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Characteristics Of a Gifted Child

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No parent can resist the temptation of believing that his/her child is gifted. According to National Association for Gifted Children(US) approximately 6% of US student population is gifted. Read below to find if your child falls in the category of gifted children

Characteristics Of Gifted Children

  • Highly sensitive: Gifted children tend to have high emotional and physical sensitivity. They tend to get upset easily and mind things that other children don’t seem to be aware of like a label on the shirt neck!

  • Early readers: These children start reading early and are able to read well before starting school.

  • Good imagination: Gifted children have high power to imagine and fantasize. They are creative and some times their fantasies include non-existent people/friends.

  • Need fewer sleeping hours: They tend to put of sleeping and need lesser hours of sleep than the average bear.

  • Alertness: Gifted children show high level of alertness to all kinds of stimuli around them.

  • Excellent memory: Gifted children are equipped with commendable memory.

  • Longer Attention span: Gifted children can remain focused and attentive for longer period than average children. They don’t get easily tired or restless.

  • Efficient with numbers and alphabets: They display excellent skill of numbers and alphabets. They are proficient with them before the age of two.

  • Diverse interest

  • Highly creative

  • Yearn for company of higher age group

  • Achieve milestones early

  • High energy levels

Here is a comparative table of milestone reached by average children and gifted children in terms of age:

Source: The Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre [GERRIC], The University of New South Wales, SYDNEY Australia.

General Motor Activities

Ability

NormalAge (months)

Gifted Age (30% Advanced)

Sits up on his own

 7 months

4.9 months

stands on his own

11

7.7

Crawls upstairs

15

10.5

Walks upstairs

18

12.6

Turns pages of a book

18

21

Walks on tiptoes

30

33.6

Skips with one foot only

48

33.6

Throws ball

48

33.6

Skips with alternating feet

60

42

Fine Motor Activities

Ability

NormalAge (months)

Gifted Age (30% Advanced)

Plays with rattle

 3 months

2.1 months

Pulls strings adaptively

7

4.9

Holds Object (Finger+Thumb)

9

6.3

Holds crayon adaptively

11

7.7

Scribbles Spontaneously

13

9.1

Folds paper

21

14.7

Draws a person with 2 parts

48

33.6

Copies a triangle

60

42

Draws a person with neck, hands and clothes

72

50.4

Cognitive-Language Activities

Ability

NormalAge (months)

Gifted Age (30% Advanced)

Social smile at people

 1.5 months

1.05 months

Searches with eyes for sound

2.2

1.54

Vocalizes 2 different sounds

2.3

1.61

Says ‘Dada’ (or equivalent)

7.9

5.53

Responds to name and ‘no’

9

6.3

Looks at pictures in a book

10

7

Has vocabulary of 4-6 words

15

10.5

Follows directions to put object on chair etc.

17.8

12.46

3-word sentences

24

16.8

Gives full name

30

21

Counts object to 3

36

25.2

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