By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Short history of my step son. He is 2 year and 4 month old, when he born
with smile after short time of birth. We not train him for speaking,
seating, walking. His habit of toilet etc like us, no crying no make any
demand and always in smiley.
Once he was shown any picture, any person, any location, any story, any
shop or mall he remember everything. When he was 1.5 year old he know
every person by name, Every vehicle by name, some hero by name, some
politician by name, color name, shape and address he visited never
forget about all. No fear, no hesitation.
He copy every thing, like painting, action of some special personality.
Some time said in the morning his dream came during night also. I think
this boy God gifted. So please guide me for best growth and in hence his
Your son does demonstrate some advanced ability and could possibly be
gifted but it is too early to tell and it is best not to label him at
this stage. Whatever it is, what you need to do is to be aware of his
gifts and do as much as you can to nurture his gifts further.
A good start in nurturing his potential would be to encourage him to
follow his interests at this point. 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 above average children, so it is always important to try to have
variations of the same activity. For this, you need to be creative. You
must also know when to stop - a good cue is to observe when he starts to
lose interest (irritable, distracted). If this happens, drop the
activity and allow him some free play time.
Ensure that he remains challenged all the time so as not to have any
time to be idle (which may cause laziness in future). The following are
a few tips that you can use at this stage and later to encourage his
Help him determine differences; compare and contrast things/people.
Use measurement words often: little, more, many, half, quarter, etc.
as an introduction to early math.
Instead of reading stories from books all the time, create your own
and try to get him to contribute.
You can also watch educational programs with him and ask him the
“whys” and “whats” - and then explain.
Look for similarities and differences and have him group things that
Create a scenario and ask him about what could happen in certain
You may also want to look out for play schools which may be a great
environment for him to also develop his initial social skills. It will
also help him to have a change in environment and be exposed to more
learning and new things. Remember, what he needs is a stimulating
environment and a variety of activities to help him explore and discover
on his own at this stage.
Hope the tips are helpful and have a great learning journey with your
son. Keep monitoring his progress and encourage him to learn positively.
Best of luck!