I have had a number of people comment that my 22 month old DD is smart/advanced for her age, from complete strangers to her carers at daycare (she only attended 3 sessions so I couldn't discuss it further with the director like I'd wanted to).
Today I took my older DS to the GP and when DD began chatting away to him he suggested getting her "tested" (I'm assuming he was referring an IQ test?).
What difference would it make if she was tested and it was discovered she was "gifted"? It would feel strange for me to go around telling her future teachers this... would I need to do that? I wouldn't want to put that sort of pressure on her, if that makes sense (to have to live up to certain expectations).
How do you get the test done? Should I bother?
Is this within the normal level for her age group? I'm kind of guessing she's ahead with her learning but what constitutes actually having her go through tests?
Off the top of my head, she:
-Knows all of her colours, can recognise and name them when shown different colours.
-The same with numbers, she can recognise and name them by sight, from 1-10. She can count up to 10 and tries to go further but gets confused.
-She recognises some letters of the alphabet (W, C, B, O, S) and points them out on signs when she see's them.
-Can name most animals and almost any object she is shown. For eg, I show her a picture of a shoe/tree/fish/house/kite/ etc, she knows what they are called.
-She has a very large vocab and understanding of words. She talks in sentences and can engage easily in conversation. For eg: If I'm in another room, she calls out "where are you, mum?"
If she's watching a certain cartoon, she knows what's coming on next and will say "Night garden coming on in a minute".
She walks past strangers and says "sorry" in the right context if she runs into their path etc.
She asks for whatever she wants.
"Have some cheese, please? Get a little bowl?"
"go to the park?"
"go to nanna's house today?"
"make a bottle?"
"mum, what did you say?"
She has just started drawing shapes. She will draw a circle and name it.
She just seems to understand everything. DS had a friend stay over for the weekend and if she hadn't seen him for an hour or so she would say "where did Brayden go now?" (Brayden is the friend, another thing is she remembers the names of everyone she meets)
Yesterday she was playing in the backyard and DH had been sitting out there with her and when he started to head back inside she called "wait, dad! Come back! Dad come outside, too?"
He was blown away. She speaks like 3 year old but she's not even 2 yet.
DS was identified as gifted in grade prep (by his teachers) and took part in philosophy classes with older students throughout primary school. He sat an entrance exam for a select entry programme at high school. Even still, I do not recall him being at the level that DD is at now until he was at least 2.5 years old.
My question is, is this common? Is your almost 2 year old doing these things?
Has anyone ever had a gifted toddler? How did you determine this? How were they tested?
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01-06-2014 12:02 #1
Advanced for her age?
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01-06-2014 12:53 #2
DD2 was a gifted toddler.
We had her tested by a child psych who specialised in gifted children. She had IQ testing over 3 sessions and was just over 5 and in preprimary when we had her tested.
To be honest I'm not sure I'd bother before 5 as I doubt we would have done much differently
It's expensive which is another reason why we waited. We are now in the process of moving her to a private school where she will be better accommodated. Our state school just didn't offer enough
I'm going to steal something from @Arcadia who had good advice for Lincoln's Mum on the same point.
Kids develop at different paces and she may be gifted, she may not be. It will become more apparent with age and at this stage doesn't really matter so long as she's in a rich learning environment, which she obviously is.
From the examples you've given I would suggest getting her onto Reading Eggs/Maths Seeds or a similar program. Also you can nurture lots of interests at home. DD2 was obsessed with puzzles and blocks so I bought really complex puzzles and the big plain wooden blocks they have at daycare to nurture those interests at home.
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01-06-2014 12:54 #3
Definitely sounds advanced. My daughter's 20 months, and she just had a developmental test done yesterday as part of a study. The psychologist was blown away by her language and some of her cognitive skills, and your daughter's skills sound WAY in advance of hers.
I'm not sure what the advantage would be in any kind of testing... though parents of gifted kids may be able to offer you some advice there
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01-06-2014 15:48 #4
Thanks for your replies.
I am going to check out the reading eggs etc now.
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01-06-2014 16:21 #5
Our daughters sound very alike! I actually took her to the GP due to her tantrums and the doctor explained she throws such huge tantrums due to how advanced she is and knowing exactly what she wants. DD4 is 2 years and 2 months, talks in completely sentences since about 14 months of age and speaks better than her older sibling who is 4.5. She counts to 30 and has started attempting to write her name which she does a fairly good job of. It cracks me up when we are driving and she sings all the words to songs like she's a little teenager lol.
We have discussed getting her tested and decided we will just let her do her own thing. It doesn't get her anywhere atm but come closer to school we may look at doing it then if she still seems far more advanced then what her sisters where at that age.
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01-06-2014 16:29 #6Senior Member
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Personally, i would wait till at least 4 for any form of testing as it is not that valuable before hand.
Help her find her areas that she loves and help extend her in those areas...DS (now 10) was a dinosaur fanatic and so most of what we did to develop language/maths we did around this so he found it fun and engaging. He is at a gifted primary school and will go on to a selective high school.
DD is 3 1/2 and is reading at a level 5/6 (what they aim for by end of prep) and is doing basic maths...she doesn't seem to have an area of interest like DS did but loves her Zelf's so we do maths with those. She has finished up to level 40 of reading eggs and we are doing some revision atm before moving on to the next land.
Gifted often comes with some social issues...we have certainly gone through it with DS but DD is way more socially aware and capable. DS also has a sensory processing issue though so that impacts socially as well as the fact that before he started at his new school he did not really have any peers.
My suggestions would be to keep on doing what you are doing but also make sure to focus on fine and gross motor skills. Often kids who read early don't do enough painting/colouring etc so make sure you work on those skills as they are vital for writing.
Get them involved in a group activity that challenges them (for DS it was karate) and make sure they develop a good work ethic...some kids who are gifted get used to sailing through and don't cope well with challenges (my niece is the epitome of this lol and is causing my sister no end of grief now she is going to a g&t school). Having a sport is a great way to work on social and physical skills to balance their amazing minds
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