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Characteristics of Gifted Children by the National Association for Gifted Children

Characteristics of Gifted Children by the National Association for Gifted Children
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Very often parents are the first to recognise that their child is bright for his or her age. There are many checklists of gifted characteristics. In general they contain several common elements -

Compared to other children your child's age, how many of these fit your child:


  • Reasons well and learn rapidly
  • Has extensive vocabulary and talked early
  • Early or avid reader
  • Asks lots of questions and learns more quickly than others
  • Has a very retentive memory
  • Is extremely curious and can concentrate for long periods on subjects of interest
  • Perseverant in their interests
  • Has a wide general knowledge and interest in the world
  • Enjoys problem-solving, often missing out the intermediate stages in an argument and making original connections
  • Has an unusual and vivid imagination
  • Is intense and shows strong feelings and opinions
  • Concerned with justice and fairness
  • Has an odd sense of humour
  • Sets high standards and is a perfectionist
  • Loses interest when asked to do more of the same
  • Is sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
  • Shows compassion and is morally sensitive
  • Has a high degree of energy
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Judgement mature for age at times
  • Is a keen observer
  • Is highly creative
  • Tends to question authority
  • Has facility with numbers
  • Extremely good at jigsaw puzzles



No one will show all these characteristics, but very bright children will fit a significant number of them.


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