Leadership skills

Because of their maturity and natural organizational abilities many genius kids will become leaders of industry. Sunny Verma, describes how gifted children, “typically can take charge to find the most effective solution. They also self-regulate their performance making them always look for ways to improve—a desirable trait of leaders regardless of age. Because of this ability, they usually can lead their peers, as they have more confidence in their sense of direction and experience in taking charge.”

They love to read

Just like children’s author Roald Dahl’s famous child genius heroine, Matilda, child prodigies are voracious readers. They often learn to read quickly and earlier than other children the same age and enjoy reading for meaning and pleasure. If your child has worked their way through Matilda’s reading list they may well be genius material!

They are original

A common marker for recognizing a child may be exceptional is that they not only understand advanced work by others but they are also able to offer their own unique and original thoughts and insight into problems and puzzles. An article in Creativity Post finds that geniuses are always looking for new ways to approach problems or to look at the world, “They ask ‘How many different ways can I look at it?, ‘How can I rethink the way I see it?’, and ‘How many different ways can I solve it?'”

They’re not perfect

It’s worth remembering that even gifted children will still make mistakes, get things wrong, not behave correctly, or have setbacks from time to time. After all they’re still kids! Being exceptional doesn’t always mean you are exceptional across all curriculum subjects or aptitudes. Your child may be a math prodigy but find music baffling, or they may excel in a range of sports but find reading challenging. The key is to provide balanced opportunities for them to learn and develop. Mallory Kojkowski, Ed.D., director of admissions and outreach at Fusion Academy in Miami, reminds parents that even gifted children have areas of weakness. “Gifted students benefit from advanced cognitive competencies, but may still struggle in areas related to frustration, carelessness, lack of executive functioning skills, or poor concentration skills,” she says.

There is a place for tests

Although testing is only part of the assessment procedure for understanding if your child may be gifted it can be an important marker, especially for school placements. Another test available from Orgi3n, a leader in regenerative medicine technology and consumer genetics assessments, may be able to tell you if your child has exceptional aptitude in a range of subject areas. The BLOOM DNA kit can assess the genes that impact childhood development in the following areas: aptitude for learning new languages, math ability, memory recall, and other cognitive abilities. Whether or not your child is technically “gifted,” they are no doubt a gift to you and their potential is unlimited.