Gifted Characteristics

Because gifted children are so diverse, not all exhibit all characteristics all of the time. 
However, there are common characteristics that many gifted individuals share: 

  • -Unusual alertness, even in infancy

  • -Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly

  • -Excellent memory

  • -Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age

  • -Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas

  • -Enjoys solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles

  • -Often self-taught reading and writing skills as preschooler

  • -Deep, intense feelings and reactions

  • -Highly sensitive

  • -Thinking is abstract, complex, logical, and insightful

  • -Idealism and sense of justice at early age

  • -Concern with social and political issues and injustices

  • -Longer attention span and intense concentration

  • -Preoccupied with own thoughts—daydreamer

  • -Learn basic skills quickly and with little practice

  • -Asks probing questions

  • -Wide range of interests (or extreme focus in one area)

  • -Highly developed curiosity

  • -Interest in experimenting and doing things differently

  • -Puts idea or things together that are not typical

  • -Keen and/or unusual sense of humor

  • -Desire to organize people/things through games or complex schemas

  • -Vivid imaginations (and imaginary playmates when in preschool)