Parents are usually the first ones to know whether their child is gifted or not. If you are seeing noticeable gifted capabilities such as high alertness, versatility, or impeccable sense of humor in your child, chances are that your kiddo is a talented individual.

However, assessing whether your ward is gifted or just smart takes time and effort. They may have strengths in certain areas, such as any subject other than English language or math.

It is easier to know your child’s full potential once they are given routes of opportunity to gain experience in that subject.

Parents’ experience is firsthand, and they can easily recognize their child’s ability clearly during interactions with other children or adults.

How to Know If a Child Is Gifted or Just Smart?

Every child buds differently; developmental lags make minute comparisons a difficult task; however, there are a few guidelines for standards of developmental behaviors set for gifted children.

One thing seen in exceptional preschool children is that they are somewhat 30% advanced in most areas other than motor skills compared to their age peers.

Carol Strip and Gretchen Hirsch’s Theory

They have enlisted some characteristics of gifted children and comparison tables where the traits of gifted children with smart ones are jotted down.

  1. Both are certain that the main difference between these two types of children is primarily the trait intensities.
  2. Let’s take a look at smart children; they are extra curious compared to average children; however, gifted ones are par excellence when it comes to information.
  3. Smart children tend to have more fun with books, while gifted ones avidly consume books.

Comparing Gifted and Smart Children Traits

Questioning Theory
Generally, you find smart children asking questions you may already have answers to. On the other hand, gifted ones inquire about abstract ideas, mind-boggling concepts, and theories for which people with the brightest minds usually do not have answers to.

Knowledge Grasping Power and Application of Concepts
Although you won’t have to put in a lot of effort with smart children, they still take due time and learn step-by-step to understand concepts. However, gifted individuals may skip the middle and jump directly from 2 to 10 because, after 2, they already know the answer.

But, gifted ones may not be able to list down the steps they used to figure out the answer since they did it mentally.

Handling Emotions
Comparatively, smart children offer more strength when it comes to handling emotions. They can get past an upsetting situation easily.

Whereas a gifted child will have the emotions bundled up consuming them in entirety for a few weeks.

Interest/passion levels
Gifted children have an intense level of curiosity for areas they are interested in; they let it consume them. On the other hand, smart kids are curious about several things and will divide attention to each.

Language Learning Ability
It is normal for smart children to learn and use new vocabulary easily. However, their grasp is limited to typical ones for their age. Gifted individuals often go for advanced words, wordplay, and puns that puzzle adults too.

Fairness Concerns
Smart children have fair opinions, but those are usually confined to personal situations. At the same time, gifted kids show concern about fairness and equality intensely for people other than themselves.

Why Choose Rainard School?

We make sure to properly screen via IQ tests to confirm that your child is a gifted individual. However, if they are already a part of a gifted and talented program, documented proof will suffice too. At Rainard, we are not limited in our reach. Our goal is to provide optimal education and skillful learning to gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional children.