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Video:Signs Your Child is Gifted

with Kathy Moore

Do you know which behaviors may indicate that your child is gifted? Learn what being gifted is and how you can identify children with above average abilities even before they are old enough to read and write.See Transcript

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Transcript:Signs Your Child is Gifted

Hi! I'm Kathy Moore for About.com. Do you think your child may be gifted? Do you know what to look for? This program will help you recognize gifted children.

What is Giftedness?

Giftedness is often defined as being advanced well above average intelligence. Intelligence can be measured through standardized tests once your child is old enough to read and write. But there are recognizable characteristics of gifted behavior that parents can observe at an earlier age.

Signs Your Child is Gifted

If your 2-year-old can name all the colors and speaks in complete sentences this is an early indication of gifted potential.

Some kids may have the ability to put together puzzles intended for older children. For example if your 3 year old can complete a 20 piece puzzle designed for 6 to 8 year olds, this may be a sign of advanced ability.

Often times, gifted children show a facility for counting and sorting. For example if your 4 year old is already completing math equations, that is a good indication she possesses above average intelligence.

Most gifted children exhibit a very active imagination and show interest in concepts and topics beyond their age. Gifted children can become easily bored with routine or simple tasks so it is important for parents to offer a wide variety of stimulating educational and play opportunities in the home.

Nurturing a Gifted Child

Sometimes parents try to force their child to be gifted usually without success. The best thing you can do as a parent is to nurture and encourage your child in all areas of mental and physical development.

Your local library should have a wealth of information on identifying and nurturing gifted children and you can check with your school district to find out about early childhood screening and assessment. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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