Characteristics of Gifted Children

If you would like to have your child tested, please complete the “Permission to test” form available at your child’s school. You can ask the gifted teacher directly or the school office staff. 


What are some characteristics of gifted children?

Although there is no easy formula for identifying a gifted child, certain characteristics appear to differentiate the gifted child from his/her classmates, such as:

Early ability to read and to understand language: A child who is gifted often reads two or more grade levels above current grade placement.

Retention of a variety of information: A gifted child often amazes parents and teachers by learning new information quickly and remembering the details over long periods of time.

Periods of intense concentration.

Keen observation and curiosity.

Complex processing of information: .

Ability to think abstractly.

Strong critical thinking skills.

Ability to follow directions: : A child who is gifted often shows independence, self-reliance, and responsibility in completing tasks.

Creativity and inventiveness.

Seemingly limitless energy: Frequently a gifted child is alert and eager.

Leadership: The child often assumes leadership roles.



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