10 Signs Your Child is a Gifted and Talented Student

10 Signs Your Child is a Gifted and Talented Student

Parents generally think all of their children are pretty special, but some kids really are uniquely gifted when it comes to learning and grasping schoolwork. If you were a gifted student yourself, you might recognize the signs, but here’s some tips for those of you who aren’t sure what to look for.

  1. Strong Vocabulary – What kinds of words and sentence structure does your child use? Do they use more multi-syllable words than their peers? Are they often asking about the meanings of new words they hear and do they quickly put new words to use? Gifted children often have advanced vocabularies and quickly pickup word meanings through their contextual use.
  2. Quick on Completing Schoolwork – If your child’s teacher tells you that your child is always one of the first ones completed with their assignments, this is a strong clue that your child is more advanced than the other students in their classroom.
  3. Understand Monetary Concepts – Use of money is one of the first mathematical concepts that kids are exposed to in their home environment. If your child quickly picks up the concepts of the monetary values of coins and how they relate to one another, this may be a sign that you have a mathematically gifted child.
  4. Listen and Learn – Does your child seem to be able to pick up concepts and the words to songs as soon as they hear them, even if it is only once? Gifted children don’t need the same amount of repetition to learn as other children.
  5. Enjoys a Mental Challenge – Are puzzles fun for your child, but they quickly get bored with them if they are too easy? This could be a sign of a gifted child. Gifted children enjoy a challenge but easily become bored if there isn’t enough challenge.
  6. Mature Sense of Humor – A gifted child will be more likely to understand more complex humor such as is found in newspaper comic strips or jokes that other children their age may not be able to understand.
  7. Advanced Reading Skills – Most gifted children have advanced reading skills and enjoy reading. You will find them breezing through large books quickly and yet still comprehending what they’ve read and being able to explain it to you.
  8. Enjoys Learning New Things – For gifted children, learning new things is exciting and fun. They have a great curiosity about how things function, how things are made and learning about just about any subject.
  9. Observatory Skills – If you have a gifted child, they will notice things and remember things that most other kids would not. They may notice simple details like a person wearing a different watch than they normally do or be able to remember the exact icons on your computer that you clicked on to get to the program that they like to play.
  10. Grasps Relationships – Gifted children will grasp and understand relational concepts quicker than their peers. They will be able to pick out and replicate more complicated patterns. They will find it easier to fill in the missing piece from a sequence.

Some children will be greatly gifted in just one or two areas, while others seem to be gifted in almost every direction. The important thing is to recognize your child’s strengths and encourage them and challenge them in those areas, so that they are always developing them.

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  1. Deann says:

    Although I think a lot of these signs make sense, not all gifted children will be the overachievers that finish their school work quickly. Some gifted children become extremely bored with their work, are easily distracted, and would rather daydream about things more complex. A second thing to be careful of is the advanced reading skills. I think this is probably true for most gifted children, but there is also strong correlations between gifted children and dyslexia and visual tracking. http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_Gifted_Dyslexics_than/.
    My daughter had most of these traits very early on, but was not an early reader. I began reading at three. Because she had other issues as well- Sensory integration issues (extremely common among the gifted) I had her tested, and it was determined she had a visual tracking disorder. I was able to get her help, and she began reading immediately. I think this is important because she was on track developmentally for reading (most three and four year olds don’t read), but I knew there was an issue due to the other areas that she was excelling. If I had waited, she would have fallen behind when she finally went to Kindergarten. Thanks for the list!

  2. Janet says:

    Gifted children can become easily bored with workbooks. A child may be able to work through it quickly, but what’s the point if he is not enjoying learning? I don’t want my child to simply work through a book to get work done. I use Time4Learning. T4L allows me to choose from 3 grade levels for each subject. So while he can be doing above level at 3rd grade math or 4th grade science, he may be at 2nd grade Language Arts. It also tracks and records all his work and quiz scores. But best of all, he enjoys learning each subject (some at different levels), and challenge himself by moving up a grade level if it seems too easy. And because it’s online, he has access to it 24/7 from anywhere and any computer.