Parents may have some inkling of an idea when they see obvious signs of “brightness” like encyclopedic knowledge in an area or when their child shares thoughts that are very abstract, existential or beyond their age.
However, less likely to get properly identified are the kids who are gifted and who struggle with their unique brains, especially if there is a concurrent learning disability. You can be gifted and a school flunky. And to make things even more confusing, they may display the same traits of kids with ADD or ADHD.
Read my latest article on the HuffPost Canada Parents site for a list of signs that your child could be gifted.