Early Child Development
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son is now 18 months old. I just want to ask if he advanced baby
because he can know the followings:
1. knows Alphabet A-Z
2. knows numbers 1-10, sometimes 11-20
3. knows animals and human body
4. knows basic color
5. knows basic shape
6. knows FLAGS of the WORLD almost 95 flags memorize the flag
He is very focus on learning in TV/tablets that's why he knows all that
but most of it I also teach him or introduce that kind to him.
He has the ability to easily remain in his memory all I've tought him.
From your description, your child does appear to be a little more
advanced than the average child. However, it is very hard to tell with
limited descriptors or observation. It best to assume that your child
has the ability to learn fast and well and you should be doing all that
you can to stimulate him further. Check the previous newsletter to help
you understand his development better.
Early Signs of Giftedness
At this stage, a good start would be to encourage him to follow his
interests, which you probably are doing already. In case you find that
he is fascinated with something, do more of it and gradually increase
its complexity. Having said that, more work of the same kind may
sometimes bore advanced children, so it is always important to vary the
same activity. This involves creativity on your side. You must also know
when to stop - a good cue is to observe when he starts to lose interest
(irritable, distracted). Then, drop the activity and allow him some free
If you have plans to enrol him in any educational program, perhaps play
school that allows long periods of free play with other children may be
a good option (e.g., Montessori based nurseries). It has been found that
in the long run, attempts to force academics skills at an early age may
depress intellectual development of young children.
You may also want to introduce him to the world of books. At then same
time, vary his daily activities by offering lots of new experiences.
Maybe when he is slightly older and more ready, you can introduce music
lessons (which develop specific areas of the brain region) dance, art,
museum, nature outings, etc. What is important here is to find a good
balance between his abilities and intensities. Best wishes to you!