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 +

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Early reading: first word recognition

Tiarnan is twelve months old, and yesterday night he rather surprised us. He noticed a word "pet", written down and, without anyone else saying anything, he clearly said: "Pet". Now, I don't know about you, but that seems to me to be rather more than coincidence: of all the sounds he could have made at that moment, he made the one sound, clearly enunciated, which happened to be the word in front of him.

He hadn't repeated a word said by others since no-one had said that word. It was his own initiative and response to the stimulus in front of him.

The only conclusion we could come to is that Tiarnan had recognized the word - and so read it. Uncanny.

(If you would like to read more about Tiarnan, or his gifted brothers Fintan, three and Ainan Celeste Cawley, seven years and two months, a scientific child prodigy, then please go to: I also write of gifted education, intelligence, IQ, child prodigy, child genius, adult genius, baby genius, savant, the creatively gifted, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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