Yes, Your Child is Linguistically Gifted!
For parents, a child's first word is one of the most-awaited developmental milestones. Everyone looks forward to hearing those first playful babblings and shaky “Daa-daa” or “Maa-maa,” knowing well how language is a valuable skill in life.
Learning to speak is a natural skill for children. According to an article published on the American Academy of Pediatrics website, children are born without knowing what language they should learn, but they acquire the fundamentals of language effortlessly. In early childhood, they develop their vocabulary and string words together to form sentences.
But some children who may come off as early and avid talkers can actually be showing signs of giftedness. Those who exhibit exceptional communication skills and heightened language awareness relative to their peers are referred to as linguistically gifted.
Do you think your child is linguistically gifted? Here are the signs to watch out for.
Most children say their first words between nine and 18 months. A linguistically gifted child may speak words as early as six months, say short sentences by 12 months, and talk with multiple verbs in a sentence by 24 months. By the time he gets into kindergarten, they may already have a highly developed vocabulary and a good grasp of grammar. It wouldn't be a surprise if a linguistically gifted child can construct more complex sentences and deliver it fluently.
Being able to comprehend more words, including abstract and figurative language, a linguistically gifted child can comfortably converse with adults. Unlike most toddlers who still tend to go on about themselves when talking to adults, a verbally gifted child will participate in the conversation. They will ask specific questions, require detailed explanations, and express opinionated thoughts on the topic.
The language used in popular TV shows that children watch is English. But a linguistically gifted child can differentiate the accent between British English and American English. Being receptive in identifying subtle differences in the sounds of languages, mimicking the accent and phrases of a new language is easy. A younger gifted child may play around with a private language or an altered one. He can memorize long strings of words from television or books.
Linguistically gifted children regard conflicting standpoints as a puzzle, an opportunity to explore numerous concepts and perspectives which can help them define and solve ambiguities. They can pick up analogical reasoning to form a rational argument. Because they are proficient in verbal communication, processing their thoughts and putting emotions into their words make them very convincing speakers.
A linguistically gifted child is able to understand gray areas of communication that others in the same age range have yet to comprehend. Since they understand allusions and innuendo, they will often find humor in situations where others do not. Their advanced ability to manipulate and play with words can also enable them to craft their own jokes!
Reading fluently before the age of five suggests an advanced child. But a linguistically gifted child is one who has taught himself how to read before receiving formal instruction. He grows fascinated with books to feed his natural curiosity and thirst for information.
Linguistically gifted children are those whose potential is distinctly above average in areas of communication such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. According to Dr. Francoy Gagne, a known French-Canadian psychologist in the field of gifted education, the key word is potential. He believes that being natively smart isn't enough.
A child will need support and guidance to nurture this gift and be the best he can be.
This is where parents come in, as you are tasked with providing this platform of support to encourage your linguistically gifted child. Alongside appropriate parenting and a productive learning environment, nutrition plays a critical role in ensuring a child’s proper growth and development. Nurture his gift with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle so he can achieve his full potential.
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