A Possibly Gifted Toddler - The Next Move
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
I want to know whether there is any way of bringing my
nephew's intelligence to someone's attention and getting him
tested. He is 3 years old.
He is extremely inquisitive, has a very accurate and amazing
memory. Counts in English and French, recognizes written
words, knows his alphabet, all his colours and what they
make if you mix them together. Uses the correct terms for
body parts and internal organs, such as esophagus, trachea,
lungs, intestines etc... he knows where they are and what
If you tell him something once he remembers it and not just
that he understands too. He speaks more like an older
child/adult, uses fairly 'big' words, has a wide vocabulary.
He also has a great sense of humour and is very sarcastic.
He loves to play with toys for older children. Including his
learning computer games on his V-Tech, which are aged from
4-8 years old. He also operated the PC to a degree. He has
impressive hand-eye coordination. And he can do jigsaw
puzzles, in fact books are his favourite things. He
learns by asking questions and absorbing copious amounts of
The nursery teachers at his toddler group are astounded as
are we all. He has been counting etc... since he was 18
months old. I know this is long winded but I was asked to be
So, do you think he could be gifted? And if so how could we
get him tested. He comes from a working class family.
A: From your description, I
believe your nephew may be gifted. You did not mention any
effort in helping him learn, so I assume that he is learning
on his own without much help – a natural innate trait of
He needs to get tested in order for his educational needs to
be catered for. The first step is get help from his school.
The teachers may be familiar with local educational
psychologist who may be able to help. Or they may know of
school teachers who are more familiar with the issue of
giftedness. You should also get in touch with the
National Association for Gifted Children in England (I
assume you are from England?). Go to "contact" from the homepage and get in touch with
Your nephew should not be left alone - he needs the
necessary support from his family and a good place to start
is with some help from this association. Get his parents to enrol or you can as well. His parents may need to get
actively involved in his education to help him develop
further and make the best of his gifts. Gifted children need
help to maximise their potential to the fullest. You may
also want to check out
and email her consultancy at
Hope that little information would help you get started. My very best wishes to you.