3-Year-Old Has Genius IQ & Her Problems Have Just Begun

Every parent likes to think that their child is a genius. How many times have you heard moms trying to one-up each other when it comes to hitting those milestones? However, some parents really do have legitimate bragging rights. Three-year-old Alexis Martin has just become the youngest person in Arizona to join Mensa, a club where members must have an IQ in the top 2 percent in the world. To put it in perspective for you, most people have an IQ of 100. Little Alexis scored a 160. It's truly amazing. Doctors say she is smarter than 99.9 percent of the world's population. However, it's not all good news for the little Einstein.

While most kids her age are still trying to get out complete sentences, Alexis reads at a fifth grade reading level. Apparently, there hasn't been a kid this brilliant in 20 years. That's a heavy title for such a young tot. Her parents have toyed with the idea of putting her into kindergarten early, but they don't want her to move too far ahead out of fear she will be left behind socially.

A doctor has already said she will never be able to go to a "normal" school but rather has to attend a "self-contained program." The reason? Being a young genius comes with a special brand of neuroses other children just won't understand. It's somewhat heartbreaking. As parents, we want our kids to have a normal and happy upbringing. For a lot of us, that means going to a nearby grade school, making friends, having slumber parties, doing school plays, joining sports teams or band. That may not be in the cards for Alexis -- a determination that is made for her at the young age of 3.

This is a common fear among parents in this situation. Learning and developing isn't just about academics. These parents are right to be concerned about her social skills. Will she make friends and form bonds? Will other students be welcoming? Will she feel like an oddball? They fear that there is so much she will miss out on.

It's a tough situation, to be sure. They want to nurture that brilliant mind but how do they do that without sacrificing a normal social growth? For some parents, the solution is homeschooling. That way, a child can learn at their own pace and not feel freakish about how advanced they are. But is that right for Alexis? Her parents are still debating what to do.

Do you think being this brilliant at such a young age is a blessing or problematic?


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adamat34 adamat34

I think although she is extremely bright and obviously gifted it's to soon to tell if she will be socially awkward. Finding out this young May be a blessing, might give her and her parents time to deal with it accordingly so she can have slumber parties and giggling girly friends. You putting an unnecessary burden on these parents when nothing is set in stone or determined yet.

Ms_Co... Ms_Cookies

I think it may be problematic in the future, I say this only because we already have a blue print of people who are considered in the "genius" catagory. They don't do very well socially and are often ostracized by peers because they are so far advanced and are considered freakish. Many end up having severe mental issues in the long run. But I think given the right enviroment and hopefully parents who are attentive to this little girl and her social and emotional well being, she may get to grow up just a little girl who knows a lot of stuff.

Jespren Jespren

i was not brilliant, but I was more intelligent than my peers. I read spontaneously at 4 and was easily reading at a 5th grade level by kindergarten. I could also memorize almost anything with just a few read-throughs. I recited the who text of the Night Before Christmas to my first grade class. The lead in isn't to brag, but to say I can somewhat relate. School was horrid. I was closer to my teachers than to my peers, who mostly hated me. It would have been better had I been skipped several grades, the peer situation wouldn't have been any different and at least then I wouldn't have been bored stiff by the curriculum. Homeschool or private school if one of my children showed unusual intelligence i won't be worried about their 'social' development-frankly that's already down the crapper regardless, people their age won't like them becuase they're too smart, people they can communicate with effectively will be mostly turned off because of the age difference-I will focus on allowing them to gain knowledge as rapidly and rigorously as they can, taking full advantage of their rapidly growing minds and teaching them to be secure in their intelligence and sense of self rather than worry about their age peers.

Jess_Lee Jess_Lee

Idk what reading level I was on until middle school. 6th grade reading college level. Was way above my peers in reading. I still can't do more than simple math at almost 24. But, my son just turned 4. Before 2 he was learning sign language, at 2 spelling his name. 3 learning his +1s math. He's 4 and writing his name out, wrote my name, most of his letters and some numbers. We just started working on writing his ABCs, he wasn't interested before. Haven't gotten to numbers yet, but he started without looking at them. He's doing things that most 5yr olds should be doing since he was 3. Very intelligent, big vocabulary. People have asked if he was 5 or 6 just by hearing him talk and seeing how well behaved he is. So far, he's had no problem with social skills. I'm not saying his IQ is 160, haven't had him tested, don't plan to. But, just bc this girl is a genius, doesn't mean she will lack socially. She may or may not, not they should worry about it right now. Give her the opportunity to advance socially before saying that "most likely she won't" anything you possible.

Nina Cote

when i entered school i could do math multiply divide add and subtract i could write and read and spell but i  barely talked and when i did it was hard to understand i was put into special classes because of my speech and because i had no interest in my peers.. i was tested when i was a teen right after i was taken into foster care and tested as a genius and during school i was always smarter than my peers but i was also bored everyday but school was still better than home at school no one hit me

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