OK, a little context: I have a 3 year old son that is pretty bright. He learned to read at age two (we read to him a lot, and he pieced things together quite readily himself and starting picking up new books and reading them to us by the time he was 2 1/2). He's good with math - basic math problems. Above average art, music, and creative skills etc. He's big on making up his own jokes now. Some are funny, most are only funny if you are three. ;) The doctor has never used the "g" word with him.
My 16 month old is a bit unusual. Now, she as an older brother that delights in teaching her things. She can read and recongize all letters, about 100+ sight words, counts to about 15. She recites the entire alphabet, in the right order. Her vocabulary is unusually large - we lot count a while ago but she has thousands of words. She puts together two words, sometimes three.
After speaking with her and she started reading the numbers off the ruler on the exam table, the doctor had a rather "frank" discussion with us. She said DD is most like a "genius" and we should start thinking about resources for her now - like special schools and the like. It wasn't like a "oh how fun, your DD is really bright" - it was more like a "this is going to be an issue and you should prepare now" kind of thing.
So, questions for you all... Is it really reasonable to think my daughter would need special services? She's only 16 months - how could we possibly predict future intelligence? She has a bright older brother that loves to teach her things, so she just gets a lot of stimulation that way. Maybe her older brother is, in effect, "hothousing" her.(Not sure I used that term right.)
What are your thoughts? Anyone else have a 15/16 month old like I describe? Did they sort of "level out" as they got older? If I need to prepare for her being a "genius" (not a fan of labeling her, especially this early!) what do I need to do? Any suggestions on where to start as a clueless mama?
BTW- we do have some extremely/profoundly gifted people in the family... they may be a resource, but I feel really funny talking about this with family for fear of sounding like I'm somehow bragging. Like I have anything to do with how smart my kids might be!
Thank you for your time.