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50 Common Characteristics of Gifted Children


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50 Common Characteristics of Gifted Children

  2. 2.  Very observant. He or she will notice things in the environment that the average person will not. The child will remember faces, colors, and details. Extreme persistence. They will keep trying to find a way to accomplish something long after others have given up. They pick up and respond quickly to non verbal clues. Large vocabularies. The gifted are usually verbal and articulate. Have a vivid imagination.
  3. 3.  Prefer the company of older children and adults to that of children their own age. Disagree with others and are not afraid of a spirited debate. Learn very quickly. Most people require a certain amount of repetition to master a skill. The gifted don’t need to practice nearly as much, and often learn things after seeing or hearing it only once. Have many hobbies and interests. They want to be involved in a variety of activities. Quick to grasp generalizations, pointing out similarities in events and situations.
  4. 4.  Have the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time. Special sensitivity to beauty, or another extreme trait that stands out in another individual. Has a great sense of humor, and may even be the class clown. High level of energy. Sometimes they are even diagnosed as hyperactive. Transfer thoughts and ideas from one set of circumstances to another.
  5. 5.  Bossy in group situations. Have better comprehension skills than their peers. They are able to understand and explain in detail something they have recently read. Possess excellent problem solving skills, and is able to think outside the box. Have more street smarts than book knowledge Coming up with a better way of doing things.
  6. 6.  Want to do things on their own. They don’t like relying on other people. Begins reading at an early age. Very curious. Gifted individuals are not content with superficial knowledge. They want to know as much about something as possible. Working independently for long periods of time is a trait of gifted children. Have good memories. They will be capable of recalling specific events in vivid detail that others will not.
  7. 7.  Enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles. See relationships among things that seem to be different. See relationships among things that seem to be different. Have long attention spans. When other children become fidgety, the gifted child will still be attentive. Enjoy sarcasm.
  8. 8.  Discovers an error in his work he may erase until there is a hole in the paper, or crumple and destroy the work completely. Become frustrated if others don’t meet their own high level of expectation. Manifests his or her ability through the arts and various musical endeavors. Can think quickly on their feet. Original thinking. They think in unconventional ways when solving problems.
  9. 9.  Good guessers. Don’t like to waste time and may be impatient. Have emotional sensitivity. They have a keen sense when something is bothering another person. Demonstrate playfulness intellectually. They like to imagine and take risks with their ideas. Sloppy handwriting.
  10. 10.  Nonconformists in their dress and behavior. Critical and can be quick to spot inconsistencies. Natural born leader. Perfectionists. Seeing cause and effect relationships.
  11. 11.  Harbor inner insecurities because they fear losing their intellect or talent. Harbor inner insecurities because they fear losing their intellect or talent. Daydreamers. They get bored focusing on the conversation of their peers. Not believing at face value everything they are told. They want to research, investigate, and find out things for themselves.