= Unusual alertness, even in infancy
= Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly
= Excellent memory
= Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age
= Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas
= Enjoys solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles
= Often self-taught reading and writing skills as preschooler
= Deep, intense feelings and reactions
= Highly sensitive
= Thinking is abstract, complex, logical, and insightful
= Idealism and sense of justice at early age
= Concern with social and political issues and injustices
= Longer attention span and intense concentration
= Preoccupied with own thoughts—daydreamer
= Learn basic skills quickly and with little practice
= Asks probing questions
= Wide range of interests (or extreme focus in one area)
= Highly developed curiosity
= Interest in experimenting and doing things differently
= Puts ideas or things together that are not typical
= Keen and/or unusual sense of humor
= Desire to organize people/things through games or complex schemas
= Vivid imaginations (and imaginary playmates when in preschool)
= Motivation: Evidence of desire to learn.
= Interests: A feeling of intentness, passion, concern, or curiosity about something.
= Communication skills: Highly expressive and effective use of words, numbers, symbols, and so forth.
= Problem-solving ability: Effective, often inventive, strategies for recognizing and solving problems.
= Memory: Large storehouse of information on school or non-school topics.
= Inquiry: Questions, experiments, explores.
= Insight: Quickly grasps new concepts and makes connections, senses deeper meanings.
= Reasoning: Logical approaches to figuring out solutions.
= Imagination and creativity: Produces many ideas, highly original.
= Humor: Conveys and picks up on humor.
= Fluency: The ability to think of, or produce many ideas or products.
= Flexibility: The ability to think of many different kinds or categories of responses to a stimulus.
= Originality: Unusual or infrequent responses compared to same-aged peers.
= Abstractness of thought: The ability to capture the essence of something by going beyond what is seen or heard by telling a story, giving dialogue, revealing thoughts, or suggesting meaning in an abstract way.
= Elaboration: Imagination and exposition of detail.
= Resistance to closure: The ability to delay closure long enough to make the mental leap that makes possible more original ideas.