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How to get your four-year-old into Mensa

by | 14th, April 2012

HEIDI Hankins from Winchester, Hampshire, has an IQ of 159. She is a member of Mensa and thus on a par with grown ups who like to showcase their IQs in “a society for bright people”.

Hankins is not Mensa’s youngest member. In 2009, Elise Tan Roberts, from Edmonton, north London, who at two years and four months old scored an IQ of 156, could recite the English alphabet, count to 10 in Spanish and name types of triangle. All vital tools in her bank of knowledge. It is not known if she could name all of the Secret 7, remember all the Moshi Monster characters by name and cuteness rating or play the recorder tunefully. You pick you measure of intelligence and wait for Junior to impress the adults.

British Mensa chief executive John Stevenage said:

“Elise’s parents correctly identified that she is an exceptional child.”

He says of Heidi Hankins, that her parents “correctly identified that she shows great potential”.

Anorak’s Society of Smart Arses observes that Mr Stevenage may care to enlarge his word power.

But what does Heidi have potential for? Mr Stevenage adds:

“We aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop.”

Develop into what – older Mensa members? The BBC has more:

According to Mensa, the signs of a gifted child include an unusual memory, reading at an early age, intolerance of other children and an awareness of world events. A gifted child will also ask questions all of the time.

Time for a clerihew:

My child is gifted

Your child is special

Their child lacks social skills



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