If you notice your children excelling in certain areas or mastering specific skills, you may start to look for signs that your child is gifted. After all, a hunch alone is not enough to determine if a child has exceptional abilities. But even though gifted can be a tricky term to qualify, don’t despair — there are ways to determine if your child might become the next U.S. Snowboarding Team gold medalist.
“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”
The most important thing to remember when reading over these characteristics, is that each child is unique, and no one child will check all these boxes. This list is a big pot of soup containing common ingredients associated with giftedness. Consider these traits below if you are wondering about your tiny genius.