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Early Identification

Young gifted children usually show their special abilities before entering elementary school. At preschool, they may have advanced understanding or performance in one or a variety of areas. The earlier these preschoolers are identified, the more favorable their development. To promote optimal talent development, gifted preschoolers require a rich and stimulating environment, challenging curriculum, and appropriate educational interventions. This entry describes the characteristics of giftedness, parents and teachers and the identification process, and the provision of special activities.

Characteristics of Giftedness

There are many signs of giftedness. To Linda Silverman of the Gifted Development Center, parents and preschool teachers need to take note of some of these earliest signs of giftedness, although not all need to be present for a young child to be gifted:

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