Many people think that it is not until your child is in school that you would find out if they are potentially gifted. If it's your first child, you might have nothing else to compare them to and really be in the dark. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in all the exciting changes happening everyday that you don't connect any early development to future giftedness. Who walks around saying "my baby is 10 months old and I'm sure they're gifted."
Birth – 2 years
The following checklist is a rough indication of what you may want to look out for after your child is born up to 2 years of age.
* Ability of recognize carers early (within a few months after birth)
* Early expressions (e.g. smiling)
* Unusual alertness
* Interest in books (turning pages of books before 1 year of age and paying attention when read to within 6 months)
* Interest in computers
* Unusually active and high levels of energy (but not hyperactive)
* Playing with shape sorters by about 11 months.
* Ability to form two word phrases by 14 months
* Ability to understand instructions by 18 months
* Ability to say and understand many words before 18 months
* Could stay still and enjoy a TV programs (e.g., Sesame Street) by the age of 1
* Has favorite TV shows/VCD/DVDs by age 1
* Appears to require less sleep (yet not sleepy or irritable due to lack of sleep)
* Recognition of letters/alphabets by age 2
* Recognition and rote counting of numbers 1 – 10 or higher by age 2
* Recognition of colors by age 2
* Recognition of first word by age 2
* Interest in puzzles by age 2
* Has long attention span in interest areas by age 2
* Ability to form at least 3 word sentence by age 2
* Interest in time by age 2