According to the National Association for Gifted Children, approximately 5 percent -- or three million children -- in the U.S. are considered gifted. How can your tell if your child is one of them? Here are some of the early signs of a gifted preschooler, from the American Association of Gifted Children at Duke University:
- Learns quickly and remembers easily
- Seems mature for his or her age
- Has a large vocabulary, displays an unusual interest in words, or already reads independently
- Experiments to solve problems
- Prefers older playmates
- Seems sensitive
- Exhibits intellectual curiosity
- Shows compassion for people or animals
- Enjoys puzzles, mazes, and numbers
- Questions authority
- Seems to get bored easily
- Has a high energy level
If you child has several of these characteristics, consider having her assessed by a child development expert. You can also help nurture her natural talents by reading to her and introducing her to interests such as art, music, nature, and sports.
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