How do I know if my child is gifted?


We all like to think of our children as super-talented and brilliant, but how do you know when your child is truly a prodigy?

While most people think of intelligence as the marking of a gifted child, there are many categories of giftedness. Some children will have an impressive grasp of math while others will exhibit athletic prowess. A smaller percentage of children, called savants, suffer from a psychopathological disorder such as autism or a type of autism called Asperger syndrome and exhibit exceptional skills in very specific categories such as music or art.

So where does your child fall on the spectrum? Though a child's ability often becomes obvious as he or she ages, we'll teach you some of the early signs of giftedness and provide tips for parenting gifted children, with helpful advice from Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College with an expertise in gifted children and also the author of Gifted Children: Myths and Realities. Read on to determine whether your child is a genius or if you’re simply looking through rose-colored parent glasses.