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Dear MEL Topic Readers,
The three-year-old with an IQ of 171
What is it like to be a parent of a gifted child, athletically, artistically or intellectually? The child prodigy is a child under the age of ten who produces meaningful output in some domain to the level of an adult expert performer. For example, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in music and Pablo Picasso in art were extreme child prodigies. Parents of such gifted children often try their best to realize their potential by sending them to a special school or finding an instructor.
Then what would you do if you found that your child is extremely intelligent, learning words and numbers much earlier and faster than average children, asking questions all the time, or reading books at the speed of light? While the average intellectual quotient, IQ, score for people of most people is ranging between 85 and 115, an extremely intelligent child like Ophelia in Britain scored 171 at the age of three. Her parents decided to have her daughter join the high-IQ society Mensa. However, no matter how intellectually advanced, she is still a three-year-old child physically, emotionally and socially.
Enjoy reading and think about the pressure and obligations the parents of a gifted child may have.