20 signs your child may be gifted



“Is my child gifted?” Parents often wonder at one point or another whether their child is gifted. Here we’ve rounded up some basics to help you identify signs of giftedness in your child.

What Does “Gifted” Mean?

The term “giftedness” is used by different schools, organizations, and cultures in different ways, with some using the term strictly to indicate people with well-above average intelli-gence as measured by IQ scores, and others embracing a broader range of criteria. The Na-tional Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers the following definition:

“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).”

20 Signs of Giftedness (continued)

11. Provides very alert, rapid answers to questions

12. Is resourceful, solving problems by ingenious methods

13. Has avid interest in science or literature

14. Reveals originality in oral and written expression

15. Has a power of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis

16. Is secure emotionally

17. Tends to dominate peers or situations

18. Uses a lot of commonsense

19. Displays a willingness to accept complexity

20. Is perceptually open to his or her environment

Austega also provides lists of giftedness characteristics in other categories such as specific academic aptitude, creative thinking and production, leadership, psychomotor ability, and visual and performing arts.


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