What are some signs of intelligence

Characteristics of giftedness - typical signs of a high IQ

Characteristics of giftedness - how do I recognize a gifted child, are there typical signs?

Lots Parents, educators and teachers often search Notes and characteristics of giftedness with your children or students. You ask yourself “Are there the typical signs of giftedness in children? It would be desirable to have clear indications of characteristics by means of which one can recognize a highly gifted child or a highly gifted student.

A large number of can be found on the Internet or in the advisory literature Checklists which give the impression that one can easily identify giftedness by checking off several predetermined characteristics. The same points can be found regularly in these checklists.

Typical characteristics and signs of giftedness (according to the typical checklists)

  • fast Comprehension
  • Wide and early developed large vocabulary
  • good memory
  • quality Observation
  • Skip of development phases
  • great thirst for knowledge coupled with curiosity
  • rather plays along older children than with peers
  • Learn to read and write at an early stage
  • Gifted children finish tasks faster than others
  • is an intelligent child Quickly bored
  • The gifted are often perfectionist
  • quick storage of information and being able to call it up at any time
  • self-employed Link of facts
  • goal-oriented and very independent work
  • a high one Sense of justice
  • etc…

This list could go on and on for a very long time. These points are not just clear characteristics of giftedness. Individual points can be indicators of giftedness, but there are no fixed behaviors or personality traits that specifically suggest a gifted child.

School successes or failures as a feature or sign

It is commonly assumed that gifted children usually have greater success in school and therefore produce better grades. But often just the opposite is the case. One then speaks of the so-called "Underachiever“(Underachievement = not expected underperformance). Underachievers are those students who, despite having a high level of intelligence, only achieve moderate to good results in school.

Also the assumption that gifted people often have have psychological peculiarities or even mental disorders or show clinical pictures has been scientifically refuted. As a result of the special talent, behavioral characteristics often arise, but these cannot be found consistently.

The Behavior of gifted people can however influenced are through the following Factors:

- the fear or the feeling of being different
- Development of social stress due to environmental conditions
- Somatization (the so-called clinical maladjustment of behavior)
- special (uncomplicated or complicated) attitude towards educators or teachers
- the feeling of higher performance

A multitude of studies did the Areas of interest for the gifted examined. Some studies come to the conclusion that gifted people are often more interested in scientific subjects interested, but the results of other investigations have refuted these findings. Apparently there aren't any either typical family constellation or a so-called typical gifted family. With many studies to a clear result with regard to the development of the Achievement motivation come.
The results show that a optimal social environment is the best basis for the development of giftedness.

It can therefore be said that there are not the typical characteristics and signs of giftedness that provide unequivocal information as to whether the child is a gifted child or not. The only way to determine this is by measuring intelligence using an intelligence test.

Characteristics of giftedness - testing giftedness - intelligence test - IQ test

If the points listed above are not clearly considered to be characteristics and signs of giftedness, how can one determine giftedness? Giftedness describes a construct that not only refers to so-called cognitive intelligence. The term giftedness describes a complex phenomenon consisting of various factors, depending on the scientific model on which the definition is based. One component of giftedness, and the only measurable part, is intellectual giftedness, i.e. so-called intelligence. Intelligence is not a fixed term either. In general, it can at least be stated that intelligent people are capable of higher thought processes, such as reasoning and the ability to abstract.

So how can intellectual giftedness be measured, intelligence?

For the Measurement of intelligence there are a number of Intelligence tests. The areas of application of the intelligence tests vary in terms of their applicability in relation to the Age of the subjects. Some test procedures already measure the intelligence of Infants from 2.6 years. A detailed list of the common and recognized intelligence tests and their areas of application can be found on the intelligence test for children. The measurements in small children are viewed very critically, however, because the results are seen as not very stable, but rather as a snapshot.

Multi-dimensional intelligence structure tests are usually used to diagnose intellectual talent. People who work in a recognized Intelligence test a result of one IQ> 130 have achieved. This feature only applies to about two percent of the German population to.


Our offer for interested parents of potentially gifted children

Have you noticed characteristics and signs of giftedness in your child? Do your child's teachers share your opinion or just have the opposite opinion? Would you like to have your child tested? Would you like to know whether your child is gifted? We, the Profiling Institute, offer you on Location in Düsseldorf a professional giftedness diagnostics at.

Structure of the intelligence test for children

On this test, one multi-dimensional intelligence test, will the cognitive skills Your child through 15 different test levels and methodologies recorded in order to be able to describe giftedness, intellectual disabilities or cognitive weaknesses and strengths, for example. A detailed description of the test used can be found on the page "WISC-V structure and procedure".

Consultation process in Düsseldorf

How exactly does the consultation work? First of all, give us on phone one brief overview of your motivations, for the aptitude test or intelligence test for your child. The next step is to arrange one Appointment for talent diagnostics. The testing can Mornings or afternoons occur. It is only essential that you Child rested and relaxed comes to us on this day. The entire appointment takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. It consists of a preliminary discussion, the actual intelligence test and a debriefing with feedback and interpretation of the results.

After this Getting to know parents, child and counselor together (this is where the counselor and the child are contacted) and a description of the further course and an explanation of the procedure, the intelligence test starts. During the approximately 60- to 90-minute test execution, in a fear-free and relaxed atmosphere, Parents can pass the waiting time by taking a stroll through the city of Düsseldorf or wait in the office.

When the analysis is complete, the consultant can give you a already communicate the first results. About one week after this appointment you will also receive a short written test evaluation

Cost of the intelligence test

At the Düsseldorf office are the costs for the described test execution with the test procedure WISC V (formerly HAWIK) with evaluation 249.00 euros (including VAT). If your child has a Giftedness is available, you will receive a Certificatethat you can submit to Mensa in Deutschland e.V. (MinD) to apply for your child's membership.