- unusual alertness in infancy
- required less sleep than other infants
- able to concentrate for long periods of time
- a high activity level
- smiled at, or recognized caretakers early
- intense reactions to noise, pain, and frustration
- advanced rapidly through developmental milestones
- enjoys learning
- learns new things quickly
- early and extensive development of language
- fascination with books
- very curious
- frequently asks probing questions
- a keen observer
- abstract reasoning and problem solving skills
- vivid imagination
- sensitivity and compassion
Parents should not expect a gifted child to be outstanding in all of these characteristics. However, if your young son exhibits a majority of the characteristics, he may well be gifted.
Relax and enjoy your bright young son. There is no need to identify him as gifted until later on in elementary school. Testing him now for giftedness serves no particular purpose. Furthermore, the testing of young children is generally less reliable than for older children.
You will find hundreds of ways to promote your child's creativity and intellectual development in the book Bringing Out the Best published by Free Spirit Press. Also, you might look at some of the materials on how to meet the needs of bright preschool children published by the National Association for Gifted Children.