Gwen - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )
You might be asked this question a lot. I get comments from different people saying Gifted and others Savant. My son said his first word "Kitty" at 6 months. A couple of weeks shy of being 1, he was holding a book that had the numbers 1-5. He grabbed the book from the table and turn it to its correct position and started saying the numbers he saw.
At 2, he knew the whole alphabet and it sounds. I could ask him any letter at random and he would tell me the sound. He also knew all his colors, shapes and people's names. He started reading, spelling, writting at 3. He had speech delay so I didn't think of much of it since one of my brothers also had it as a child. At 4 he was academically ahead of all the kids in his preschool. Hey lacked socialization and sometimes got frustrated in the class.
At 5, he would go on Google Earth and he would memorized the streets of our town and other surrounding towns. He is like a life GPS. He would give us different directions to how to get to a destination. He also memorized the 2008 calendar. You could ask him a date and he would give you the day it landed on without hesitation. 99% of the time correct. My friends have fun asking him a date, usually their birthdays. They freak out when they start asking random dates and he gives the correct answer. They always get their cell phone and check the calendar. He also knew how to read script at this age.
He is now 6 years old. He has always been a self learner. He loves the computer! He goes to YouTube and Goggle and searches for tutorials on how to do things. He has created computer programs using Visual Basic and other languages. One time his teacher said that the class computer wasn't working properly and they couldn't log in to fix it. So he went on it and fix it. We told her that he probably was playing around with the settings and change the password.
At 5 the school gave him an IQ test and the result was average but inconclusive. The reason is that he refused to answer simple questions. Like what's bigger a cat or mouse, letters of the alphabet, numbers, etc. The teachers said that his IQ could have been above average if he would have completed his test. Still I don't know if IQ tests are accurate at this age.
Sorry for the long post.