My son has always processed somewhat slowly - speaking, eating, putting on clothes on, getting ready to go in the car. His younger brother beats him in most time tasks, yet the youngest boy could never do what Kevin could do at the same age. I am convinced Kevin is very gifted, but processes slowly. In first grade (age 6 almost 7), he was tested at school for gifted because his Spanish was so much better than his peers in their immersion class. He scored high enough to be admitted to their self-contained gifted program - IQs 135 +. Instead of the gifted program this year, I chose to keep him in their Spanish immersion program for 2nd grade.
Years earlier I had taken Kevin for gifted testing at 4 almost 5 years of age. He did not pass as gifted - while he got every answer correct, he did not finish all the problems in the amount of time provided. When he was asked questions about space (he knew all the planets at that time, as well as money and time) he missed a question - What warms you? He said to the examiner, "I don't know." I asked him later about missing the question, he said, "the sun doesn't warm me, it makes me hot." Well, we do live in Phoenix so he was right in one sense :)
When Kevin just turned 5 years, he was doing LCD in fractions, reducing fractions, and converting mixed numerals having already learned 4 digit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before turning 5. He was ranked #4 throughout all North America for Kumon Math Honor roll of among 10K other kids in Kindergarten, but this was based on the level he was doing, not the speed. He was also learning Spanish, Chinese and Thai at this time. At 5 he could read some paragraphs in Chinese, and his Chinese writing was exceptional.
As a toddler, we never knew Kevin could read until at 2 years and 2 months he spelled "gitar" - okay, not perfect, but he just blasted it out when he saw a band on TV. By 2 1/2 years of age he could read 60 page Dr Suess books in under 10 minutes and put 100 piece puzzles together quickly. He learned to write all upper and lower case letters on the chalk board before turning 3, and in a very short time of 3 weeks. We put him in Yamaha music school at 3 3/4 years of age, and he completed their 2 year (ages 4-6) program in 1 year. While he wasn't the best at playing the piano - some older Indian girls were better, he could read music better than any of the older students. His brother only started reading at 3 3/4 years of age while Kevin's reading was much stronger at 2 1/3 years of age. This is why when I was told Kevin was not gifted by the examiner several years ago, I thought... you just don't know Kevin, your tests are not perfect, and I've never known any other kids to learn so much in such short time without really pressuring him to learn like most Asians, South Korean's and Indians from India.
I am an engineer, and I know there are smarter children than Kevin, but I have never known any child to learn so quickly, yet he is slow to answer - pencil work especially with math. Writing a story is very slow too. Answers coming out of his mouth are always slower than his brother. His brother who is 1.5 years younger usually beats Kevin when it is an answer they both know. Yet, Kevin can read very fast, but he prefer not to speak when reading. On reading tests given in First grade he scored 150 WPM with 99.9% accuracy.
However, I am afraid he may never do as well in school when other kids catch up to his level of knowledge. I wish I knew more about this processing speed problem, I can only hope it will self-correct to some degree as he gets older. If not, he will probably not be able to show his highest potential on school tests that are timed like the SAT, and in college. That has got to be extremely frustrating for kids like Kevin - I cannot even imagine just how frustrating. Hopefully he can deal with that if it becomes the case.
Edited by MS123 - 9/5/13 at 6:26pm