With that said, there are some notable signs of a gifted child: Your curious cutie is hitting speech milestones early, has a large vocabulary for her age, and is a quick learner who remembers most of what she sees and hears. But don't run out to have your tot tested just yet.
Thirty Early Signs That Your Infant or Toddler is Gifted
- Born with his/her "eyes wide open"
- Preferred to be awake rather than asleep.
- Noticed his/her surroundings all the time.
- Grasped the "bigger picture" of things.
- Counted objects without using his/her fingers to point to them.
Keen observation, curiosity and tendency to ask questions. Ability to think abstractly, while showing signs of creativity and inventiveness. Early development of motor skills (e.g., balance, coordination and movement). Finds joy in discovering new interests or grasping new concepts.
Your child should be able to:
- Point to things or pictures when they are named.
- Know the names of parents, siblings, body parts, and objects.
- Say a sentence with two to four words.
- Follow simple Instructions.
- Repeat words overheard in a conversation.
Your 2-year-old now
By age 2, a child can count to two ("one, two"), and by 3, he can count to three, but if he can make it all the way up to 10, he's probably reciting from rote memory. Kids this age don't yet actually understand, and can't identify, the quantities they're naming.
2 year olds can understand the concept of color and may begin to recognize and learn about colors as early as 18 months. Learning colors can be a fun activity for you and your child to practice together. Start with one color at a time, use flashcards to show your child a color and have them say the name with you.
While most children at age 2 are experimenting with onomatopoeia (words that describe noises, like “beep beep!”) and starting to ask questions (“Where's Dada?”), a more advanced child might already be speaking in longer sentences with many verbs, such as, “I played and I jumped and I sang!” says Fujimoto.
By age 2: Kids start recognizing some letters and can sing or say aloud the “ABC” song. By age 3: Kids may recognize about half the letters in the alphabet and start to connect letters to their sounds. (Like s makes the /s/ sound.) By age 4: Kids often know all the letters of the alphabet and their correct order.
Many children show signs of being ready for potty training between ages 18 and 24 months. However, others might not be ready until they're 3 years old. There's no rush. If you start too early, it might take longer to train your child.
Children under the age of 2 cannot be evaluated with IQ testing. To be tested, children must be verbal and able to talk. Even if a baby is verbally advanced, IQ tests are not designed for children this young.
Most 2 year old children are capable of counting to 10 although they may mix up the order of the numbers. Begin practicing numbers and counting with your toddler to help build a strong foundation for number fluency. Daily number practice with colorful flash cards and counting games can make learning fun for your child.
A: It is hard to determine whether a 2-year-old is gifted because development in the early years unfolds unevenly. Some children may be quick to master language and counting, but slower to develop physical skills. Other children may be kicking balls and climbing trees, but not yet talking much.
Though every child is different, most toddlers will be able to count to 10 by the time they are two-years-old. At this point in time they are probably repeating them mostly by memory and have yet to understand what they actually mean. This concept is known as “rote” counting.
If exposed to music, a child will naturally start to sing in tune around 2 years old, starting with very short phrases. However, with the right training, babies as young as 3 months old can imitate pitch. By 5 years old, most children who are exposed to music can sing entire songs in pitch.
Toddlers as young as 12 months old are able to recognize numbers. There are many ways you can work and play with your child to teach them numbers. When your toddler reaches the age of 3, they will even be able to start writing numbers.
Some children will learn to write their name when they are 2 or 3 (this is rare, don't feel like your 3 year old should be able to write their name) while others are still having difficulty when they are in year 1 (this is something that I would certainly be working on, but I see it often enough to know its common).
According to new research, babies and children who are smarter or more gifted tend to need fewer hours of sleep to operate than other children.
A typical 2-year-old can construct sentences of two or three words, often without a verb. For example, a child might say, "There cat" for "There is a cat." Gifted children, however, will often be able to speak in fuller sentences at age 2. By age 3, a gifted child's language may already resemble adult speech.
The most prevalent age for teaching kids shapes is around 2 years old. By the time your child is 2 1/2 or 3 years old, they should be able to identify the majority of basic shapes (e.g., circle, square, triangle, and rectangle).
The range for average intelligence is 85 to 115, and children whose IQ scores are at least 130 are usually considered gifted. IQ scores higher than 150 are considered highly gifted. Sometimes an IQ score of 120 qualifies a child for a school district's gifted program, but even basic guidelines vary from state to state.
Did your child walk and talk earlier than most other children of his age and gender? Did she show a comparatively early interest in words? Does he have an exceptionally large vocabulary for his age? Did she show an early interest in clocks, calendars, jigsaw puzzles?