Child geniuses from around the world
Is your child gifted? Here's how to spot a child genius.
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Every parent likes to believe that their child is exceptional and yes, that first word or step is amazing, but it doesn't mean that your child is a genius.

But what makes a child gifted?

The IQ number game

There are many factors to what makes a child "above average". It could be a high IQ which ranges from mildly gifted (IQ of 115 to 129) to Profoundly gifted (IQ of 180 and up). The average person has an IQ of between 85 and 115.

Your kid has talent

Being exceptionally talented in a particular skill or talent is another form of gifted. Reading, music or amazing artistic skills could see your child in a gifted program.

Top score!

This is not always a sign of a gifted child but often they are considered high achievers. If your child has never scored less than 95% on an achievement test, there's a good chance you have a little genuis on your hands.

Here are more characteristics of those kids considered to be gifted:
Reasons well (good thinker)
Learns rapidly
Has extensive vocabulary
Has an excellent memory
Has a long attention span (if interested)
Sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
Shows compassion
Morally sensitive
Has strong curiosity
Perseverant in their interests
Has high degree of energy
Prefers older companions or adults
Has a wide range of interests
Has a great sense of humour
Early or avid reader (if too young to read, loves being read to)
Concerned with justice, fairness
Judgement mature for age at times
Is a keen observer
Has a vivid imagination
Is highly creative
Tends to question authority
Has facility with numbers
Good at jigsaw puzzles or mazes

You can find out more at Mensa South Africa.

Gifted kids around the world

Watch Rhett and Link (hosts of Good Mythical Morning) chat about child geniuses from around the world.

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