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Insights and Signs of a Gifted Child- How do you know that you have one?

We obviously all love our children, and we can be incredibly proud of all that they achieve, however beyond this it can be difficult to truly decipher whether your child is genuinely gifted, particularly as you’re undoubtedly biased as to their abilities and skillsets. And whilst schools are able to officially identify such children through means including screening tests, IQ tests, assessment of achievement scores and past grades, relying upon them alone can be a little bit like a roll of a dice, particularly where your child may be within some of the busiest classrooms with poor teacher to child ratios. So here we tell you all about the ways in which you can tell whether your child is gifted, and explain a little bit of the science behind the mind of a naturally gifted child.


The science behind the mind of a gifted child

A child that is naturally gifted is known to be a product of both geneticists and environment factors, both of which influences the ways in which the brain develops. However beyond this definitively answering just what it is that makes a child gifted becomes a little murky. A leading argument however that is gifted children are able to process information faster owing to advanced cognitive skills.

Being gifted may then be down to a couple of possibilities, which researchers are continuing to explore in the hopes of finding a definitive answer as to what makes a child gifted, with these summarised as follows.

– They may have been born with denser neural connections throughout certain areas in their brain which pertain to the traits within which they are gifted (playing a certain instrument and reading music, for example). These structures then allow for the right experiences to develop, retain and use these connections in the most effective way possible.

– Alternatively, it is argued, gifted children with a sufficient amount of neural connections are provided with plenty of opportunities to form and develop more and more efficient connections through an environment conducive to their learning and progressing.


Before we begin: Become accustomed to the signs of a gifted child prior to school age

The majority of schools don’t begin to recognise a gifted child until their second or third year within school, by which time there may have been missed opportunities for placement within a specialist or private school, additionally missing out on any associated scholarships. As an answer to this you may want to look out for the following signs and consult with a professional if you believe that your child is consistently demonstrating these traits even prior to school age.



A final important point: Become educated upon ‘Under-Identified’ Children

Unfortunately our schooling system consistently fail to identify gifted children where their talents may be somewhat hidden by particular conditions, such as ADHD, or through skills that are lacking in other areas such as organisation. It’s also import to be aware that some gifted children simply do not ‘mesh’ with the learning environment into which they are placed; they may not take to one teacher’s style, whilst they may show signs if excelling under the teaching of another.

Once again in such instances it’s important to be your child’s ambassador, and seek outside professional input.


Signs of a gifted child

1. Language skills

Gifted children tend to reach language development milestones quicker than their peers, most specifically this can manifest itself in the following ways:

– A developed vocabulary and an ability to learn new words with ease;

– A tendency to speak quickly;

– An early adoption of long, complex sentences;

– Early reading;

– Consistent inquisitiveness as to what they may hear and see, requiring solid responses and explanations.

2. Learning abilities

Every child is naturally born with the desire to learn, however for the gifted this desire may be accompanied with genuine joy in learning about the relationship between themselves and their surroundings. A gifted child would therefore:

– Pick-up on new ideas and skills with eased;

– Become highly focused when learning about particular areas of interest (which could be anything from bugs to space);

– Ask advanced questions;

– Demonstrate a deeper than expected knowledge on certain tops;

– Have an excellent memory;

– Be a creative thinker, finding new ways to solve problems;

– Seek to read on their own and undertake tasks with little to no direction from the adults around them;

– Be an independent learner and reader upon topics of interest.


3. Emotional and Behavioural traits

Gifted children have a tendency to be more emotional intense than other children, and are very often more sensitive to others’ feelings, demonstrating great empathy. They may also:

– Demonstrate fast thinking and talking;

– Show good leadership qualities;

– Have an ability to relate to older children;

– Enjoy alone time;

– Appreciate natural beauty and art.


4. Hidden Gifts

It’s important to lastly remember that gifted children may show some, or all of these traits, and they may well be subject to differing development rates. This means that they may learn things more slowly, as well as more quickly. Most importantly there may be hidden gifts that only become apparent at certain stages, where they are provided with the ability to demonstrate their skillset.

What’s more gifted children aren’t necessarily those who are high academic achievers, they may require specialist guidance upon progressing their natural abilities, as well as the right learning environments in which to truly flourish. Perfect examples of this may include children who have ADHD or other learning conditions, as well as children who may tend to be perfectionists, where focus comes to the detriment of task completion times.









  • Kendall

    When my brother was six, his IQ test showed an exceptionally high score and gifted abilities. But, he acted out in school and most experts my parents spoke with claimed his smarts would “even out with the rest of the kids” as he got older. It is important, as you say, to speak on behalf of your child to get them the education they deserve.