If your child has seemed different from a young age, there may be a chance that you have a "gifted child" on your hands. But are there any early signs your kid will be gifted or do you need to wait until they're in school to determine where they fall on the gifted scale? Most sources say the signs start showing up early in most gifted children.
According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) gifted children are those "who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in one or more domains." The site noted that 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).” Simply put, if your child shows early signs of high intelligence — be it cognitive, emotional, creative, or physical — they very well may be gifted in at least one area.
However, if you suspect your toddler or child is gifted, don't rush them off to be tested right away. An expert from What To Expect suggested parents simply nurture their child's behavior, instead of insisting of defining it. Let them grow in their strengths, discover things for themselves, and thrive.
Although the term "gifted" is slightly ambiguous and hard to define, having a gifted child is an adventure worth embracing. Here are a few signs your child may fall under the gifted umbrella.