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Could Your Child be Gifted?

Could Your Child be Gifted?

Some of us have that moment when your child slashes some paint on a page and you think “Maybe he/she is the next Picasso!”

But do you suspect that  your child is really gifted?

Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, has a useful checklist to help to determine if your child is gifted. They say that a gifted child may display some or all of these characteristics.


  • An unusual memory
  • Passing intellectual milestones early
  • Reading early
  • Unusual hobbies or interests or an in-depth knowledge of certain subjects
  • Intolerance of other children
  • An awareness of world events
  • Set themselves impossibly high standards
  • May be a high achiever
  • Prefers to spend time with adults or in solitary pursuits
  • Loves to talk
  • Asks questions all the time
  • Learns easily
  • Developed sense of humour
  • Musical
  • Likes to be in control
  • Makes up additional rules for games
  • Extrovert/introvert


Still not sure? Take a look at these other Mensa guidelines:

  • Gifted children often have trouble coping with their intellect
  • Gifted children learn more quickly than other children
  • The gap in intellect between gifted children and average children is the same as between average children and those deemed to need special education
  • Gifted children get bored easily
  • Many gifted children have trouble socialising with their peers
  • Gifted girls are often more difficult to identify
  • Gifted children can have Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Teachers can be antagonistic towards gifted children


Still not sure? Let´s take a look at these children who are actually gifted to see what they´ve done.


Ainan Celeste Cawley

Ainan is a scientific child prodigy at just 11 years old. He completed the Chemistry O level exam at the age of 7 and he entered Singapore Polytechnic when he was 8.


Elise Tan Roberts

With an IQ of 156, Elise Tan Roberts is the youngest member of Mensa. To compare, Einstein had an IQ of 160.


Marko Calasan

When Marko was 8, he was officially recognised as the world’s youngest certified computer system admin, and he´s already passed many of Microsoft’s exams for IT professionals.


Alex Prior

Alexander started playing the piano at the age of 3 and began composing five years later.


Gregory Smith

The first time Gregory was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he was 12. Since then, he´s been nominated 3 more times.


If, after all of that, you think that your child is the next Einstein or Picasso, Mensa offer a supervised IQ test that´s suitable for children over 10 and a half. If the child has an IQ in the top 2% of the population, they can join Mensa. They recommend that younger children should be assessed by an educational psychologist to find out their IQ score.


For more info, visit the Mensa website – https://www.mensa.org.uk/iq-tests

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