The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Numerate Dreams of Baby Tiarnan

What do babies dream of? We normally have no way to know, but last night we had a glimpse of our baby's dream world.

Last night, at about 3 am, amidst the diffuse light of the night sky filtering in through the curtains, in our home, on the equatorial island of Singapore, Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley, nine months, began counting in his sleep. What he was counting, we cannot know - and it was most certainly not sheep, since he has never seen one. Yet he was counting in his dreams. It was not the first time he has counted - that began some time ago - but it is the first time we have heard him do it while asleep.

Happy dreams, little one!

If you would like to learn more about the Cawley family, including Tiarnan, and Ainan Celeste Cawley, his scientific child prodigy brother, aged six, as well as Fintan Nadym, go to: I also write of child genius, adult genius, prodigy, savant and gifted children in general. Thanks.

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Anonymous Lisa said...

That is amazing! How young was he when he started counting? My son is 15 months old and I can hardly get him to say anything. I read to him daily and do lap time with body parts, numbers, and ABCs but he shows no interest in wanting to talk. At 15 months old, he will sporatically say "uh-oh" when he drops something or he'll say "Da-da" when my husband gets home from work or he'll say "Mama" when he's whiny and fussy. Do you have any suggestions on how to get my baby to talk? Did you do anything particular to teach your children to talk? It's almost embarrassing because people ask me all the time if my son is talking, even his doctor, and I cringe inside when I have to respond with, "Not really."

11:25 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

First thing: relax...each child takes their own path and there is nothing wrong with any particular path.

It sounds like you are doing everything you can. We certainly didn't do anything special at all, with any of the kids. I think that each child has their own "readiness" at different times and, as a parent, one has to accept that and be patient with it.

Some people are late talkers and turn out just fine. There are people who were later than your son and actually ended up I wouldn't worry.

Good luck with your son.

6:42 AM  

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