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Gifted Or Not Gifted – Find Out If Your Kid Is A Genius

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Parents often wonder if their child is gifted, or at least is an intellectual person.

According to a National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), around 6% of the student population in the US is academically gifted. How can you tell if your child is ahead of the curve – if he/she has any of these traits:

  1. He/she is a very fast and efficient learner
  2. Is loquacious (has a large vocabulary for his/her age)
  3. Strong memory
  4. Self-disciplined
  5. Prefers order
  6. Has a creative flair
  7. Extremely curious
  8. Focused
  9. Has an avid interest in science or literature
  10. Open to his environment
  11. Emotionally secure
  12. Power of reasoning
  13. Makes good grades in most subjects
  14. Highly resourceful
  15. Tends to dominate peers – signs of a good leader

Even if the term ‘giftedness’ has different meaning across countries and institutions, as per NAGC, “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

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What is important to understand that ‘giftedness’ is often a result of environmental and genetic factors. Both of these affect the way a brain works and develops. While the above symptoms are usually common in gifted children, it’s also common to find children who are gifted in one area (verbal skills, for example). To cite an instance, a baby with excellent verbal skills but average non-verbal reasoning skills may still have excellent memory and be called ‘gifted’.

While some of these talents can be nurtured (such as interest in art, music, nature and sports) it is important as parents to always be supportive of the child. Remember that being labeled as gifted comes with its own burden, often leaving the child uncomfortable and depressed. Besides, however is the child, gifted or non-gifted, it is important to recognize his/her skills and work together as parents to hone that.

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