11 Traits of a Gifted Child Even Parents May Not Know About
Scientists say that a high IQ score doesn’t mean a person is a genius and it’s impossible to evaluate a child’s intelligence with a test. But there are several features that indicate your child has a big future in front of them. They may become prominent artists, successful businessmen, or great politicians. You just have to notice your child’s talent and help them develop it.
Bright Side knows what future geniuses look like.
11. They are energetic.
High energy is one of the signs of a gifted kid. They have lots of enthusiasm and curiosity. And spend less time resting and sleeping.
10. They open their eyes wide.
9. They visualize and draw.
A gifted child is an information collector. They keep in their memory everything they see. If after visiting a place your child can draw it in detail without looking at photos, they probably have a talent. Scientists call this phenomenon “photographic memory.” Only 2-10% of children possess this ability. Among adults, it occurs even less often.
- Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei had this type of thinking strategy. They drew schemes and charts and thus, visualized their thoughts.
8. They have their heads up in the clouds.
Smart children aren’t angels. They’re often preoccupied with their own thoughts and just “don’t hear” their parents. They’re also avid storytellers and their vivid imagination usually shocks their parents and teachers. But a vivid imagination is a sign of intelligence.
- Gifted children are often bored at school and start entertaining themselves on their own. Parents may need to explain that education is really important in order to curb this behavior.
7. They usually speak fast.
A fast speaking rate indicates that a child is rather gifted, since their vocabulary is quite varied. An average child starts speaking by the age of 2. Gifted 2-year-old children are usually able to build complex phrases.
- In rare cases, children learn to speak later. Scientists think that these kids have the Einstein Syndrome. It’s said that Albert Einstein didn’t want to communicate with people a lot before he turned 5. Physicist Richard Feynman, Nobel Prizewinning economist Gary Becker, and many other prominent people were late talkers, as well.
6. They’re sociable.
It’s said that smart children are antisocial weirdos. But there’s a term called “social intelligence.” To be a genius, a person shouldn’t have to remember long mathematical formulas. Social geniuses are able to build relationships with the people around them. If your child is fair and can gain the interest of their friends, they’re probably gifted.
- Scientists also highlight emotional intelligence, the capability of individuals to recognize and manage their own emotions and those of others.
5. They spend a lot of time with adults.
Future geniuses like to talk to adults. Ordinary children usually feel more reserved in the company of adult people, but gifted kids like this atmosphere. Talented children often make older friends. But even child prodigies need to communicate with children that are their age.
4. They’re active.
Future geniuses are really active. They may start talking and walking earlier than other kids. It’s said that smart children hate sports: they’d rather stay home and read books. But this is a mistake. Scientists say that child prodigies are restless and they need to do something. It’s their method of discovering the world.
3. They like activities that develop their fine motor skills.
This is abstract for a 2-year-old toddlers’ parents. If your baby likes to string beads, tries to put together puzzles, and so on, you’re raising a talented child. Fine motor skills contribute to high intelligence development. Don’t forget that you should keep an eye on your baby when they’re playing with tiny objects. There are even lists that can help you check your child’s fine motor development.
2. They have a good sense of humor.
A sense of humor reveals intelligence. People’s ability to joke and understand others’ jokes is associated with great abstract thinking. These children will have many friends. But there’s one nuance: sometimes people hide stress and pain behind “good” moods.
1. They’re susceptible and emotional.
Susceptible and emotional children have great creative skills. But their nervous system is usually overloaded because of tons of information. Doctors warn us: even if your child behaves like an adult, it doesn’t mean they are an adult.
Have you noticed any of these traits in your child’s behavior? Tell us about your little geniuses in the comments!