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I know this is another, "How do you know your child is gifted?" thread, but what if your child is gifted in all of the criteria except for one area?<br><br>
DD and DS fit the criteria to the tee in areas of gross and fine motor development, but DD was only slightly ahead in verbal development and DS is markedly slower than average in verbal development (and he doesn't likely have Einstein syndrome -- he's just a little later than average, I would say).<br><br>
DD took her first independent steps at 9 mos, and now at 3.25 is almost reading (is sounding out letters, needs help to sound out words but is close). She is also obsessed with puzzles (she needs 100pce puzzles to challenge her). DS also walked at 9 mos, at 16 mos could jump with both feet off the ground, drew circles at 18 mos, but now at 19 mos only says about 10 words.<br><br>
I suspect they are bright, but not gifted. They are certainly not as precocious as many gifted children as I have read about on this list. They meet all the criteria of gifted (even on the language comprehension skills), but not the verbal development. Is uniformal giftedness in all areas necessary for a child to be considered gifted? Just curious.
 

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My ds was very much like yours. And at 19 months was barely speaking 10 words. Then he had a sudden language explosion at 21 months and by 22 months was speaking in complete (and complex) sentences. By 3 he had an immense vocabulary which included using words like oblivion, edible, chrysalis and other such words in context and with perfect pronunciation. So I think it is way too early to tell what your ds verbal capabilities will be.
 

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If someone is a world class violinist or an open heart surgeon do you say "well, first let's hear about your tennis game before we decide if you are gifted?"<br><br>
I can only say my child was very much developmentally delayed in terms of motor skills. He didn't walk until he was two and not well until after that, but he's profoundly gifted. So, I guess you can figure out my answer!
 

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No, a child doesn't have to be gifted in every area to be considered gifted. And early development in an area isn't the same thing as giftedness in that area. I feel comfortable saying my DD is verbally gifted, but she had kind of a hard time learning to talk. At the time she turned two, she only rarely put two words together, and couldn't say more than one syllable of a word. But by the time she was 2 1/2, she could use long, complex sentences, with good grammar and words like "deciduous."
 

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It depends on what the diagnosis is going to be used for, I think.<br><br>
A child can be highly gifted in one area of interest or talent such as music, sports, art, writing, etc. and still not meet the criteria for receiving the Special Education diagnosis in our school system here in New Mexico. In order to meet that criteria, they must qualify with an IQ of 130 or above in two of three areas of testing - reasoning, math and language arts.<br><br>
My oldest qualifies for language arts but not reasoning or math and would not qualify for gifted placement. But she also does not need it to succeed in her high school. She's taking honors level English classes, but all the rest of her classes are regular ed.<br><br>
My middle son qualified about 130 in all three exceptionalities and is now in special ed classes 65% of his day - all that the school provides. The only regular ed classes he takes are band, science, and computer. He needed the special ed classes, because the regular regimen was not meeting his needs.<br><br>
I really think it depends on what you are wanting to do with the diagnosis. If it is to get services, you need to see what the criterion are for your area. If it's just for your own information, then, yes, a child can be highly gifted in one area without being gifted in others.
 

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The other replies here are great. Neither of my kids talked much until they were 3. My son was reading long sentences with comprehension before he cared to speak them. One definition of giftedness is "asynchronous development" and that has applied to both my kids.
 

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I think the rule with gifted kids is that they all tend to break the rules. My dd was slow on many physical developmental milestones - except fine motor control. She was about average on emerging verbal skills. By 2 the verbal skills became much more apparent, and now at 8, recently tested she is considered profoundly gifted.<br><br>
I think you just follow their lead and see where you end up!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My ds was very much like yours. And at 19 months was barely speaking 10 words. Then he had a sudden language explosion at 21 months and by 22 months was speaking in complete (and complex) sentences. By 3 he had an immense vocabulary which included using words like oblivion, edible, chrysalis and other such words in context and with perfect pronunciation. So I think it is way too early to tell what your ds verbal capabilities will be.</div>
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My husband says this sounds exactly like him.<br><br>
To the OP, I think your children are probably gifted. It really is too soon to dismiss them because of one little thing.<br><br>
I was gifted, and I don't think I spoke or walk or did anything particularly early.<br><br>
I wasn't evaluated until I was 5.
 

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Both of my children are gifted, and neither was saying much of anything at 19 months. Neither of them really babbled at all. By around 18 months, they each had between 300-400 ASL signs but weren't speaking. Then somewhere around 21-22 months, the talking began - complex sentences, 5-6 syllable words, etc. I wouldn't say that all of it was clear, but they were definitely doing it (and signing when we needed clarification).
 

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DD is 20 months, she can speak 6 languages fluently and can read in 4 languages(english, dutch, portuguese,polish) and in japanese characters, she's just missing french, but we haven't introduce her to french books or anything.<br>
Uses complex words and sentences, could say complete sentences by 15 months, she walked at 10 mths and said her first word at 7 mths.<br>
Her motor skills are excellent, she's confused by a 3 year old.<br>
She seems to love art, she makes her own stuff with playdoh(animals and other things), she's very independent, she seems to very interested in everything, especially biology and astronomy, when she was sick, she understand how serious her sickness was and now that she's in remission, she stills knows hoe everything works, it's just amazing.<br><br>
I don't know if she's really considered gifted but to me she is.
 
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