My 7.5 yo ds is gifted in math, analytical ability, and also athletic ability and verbally in terms of putting complex ideas into words though he is grade level on reading and writing.
I'm not sure who it started with but both my dh and ds are very excited right now about ds learning computer programming. They would start with something designed for kids. While in general I like following ds's interests, I have serious concerns about this. In high school, some of my friends got so absorbed in computer programming I believe it interfered with their social lives and connection to the physical world. It seems to me that ds has tons of time to be in that abstract part of his brain and this is a good time to be in the more physical part. I imagine that whenever he wants to learn programming, he will learn it easily. If it were up to me, I'd just postpone, but dh very much wants to do this.
I'm curious if anyone here has introduced their child to programming at a similar age, and how it has gone.