Gifted Children/gifted or not


I have a beautiful, happy and gregarious 19 month old girl. Friends and carers from daycare keep telling us that she is very advanced/gifted but its difficult for us to ascertain what's within the normal range of young children.

She is a happy little girl but I wonder what I should do (if anything)to help her and at what age, should she in fact turn out to be gifted.

She speaks in sentences of up to 10 words and more such as, I want to go to the market today Mummy/Daddy. I want to go to the sofa, watch Tinker-bell and sit on Daddy's lap.
She can count to 16 and in order most of the time, can recite the alphabet, again in order  most of the time.
She also remembers things from weeks/months previous and tells both of us about her day or her day at day care in detail.
She is obsessed with books and in the past two weeks has started reciting nursery rhymes in full (about five or six of them so far)

We, like most parents were counting her words up until she was about 14 months which at that time was about 200, don't really know what it is now but in the high 100's. She likes dinosaurs and was saying things like pterodactyl and tyrannosaurus at 16 months. She can also name shapes - square, triangle, circle, rectangle and oval etc, and colours such as orange, red, pink, blue, black, purple, white, yellow, silver and gold. She EATS A LOT! but is normal size as far as weight. She didn't crawl early (8 months) or walk early (14 months) but did say her first word at 6 months and was playing peek a boo at the same age.

There is a previous answer - Giftedness, asked on 5/2/2014, which is the exact information that's best for you. Go to the page on which you clicked "ask a question" and click on "read previous answers. It's the first one.

After you read that please let me know what additional questions you have, and/or which are specific and personal to your daughter.  

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Faith A. Coleman MD


No questions are off-limits. My strengths are understanding what questioners are really trying to ask, knowing the right questions to get to useful answers, and putting complicated, subject-specific words and concepts into language accessible to lay-persons. The topic is fascinating and can be surprising, the opposite of what might logically seem expected of giftedness. I am skilled in identifying giftedness at any age, including very early in life.


Children constitute about one-third of the patients in a Family Medicine practice. I was Director of Children's and Women's Public Health Education Programs with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. I have two highly gifted children, one of whom attended Roeper School, listed first in this site's Sponsored Links. I was the health expert for Roeper's board of directors; I maintain contacts there. I'm on the board of directors of several organizations of which I'm a member. I spent a summer as the Medical Director of a camp for kids with ADD, ADHD, and psychiatric disorders. Editor, Medical Economics Publishing Co. licensure to teach K-12 in Oklahoma, with added qualification in Journalism

Champions for Children: Advocacy, resources, quality assessment, for early childhood daycare (Board of Directors). American Academy of Family Physicians. Michigan Academy of Family Physicians Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. READ: Advocacy, education, resources for teaching and encouraging literacy in adults. East Texas Network for Children (Planning Board).

Journals: Medical Economics, Contemporary OB/Gyn, Diagnostic Medicine. Albuquerque Journal Daily, Tyler Daily News, New Mexico Daily Lobo, New Citizen Weekly, Alpena News, daily.

BA, Journalism MD University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Internship, Detroit Medical Center. Family Practice Residency, Top-100 Hospital - Beaumont. Clinical Faculty appointments to three medical schools. Faculty, Family Practice Residency, Detroit area.

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Two official commendations awarded by United States Army for service and contributions to young soldiers and families. Publishing Internship, Medical Economics Publishing Company. Research Internship, Hastings Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life Sciences. Woman Medical Student of the Year. Numerous others.

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As above in experiences, publications and awards. Many thousands of patient/family encounters.

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