How do you know your baby’s gifted?

You’ll spot these tell-tale signs if you’re raising a mini-Albert Einstein. Plus, get expert advice on boosting bubba’s smarts!

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Every parent thinks that their baby is a mini-marvel. But how do you really tell if your child’s talents put them head and shoulders above other kids?

Well, your infant surely can’t take an IQ test. That said, Dr Fang Ning, an educational psychology and gifted education expert, points out that IQ test results aren’t reliable for children below 9 years old.

Assessments aside, physical signs can point to whether your mini-me is a budding genius. points out Dr Jennifer Kiing, National University Hospital’s senior consultant (Child Development Unit), “Exceptionally and profoundly gifted children — with an IQ of over 160 and 180 respectively — may have an unusually early ability to speak, move and read.”

“Exceptionally and profoundly gifted children — with an IQ of over 160 and 180 respectively — may have an unusually early ability to speak, move and read.”

Dr Kiing adds that gifted children speak their first words around 9 months on average. This was found in a 2000 study of 241 profoundly gifted children. However, she cautions that not all “early talkers” are gifted. Other physical cues to look out for include:

* Ability to focus for long periods of time Your bundle doesn’t lose interest when you do an activity with him, such as when you read him a story. He sits still listening attentively until the story is over.

* Looks at you intently when you speak to them As you speak, you’ll also start to notice that they’re trying to mouth the words you are saying.

* They have a memory of an elephant Bubba may be gifted if they seem to have a remarkable memory. For instance, if they can remember where you’ve hidden their toys.

* They are strong-willed Your little one loses it when you remove their pacifier and there’s no other way to stop the wailing unless you return it to them.

* They meet their milestones ahead of time From moving about to speaking, your gifted kewpie will be surpassing all the milestones well before they’re expected to meet it.