Characteristics of Giftedness in Children

Linda Silverman proposes that the following are characteristics of giftedness (as quoted by Barbara Gilman, www.gifteddevelpment.com):

  • Reasons well (good thinker)
  • Learns rapidly
  • Has extensive vocabulary
  • Has an excellent memory
  • Has a long attention span (if interested)
  • Sensitive (feelings hurt easily)
  • Shows compassion
  • Perfectionistic
  • Intense
  • Morally sensitive
  • Has strong curiosity
  • Perseveres when interested
  • Has high degree of energy
  • Prefers older companions/adults
  • Has a wide range of interests
  • Has a great sense of humour
  • Early or avid reader (or likes to be read to if very young)
  • Concerned with justice, fairness
  • Judgement mature for age, at times
  • Is a keen observer
  • Has a vivid imagination
  • Is highly creative
  • Tends to question authority
  • Shows ability with numbers
  • Good at jigsaw puzzles