RESEARCH AND EXPERIENCE TELLS US THAT CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS ARE CONSISTENTLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY PARENTS WHEN DISCUSSING THEIR CHILD.
These cognitive and behavioural traits form the basis of many a checklist used to assist in identifying children of high potential. Please note that most children will not demonstrate all of these characteristics, with some perhaps only showing two or three. A checklist however, can be helpful in determining whether families want to continue the identification process.
Some of the qualities often featured in checklists include:
- Excellent memory
- Advanced vocabulary
- Quick recall of information
- Intense curiosity and concentration when interest is captured
- Comfortable in the company of older children and/or adults
- Feels more deeply than same-age peers, empathetic towards others
- Advanced sense of humour