Morag - posted on 02/28/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I have two daughters who are wonderful and I couldn't be happier with them regardless (although the food hording and mess room might be something we could work on ;) )
My eldest from my previous relationship (9) has Poland Syndrome, hearing problems, dyspraxia and dyslexia and while she struggles at school, when she gets the help she does really well. We live in Spain and she speaks both fluent English, Spanish and Valenciano (a local dialect). So she's bright but has her issues that she does amazingly well with.
My youngest is just 1. Her father (not the same as my eldest, is Finnish) and very bright or at least everyone says so. She says words in both English, Spanish and Swedish, uses them with meaning and consistently to get what she wants. She can also string words together Bad Cat, ball bye bye, kuki (boyfriend) baila, love momma. People always comment that shes been here before for example she knows the baby in the mirror is her, she loves making us write down words, pretends to read books (the ones I have to repetitively read over and over and over are the ones she actually gets some words right), and now she has started to dress herself. I feel like I lost my baby before she stopped being a baby :(
I was accepted to Mensa at 12 and my partner is very intelligent too. But my mum says my youngest is much more forward than I was at her age. I would never say I was gifted but I never found school remotely challenging, not until university. So where does that leave my youngest...? Is she just brighter than me or is she gifted and if shes gifted what can I do to help her? How did you know your child was gifted and from what age?