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5 Indications Of Gifted Children As Introduced By Dr. Silverman

By Catherine Forson Agbo
5 indications of gifted children as introduced by dr. silverman

Children who have remarkable mental or mastery ability are called gifted children or talented children. These children show high overall academic ability, including high IQ scores. They usually have exceptional abilities in at least one branch of knowledge, such as mathematics and the sciences. These children frequently are inventive masterminds and may have superior leadership skills. A child who is viewed gifted may have a particular talent for arts, music, and drama or possess the extraordinary athletic ability.

Françoys Gagné of Quebec. Gagné (1985, 2000) defines gifted children as those who have high levels of innate ability, in any domain of human ability, that place them within the top 10 percent of their age-peers—even if their high potential is not yet been demonstrated as high performance.

We will examine no less than 5 indications of gifted children Introduced by Dr. Silverman. Dr. Linda Silverman is a licensed psychologist and Director of the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. She led an examination on gifted by interviewing 40 parents whose kids were gifted. She distinguished the accompanying indications of talented kids.

The following are some signs of a gifted child;
Begins to talk early and speaks in complete sentences sooner than peers

The clearest sign of accelerated development is in the area of language. Gifted children will, in general, begin to speak at an early age. They make use of a more complex sentence structure compared to their peers who aren’t talented. These children are enthusiastic about reading and learning new words every day. At a very tender age, they are able to express themselves and ask lots of questions about things they do not understand. More so is a typical example of Einstein, who began to speak at age 4. Gifted children rehearse words; they see or hear and begin to speak.

Shows an early ability of creativity as they put things into categories for examples, sorting blocks by color and shape as a toddler

Since most preschool children are still figuring out how to count, these feats speak for themselves. Gifted children learn things very rapidly and are often able to generalize their learning to new situations (Rogers & Silverman, 1988). They are amazing problem-solvers. They show evidence of abstract thinking at a very young age. They also have highly active imaginations and are likely to invent imaginary companions (Hollingworth, 1932; Schaefer, 1970). You most often notice them very smart with puzzle games and scrambles. Do not be alarmed when they begin this early, it simply means they are talented.

Displays an early interest in numbers, counting and calculating

Another unmistakable indication of gifted children is that they have an exceptional aptitude for mathematical reasoning. There are cases of five-year-old children solving square-root problems on calculators, inventing abstract algebraic formulations (e.g., (N x N) - 1 = (N +1) x (N-1)), learning algebra, adding four-digit numbers mentally, writing simple computer programs, or using calculations in their everyday lives. This is quite extraordinary as their brains are functioning more than the average child. These kids grow to become treasures of the world- Dr. Silverman reports.

Has a well-developed sense of humor at an early age

A gifted child has an excellent sense of humor. Pay attention to when and how they speak. They make certain instances that make you laugh, especially when you have given a thought to their response. They likewise build up an early enthusiasm for and facility with puns. Episodes of a kid's comical inclination or jokes ought to be recorded for future purposes such as making a booklet of a child's joke is a way of empowering language improvement and their cognitive development.

The child shows an early extraordinary memory

Gifted children normally have an exceptional memory. In most studies, excellent memory was the most predominant indication of a gifted child. Parkinson (1990) reported that the majority of the gifted children studied had excellent memories. They might not likely repeat songs or TV advertisements well before two years of age. They can every now and again "read" a story which has been read to them a few times because they remember the words on each page.


  1. Parkinson, M. L. (1990). Finding and serving gifted preschoolers. Understanding Our Gifted, 2 (5), 1, 10-13.
  2. Hollingworth, L. S. (1932). Who is the gifted pupil? University of Pennsylvania Bulletin, Nineteenth Annual Schoolmen's Week Proceedings, 32, 239-246.
  3. Silverman, L. K. (2013). Giftedness 101. New York: Springer.

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