think my son might be in here to.

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think my son might be in here to.
Thu, 03-01-2012 - 4:44pm

I always thought my son was not as smart as my daughter and I was fine with that. Well now I am not so sure. My son is 21 months old. He just surprised us by pointing to a green cup and saying green. So now i started tring to test him. Some how I think he learned his colors, shapes, some of his letter sounds, and some of his numbers when I was not looking. He can also count to 10. he is now talking in 4 or 5 word sentences.

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Fri, 03-02-2012 - 10:10am

I'm going to respond to both your posts here if that's OK. For starters, welcome to the board. The thing about giftedness is that it's a very wide spectrum and how a child displays their abilities can be very individual. Some will be obvious from day one. Some will surprise their parents in 3rd grade when they test into the school GATE program. Some are very academic early, some will amass an unusual knowledge base and perhaps can tell you all about the planets but have no interest in things like counting and letters. Personality really plays it's part.

That being said, it's really difficult for those on the outside to diagnose a child as gifted. Well, that and none of us on this board are really qualified to do so lol. I did teach preschool for several years and it's not too uncommon for kids that age to talk about what they want to be when they grow up. I had kids who wanted to be chiropractors and marine biologists lol. It's a little rarer to have one who has really thought it out, considered what knowledge and schooling they'll need to have to get there, ect. If this is really out-of-the-blue, not something you guys have asked her, she's not learning about community members at school, then it may be something unique to her and could display some higher ability.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 4:58pm

Piping in to agree with Turtletime.

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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 6:29pm
I agree...we've come a long way from the days when intelligence testing was in its infancy and the researchers could confidently state the limits of accomplishment for a person with a given IQ. It's likely that only one of my kids would test as gifted, but that isn't a reason to deny opportunities to the other two, each of whom outshine the obviously gifted one in at least one pursuit. Average people are pretty smart.