Highly Advanced Development of a Toddler
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I am the mother of a truly amazing child (as all mothers
say). Everyone who meets him is just amazed. I took a test
and he scored 88 (he just turned 2) the test was designed
for children of the age 4.Average scoring was 40-60 out of
100. The questions did not begin to describe his talents.
He is able to recognize a guitar and drums and violin in
music that has multiple instruments playing together. Also
at 10 months he started speaking in complete sentences such
as "I want that, Mama." The other day he started
correcting my grammar such as, I said 5 bucks his response
was "It's 5 dollars, Mommy." At dinner I asked if
mommy was done eating. His response was "Mommy is now
finished with her dinner."
He also can recognize composers such as Bach by name when he
hears a song and he can recognize art such as Van Gogh with
no assistance or encouragement. Just as a matter of fact.
Last example is he could spell his name at 20 months and at
2 he knows his phone number. Along with counting to thirty
(I have never had him go further) and counting by 10s to
100. Please tell me what I have here. Is he a genius or am I
just being his Mommy.
A: You are indeed a mother of a
truly amazing child. Yes, your son is gifted and I hope you
will help him maximize his potentials. It is rare that
someone at his age is able to recognize composers and this
development is truly amazing! His speech development,
especially conversational is splendid and these, coupled
with the other descriptions, certainly indicate highly above
average development for someone in that range of age.
Try to find out his other interests and develop them. For a
start, you may want to help him with his artistic abilities.
Encourage him with art and music based learning activities.
Get him into the reading mode by setting an example
yourself. Read him books to develop his knowledge. You may
want to read him books on Bach’s life when he was a child as
he will be able to relate this with his experience to Bach’s
music. His musical abilities must be encouraged and
developed as he is showing incredible gifts in music and
perhaps arts. However, I believe that he needs to do well in
other areas of development as well and you should not only
concentrate on one of two skills. He needs to learn other
important skills such as social skills to help him develop
You may also want to get him tested to confirm the direction
of his skills and get advice for the appropriate educational
program for him based on the interpretation of the results.
I see a highly advanced child here and I hope you would do
your very best to nurture his skills and bring him to
different heights without negotiating his other areas of
development, especially social competency. My best wishes to
a wonderful journey with a very special child.