn't have time for him. This was back in the 1980s. At that time I was a divorced mother. I moved and had a hard time getting him into the gifted program due to my being divorced. When he finally did go into the program, they sat all of us parents down and explained to us what you just wrote. It all made sense then. It continues to this day and I must remember that my son is highly intelligent but with these children we must remember that they also have very little common sense. They are such a joy though!

seamus on April 09, 2008:

I enjoyed this hub. My daughter appears to have some of the signs of giftednes and my godchild definitely does, so it's good to know.

Affiiliate Chad on April 09, 2008:

I have a four month old son, I'll be sure to watch for the signs.

Ben from UK on April 04, 2008:


m2u on March 03, 2008:

for me, all normal newborn babies are gifted and genius. Its just that, later on, the potential seems to fade away caused by parenting, food intakes and surrounding factors.

youtube on February 29, 2008:

thank you for post..

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on February 24, 2008:

Interesting article. The sad thing is that our schools have taken over much of the work that parents use to do. The social skills learned before school age make a big difference in how a child will react to classroom teaching.

ang3lz on January 12, 2008:

Hi Lela, this is a great article. My kids are 2 years old and 3 months old. My 2 year old is very very playful but he knows when to be serious. He loves to play with cars...I have no idea what he be saying sometimes but he talks about them. He is also interested in books. He likes for me to read a certain book over and over and over back to back. He will get upset if I don't. He also knows his alphabets a-z, his numbers 1-10 and he can also identify his alphabets and numbers. I am going to let him attend the boy and girls club over the summer and go to school when he turns 3. He can write the first 2 letters of his name and he also tries to tell you what a story is about. For his age, I think this is amazing. He does not just sit around though...he plays amd plays. When others are talking...instead of just listening...he tries to tell the person you are talking to exactly what you said and then some. If the person you are talking to asks as if he or she is not listening...he will say look...shhhhh. I think it's cute.

Teachermom on December 01, 2007:

Hi Lela, Thanks for your article. I found it accurate and just reaffirmed that I do have two gifted children. One was identified as GATE five years ago and the other one has not qualified because of paper pencil tests which he does very poorly on. His teacher is pushing it and through an SST we are going to do a verbal test. I wasn't sure if he was truly gifted, but according to your criterion he also fits the profile. Both boys happen to be the ones who don't get good grades. My oldest has very high test scores, but doesn't turn in work, so he gets Fs. Frustrating to me (I was the one with straight As!) I also had a student who was extremely gifted in the area of art, but because academically he didn't do that well, he was not identified as GATE. Again, frustrating. Maybe it's time for me to become a champion for those "other" gifted kids!

Giasmom on November 09, 2007:

Thank you for this article. I've often wondered if my 6th grader, who breezes through school with straight A's was gifted. But your comparison listing above helped me to see the difference between her and a truly gifted child.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on August 19, 2007:

Hi Lela, thanks for sharing this article. We, esp. people who deals with kids (parents,teachers etc) do need to know and identify if a child is gifted or not. A great education program could enhance the child's skills as well as hone other skills that he still needs to improve. I remember we had one student who had a superior IQ. But he was still dealing with his low socio-emotional skills and also needed to improve his psychomotor skills. So we encouraged his parents to work on that as well.

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