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post #81 of 93
Originally Posted by oaksie68 View Post
I am very interested to know if there are any special dietary needs for gifted kids. Two examples - my daughter NEEDS to eat a decent amount of protein to function,
Reactive hypoglycemia is slightly more common in the gifted population than in the general population.
post #82 of 93
My little one turned 2 in late November. It is obviously too early to test, but he seems to be at least highly gifted in both an academic (knows all letters, numbers, regularly memorizes his books, etc) and gross motor skills (throws so hard and fast that I can't even catch it anymore). As someone who had some good and not so great experiences as an exceptionally gifted kid, I've been mostly lurking to get ideas on how to support my 2 year old's interests while limiting (if possible) the anxiety that accompanied my childhood.
post #83 of 93
dd1 is 11, 6th grade, consistently tests in 99th for everything, very specific and analytical.
dd2 is 9, 4th grade, consistently tests 99th for everything, very emotionally gifted and sensitive to others. Probably has reactive hypoglycemia, i.e., PROTEIN.

both are making huge strides musically on their instruments.

ds is 6 in KG and is very asynchronous because he's so introverted that social stuff is very, very hard for him. Making progress. Has not been evaluated, but reading on about a 5th grade level. Also probably has the PROTEIN need.

dd3 is 3 1/2 and is very very verbal. She loves logic games and was making letters out of legos last week. Also has the protein need.

dd4 is 9 months and cannot be identified as gifted, but is very social, cheerful, alert, and has this rich environment to learn from?

DH's parents never told him, but I am absolutely certain he is PG and his parents worked very hard on helping him be "socially OK" as well as provided rich and enriching experiences for him and working with his teachers in school, etc.

I don't know what level, but I was always in GT programs. Probably not PG.
post #84 of 93
ds1 just turned six
ds2 is 2
post #85 of 93
DD is 3.5--she was born May 2006. I think she may fall in the 2 or 3 on Ruf's scale. I was tested as a kid and am MG or HG and I think DH is EG or PG. DD's greatest strength is verbal. I'm starting to think she also may have a proclivity for music. Her motor skills have always been a tad behind the curve, as has some physical development (very small, very late teether). She didn't walk until she was almost 15 months old, but she was talking in brief sentences shortly after that. I'm sure she'd be starting to write words if her fine motor skills were as developed as her understanding of language.
post #86 of 93
Ecoteat, ,my May 06 girl is quite similar. Her fine motor skills seem to have caught up a little over the past year but they are still really hard work for her e.g. if she wants to do some cutting and pasting she'll cut the first whatever out, then ask me to do the rest because she's exhausted her "fiddly work" stamina lol. Her drawing (or sometimes lack of interest therein) has always lagged behind her same age peers but her verbal/cognitive abilities are years ahead
post #87 of 93
i feel bad jumping in without reading the whole thread, but i read and skimmed through part of it, and i think that's the best i'll be able to do for a while!

i have 2 DD, aged almost 4.5 and 1.5. neither has been tested, but older DD is way ahead in so many areas that i'm pretty sure she's gifted. if younger DD keeps up like she is, i'm sure i'll be saying the same thing about her in a few years.

i was never identified as a gifted kid, and i've never taken an IQ test, but i've scored in the 99th percentile of virtually every standardized test i've ever taken, so i'm pretty sure i'd have fallen somewhere along the spectrum. DH is either not gifted, or less gifted than me (he's european and sometimes i really can't tell what's a result of culture/upbringing and what's from "IQ"). intellectually, i think i was something of a late bloomer (according to my parents i was not nearly as smart as my girls at their ages), so i'm not sure what to expect from my kids as they get bigger. can late bloomers have early bloomers?

anyway, nice to formally introduce myself and meet you all!
post #88 of 93
I usually just lurk but figured now was a good time to jump in.

My ds is 7 and my dd is 5.
post #89 of 93
Originally Posted by majormajor View Post
intellectually, i think i was something of a late bloomer (according to my parents i was not nearly as smart as my girls at their ages), so i'm not sure what to expect from my kids as they get bigger. can late bloomers have early bloomers?
I think so. For instance, from what I understand I was pretty right on track hitting my milestones with a few exceptions (I could do a shape sorter at 9 months and was potty trained very early). However, once I got older I started doing more and I know I was reading before kindergarten. DD, on the other hand, has been ahead cross the board, much like DH was. She's too young to be tested but she keeps getting farther and farther ahead the older she gets.
post #90 of 93
Originally Posted by loraxc View Post
DD is 6 in Jan. She was nominated for GT testing at school, so we will have some numbers soon, but I suspect she is MG or HG. I actually think her subtests will be all over the map, with very high verbal and memory scores but low to average spatial ability. I can't say I'd be surprised, though, if she tested just below gifted (high average) OR if she tested PG. Really, I just don't know. She is a strange mixture.

She also is artistically gifted.
This nearly describes my ds to a tee. He was tested last year after a recommendation from his teacher. He tested exceptionally above average and just under gifted. He is pretty even though between verbal and spatial. He freaks me out because he is the kid that 'tries' EVERYTHING. I am amazed he has made it this far. He started riding a bike at 3 without training wheels and at 5 he says "look mom no hands" and pops wheelies. His ability to balance is off the charts and now, at 6, he is making his skateboard flip underneath him and he 'grinds' with his ripstick. DH thinks we should encourage his 'extreme sports' nature. I think we should have in reading in a library!!

My dd is 14 and she was in the gifted program for math earlier on. Now she plays several instruments; Violin, Cello, Piano and wants a set of drums (yeah me). She is a exceptionally talented artist and is also putting out her feelers for drama. I have NO idea where she gets her creativity from - I am certainly NOT creative!!

Both Dh and myself are 'gifted'. My IQ has been tested twice once at 152 and the other at 146 (not sure why the large difference) and Dh tested around 150 when he was a teenager. Not sure if I feel that 'giftedness' is a truly genetic trait or more of an environmental issue.
post #91 of 93
Originally Posted by Justice2 View Post
My IQ has been tested twice once at 152 and the other at 146 (not sure why the large difference)
That's just 6 points, not even a full standard deviation. People have good days and bad days. Also, the higher the numbers get the more room there is for error and tester interpretation, so the difference between a person who tests at 100 vs a person who tests at 106 is more tangible than the difference between 146 and 152.
post #92 of 93
DS just turned 4 in November
post #93 of 93
I have one of the many 3-year-olds on here. DS turned three in November. He hasn't been tested or evaluated at all, so we have nothing definitive, to the extent that any of those are "definitive" for preschoolers anyways. But his abilities with reading, writing, and numbers are pretty amazing -- he catches professionals by surprise (e.g. he read all of "One Fish Two Fish" aloud to a very surprised pediatrician yesterday, and his preschool teachers are watching his skill acquisition with interest). He also memorizes songs, books, sequences, etc. really easily. So, yeah, probably gifted. Don't know more than that yet.

Strangers couldn't tell his giftedness from interacting with him, though! He's taciturn -- he doesn't say much about what's going on in his head, and his spoken vocabulary is fairly small. Also, he's kind of quirky in a lot of ways. He retreats into a social shell when in a large crowd, he hates crowd noises and loud music, and he tends to self-stimulate with repetitive motions or counting out loud. (We've learned that these are his coping mechanisms, and we respect them as such.)
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