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As the parent of a precocious child, you may suspect you have a gifted personality loose in your house. What works with other kids is not working with this one. Well, don't fret. There are support systems available to assist you. You don't have to go it alone when you work with a gifted child.

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Thanks to Bill Maki for kickstarting the update of this section.

Have the child tested by a certified psychologist. Now, that is not scary. Your school has access to one. Even if you are not attending the public schools, in Ohio your local public school system will provide you (as a taxpayer) with assistance in getting an assessment of your child. Talk to your child's teacher, principal, or the local board of education. 

Other tests may be used by the school system, per their stated policy, to identify gifted children. For children older than 14, your local Mensa chapter (that's us) can administer the Mensa admissions test. So one way or the other, your question is settled. (Mensa accepts test scores from over 200 IQ tests, including most of the ones being used by school districts as prior evidence of eligibility for Mensa.)

So after the tests you now know that your child is gifted. What do you do?

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Monica Baker is East Central Ohio Mensa's coordinator for gifted youth activities. Any Mensans interested in planning or participating in an event may contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Past events have included a take-apart session, a visit to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, and others.

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The official Mensa store http://www.foximaging.com/ has books and games for sale, and other cool stuff. Most items are available for sale to the public, though a few items are for Mensa members-only.


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