How Do I Know If My Child is Gifted?
Is your child gifted or just smart? This is important to learn early on because it can help you decide if it’s the right time for your child to start child care or school (as well as choose the right learning centre). More importantly, you can help your child avoid boredom at home or at school (a problem most gifted children face because of the lack of stimulation and learning opportunities).
This goes beyond helping your child early develop his/her full potential but also about giving him/her the required nourishment. After all, gifted kids face unique challenges that although their intellectual and creative faculties are already advanced, their emotional capabilities might not be able to catch up.
How do I know if my child is gifted
Kids are naturally smart if raised in a healthy and supportive environment. But the ones who are gifted are steps higher when it comes to intellect and creativity. For instance, smart kids can readily give smart answers. But the gifted children can provide insightful questions that will surprise us adults. Gifted kids might also show their advanced development and interests through their drawings and how they play a musical instrument. This is an informal approach and can be very subjective. Good thing is that this can still be useful because it could lead to a formal identification.
An educational psychologist can help in knowing if your child has advanced academic skills. An IQ test and/or standardised literacy and numeracy tests are common ways to know if your child is way ahead of the curve compared to other children his/her age. But as you have realised, those tests can’t measure creative or physical abilities.
A key here is to take the time to be with your child (and also be mindful of the comments of your family and colleagues). Gifted children naturally take the spotlight and rise to the top (i.e. you’ll know it when you see it). The challenge then is to identify it early on and take the necessary steps to support your child’s learning and development. As we’ve mentioned earlier, gifted kids face unique challenges (e.g. extreme boredom) and if you were able to recognise your child’s giftedness early on, you can immediately take measures to make him/her feel more comfortable.
It’s all about your child and how he/she copes with his/her advanced abilities. Your support as a parent matters much more than his/her innate ability and unusual pace of learning. And whether gifted or not, your child always deserves the best of what we can offer every step of the way.