Characteristic Of A Gifted Child

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Characteristic Of A Gifted Child

By: Mary Joyce

Since it is widely agreed upon in the educational and child development communities that early recognition of the characteristics of a gifted child, is a key factory in successfully developing the child, it is important for the parent to have at least a general understanding of these gifted characteristics.

First of all in order to be classified as a gifted child, the child must have the ability to perform at a level that is significantly beyond other children of like age. O.K. So, for a parent, what might this look like or what should I look for in my child?

The following are some guidelines to help your awareness when it comes to recognizing the characteristics of a gifted child. Keep in mind that there are varying levels of giftedness, as you view the guidelines.

Cognitive Skills (thinking or though processing)

Ability to master new skills with extraordinary speed.

A deeper knowledge than other children the same age.

Extraordinary memory and recall of events, facts, and/or figures.

Advanced creativity and ability to improvise.

Acute alertness to their surroundings.

Advanced or more complex sense of humor.

Learning Patterns

Great and constant curiosity along with high level of motivation to learn.

As a result of the previous, being bored easily if not challenged

Advanced ability to stay focused or lengthy attention span. Even with more difficult topics.

Advance organizational or planning skills.

Advance logic and problem solving skills.

Speech and Language

Well developed word vocabulary and language compared to children of the same age.

Creative uses of words and sentence structure and again, sense of humor.

Ability to adapt their use of the language to a given level to fit the situation.

Ability to understand and carry out complex instructions.

General advanced ability in reading, writing, and working with numbers.


Sensitivity to other's feelings

Use of their advance language skills to resolve conflict or debate.

Organize and direct behavior of other children (may seem bossy to other children).

Many times will feel more 'at home' with older children.

May have high expectations of themselves (and others) that can lead to frustration and even anger.


A generally high aptitude for logical problems, games, puzzles, or any type of problem solving or activity that requires creative thinking and reaction.

Final Note: Although these characteristics of a gifted child may provide you with some initial insight and understanding, it is important to seek a formal assessment of your child in this area if you feel that your child exhibits several of these characteristics.

About The Author

Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and the primary contributor to the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u website. Please visit ( for more of Mary's articles, resources on homeschool, ideas, and curriculum information. Also tips guides and how-to's to help you successfully teach your child at home.


g 01.06.2007. 06:27

How to get a home schooled student tested for giftedness? Our daughter has always displayed certain characteristics of being gifted but we've never had her tested. Of course the school district in our area tests for free, however, if she isn't enrolled in public school is she still entitled to be tested without charge? We still pay school taxes but I'm not sure if they will give us a problem. Another question, do you think it's actually necessary for one to know if a child is gifted and if so why? What difference would this make? Is there an advantage to knowing?
Pentacleric, I have no intention of using this as a bragging right. My daughter is approaching 3rd grade and if I felt I needed a title to brag about her I would have had her tested 3 or 4 years ago. Shame on YOU for insinuating it. I'm inquiring because I'd like to know if there is something I need to do in addition to what I do now. I'd like to know what to expect and to be able to understand if certain areas of her personality and characteristics are linked to giftedness. I'm also inquiring because I'd like to know if it's actually necessary for me to know. I'm very much afraid of titles and labels and because of that I've not wanted to know before, however, I want to be sure that it's okay if we continue in obscurity. If she is gifted this would not change who she is or how we see her but it may change how I teach or what I teach. As a parent I want to allow her every advantage educationally speaking. As I said I don't know if it's actually necessary for us to know or not. Thanks
Nothing would change if we knew for sure. I'd still continue this wonderful home schooling privilege, be there to teach her the things she is most interested in, and encourage her to use her talents to help others. My major reason for perhaps wanting to know is because I want to be certain I'm providing for her everything she needs. If a gifted child needs more than what she's getting I want to see to it that she gets it. I also wanted to know for the simple reasons of trying to understand certain facets of her personality like perfectionism. She's only eight so parenting for me is still relatively new. I am leaning more towards not knowing, however. I'm terrified of labeling and the responsibility that goes along with such labels. Thanks to everyone for all your insight; I have a lot to consider.


Admin 01.06.2007. 06:27

g, I speak as a former teacher and as a current homeschooling mom of a likely gifted daughter: you do not need to do the test. It's not likely going to tell you anything you don't already know and it's not going to help you in what you do with her. It doesn't make a difference knowing. There's no advantage or disadvantage to knowing as a homeschooler.

Schools often need to do the tests because they have to decide if a child can be admitted into a special program. That's it. There's no other reason really to do the tests, other than for curiosity's sake. But it's doubtful that the public schools will allow her to do the testing if she's homeschooled. What is done here and is how it's done in at least some other places is that the testing is paid for through special funds, perhaps given by the government, for enrolled students. If your daughter isn't in a public school, then the school isn't getting funds for the testing.

ADDED: You shouldn't need the label to know if you are challenging her enough. How much more would you challenge her simply because she's got a label? What if she's one point short of the label? Would that change anything for you? Take her where she's at. Try to stretch her limits here and there and you'll see where you are going too far. If you aren't going too far, then you stretch it more. This applies to ANY child, not just a gifted child.

How is knowing that she's gifted going to help you understand her perfectionism? Does it somehow change what you are dealing with? Change how you deal with it? It won't. There's nothing out there saying, "For gifted children, help them with their perfectionism by doing this. For all the others, do this." Perfectionism is perfectionism, plain and simple. It may accompany giftedness in many cases, but it's not different.


Chelsurr 07.08.2007. 03:28

How can I be tested to see if I am "Gifted"? Is there a test that possibly I could recieve from my therapist? Whom could I speak to, to get this test, if there is one? I do not mean sound full of myself, but ever since I was a toddler I have been far more advanced academically then other children my age. I'm 13 at the moment. I have also had (Still have) many emotional issues and have a horrible temper. I hear that gifted children usually do talk back and have short tempers. Is this true? Is it possible that I could be gifted? Are gifted children usually bad at a certain thing, but extremely brilliant at another? How can I figure this out?

Please help me; Could you please reply with some links to other websites as well? Any other help would be great!

Thank you so much.

*Ahem* While I was in my old school they advanced my two grades because the work was too easy.

Don't be rude.
Jeeze, somebody's grapes are awful sour today, huh? I'm not saying that I AM, I'm merely asking how I could be tested to SEE if I am.

Please don't bite my head off.


Admin 07.08.2007. 03:28

Your therapist may know where you can get tested for being gifted. You can also talk to your school. You would probably have the test administered at school or by a psychologist trained to give these tests.

As far a gifted children having emotional issues and short tempers--sometimes this might be a characteristic, since they tend to experience things a bit more intensely than the average person, but it might have absolutely nothing to do with it. Some gifted children are gifted in one area (say langauge, or math) but many are pretty even across the board. It really varies. Having extreme difficulty with learning most things but being incredibly gifted in one area would make someone a savant. Lots of people associate that with a form of autism. Not that this has anything to do with your situation, it's just background info that had to do with what you were describing.

Just talk to your therapist or some school officials and get tested if you want to! A good palce to start if you want a result quickly would be an IQ test. I was tested for being gifted in 1st grade, and I got the IQ test for that. (I also matched up with every sign of giftedness they had on their little checklists, down to being really bothered by clothing seams and tags, so maybe there are more tests they would have given me if they weren't sure. There might be other tests.) It's accepted that kids who get IQ tests over 131 are gifted. There might be exceptions. Anyway, just go from there.

MOST IMPORTANLY: If the tests tell you you're not gifted, that doesn't matter. These tests only measure a few types of intelligence, and it sounds like you're really intelligent or motivated or both anyway.


Brandon N 17.02.2011. 05:00

If you never have a child, are you missing out on an important part of life? Is having a child the purpose of being here on earth? If you don't do that, is it bad? Is it possible to have a great and fulfilling life if you never reproduce?

Brandon N

Admin 17.02.2011. 05:00

It's funny you asked this, because I've been thinking a lot about this lately.

I think what children do is inspire joy, and that joy (and the pursuit of joy) is one of our greater purposes. I've lived many years, and have had a happy life, but the purest, most ethereal joys I have ever known were gifts given to me by my children.

I also believe that, for the most part, everything that we as humans do is self-centered; not the negative connotation, rather that every decision we make, we make because it delivers a consequence to us that we would like (even if those consequences are sometimes negative). Having children skews that little human characteristic (at least for most parents), in that decisions sometimes are made that are actually selfless; they are borne from the need of the children first, not ourselves. In my experience, I can't think of any other relationship that inspires the same level of pure self-sacrificing generosity.

Yes, I believe one can have a joyful, satisfying life without children. In fact, if the natural urge to have a child just isn't there, it is most likely better not to force it - and certainly not to meet a certain expectation that others/family/society impose on you. The benefits I speak of above aren't requisites for a wonderful life. They are just a little something extra for those of us who opt for the diapers and the ear infections :).

Great question!


anonymous 31.03.2013. 22:09

Why do people often have unrealistic expectations of Gifted Children? Having a High IQ doesn't automatically mean straight As. You still have to work for good grades. Yet whenever I see a child who is labeled as "Gifted" teachers and parents yell at that childhood whenever they have the same problems in school every other kid does.


Admin 31.03.2013. 22:09

Because people falsely assume that having a high IQ also means higher maturity and the higher their grades should be when in reality if a gifted child is put into a standard classroom with kids of average ability he/she will most often not flourish since they get easily bored with the classroom since they either already know the material or can simply learn the material much faster. They may not try very hard and get average grades and if a teacher sees this and know the child was identified as gifted they should definitely try getting them into a gifted program or giving them more challenging (not more) work. A lot of gifted children will act out in class and many times go unidentified because they're seen as having a behavioral problem when in reality they're being tortured by being in a class of average ability. Many of the characteristics of gifted children in the classroom seem counter-intuitive to most people. The things people expect of a child who is "gifted" is this wonder students who gets straight As and listens well in class, however, it is more than often the exact opposite. These children need a form of special education just like mentally deficient children who are significantly below the norm. Gifted children who are significantly above the norm in cognitive functioning need special education services as well, however, today's society looks at them and says if they can do the work they're fine, but if their potential is not nurtured from an early age their chances of success decrease as they get older.


jen 18.09.2009. 13:34

How much does parental attitude affect a child? Do you think that the same child with the same exact behavior and characteristics could/would just be perceived differently by different parents? For example, my nephew is described as "annoying" by his mom, but as "high energy" by my sister who babysits him 3 days a week.

How much of a role do you think parental perception or attitude plays in how a child turns out? If the stepsister considers her son annoying, rather than high energy, will this affect how she treats him and therefore, to some extent, how he will turn out as a person?

That is just one example.


Admin 18.09.2009. 13:34

"Environment". "Environmental Influences".

As a baby we are born with a clean slate, and are truly a product of our environment and influences / experiences that we are exposed to over the course of our life. We learn (we must learn) we have CHOICES and feel empowered to make our own choices. (good/bad).
Life a journey to be uniquely experienced. As parents we are given the gift to guide and protect our young from what is negative (bad), and hopefully instill a good character.. Babies are naturally, innocently Happy. It is our environment / experiences that do not meet our needs that brings change in our character...

I recall reading something that explained in detail the psychological affects of environment in relation to ones character.

I was able to relate and better understand situations/circumstance once I learned about 'environmental influence' and the effects on my personal upbringing when reflecting back and trying to understand why I had such strong reactions to some events in my life. As well as I was able to be far more compassionate for others situations, having gained such an insight about outside influences.

I hope you can get the jest of what I am trying to say... It is a very complex issue and I personally overcame a lot to get to where I am.
((I grew up in a typical "dysfunctional family", 50s60s70s80s...

Best wishes to you and your family,,, may you find peace and be a peaceful cornerstone for the young child (children in your life.) Sounds like your heart and motivations are in the right place.


Tvrtko 17.05.2009. 15:53

What characteristics will you be able to add in the new sims 3 game? What characteristics will you be able to add in the new sims 3 game?


Admin 17.05.2009. 15:53

List of Confirmed Traits:
Absent Minded
Cant Stand Art
Commitment Issues
Computer Whiz
Couch Potato
Dislikes Children
Easily Impressed
Family Orientated
Good Sense Of Humor
Great Kisser
Green Thumb
Hates The Outdoors
Heavy Sleeper
Hopeless Romantic
Light Sleeper
Loves The Outdoors
Natural Cook
Never Nude
No Sense Of Humor
Over Emotional
Party Animal

Absent-Minded Absent-Minded Sims get lost in their thoughts and occasionally forget what they are doing, or where they are going.
Ambitious Ambitious Sims dream big and are more rewarded when their wishes are satisfied in life. They are driven to move up the corporate ladder more quickly, but fall prey to low mood if they don't quickly recieve the promotion they desire.
Angler Anglers catch fish better then other Sims. They also like fishing more then anyone else.
Artistic Artistic Sims are naturally gifted artists with a paint brush. They also make pretty good writers and musicians!
Athletic Athletic Sims are the best athletes in town. They can push themselves harder and longer than others, and will do so to feel the burn.
Bookworm Bookworms have a passion for reading that surpasses their other desires. They also tend to become good writers.
Brave Brave Sims are fearless individuals that will fight fires, wrangle burglars and work to protect those around them.
Can't Stand Art Sims that Can't Stand Art will never appreciate the latest masterpiece of expensive home decor. They are the anti-connoisseur.
Charismatic Charismatic Sims love to socialize with others and often know the perfect thing to say in every conversation. They also like to throw parties!
Childish Childish Sims find it difficult to 'act their age'. They love playing with children's toys, see things through the eyes of a child and need to be constantly entertained.
Clumsy Clumsy Sims muck up both precious and every day moments in life with shaddy footwork and poor planning.
Commitment Isues Sims with Commitment Isues don't really want to settle down into a long-term relationship or a lifelong career. Marriage is out of the question!
Computer Wiz Computer Wizs love spending time on the computer. They are great at tinkering with computers and can even make money as hackers if they choose.
Couch Potato Couch Potatoes are perfectly happy sitting on the couch to watch TV and eat junk food. They'll need additional prodding to lead active lives.
Coward Cowards are terrified of everything that can and will go bump in the night. They are scared of the dark and will frequently faint in 'dire' situations.
Daredevil Daredevils seek the extreme side of life, even if it means taking an everyday chore extreme. They also love fire.
Dislikes Children Sims that dislike children do not want to have anything to do with children. No talking, no playing and certainly no reproduction.
Easily Impressed Easily impressed Sims are easily astounded by everyday stories and are always pleased with the smallest of accomplishments.
Evil Evil Sims love the dark, take great delight in the misfortune of others and prefer to lead a life as far away from goodness as possible.
Excitable Excitable Sims get excited about... pretty much everything. They enjoy an extra dose of self-satisfaction when good things happen for them in life.
Family-Oriented Family-Oriented Sims make great parents. They have big families and being surrounded by their children.
Flirty Flirty Sims are constantly looking for romance and are most often quite successful in this endeavor.
Friendly Friendly Sims smile frequently at others and are quick to make friends.
Frugal Frugal Sims love to clip coupons to save money, relish a good deal and hate being wasteful.
Genius Geniusses are logical thinker, masters of chess and excellent hackers. They saviour pursuit of the mind.
Good Good Sims go out of their way to help friends and family in need, are charitable with their money, and frequently comfort those around them.
Good Sense of Humor Sims with a Good Sense of Humor tell the best jokes that never fall flat or fail to entertain.
Great Kisser Great kissers kiss better then any other Sims. They give kisses that are not easily forgotten.
Green-Thumb Green-thumbs are the best gardeners. They find solace and comfort amongst their garden and can revive plants in the worst of conditions.
Grumpy Grumpy Sims are rarely in a good mood. It's quite difficult to make them happy because they simply don't want to be happy.
Handy Handy Sims are the best tinkerers. They will never


Aaron 05.08.2011. 09:10

Can you decide what sex your child will be by the tempature of the mans balls? One of my friends told me that if the ballsack is cold you can have a girl and if it's hot it will be a boy... Help I want children some day I really want a girl though.


Admin 05.08.2011. 09:10

Of course, not.. Gender of a baby can only be determine by the sperm cell, what gene it brings. If it's X, then the baby's girl, if Y, boy.. Maybe your friend thinks that male are "hot" because of our aggressive nature and female's "cold" because of your characteristic of being reserve..

But if you have a baby and it's a boy, I hope he won't disappoint you and love him since he's God's gift for you..


Write on 28.03.2010. 03:04

Islamists, what is the foundation of your morality which allows your adult males to marry children? Throughout the Islamic world, children of aged ten and upwards are married to men beyond the age of twenty. This would seem to outsiders, such as me, to be a reflection of the Prophet's inclinations since He married a child of six years old and consummated the ,marriage when she was just nine.
Was Mohamed a pedophile and is that why modern Muslim men in medieval societies also abuse girls from the ages of 6 and beyond? or is it just a primitive characteristic of Arab traditions?

Write on

Admin 28.03.2010. 03:04

The Problem today in the Muslim world is that tribal laws and traditions have been labeled as Islamic.
Islam Allows marriage only if BOTH parties consent to it.

There must be a clear proposal.
There must be a clear acceptance. ( The girl should be of mature mind to understand this and accept it willingly)

There must be at least two competent witnesses. This is necessary to exclude illicit sex and to safeguard legitimacy of progeny. It is recommended that marriage should be widely publicized.

There must be a marriage gift, little or more, by the bridegroom to the bride

Today Girls are forced into Marriage especially in Saudi Arabia & Yemen, but You should also understand Saudi Arabia follows a very strict sect of Islam which is Wahhabism. Women in Islam had more rights during the time of the prophet than they do now because Wahhabism has taken over fair Islamic laws.

AS for the Prophet's Marriage to Aaisha whose age is still disputed till date.

Aisha was traveling with her husband Muhammad and some of his followers. Aisha claimed that she had left camp in the morning to search for her lost necklace, but when she returned, she found that the company had broken camp and left without her. She waited for half a day, until she was rescued by a man named Safwan ibn Al-Muattal and taken to rejoin the caravan. This led to speculation that she had committed adultery with Safwan. Muhammad's adopted son Zayd ibn Harithah defended Aisha's reputation. Shortly after this, Muhammad announced that he had received a revelation from God confirming Aisha's innocence and directing that charges of adultery be supported by four eyewitnesses.These verses also rebuked Aisha's accusers,[12] whom Muhammad ordered to receive forty lashes.

the Prophet then married Aisha, however she continued to live with her parents until she reached an age of sexual maturity, only then the marriage was consummated and she wasnt forced into it

Now girls are forced into marriage to older men in some muslim countries which is contradictory to Islamic teachings, Consummating a marriage where a girl is not "mature" yet is forbidden.


Aaron 06.11.2009. 01:34

Staying with family in Germany: What are some gift ideas? Next week, me and my family are leaving for Germany and we will be meeting our relatives who live there for the first time, and staying in their small town.

The family is my (im 13) great great grandpa's family. (children-great great grandchildren) ages toddler-88.

My mom made a quilt for them but its really patriotic and we think they might find it dorky and cheesy. We really need a new idea, what do you think we should get them?


Admin 06.11.2009. 01:34

Actually, the quilt sounds like a nice idea other than the theme. It might have been better to have a neutral theme or something built around your family tree. However, a handmade gift from extended family should be something appreciated.

Other than that, look for something that's characteristic of where you live in the US. Where I live in northern Italy, people seem to be actually interested in calendars and photobooks showing the natural beauty of the area and the wildlife.


Yoda 20.08.2011. 22:30

How do you classify as an Indigo child? Okay, I don't have evidence that I could potentially be an Indigo child but I don't have an Indigo Aura. So do you have to have an Indigo Aura to classify as one?
And the same for a rainbow child and a crystal child...


Admin 20.08.2011. 22:30

I'm copying and pasting a previous answer of mine. This question gets asked a lot and I don't feel like typing it all out again.

Hope it helps.


Indigo children is a term that gets thrown quite a lot. So is crystal, but indigos are more prevalent. The truth is, there's more to being an indigo than just a list of stuff you find on the internet. A true indigo has returned to earth for a purpose. One which they know about. You (you general, not YOU you) may not know why you've come back. You may not know what for. But somewhere deep inside, if someone is an indigo, they know it.

They are also gifted, psychically. That right there is the defining characteristic--if you aren't psychic, you aren't an indigo.

everything on that list is what people say when really they have no idea what a true indigo really is. They aren't born in certain years. Indigos have been coming down for millennium. They have always been here. They are, however, coming down in recent years in stronger waves because 2012 is approaching. 2012 is a big year. Much is being planned, and has actually begun, on the other side, and the earth needs all the help it can get. So people were sent down to help.


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