3-Year-Old With Genius IQ Will Always Be Smart, But Never Normal (VIDEO)

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3-year-old mensaThe average 3-year-old doesn't get inducted into Mensa. But Sherwyn Sarabi is not the average 3-year-old. At 3 years old, most kids are still working on learning their colors and shapes. Which is perfectly appropriate, developmentally speaking. Sherwyn, however, is way beyond the phase of finding blue triangles and yellow squares: With an IQ of 136, Sherwyn could read, count to 200, and correctly identify countries, flags, planets, and parts of the body by the time he was 2. Sherwyn's mom said she didn't realize there was anything out of the ordinary about her son's smarts ... initially.

"At first we just thought it was normal behavior, then one day when we were at the doctor's, he was looking at a map on the wall and started pointing out countries he recognized. The doctor was amazed and said he’d never seen anything like it. We’ve taken him to see a couple of psychologists who have both said he is gifted."

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Then Mensa came calling:

"As a bright child with great potential we hope he will thrive with the Mensa network as support," said John Stevenage, chief executive of Mensa in Britain (out of 22,000 members in the British chapter, only 100 are children aged 10 or younger).

This begs the question: What exactly is the point of inducting a 3-year-old into Mensa? And won't all the special attention rob Sherwyn of a "normal" childhood? Possibly. But maybe that's okay.

Critics slam parents like Sherwyn's for putting too much pressure on their kids by focusing on their "gifted" status. That super-smart, super-young children deserve a chance to be like "all the other kids." Except the truth is, they're NOT like "all the other kids." There's no way around it. They'll grow up either intentionally dumbing themselves down to fit in or feeling isolated. So having a support system like Mensa in place from the start is probably the best thing Sherwyn's parents can do for him. 

And he still gets to be a little kid -- check out the dress-up crown he's wearing for no apparent reason in this video:

What would you do if your kid were a genius like Sherwyn?


Image via Barnsley Chronicle/YouTube

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nonmember avatar Shannon

I thought the standard IQ score to be considered a genius was 138 --- and that was the low end. I'm sure he is a very smart child, but I'm not sure what the fuss is all about. IQ doesn't really mean much once you are an adult --- you are no longer considered "gifted". Many adults with high IQs aren't any more exceptional than the average person.

Jespren Jespren

I think MENSA is a great idea! There he'll be able to be 'normal' because he'll be among his peers! I'm not that intelligent, but I have been well ahead of my age-peers. The only chance at 'normal' is to interact with your elders.

kelti... kelticmom

My son has been reading at a second grade level since he was three. That is one of the reasons we will either home school or private school because he is so far advanced over the regular kindergarten course work, that I fear he would become bored and get into trouble. He already wonders off at Sunday school during the lesson because it's so "babyfied" and he doesn't understand why he just can't read it himself instead of having to sit and have it read to him.

Karla C. Mulrenan

my son just turned two and even thought his speech is not perfect he can count to 10 ( knows the concept of quantity not just the numbers), knows his shapes, colors and ABC's. I think he is perfectly normal and dont think he is smart or anything. I think the best a parent can do with their children is let them learn and explore at their own pace. I am in no way forcing my child to learn its actualy a suprise to me how much he knows. 

Rosas... RosasMummy

karla theres nothig wrong with thinking ur child is smart if they are, and actively teaching them is not 'forcing them to learn' if u read together, or when an opportunity comes up to try and count something together or talk abou what shape that is etc then ur not doing anything wrong by doing that

rhps2000 rhps2000

Ha! I have enough trouble helping with my kid's homework. :)

nonmember avatar Whitney

The child probably has asperger's.

Mehrafarin Moghimi

To join mensa you need to be in the top 2% of the population. Sherwyn scored 136 with WPPSI test which puts him in the top 1% of the population. The IQ on it's own is meaningless unless you state which test was used. That is why they look at the percentile. Sherwyn has scored in the 99th percentile therefore he has more than enough to join mensa. Thank you all for showing interest in him. xx

tuffy... tuffymama

Why would you say that, Whitney? There is nothing to indicate that in the article. I spoke clearly and articulately at just over the age of one, potty trained at ten months, read at three, had perfect pitch, picked up a second language "accidentally" as a child, and was writing short stories at six. I assure you, there is nothing remotely resembling Asperger's affecting me. My mother is of average intelligence, but her father and mine are both geniuses. My oldest was the same way, only he tested at 20 points higher than I, and his math skills were around the sixth grade level the first time he was evaluated, at age five. No Asperger's there, either.

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