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Gifted Children - fact and fiction

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about gifted children. Here, Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall tries to separate the facts from fiction:



  • Gifted children are the product of well educated middle-class families
  • Gifted children are the product of pushy parents
  • Gifted children are so bright they will do well anyway
  • Gifted children think they are better than other children
  • Gifted children are small, weedy, wear glasses and hate sport/PE
  • Gifted children lose their abilities as they get older



  • Gifted children often have trouble coping with their intellect
  • Gifted children learn more quickly than other children
  • The gap in intellect between gifted children and average children is the same as between average children and those deemed to need special education
  • Gifted children get bored easily
  • Many gifted children have trouble socialising with their peers
  • Gifted girls are often more difficult to identify
  • Gifted children can have Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Teachers can be antagonistic towards gifted children



The Mensa Supervised IQ Test is suitable for children aged over ten and a half years. Younger children should be assessed by an educational psychologist to find out their IQ score - your local health authority or education authority can help you to find professionals in your area.


Mensa also offers a Schools IQ Testing programme