I think jumping in too early with the whole gifted label can be a mistake. At young age it can be memory or it can be gifted...but, letting them explore their areas of interest and keeping them happy and learning is a great thing.
The comments from other parents are not easy either...i have had many nasty ones over the years...often veiled as jokes or "compliments"...but, i can sort of understand as everyone wants to think their child is awesome so they put down ones that stand out. People who have not got a gifted child...do not understand just how hard and heartbreaking and challenging it can be. Having a child who is not progressing as "normal" is hard whether it be above or below.
They don't do any formal testing till at least 4... and I wouldn't rush it but if they start having issues (social, emotional) then i highly recommend it as it truely changed my sons life.
It is very hard to speak to other parents about it...don't get disheartened...choose schools very very carefully and aim for one with a support group for parents of g&t kids if you can.
DS1 was a gifted child (now a 20yr old uni student). It's definitely hard work!! He showed signs very early on. At 2 he astounded his kindy teacher by drawing a complete smiley face with joined circles for the face and eyes. At 6 he was reading at a year 10 high school level. The key was always providing items like books, puzzles etc at his level. Some teachers were really great, others tried to dumb him down so watch out for that. Once he got to yr5 he went into an Opportunity Class and then went to a Selective High School so things got better because the work was catered to gifted children and he was among peers of a similar level.
Can I remind the uphelpful commenters in this thread that it is in the gifted section of the forum, not in the general discussion area. If you want to pick on gifted children, then this section of the forum is not the place to do that.
I appreciate that you might think that identifying gifted children early is hard to do, but the literature out there does support that you can identify gifted children (not all, but many) very early on and you definitely do not need to wait until school age.
I have a gifted child, and I knew at 4 months old when she started to talk. Yep, she said mum quite clearly at 4 months and was speaking in fluent sentences at 12 months. She was reading Harry Potter easily in kinder. So in my experience, yes you can tell from a tot. Maybe not always, but often you can.
It's water off a ducks back now My gifted child is the most unco kid you have ever seen But I would never insult a parent whose child was a brilliant cross country runner or dancer or fantastic at art. It's a taboo to have a gifted child, simple.
Delirium...my niece was similar. SHe said mum for the first time when she was 7 months and was speaking in sentences at 12 months. My DS was a bit "slow" compared to her but his first word was "thank you" when he was 9 months lol He didn't sa mum for another month or so rofl. We had so little contact with others with kids that neither of us realised it was not normal.
I was not meaning to sound dismissive about calling toddlers gifted...more not to rush to labels until if will be of benefit to the child.I am a big believer in following the lead of the child where ever possible.
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