• Kristi Kraychy

Is My Child Gifted? Quiz!

Updated: Apr 17

No two children are the same and Gifted children are no exception. Giftedness is not only measured by a higher IQ but also through strengths, talents, behaviours and asynchronicity of development that can range from mild to profound. However, there are some common characteristics that many Gifted individuals share that can help you to begin to identify if your child is Gifted so you can better understand and support your child.

If your child exhibits 3 or more characteristics in at least two of the following categories, you might want to investigate the possibility of your child being Gifted:


Cognitive:

  • Very advanced or exceptional natural ability or talent in one or more areas compared to same-age peers (including but not limited to academics, fine arts or sports).

  • Good memory for facts and topics of high interest.

  • Strong power of abstraction. Enjoys talking about big concepts and ideas that are abstract (such as time and space).

  • Interest in solving big problems or discussing world issues, religion or history at a young age.

  • Voracious and early reader.

  • Large vocabulary.

  • Very curious about how things work.

  • Strong critical thinking skills or skepticism. Enjoys debate.

  • Perfectionism and high expectations in self and others often leading to frustration or high anxiety.

  • Persistent, goal-directed behaviour, struggles to transition.

  • Prefers to work or play independently.

  • Asynchronous development. (Very advanced compared to same-age peers in at least one area but seems to be behind same-age peers particularly regarding impulse control and/or social-emotional skills).

Creative/Affective:

  • Unusually creative, artistic, inventive or visionary.

  • Excels in the arts (drama, visual arts, music, dance, languages or creative writing).

  • Advanced or mature sense of humor.

  • Strong imagination, plays with imaginary friends.

  • Extremely intuitive, empathetic and sensitive. Can become upset when others are upset. Unusual emotional depth and intensity.

  • Can get frustrated, impatient or bossy during play especially if others are not as creative or advanced in their ideas.

  • Happy to be considered unique, may dress differently than peers and may be less concerned about social norms.

  • Extremely committed to moral causes, may be interested in alternative approaches to doing something or leans towards radicalism.

  • More prone to depression and/or anxiety.

  • Heightened self-awareness accompanied by feelings of loneliness or of being very different than peers.

  • Easily wounded, high needs for emotional support.

  • Advanced levels of moral judgment. A strong sense of justice or stuck to ‘what is fair’.

  • Highly sensitive to touch, texture, colour, taste, light and sound. May be unable to tolerate certain clothes or tags, extreme temperatures, bright lights, loud events or emotional/frightening movies.

Behavioural:

  • Intensely focused on passions or favourite activities, struggles with transitions.

  • Insatiable curiosity, impulsively needs to touch or investigate everything to find out more.

  • Constantly questions, argues and debates. Rejects doing anything without a clear purpose.

  • Lacks good behavioral or social judgement.

  • Can be impulsive and/or says what’s on their mind without regard for feelings or consequences. May believe they are always 'right'.

  • Poor concept of time. May be messy, disorganized and/or frequently loses things.

  • Struggles to fall asleep and wakes early.

  • Boredom leads to extreme frustration. Strongly dislikes routine tasks or repetition. Thrives on complexity.

  • Strong determination in areas of self-interest. Equally as determined to avoid tasks or activities they do not like.

  • Volatile temper or mood swings, especially related to perceptions of failure or when feeling bored, stressed or anxious.

  • High levels of frustration—particularly when having difficulty meeting standards of performance or in competition (either imposed by self or others).


To find out how the Calgary Changemaker School can support your Gifted child, please book a Parent Tour and Chat.


REFERENCES

Clark, B. (2008). Growing up gifted (7th ed.)   Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson Prentice Hall.


The Gifted Children's Association of British Columbia. (2017). Connecting to Support the Gifted. Retrieved from: https://giftedchildrenbc.org

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