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#1 of 2 Old 06-26-2014, 05:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I am in no way claiming I have a gifted child. I have no way of knowing that yet, she's only 9 1/2 months old. I'm also a first time mom. She's been hitting milestones very fast. All of them very fast, motor, verbal, cognitive, etc... At first I didn't think anything of hearing, "Oh, she's doing that fast," from others, but it's a constant for everything. I started Googling the last few days and read average versus gifted milestone checklists and she's meeting or exceeding all of the gifted ones. (Well, all of them that she's tried. I've never handed her a crayon, because I didn't want to deal with the mess. Ha ha.)

I decided to join this forum to ask if anyone can tell me what to keep my eyes peeled for regarding a gifted versus normal child. Maybe if I should do things differently in the coming years?

I read that I should not be a "hothouse" parent and try to train her to do things early. That doesn't gauge things correctly, but I also don't want to impede her abilities either. Ugh. I don't know. I guess I'm just wondering what other parents have done when they noticed their babies were learning things really fast?

Examples: She speaks at least 11 words by sight, not repetition. She's said her first sentence a couple weeks back, "Hi, cat," while waving. Shares. Walks. Feeds herself, us, and her stuffed animals. Sign language. She mimics what all of the bigger kids are doing at the park exactly, like running in a track from point to point to point. I don't know, lots of things. Head control since the day she was born. Steady gaze since the day she was born. Rolling over since 2 days old. Like she pulled herself to standing the first time at 6 weeks. Her first repeated word was at 7 weeks. Mama with intent was a regular at 4 months... that sort of thing. Heck, this type of stuff might not even be gifted. I might be reaching here. I have no idea. I do have video and photographic evidence of it all though, so that's good. I've just been doing that for posterity.

Anyway, thanks in advance for reading my first awkward post.
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Saying Mama with intent at 4 months, and 11 words at 9 months is pretty advanced. It's so hard to tell at such a young age, but you will probably have a much better idea in the next year to year and a half. I'd look out for signs that she has a deeper understanding or more developed sense of humor than other babies her age. Things like, if you make a toy cow bark, does she 'get it' that it's wrong and laugh because it's funny. That kind of insight into her thinking may tell you more than just hitting a published milestone early. No need to do anything differently with her though. Definitely don't hothouse, but don't hold back either. Let her lead and expose her to all kinds of things. If she likes letters at 12 months, let her play with letters. She'll learn the most if she likes what she's doing.

Can't wait to hear more as she grows

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