Sometimes you might notice your child is different then others, they act just a bit “off”. Parents often question what those differences mean. They know their child is smart, but gifted? Looking at a list of gifted traits or characteristics is a quick first step in determining whether a child is gifted. If you have a toddler and you’re wondering if he or she is gifted, take a look at the list of characteristics of young gifted children.

Now these traits are always best observed by a professional, so you if think your child is gifted and deserves to be in a gifted program. It may be time to get them tested and see what the best future they can possibly have in store.

Cognitive
    • Very Observant
    • Extremely Curious
    • Intense interests
    • Excellent memory
    • Long attention span
    • Excellent reasoning skills
    • Well-developed powers of abstraction, conceptualization, and synthesis
    • Quickly and easily sees relationships in ideas, objects, or facts
    • Fluent and flexible thinking
    • Elaborate and original thinking
    • Excellent problem solving skills
    • Learns quickly and with less practice and repetition
    • Unusual and/or vivid imagination
Social and Emotional
    • Interested in philosophical and social issues
    • Very sensitive, emotionally and even physically
    • Concerned about fairness and injustice
    • Perfectionist
    • Energetic
    • Well-Developed Sense of Humor
    • Usually intrinsically motivated
    • Relates well to parents, teachers and other adults
Language
    • Extensive Vocabulary
    • May Read Early
    • Reads Rapidly and Widely
    • Asks “what if” questions
Additional
    • Enjoys learning new things
    • Enjoys intellectual activity
    • Displays intellectual playfulness
    • Prefers books and magazines meant for older children
    • Skeptical, critical, and evaluative
    • Asynchronous development