Jacqueline Soon-Legaspi is just five years old, but she already speaks two languages, loves playing classical music and is passionate about Pi.
"Pi is something we learn after we learn a rule like we have to learn first rule of Pi", she explains. "It's like numbers so like a silly story but you see the numbers of it."
Jacqueline's proud parents Jowyn and Louis Soon-Legaspi recall their young daughter was like any other baby and toddler, but say she's now incredibly advanced.More stories from Today Tonight
"Maths-wise, she can subtract numbers now, two digit, one digit, addition double digits, she can read story books. She reads stories herself now."
Carmel Meehan, president of Victoria's Association for Gifted and Talented children, says the signs of a special gift are visible early in a child's life.
"Children of high ability usually show that they are clever at a very early age. Sometimes their passions are very different to that of their classmates, they may not be playing with barbies, they may be looking at the solar system and ideas will come to them very differently to a lot of their peers in the class."
But whether it's due to nature or nurture, Jacqueline has started weekly lessons at Schichida Australia, at just 18-months-old.
Developed in Japan, the accelerated learning system educates children aged from six months to six years, stimulating their senses using music, colour and activity to enhance right brain development.
"Children actually learn really quickly, especially between the zero to three-years-old. By Two-years-old about 80% of the brain is already developed so that's that window of opportunity that we can work on with the children," says Shiao-Ling Lim, director of Schichida Australia.
There are some simple signs you can keep an eye out for to see if your child is gifted:
- Frequently reaching 'milestones' such as early walking and talking
- Distinguishing between reality and fantasy
- An excellent memory
- Long attention span
- Elaborate and original thinking
- An advanced sense of humour
- Unusual and vivid imagination
Jacquline's parents insist she's just a normal kid, not a genius.
“She does every other thing that every other normal child does," Jacuqaline's mum says.
"She was a very very quiet girl hardly hear her voice and she s always sort of like a little shy and all that but look at her today."
"We all have the same number of brain cells and one of the things that make a difference to well so called clever or not a lot of its due to the amount of stimulation that the child has received when they are young," Mr Lim explains.
"And basicaly we're trying to just broaden the neuro network of the child so that as they grow up, the way they capture information the way they process it. The way they use it is just more well developed and well balanced in that sense."
Jacqualine's parents say they just hope that one day the world will be her oyster."That is what we are hoping for that is what we are really hoping for, make it a lot easier for her."
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