London, Apr 30 (ANI): The kid is just two-years-old, but she is cleverer than Carol Vorderman and has an IQ that almost equals that of Albert Einstein’s.
Elise Tan Roberts, who has an IQ of 156, has become the youngest member of Mensa, and she has shown why, as she recites her phonetic alphabet, almost perfectly, before counting to 10 in Spanish.
It puts her above Vorderman, at 154, and just below Einstein, who was believed to be about 160.
The young tot’s intelligence could be seen as she pressed her fingers and thumbs together to make a shape, and then asked what it is.
“What’s that?” the Mirror quoted her as asking with a cheeky grin.
And before anyone can answer, she says: “An equilateral triangle.”
Even mum Louise, 28, has no explanation for her two-year-old daughter’s intelligence, and that too when she and her husband Edward, 34, do not drum lessons into her, but simply just answer her questions.
“It’s nothing to do with me,” Louise said.
“She just says things and you have no idea where she got it from.
“I don’t set out to teach her loads of stuff, she just enjoys learning and picks things up. She’s always on the go, she never stops,” she stated.
Professor Joan Freeman, a specialist educational psychologist who tested Elise’s intelligence, said her memory was her great gift.
“She is more than very bright and capable. She is gifted,” Freeman said in her report.
Elise was born eight days late at University College Hospital, London, on December 16, 2006, and her parents realised she was different soon after she was born.
She took an unusual interest in her surroundings, gazing at people and objects. She took her first steps at eight-and-a-half months and by 10 months she was running.
At five months she said her first word, she could say her name at 11 months and count to 10 by 16 months.
At 18 months, she could count to 20, recite nursery rhymes, knew the phonetic alphabet and could name six capital cities. Today, she can name the capital city of virtually any country thrown at her.
It was when Louise saw a TV programme about gifted children that she called Prof Freeman, who agreed to assess her.
Using a standard Stamford-Binet Intelligence Scale test, the child expert quickly established Elise was in the top 0.2 per cent of children her age in the country with a mental age of three years and ten months.
Mensa accepts members with an IQ in the top two per cent, and it only tests children aged 10 or above but accepted Prof Freeman’s report on Elise.
“Elise’s parents identified she is an exceptional child. They realise they have an interesting challenge as she grows up,” Mensa chief executive John Stevenage said.
At just two years and four months, Elise can spell her name aloud, read words Mummy and Daddy, recognise drawn letters, name all three types of triangle, name 35 capital cities, draw a circle, recite the phonetic alphabet, recite the normal alphabet, count to 10 in Spanish, count to 20, and do very basic maths eg 1+2=3.
She can also name all her colours, including distinguishing between pink and purple, brown and black, name several shapes, including hexagon, star, circle, square and rectangle, and also name many animals and their noises. (ANI)