Common Characteristics of a Gifted Child or Youth


Common Characteristics of Gifted Children:

  • Ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age-like peers
  • Surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age
  • Strong sense of curiosity
  • Enthusiastic about unique interests and topics
  • Quirky or mature sense of humor
  • Creative problem solving and imaginative expression
  • Absorbs information quickly with few repetitions needed
  • Self-aware, socially aware, and are of global issues

The National Associate for Gifted Children lists additional traits of giftedness that you may find useful. Of course, each gifted student is unique and may present with a mix of any combination of these traits or none at all.