Gifted child?

@loopie (123)
United States
December 3, 2006 11:15am CST
My son has a very wide vocabulary for only being 18 months old. I have to take my son to risk developement classes since I am on disability and my son was born prematurely. Its not a huge hassle, he goes three times a month and they evaluate his speech, his motorskills etc. But last time he went the speach and comprehensive specialists wants to test his IQ I didn't think it was possible to do this sort of test so early in his life. They say since he is now speaking in complete sentences. And knows his colors and animals picture and sound association that he is learning above the national level of children his own age. I don't want to jump the gun if it turns out he is just exactly where he should be. But if he is learning at a higher gifted level, I want to improve on it. He is still in diapers and he hasn't quite grasped the concept of other things, like not ripping his diaper off and running naked all the time. He does everything else that a normal child his age would do, only difference is he can speak clearly, combine words to work properly, can identify shapes and animals etc. Any suggestions would be helpful.
11 responses
• United States
4 Dec 06
I don't know if you want to listen to me but I think you should defintely nuture yor son. Read a lot to him and try to find things he is interested in...music, art, whatever and give him whatever he needs to learn. I think this is a very important time in his life and you could make a big difference.
@loopie (123)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Oh I read to him all the time, I try to reduce the amount of television viewed, but when we do watch tv together its all children shows that are geared towards his stage of learning, like brainy baby, Barney, teletubies, etc. as far as music he already has his own taste, where he enjoys country as opposed to my classical. He really likes to dance too. I have a daily routine which consists of reading off and on all day long, an hour or two of developemental shows. which enphasis are on learning body parts, animals and colors. We go to the park daily if weather permits, if not we go to the baby gym. He's even starting to get into coloring. Thanks for the response.
@ilse72 (1454)
• United States
3 Dec 06
My preemie's IQ was also tested around 18 months. The important thing is you have to remember, no matter what the results are, is to let him be a kid! So many parents get carried away with the IQ scores and start forcing their children to spend an increasing amount of time learning and neglect the need for play time. Making the child become a genius or a star becomes all consuming. As long as you can keep it in perspective, there is nothing wrong with having the IQ test done. (I'm an R.N. and my "gifted" son was born 3 months premature.)
@loopie (123)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I know I definately don't want to be one of those parents, I will just keep doing what I have been I guess its the best thing so far. Thanks for your response!
• India
4 Dec 06
Intellectual giftedness is an intellectual ability significantly higher than average. Giftedness is a trait that starts at birth and continues throughout the life-span. Giftedness is not a marker of success, but rather of aptitude or the inherent ability to learn. Some theorists in child development, including Linda Kreger Silverman and Dr. Fernidad Eide, have estimated that between 20-40% of gifted individuals have a learning disability, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or some other neurological disorder[citation needed], whereas researchers, such as Stephanie Tolan, postulate that the attribution of controversial disorders such as "ADHD" - which has not been proven to exist by any means other than subjective behavioral analysis [1] - to gifted individuals arises from a misguided tendency to pathologize that which we don't understand.[2] [3] It is generally agreed that giftedness may have a genetic component; research has shown that first-degree relatives of the intellectually gifted will often have IQs measuring within 10–15 points of each other.[citation needed] Gifted children often develop asynchronously; their minds are often ahead of their physical growth, and specific cognitive and emotional functions are often at different stages of development. One frequently cited example of asynchronicity in early cognitive development is Albert Einstein, who did not speak until the age of three, but whose later fluency and accomplishments defied this initial delay. It has been said that gifted children may move more quickly through stages established by post-Freudian developmentalists such as Jean Piaget.[citation needed] Gifted individuals also experience the world differently, resulting in unique social and emotional issues. The work of Kazimierz Dabrowski suggests that gifted children have greater psychomotor, sensual, imaginative, intellectual, and emotional "overexcitabilities
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@shirgie (231)
• United States
4 Dec 06
This is a good post. Two of my children I believe to be mildly gifted. I was labeled gifted in school. It is true that gifted has nothing to do with success. Being labeled didn't affect me much one way or the other (I was much older before being identified). I had other issues that weren't addressed and those are what tripped me up. Looking back I wish someone would have explained to my Mom that gifted kids just don't always see the world the way others do. I think I actually could have used some counselling. I was an introvert and going to school was quite a painful experience for me.
• United States
4 Dec 06
My son was walking and talking in sentences at 11 months and we just left him grow up as a normal child and have never been sorry for that decision. Sometimes when a child is gifted they tend to use him as a ginnypig of sorts and push them to their limits. Sometimes it is too much for the poor child and they have emotional problems later on, so proceed with caution and do what you think is best for him, nobody else, okay?
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@loopie (123)
• United States
8 Dec 06
Oh definately I was gifted in secondary school, my family pushed too hard and instead of getting more advanced I fell behind. I don't want that to happen to my son. If his talent is natural, I just want him to learn at his pace, if his pace is above others his age, thats fine by me. But I am not going to go at lengths to force him into learning more. I don't want him to go through what I had to. And since he is so young, its even better for me now to stop and realize this. So I can say ok this is how its going to be, for now at least, and if he stays further ahead of his group, then I know what I need to do as far as keeping him at his level, while at the same time keeping him with his peer group.
• India
4 Dec 06
your child seems to be a poridge. You are a lucky mom. congrats
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• India
4 Dec 06
pl. let him enjoy his childhood .don't get carried away with his scores.let hi lead a normal life.his scores are an added advantage,but don't push him for some special classes.chilhood is a short period and let him be a child.
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@crt1477 (343)
• United States
4 Dec 06
yes
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@CDonohue (379)
• United States
7 Dec 06
my daugther is the same way she is now almost three and already learning to write letters see has learned everything under this step including learning to speak some spanish words she even counts in spanish it took me forever to get her to tell me in english the word "open" she kept saying it in spanish and even though I know what she meant I wanted her to say it in english! but testing an iq that's sounds strange to me...
@loopie (123)
• United States
8 Dec 06
congrats on your daughter using english and spanish, the hard one for me will be converting hebrew and english but right now he knows english and thats good enough for me. But yeah I totally thought it strange to have an IQ test this early in his age. But I don't know alot about the science behind it. I was kinda hoping for some feedback from someone who either knows a bit more about iq testing. But thats okay. Lots of great feedback.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
Wow I would say your child has a future ahead of him. It is good to have a gifted child but maintaining it is hard. There are many cases of gifted child losing it when they grew up already. I suggest that you enroll in him school for the gifted children so that he can be assessed properly and develop his skills the right way. I am pretty sure he will learn other things along the way just let him be who he is right now.
• India
4 Dec 06
My sugeestion is that since he is gifted dont make him over work..let him be normal child..dont force all ur interest in him..Then he might get overloaded..
@khysnews (743)
• Indonesia
4 Dec 06
I'm not sure ...