A talkative baby genius - verbal intelligence on show
The average age at which a child will speak three word sentences is 23 months. I use the word child, because three word sentences are not normally the province of babies. How early, however, may a gifted child speak them?
Tiarnan is very much a baby: he is but eight months old, however, he doesn't seem to know how little he is supposed to speak. It is the tendency of gifted children not to obey the limits we customarily expect of kids. That is what makes them gifted. This tendency is more so in those children who are of genius or prodigy status.
On September 23rd 2006, Tiarnan Hasyl Cawley saw his mummy wearing a green face mask. Seeing this he chased after her in concern, repeating, very clearly, as he did so: "I want mummy...I want mummy...I want mummy!" Now, we know enough about babies to know that three word grammatical constructions are normally far from their grasp. Here, however, was Tiarnan, speaking a three word sentence, clearly, and appropriately to the circumstances, with relevant meaning. He was just eight months old...a third of the age at which three word sentences are normally used.
What is notable about Tiarnan, is not just that he has spoken many different words since he was two months old and he first uttered the diplomatic choice: "Daddy!" to me...but that he uses them in grammatically correct sentences. It seems that a gifted child, at least in this case, is able to extract the rules of grammar very early from the speech around them.
It is too early to tell if Tiarnan is going to be a prodigy like his eldest brother but the signs are looking good and I am willing to place a large wager that to speak so well, so early is to signal verbal gift to come. Perhaps Tiarnan will be a writer, one day, or an actor. We will see.
He is already a prodigy in one sense, however: his precocious, early child development is prodigious. I will trace the development of this over time and we will discover if it heralds a more specific prodigy in the years ahead.
(For a guide to this blog, and posts on Tiarnan and his scientific child prodigy brother Ainan Celeste Cawley, six, go to: http://scientific-child-prodigy.blogspot.com/2006/10/scientific-child-prodigy-guide.html )