10 Signs Your Child is Highly Gifted

How do you know if your child is gifted? Here are the traits to look out for, according to experts.

A Gifted Child

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A gifted child is born with extraordinary abilities. They usually have a high intelligence quotient (IQ) and have exceptional talents. They can excel in many areas, namely in school, music, sports, art, and the like.

However, one funny thing is that it can take time to identify a gifted child. If you find yourself in this category, here’s how to know if your child is gifted:

1. Curiosity

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“One of the main indicators of a gifted child is an insatiable curiosity,” according to Bayu Prihandito, a life coach and certified psychology expert.

“They will often ask meaningful and profound questions that go beyond their age. For instance, instead of just asking why the sky is blue, they might ask about the more scientific reasons for our atmosphere.”

2. Independence And Self-Directed Learning

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“Gifted children may exhibit a strong desire for self-directed learning, seeking out information and pursuing their interests independently,” says Jess Brooks, a homeschooling expert.

 “They may not need constant guidance or external motivation to explore new subjects.”

3. Creativity


“Gifted kids often have high levels of creativity. They frequently have active imaginations and are able to develop original solutions to issues,” explains Gary Tucker, a licensed psychotherapist, and chief clinical officer at D’Amore Mental Health.

3. Creativity

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“They think outside the box and don’t mind taking chances when they’re thinking, which can produce surprising and original ideas. All facets of their lives exhibit this creativity, from artistic expression to approaches to solving problems.”

4. Divergent Thinking

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“Gifted brains might be able to solve problems creatively, but they can also create their own problems because their thinking does not follow the norm,” Kayleigh Collier, a teacher and instructional technology coach, reveals.

“For example, they might argue why their answer on a multiple-choice test is correct even if it wasn’t the actual correct answer.” 

5. Advanced Language Skills

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“One of the main characteristics of a gifted child is their advanced language skills,” Jennifer Worley, a licensed marriage and family therapist, says.

“They often have large vocabularies, understand abstract concepts, and express themselves with clarity and depth beyond their years.”

6. Fast Processing Speed

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“One underlying yet often overlooked element of giftedness is fast processing speed, which allows gifted people to engage with their thoughts, emotions, and sensory input much more quickly than their peers,” according to Lila Low-Beinart, a psychotherapist and counselor.

6. Fast Processing Speed

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“Fast processing speed allows gifted children to very quickly comprehend new ideas, have a deep sense of curiosity, care much about world events, and teach themselves new skills (auto-didactic).” 

7. Depth Of Perception

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“Gifted children frequently have above-average cognitive abilities, which causes them to view the world differently,” notes Ben Spielberg, a neuroscientist and CEO of Bespoke Treatment.

7. Depth Of Perception

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“This heightened cognitive ability allows their brains to process sensory data from their environment in a more sophisticated and nuanced manner, leading to greater awareness and depth of perception. As a result, they tend to be better than their peers at pattern recognition, abstract thought, and problem-solving.”

8. Strong Problem-Solving Abilities

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“Children who are gifted are excellent problem-solvers,” Michelle English, a licensed clinical social worker and co-founder of Healthy Life Recovery, discloses.

“They apply creative problem-solving and unconventional thinking to solve common issues. They might also somehow demonstrate a talent for tasks that require problem-solving abilities, such as puzzles.”

9. Emotional Sensitivity

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“Gifted children can sometimes be more emotionally sensitive than their peers,” Michelle King, a family therapist and clinical administrator at Ocean Recovery, believes.

“They may have strong reactions to events or situations, show high levels of empathy, or demonstrate an understanding of complex emotions.” 

10. Sense Of Purpose

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“Look for a deep sense of purpose. Gifted children often show a strong sense of justice and a desire to make a difference in the world,” Sohaib Hasan, the founder of Oh My Classroom, explains.

“They hate to see any form of injustice and are always ready to fight for justice.”

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Setting Them Up For Future Success

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A gifted child is an asset to the parents and can turn around their family’s fortune. So, identifying the giftedness in your child early on will go a long way in preparing them for the future and setting them up for success.

This article was produced and syndicated by TPR Teaching.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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