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Is Your Child a Genius?

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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