“Is my child gifted?” Parents often wonder at one point or another whether their child is gifted. Here we’ve rounded up some basics to help you identify signs of giftedness in your child.
The term “giftedness” is used by different schools, organizations, and cultures in different ways, with some using the term strictly to indicate people with well-above average intelli-gence as measured by IQ scores, and others embracing a broader range of criteria. The Na-tional Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) offers the following definition:
“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).”
20 Signs of Giftedness (continued)
11. Provides very alert, rapid answers to questions
12. Is resourceful, solving problems by ingenious methods
13. Has avid interest in science or literature
14. Reveals originality in oral and written expression
15. Has a power of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis
16. Is secure emotionally
17. Tends to dominate peers or situations
18. Uses a lot of commonsense
19. Displays a willingness to accept complexity
20. Is perceptually open to his or her environment
Austega also provides lists of giftedness characteristics in other categories such as specific academic aptitude, creative thinking and production, leadership, psychomotor ability, and visual and performing arts.