Gifted children have an exceptional ability to learn or reason beyond their same-age peers. Their minds are often ahead of their physical growth, and specific cognitive and social-emotional functions can develop unevenly. Often, high achievement and giftedness are perceived similarly. Gifted children exhibit a high ability to make meaning out of complex concepts or problems, while high achieving students show exemplary ability to utilize and apply the skills and procedures they have learned. You may want to consider testing your child if you have noticed these characteristics:

Verbal Skills
  • Has an advanced vocabulary for his/her age
  • Seems to continuously talk and ask questions
Thinking Skills
  • Is imaginative; has lots of ideas
  • Can come up with many interesting solutions to problems
Learning Behaviors
  • Understands information quickly
  • Wants to work on more difficult things
Motivation
  • Is very interested in certain topics/projects
  • Does not want or need a lot of direction for completing a task
Social-Emotional Development
  • Is sensitive to the feelings of others and is concerned with fairness
  • May be a perfectionist
  • May prefer to interact with students who are older and/or adults
Reading
  • Is a very strong reader, reading above grade level and/or reading at an early age
Mathematics
  • Is very interested in mathematics, works above grade level in math and/or shows an interest in numbers at an early age