Physically Advanced Development
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Ultimately, I am trying to get a gauge of my son's learning
potential-level so I can provide the best for him.
I am looking for concrete examples of normal vs. advanced physical
ability for a 20-24 month old.
My son seems to be very physically advanced compared to other children
his age. And a lot of other parents assume he is older.
He is 22 months currently and can do the following (and more):
Walk backwards; skip hop side ways; go up the stairs (one step at a
time) without assistance (not holding the rail), walk down stairs, stand
on one leg and balance, jump from 3ft high objects and lend on two feet,
walk on tiptoes, hit a ball with a bat, hit a ball with a racket, hit a
soccer ball from running position/standing position, drink from a cup
without spilling, etc.
He has some of the advanced cognitive abilities too (knowing all letters
without order, knowing his full name, age, names of family members, all
brands of cars, all colors if asked to find something red for example.
While there's a ton of information on cognitive giftedness there's
almost no information on physical. Would appreciate any insight on this.
A similar question has been asked before; kindly refer to "
Developmental Milestones of a Gifted Toddler"
It is a general rule of thumb that if a child is about 30 per cent more
advanced than average on most standard developmental milestone (see
table in the link provided) - in general motor ability, fine motor
ability, or cognitive language; there is reason to believe that the
child could be gifted or talented.
The best thing you could do as a parent is to keep monitoring his
progress and go with the flow. If he is able to do a physical activity
easily, increase the level of difficulty. In time, you will see that he
would be more interested in one activity compared to the other. Then you
could perhaps enrol his in more formal training to nurture that
potential systematically. Eventually, almost all normal children with
catch up with of the advanced development with practice but if the child
is physically advanced, he could master a particular physical activity
better. Therefore, it would be best to keep increasing the levels of
difficulty to challenge and stimulate him further. Best of luck!