Scores in IQ tests are measured using the standard bell curve. A score of 100 is taken as the absolute normal, with most people falling in the range between 85 and 115. The further a child is away from the normal of 100, either above or below, the more likely it is that they will have a need for special educational provision.
Those above the normal range are classed as gifted as follows:
Mildly Gifted 115 to 129
Moderately Gifted 130 to 144
Highly Gifted 130 to 144
Exceptionally Gifted 160 to 179
Profoundly Gifted 180 plus
However a high IQ score is not necessarily an indicator towards success in adulthood. It can therefore only be seen as an indicator towards potential for success in adulthood, which must be nurtured to realise its potential.
I have been told that there is a possibility that my child is gifted. What are the signs I should look out for in order to identify if this may be true?
Identifying if your child is gifted is not always easy. Every child is an individual and consequently different, so the signs of giftedness can be different in a range of children.
Some of the characteristics can be found below, but a child need not demonstrate all of them to be gifted.
Very observant, curious, asks lots of what if questions
Long attention span and excellent memory
Excellent problem solving skills and ability to reason
May have read early, reads quickly and widely
A well-developed sense of humour and ability to interact with teachers and adults
Bored by work which is unchallenging, and so may opt out of trying
Tendency to become fascinated by particular topics
Appearing over sensitive for example appearing to have hurt feelings very easily or sensitive to loud noises or the seams in their socks.