Four-year-old 'genius' girl joins Mensa.

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A four-year-old girl has been accepted into Mensa with an IQ almost as high as Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. Brainy Heidi Hankins — who hasn’t even started school yet — sat an IQ test after staff at her nursery said she was so intelligent they were struggling to find activities to challenge her
The exceptional youngster impressed examiners with a impressive score of 159. The average score for an adult is 100 and for ‘gifted’ individuals is 130. She is only slightly behind scientist Stephen Hawking and legendary physicist Albert Einstein both with IQs of160.
What Heidi can do Heidi — who can already add, subtract, draw figures and write in sentences — was reading books for seven-year-olds when she was just two.
The test she took, is specifically designed for children her age and contains a mixture of problem-solving puzzles and word games. Heidi’s father, Matthew, hopes she can now skip a school year to ensure she is adequately challenged. The University of Southampton public health lecturer, said, “We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early. I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale. I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It’s what you would expect a seven-year-old to do.”
“She was using full sentences almost as soon as she started to speak and then taught herself to read using the computer aged 18 months,” he added. He further said, “She is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book. We don’t push Heidi at all. She has taken up everything herself and teaches herself.” John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said, “Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential. We wish them well and are pleased that they have chosen to join the Mensa network for support.” Mensa said Heidi’s IQ is unlikely to change as she gets older.
What is Mensa?
Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organisation open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardised, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Did you know?
Hollywood actress Sharon Stone has an IQ of 154. Shakira, the Columbian singer is also a ‘gifted individual’ with an IQ of 140.

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0 responses to “Four-year-old 'genius' girl joins Mensa.

  1. Wait until the ‘average’ public school teachers work her over for
    12 years…poor kid doesn’t have a prayer unless she receives ‘non-traditional’ education where she can exercise her gifts.
    she’s a cute little bug ,though 🙂

  2. Let’s hope Heidi has good parents who teach her about God so that she doesn’t grow up to be another brainy but godless person like atheist Hawking (all that awesome Universe is just an accident!) or actress Stone whose greatest achievement was going commando in Basic Instinct.

  3. i think dan has a very good point she’s smart now but wait until she gets run through what is passing for education in this country now. locally here a 14 year old girl just graduated this spring from the local community college.

  4. I google searched what you were talking about, and the reference to her counting to 40 was at age TWO! They weren’t talking about NOW.

  5. May you live in interesting definitely a curse.

    So they don’t push her, meaning she called Mensa and asked for membership and then notified the media for a feature story? Herself?
    Also, if nursery school teachers coudln’t find activities higher than a seven-year-old’s, I’m afraid they’re in the wrong profession. It’s not too hard to assign research to a child who can write in sentences and use a computer.
    I dunno. Stories like this always remind me of those stories where parents send their kids around the world piloting a plane solo or something.. The parents are always the type of upper-class professionals who buy reading sets for their two-year-olds.


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