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Genius Behavior in Children

by Christina Schnell, studioD

A genius child is beyond the standard gifted category, and typically scores 140 or higher on the IQ test. Such exceptional abilities don't just appear in puzzle problems and reciting entire story books, they also influence imagination, sensitivity, curiosity and concentration. Though not every genius child will exhibit the same behaviors, their extraordinarily abilities can lead to certain notable behaviors.

High Standards and Big Visions

Genius children see the complexity and potential in a project other kids might miss. They can also be perfectionists, notes Gifted Canada, an organization dedicated to identifying and supporting gifted children. The result can be directing or bossing other children while playing. Unfortunately constantly critiquing and directing their peers, in highly descriptive and advanced vocabulary, can lead to strained peer relationships. On the other hand, in some circles, other kids may seek genius children for authority and leadership during a particularly challenging task.

Intense Concentration

Genius children have unusually high concentration abilities, although Gifted Canada notes that such focus usually only applies to activities of their choosing. It's not uncommon for a genius child to spend hours building an intricate block tower or train set in an almost trance-like state that leaves him unresponsive to you calling his name or asking him a question. And, when you do tap him on the shoulder for dinner, there's a good chance he'll resist leaving his project.

Imaginative Abilities

Not only do genius children see endless possibilities to a single scenario, but they're also highly aware of details and complexity, which supports their extraordinary imagination. A genius child may spend significant time daydreaming, fantasizing or creating by himself while his peers are off playing a cooperative, but less complex or imaginative, game. Because his abilities is much greater than his peers, the Davidson Institute of Talent Development, reports that 37 percent of profoundly gifted children have imaginary friends. What's more, genius children will describe these imaginary playmates and experiences in vivid, passionate detail.

Curiosity-Driven Activities

Unlike other children his age, by the time he enters grade school, a genius child is more likely to read and prefer factual books, rather than fictitious or fanciful stories. For example, he may prefer to read an entire book on ancient Egypt or alligators. His endless curiosity motivates his choice of activity, whether it's taking apart an old camera or constructing an intricate set of pathways around a sand castle to assess the flow of water, he wants to know why and how.

About the Author

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

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