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Attributes of Gifted Children

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - March 15th, 2013

There are many attributes of gifted children. Some children may be gifted in the arts, such as music and drawing, while others might be gifted with certain athletic abilities. When it comes to gifted testing in the schools it’s more on the academic side of being gifted. If you think your child is gifted review the list below of attributes of gifted children to see how many of the items below pertain to your child.

  • Reasons well (good thinker)
  • Learns rapidly
  • Has extensive vocabulary
  • Has an excellent memory
  • Has a long attention span (if interested)
  • Sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
  • Shows compassion
  • Perfectionist
  • Intense
  • Morally sensitive
  • Has strong curiosity
  • Has high degree of energy
  • Prefers older companions or adults
  • Has a wide range of interests
  • Has a great sense of humor
  • Early or avid reader (if too young to read, loves being read to)
  • Concerned with justice, fairness
  • Judgment mature for age at times
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination
  • Is highly creative
  • Tends to question authority
  • Has facility with numbers
  • Good at jigsaw puzzles

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Our son is in third grade and exhibits almost all of the above characteristics. He did IQ testing when he was almost 6. He has an IQ of 129 and his strengths were in spatial reasoning. He just took the NNAT as the first step in qualifying for GATE and didn’t pass but was close enough that he continued on to take the OLSAT. He didn’t pass that either. We are really stumped about his not passing either of these tests. We aren’t really sure what steps to take next.

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