Do you wonder if your child is gifted because he or she is an early reader, is highly creative, or has an excellent memory? Or perhaps he or she is excelling in school, breezing through learning activities, complaining of being “bored,” or even getting in trouble for not participating in certain school tasks. Believe it or not, gifted children who are not being challenged at school, can sometimes “act out” as a way of communicating that their needs are not being met.
Parents are often aware that their child may be brighter than average when observing these kinds of advanced abilities, but may not be aware that certain behaviors (even “bad” ones) can be a sign that they are gifted. Although there is no definitive list, here are some sample characteristics to help determine if your child may be gifted or have a high IQ. Please keep in mind that your child doesn’t need to have all of these traits to be considered gifted, nor is this an exhaustive list of gifted characteristics: