It is common for parents to wonder if their children are gifted.
There’s this little boy, aged 4, from my girl’s school. He can read books that are meant for Primary 4 student. Is that little boy gifted? I think so. However, does it mean that he is “gifted“ in everything? I don’t think so.
I believe that all kids are special in their own way. Even children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia could be “gifted” in their own way. I know of a little girl who is dyslexic. She is academically slow but extremely talented in photography. When she takes photographs, she took them in a very “special” way. For example, she would take a close snap of the checkers on the handbag instead of the hand bag itself. The snap was so sharp that you can see even the finest details of the checkers. Is she talented? Yes, I think so too.
Kids may have different talents. Some children are gifted in music, some in arts and some in sports. It is important for us, as parents, to encourage them and help them develop these talents. Parents must realize that not all gifted children have the ability to do well academically. One child may show his giftedness in his study while the other might show his in performing arts and music.
By the way, do you know that Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read? So next time before you ponder if your child is gifted, remember not to limit yourself in the academic way, your child might have hidden talent you have yet discovered 😉
Reading on Dyslexia:
Reading on Theory of Multiple Intelligences: