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Poll? Where does your academically gifted child fall in relation to physical milestones?

post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 

I wanted this to be a poll, but can't find that option anymore headscratch.gif

 

Just wondering, is your academically gifted child. . .

 

1)  ahead on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

2) meeting physical skills/milestones more or less on time as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

3) behind on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

 

I know, I know - those milestone charts are fraught with controversy.  Let's say as compared to these charts

 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/index.html 

 

http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/external.asp?url=http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/002348.htm&prev=http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/?/category/development/4/topic/developmental-milestones/172/= 

 

 

 

My answer would be 3 - some on time, but mostly behind on physical skills

post #2 of 58
I would say DS is mostly on time or ahead... there are some areas he's a bit behind in due to sensory issues & spending SO much time in my arms, you know? Which I guess is similar to his 'academic' milestones, overall he is ahead but he has a few lags that are mostly tied to his other issues. Sometimes I wonder how he learns anything at all, physical or otherwise...
post #3 of 58

It's been a long time lol. I know DD would have been a 1 in both gross and fine motor skills. DS was sort of half 1 and half 2 in gross and certainly a 3 in fine.

post #4 of 58
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Originally Posted by pranava View Post

I wanted this to be a poll, but can't find that option anymore headscratch.gif

 

Just wondering, is your academically gifted child. . .

 

1)  ahead on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

2) meeting physical skills/milestones more or less on time as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

3) behind on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

 

I know, I know - those milestone charts are fraught with controversy.  Let's say as compared to these charts

 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/index.html 

 

http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/external.asp?url=http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/002348.htm&prev=http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/?/category/development/4/topic/developmental-milestones/172/= 

 

 

 

My answer would be 3 - some on time, but mostly behind on physical skills



Both my DDs would be 3s for gross motor milestone and 1 for fine motor skills.

 

They still both are mildly delayed for gross motor, one more than the other (has very mild CP). They simply have little to no interest in lots of physical skills are were never go.go.go. girls. They sat and played or talked and now read away the days. Neither likes riding bikes, scooters, etc. even now at age 5. 

 

Side note: they were 2+ months premature and I dont doubt that has something to do with it. They did not walk until 15 & 18 months respectively.

 

Fine motor has always been ahead-- they both drew, wrote names, laced, cut, etc ahead of age expectations.

post #5 of 58

both my kids have been ahead on most gross motor skills (though both walked right around 1st birthday), and pretty much all fine motor skills I can think of. DS more noticeably advanced, and also large for age. But both could do things like sit independently and play with a ball at 4m, and two-footed jumping shortly after turning 1. DS rode a two-wheel scooter at 2yo, 2-wheel bike at 3yo, could cut with scissors before he was 2, drew representational drawings before he was 2, etc. DD could crawl and pull up before 5mo, used a tripod grip to draw w/ crayons (spontaneously) at 15m, stuff like that. I don't spend a lot of time looking at those charts b/c they've never had any delays, ykwim? These are just the things that stuck out at me at the time b/c even I knew it was unusual.

 

DS was IDed as gifted as part of school application processes and I was sort or surprised at just how high he actually scored- he doesn't present like a super-academic kid. Not an early reader or anything. DD is too young for testing (or school) but she's seeming mighty smart to us lately :)

post #6 of 58

Mine were pretty average, maybe slightly earlier than average (all were walking by 10-12 months, for example). Fine motor (not counting graphomotor, which seems to follow a different trajectory here) ended up being well ahead by age 5-7, thanks to music lessons and temperamentally high levels of focus and attention to detail, but as babies and toddlers they were bang on average.

 

Miranda

post #7 of 58

Definitely a 1, with strangers commenting on it regularly when she was little.  She walked on her own at 9 months, and at 10 months she was climbing the ladder and going down the slide (again and again) on her own at the local playground.  At 6, almost 7, she is less obvious, but still picks up new dance steps and other physical challenges pretty quickly.  She is very determined to do what she wants to do.  I think Miranda captured it well with "temperamentally high levels of focus and attention to detail."

 

 

post #8 of 58

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For example my son walked just short of 11 months, and then didn't use it for a few weeks.  But he jumped on 2 feet at about 13 months.  He rode a trike by about 16 months.  Dived headfirst by about 19 months.  Passed the 25 yard non stop swim test to use the diving boards as a young 2.  He was independent on a two wheeler at about 2.5 -- would have been earlier if he could have reached the ground, but he had to learn to start it in a hard lean to one side so he could get on.  Learned to skip at 2 because DD as a young 4 learned it in dance class.

 

I believe the key to most of this physical skills stuff is the vestibular system and isn't related to overall intellectual function except that sometimes everything just falls into place including the vestibular. 

 

 

post #9 of 58

One of my gifted DDs would number 1 for both fine and gross motor skills. She's athletic as well as artistic. She's also beautiful and can sing and act.

 

My other DD would be number 3 for both fine and gross motor skills. She has special needs in addition to being gifted. She met all gross motor milestones borderline or late, and is a bit awkward in her body. The thing she can do is SWIM. Like a machine, with amazing endurance. She's also doing gentle yoga now.

 

Her fine motor skills are far off that at 13 we quit saying "delayed" and switched efforts to her learning to how to through life and school with what she's got rather than catching up.

 

 

post #10 of 58
Thread Starter 

lurk.gif   Wow!  So many physically talented children!  I actually expected this to be more skewed toward late walking and the like.   I don't know if my DS's slow gross motor skills are a lack of interest like KCMichigan mentioned or possibly a sign of being on the ASD spectrum (there's been some speculation about that from a few daycare providers). 

post #11 of 58


I don't know that I'd call them "physically talented" in those early years. There are all sorts of reasons kids develop how they develop physically and that early trajectory isn't neccessarily constant. Often, through elementary school age, what people recognize as "atheletically gifted" have more to do with unusual mental drive and focus. Once the majority of kids are there mentally, those who are truely exceptional physically leap forward.

 

 

 

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lurk.gif   Wow!  So many physically talented children!  I actually expected this to be more skewed toward late walking and the like.   I don't know if my DS's slow gross motor skills are a lack of interest like KCMichigan mentioned or possibly a sign of being on the ASD spectrum (there's been some speculation about that from a few daycare providers). 



 

post #12 of 58
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 Often, through elementary school age, what people recognize as "atheletically gifted" have more to do with unusual mental drive and focus. Once the majority of kids are there mentally, those who are truely exceptional physically leap forward.

 

 

 



 


I agree with some of this...... but not all.

 

One of my DDs is d.r.i.v.e.n. and has always had a long long long attention span and focus (noted by several teachers and other non-family adults). She is mastery driven and does get frustrated at her lack of physical abilities. I will add though--- she was determined to write her name and did at age 2y2m. She was determined to read and taught herself at age 3. But no matter how hard she tries and practices, even after 7 months of gymnastics she still can not do a cartwheel or backward roll. It is not lack of determination (she tries over and over and over), but rather a sheer lack of physical ability/coordination. This is not my DD w/ physical disabilities.

 

 

My other  DD has sensory needs, possible ASD, and mild physical disabilities. Her gross motor skills were delayed enough she had therapies (Ot & PT) as recently as last year. Some of her reluctance to 'practice' physical skills are related to her sensory needs/physical limits and some is just a lack of interest when there is art to be drawn, puppets to play with , and books to read. She still struggles to ride a trike and actively avoids bike riding/scooter,etc.

 

I would not and do not equate physical abilities to cognitive skills. They some times ARE seen together but just as often are seen apart.

 

Advanced skills in one area does not determine advanced skills in the other.

 

post #13 of 58
DD has always been borderline behind on gross motor, but not extremely slow. Learned to swim at 6 and ride a two-wheeler w/o training wheels at 7. In our circles this is a bit late. She also was very late to learn to walk up stairs, but walked alone at one. She is on the uncoordinated side, but so am I.

DS was failure to thrive and low muscle tone as a baby and then mysteriously caught up. He now appears on track or slightly ahead. He learned to pedal a trike before 3--DD did not get this till 4. He has a great throwing arm.

Both kids have always had fairly amazing fine motor skills. DD has beautiful handwriting and is great at art. DS has been holding a pencil correctly since before 2 and is writing words and drawing more like a 4yo.
post #14 of 58
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One of my DDs is d.r.i.v.e.n. and has always had a long long long attention span and focus (noted by several teachers and other non-family adults). She is mastery driven

 

...I would not and do not equate physical abilities to cognitive skills. They some times ARE seen together but just as often are seen apart.

 

 

 


 

My DD with motor issues is very like this. Tons of focus (more than is typical) and a very, very hard worker.  Her body is just..... I don't know how to explain it.  Her labels when she was little included "low muscle tone" and "delayed motor planning skills."  I think the reason she turned out to be such an awesome swimmer is because it's the same thing over and over, you don't have to react to anything else (like you do in sports like soccer) and because the water was so wonderful for her sensory issues, she has spent many, many, many hours in it. For a couple of years, she practiced swimming 2 hours a day. Anything a kid practices for 2 hours a day for a couple of years they will get good at. 

 

It's still hard for her to learn new physical activities. Even at 14, it's still hard for her to figure out how to get her body to do something new. It's as if the exact same reasons she sat up late and walked late are still true, they just play out differently.

 

My athletic DD has less focus. A lot less. She's also so used to things coming easily that she has trouble really putting effort in.

 

And I agree there's no correlation between smarts and physical ability. It's all random.

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Originally Posted by pranava View Post

 

1)  ahead on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

 

2) meeting physical skills/milestones more or less on time as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

Dd fits here, with a few skills (particularly fine motor and skills involving balance) ahead.

 

3) behind on physical skills/milestones as defined by most developmental milestone charts.

Ds fits here -- but he also has SPD and some dyspraxia. He's actually more #2 now, but that's with 2 years of OT from age 5-7.


 

 


 

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I wasn't by any means suggesting that all driven kids are also physically or cognitively advanced! I was saying that it's too early to consider an infant or toddler as "physically talented." The early walker or kid who stands out in kinder-gym MIGHT end up atheletically gifted but more often than not, what makes a child in elementary and younger stand out is focus, drive, ability to follow directions and competitiveness. At the younger ages, that can really make a child stand out. However, many times these kids aren't really that unusual in terms of atheletic ability and once their peers catch up in their ability to focus (and they do) those who are truely "physically talented" come forth.

 

 

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I agree with some of this...... but not all.

 

One of my DDs is d.r.i.v.e.n. and has always had a long long long attention span and focus (noted by several teachers and other non-family adults). She is mastery driven and does get frustrated at her lack of physical abilities. I will add though--- she was determined to write her name and did at age 2y2m. She was determined to read and taught herself at age 3. But no matter how hard she tries and practices, even after 7 months of gymnastics she still can not do a cartwheel or backward roll. It is not lack of determination (she tries over and over and over), but rather a sheer lack of physical ability/coordination. This is not my DD w/ physical disabilities.

 

 

My other  DD has sensory needs, possible ASD, and mild physical disabilities. Her gross motor skills were delayed enough she had therapies (Ot & PT) as recently as last year. Some of her reluctance to 'practice' physical skills are related to her sensory needs/physical limits and some is just a lack of interest when there is art to be drawn, puppets to play with , and books to read. She still struggles to ride a trike and actively avoids bike riding/scooter,etc.

 

I would not and do not equate physical abilities to cognitive skills. They some times ARE seen together but just as often are seen apart.

 

Advanced skills in one area does not determine advanced skills in the other.

 



 

post #17 of 58

 

It's been a long time, but I recall that DS was a very strong baby. He held his head up and could sit up well fairly early. I recall others remarking about it. He was an alert baby. DD was also a strong, active baby. Milestones like crawling and walking were on target. No delays for either of them with gross or fine motor activities. 

 

They are both good athletes now, but not particularly devoted to any sport or activity. DD has an amazing sense of rhythm and movement and grace. If she wanted it more, she could be a wonderful dancer. She's just not driven to dedicate her life to it. 

 

I had worked with "floppy" babies and physically disabled children before I had children. I was fairly aware of handling my dc as infants to promote good muscle tone and activity and encouraging them to explore and develop gross and fine motor function. With a subject pool of 2, I can't say whether it made any real difference, but their physical development was never a concern.   

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The early walker or kid who stands out in kinder-gym MIGHT end up atheletically gifted but more often than not, what makes a child in elementary and younger stand out is focus, drive, ability to follow directions and competitiveness.

 That makes sense.  I stood at 6 months and walked at 8, but I'm FAR from a star athlete, or any kind of good athlete for that matter :) 

 

It's odd, but DS was a strong baby - holding his head up, pushing to a stand, rolling over very very early.  He crawled and cruised on time, but when it comes to walking, climbing, running, throwing he's delayed.  Seems the older he gets the more his physical development slows down. 

post #19 of 58

2. He's been pretty average right on down the line with physical stuff. And now, at 9 years old, he's athletically pretty average. He's definitely not a gifted athlete. 

post #20 of 58

DS (2) is a 1. yes, yes, I realize that at 26 months its too early to consider him gifted, but he's way ahead of himself "academically" (vocab, number recognition & counting, letters, learning to read, accurately explaining mechanical & body processes, cooperative play, knows the planets of our solar system in & out of order, can read weather maps and tell us if it'll rain, knows map vs. globe, etc). He's always been ahead of the developmental charts - to the point where I tossed the books out and his Dr. stopped asking about reaching the milestones. he was holding his head up the day after he was born. laughing, smiling and vocalizing several sounds by 5 weeks. all of his teeth were in by 10.5 months (not including the 2 year molars), using a cup and a fork, knife & spoon well around a year. dribbling a soccer ball across the yard, on ice, by 20 months (I didn't think that was odd until the 8 year old neighbor flipped out about it - DS was keeping up with him). walking by 10 months, speaking several words by 8 months at the latest (which is when he quit sign language, I guess). throwing overhand by a year. jumped with both feet around 16 months (and it scared him so much he laid down & hugged the floor and still refuses to try again). climbing stairs alternating feet without holding on by 20 months, started drawing recognizable pictures around 18 months (of planes, diggers, etc from memory). he's dead on average for height and weight. We'll see if he actually turns out to be "gifted" or not though. But he's working his way through the kindergarten curriculum without being instructed/pushed in any manner - we just suddenly realize he can do random things (knows left vs right, can count past 20, etc). I think our days of spelling things above his head are nearing a close - he got "straw" yesterday.

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