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By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D

Q: 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 ability.

A: 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 learning:

  • 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 belong.

  • Create a scenario and ask him about what could happen in certain situations.

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!


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