Gifted kids aren’t always easy to spot - but statistically speaking there’s likely to be one or two in every class.
How Do You Know A Child Is Gifted?
Common characteristics of gifted kids
Here are some common characteristics of gifted kids. They will:
Ask lots of questions, maybe unusual ones
Have deep interests or passions - either long-lasting or fleeting
Have BIG emotions, ‘all the feels’
Seem different to their same-age peers
Enjoy a quirky sense of humour
Grasp complex, abstract or advanced ideas quickly
Gifted children are all very different, and may not have been - or felt - able to express their gifts fully, particularly if their brains are different in other ways (for instance if they have ASD, ADHD, dyslexia etc).
They may also have to work hard to fit into an environment that doesn’t support their cultural, socio-economic or other differences. Some children - often girls - will be more concerned with fitting in socially and will not want to show themselves as different. Trust your instincts - the Gifted Development Center in the US has found that 85% of parents are right about their child’s giftedness.
If you are after a formal confirmation (which you don’t need for MindPlus), there are a number of psychologists or other professionals around New Zealand who do assessments. Find an assessor.
Check out our bite-sized learning module for parents to learn more about identification. Learn more.