Lisa - posted on 06/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
My son just turned two and I think he may be showing signs of "giftedness". I say he is just clever. He knows 23 out of the 26 letters (will say them randomly), turns letters upside down or sideways to make a different letter, knows some numbers, sings the alphabet song, knows his colors (orange is his favorite), knows a lot of shapes (including pentagon and octagon), and is spelling a lot of words out. One day the TV was on, but the satellite receiver was off which prompted the TV to have the words "No Signal" bounce around on the screen. When he was around 20 months, he spelled out each letter of "No Signal" (I think he was trying to tell me he wanted to watch his tv show). At first, I just thought it was a coincidence, but he did it again the next day! Now, he spells out a lot of words (however, they have to be written down, he does not spell out words that are spoken nor does he randomly spell words).
Even though he is very clever, he is behind in his language development. He says about 25 words (and is also using a lot of sign language to communicate). We are working with Early Intervention for his speech delay. I really haven't mentioned that he is saying his ABC's to his EI teacher yet (but did mention the numbers that he is saying)...I thought we were more concerned with him saying actual "words". I wanted to ask if I should mention his excellent letter recognition to his EI teacher - maybe it is something we can work with?