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    How do I know if my child is gifted?

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    Alina Kirievsky

    Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Psychologist

    Alina Kirievsky, founder of Eastern Suburbs Child Psychology, offers services for infants, toddlers, pre-school and primary school aged children, and their families.As a registered Educational … View Profile

    This depends on the age of the child. But generally there are certain characteristics to look out for if you suspect that your child is gifted, and those can be evident from an early age. For example, if your child is gifted, he/she is likely to have reached their developmental milestones earlier than most of others their age, for example he/she might have been an early talker, or an early reader. Gifted children are also often very sensitive and may think too much and too deeply about issues in the world. They also might show an unusual talent in certain areas, such as music. If you suspect your child is gifted, you can see a psychologist for an assessment of cognitive functionning  (IQ test). To be “labelled” gifted, your child needs to be performing significantly above children of their age on such test. A psychologist may also use a questionnaire to be filled out by parents and teachers to examine the different areas your child might be gifted in (appart of intellectual functionning).

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