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Is my child gifted or just faster than average in milestone

post #1 of 7
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I am just posting this to ask for mummies' opinions. 

if my child at 15 months: 

 

1. Knows more than 180 words and able to articulate them pretty clearly: 

 - Name colors like red, green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, purple

 - Able to recognize alphabet (upper case, about half of the alphabet) 

 - Able to count to 5 

 - Able to name most body parts head, ears, eyes, tummy, nose, tongue, teeth, hand, finger, feet, toes

 - Use words to express needs, wants and some simple emotions like happy, sad, sleepy 

 - Obey commands including tidying / putting things away, switch on and off lights of her bed room before bed.  

 - Remember where she kept her toys (e.g. the place which each toy belongs in the shelf) most of the time but not all the time 

 - Already putting two words togher 

 

2. Able to stack blocks of 5 (needs a bit of coaxing) 

3. Walks without a wide-base gait, starting to run.  

4. Able to kick a ball 

5. keen interest in books, pictures. Can recognize her favorite animals / objects by looking at their outlines etc. (baby, cat, dog, kitten, monkey, crocodile, peacock, chicken, horse, giraffe, bowl, spoon, fork, towel, and more but I lost count). Picks up books by herself and reads on her own (although I am not sure whether she can really understand the words) but she seems to understand when asked to point. 

 

Is this considered gifted, or just fast in her milestone?

Thanks

post #2 of 7

Nothing is considered gifted at 15 months. It's just far to early to know one way or the other. Most evaluators won't make a formal diagnosis until age 5-7, because there's so much variability in development and temperament in younger children. Your little one is certainly advanced. Nothing special you need to do -- just keep supporting her interests and her curiosity, and love her for who she is rather than what she can do. 

 

Miranda

post #3 of 7

Well, it is possible to identify (unless the only criteria for identification is formal testing, which is nigh impossible on little ones :)) by parents, pediatricians and child developmental specialists - and it's something researchers continue to work on. The Davidson Institute, for example, has research indicating an average of 30% advancement in an area like fine motor, gross motor or language as an reliable indicator of giftedness. There is a lengthy but fascinating study about how advanced language development almost always indicates a gifted child - I can PM you some links if you want!

 

What you want to do with your child's advanced milestone achievements is up to you! For us, looking at where her milestones are helps us to determine what activities will interest her and fuel her creativity. It helps keep us from getting stuck in "you should be..." and open to "yes! let's try that!" 

 

It's so fun to watch them learn!

post #4 of 7

aurorasea, your child sounds a lot like mine at that age. We are at 20 months right now and still wondering what the future has in store for us. If you find any books, links, advice, etc. about the topic of toddlers and possible giftedness, please share with us. I know a lot of us on here are in the same boat.
 

It sounds like you have an amazing little girl on your hands. :)

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your helpful advice!

I agree with you that kids have lots of variation in development, and what determines their future is not only in their IQs.

What I don't want to do, is pushing her too hard that she become stressed and lose her keen interest in learning.

 

I am a kind of person who belives in 90% genius, 10% hard work.
Whenever she achieves something, I praise her for her good effot and will always encourage her to try.

 

I don't know what's her interest is yet, but I will keep an eye on it.

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Originally Posted by Cathlin View Post

Well, it is possible to identify (unless the only criteria for identification is formal testing, which is nigh impossible on little ones :)) by parents, pediatricians and child developmental specialists - and it's something researchers continue to work on. The Davidson Institute, for example, has research indicating an average of 30% advancement in an area like fine motor, gross motor or language as an reliable indicator of giftedness. There is a lengthy but fascinating study about how advanced language development almost always indicates a gifted child - I can PM you some links if you want!

 

What you want to do with your child's advanced milestone achievements is up to you! For us, looking at where her milestones are helps us to determine what activities will interest her and fuel her creativity. It helps keep us from getting stuck in "you should be..." and open to "yes! let's try that!" 

 

It's so fun to watch them learn!

 

I have never heard of that before, surely don't mind taking a look for my interest and learning.

Would you mind sending me the link please?

 

Well, what I want to do I don't really know yet.

She's young, I don't want to intervene too much, just let it naturally develop with support and encouragement from the parents.

Yes, the challenge is identifying what interests her.

So far I have tried books, various toys, give it to her and just observe!

Or Bring her out to parks, zooks, gardens, etc. and see how she reacts!

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Originally Posted by ACuriousMom View Post

aurorasea, your child sounds a lot like mine at that age. We are at 20 months right now and still wondering what the future has in store for us. If you find any books, links, advice, etc. about the topic of toddlers and possible giftedness, please share with us. I know a lot of us on here are in the same boat.
 

It sounds like you have an amazing little girl on your hands. :)

I am glad to find people who have similar stories here.

 

It excites me seeing the little ones learn. Not sure what's the best.

I am mainly using books, toys (just very traditional toys that's simple, allow plenty of creativity), but not yet exposed her to electronic devices yet.

Story telling, singing, and teaching her how to follow simple instructions are just some of the things that I've been doing.

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