Genius Toddler Joins Mensa

Cynthia Dermody

genius toddlerA 2-year-old British girl who can tell the difference between an isosceles and a scalene triangle, read the words "Mummy" and "Daddy," and count to 10 in Spanish is the youngest person to be admitted to Mensa, the society of people with an IQ in the top two percent of the population.

Elise Tan Roberts said her first word at 5, started walking at 8 months, and now can even spell her name.

Mensa doesn't usually accept members under 10, but her parents were so bewildered by their daughter's exceptional abilities that they took her to a psychiatrist, who tested her IQ. She came in at a 156 -- anything above 140 is considered genius level.

Wow, I'm not sure I'd want my daughter to start reading that early -- I'm keeping those Twilight books all to myself!

I've periodically come across moms in the Toddler groups who report their 2, 3 and 4 year olds can read. There's even the My Baby Can Read series of instructional videos, books and flashcards that some moms swear by.

Can your toddler read yet? Can she write and spell her name? Does she know all her ABCs? Have you ever considered testing your toddler's IQ for genius status?

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