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In modern society, it is generally accepted that the child’s performance in school is the only indicator that determines its potential. When a child gets older, many parents want him to become comprehensively developed and successful in different areas of life. But before he goes to school, you must understand – your child is smart, despite his grades and physical fitness.

Scientists claim that there are different types of intelligence (there are 8 of them), and a child can have any of these eight types. In some ways, he will certainly be strong.

Parents must recognize the signs that characterize their type of intelligence from an early age. If you begin to develop these traits from an early age, you will be able to assess its potential and understand that it can be more important than academic performance in mathematics or physics. Consider how to determine your child’s type of intelligence.

Multiple intelligence theory

American psychologist Howard Gardner proposed a theory that explains various types of intelligence. The scientist suggests that reducing the definition of a child’s intelligence to a simple IQ test is not enough. Academic performance is undoubtedly important, but the tendencies of the child to drawing, music, dancing, entrepreneurial activity, etc. are just as important. All these tendencies must be taken into account when determining the potential of the child. Thus arose the theory of multiple intelligence, which proves that a child can be dominated by 1 or 2 of 8 types of intelligence.

8 types of intelligence

Howard Gardner’s theory quickly found followers around the world. Teachers from different countries began to include the theory of multiple intelligence in their education systems.

Let us consider in more detail the types of intelligence that are found in children.

1. Body-kinesthetic

Children with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence usually achieve success in sports and other forms of physical activity. They move a lot and their movements are well coordinated. If your child is interested in outdoor games and can well coordinate the movements of his body, then we can confidently say that he has developed this type of intelligence. Observe him to better understand his tendencies. Is he too fussy? Is he always in good shape? He can not sit in one place for a long time? Such small details can help you determine the body-kinesthetic type of intelligence in a child. It is owned by many famous athletes, actors and dancers.

2. Visual-spatial

This type of intelligence determines how well a child can visualize objects, places, and even his dreams. Children with such intelligence have talents in drawing, modeling and other similar activities. They determine the size of objects well and can reproduce past events in detail. They also tend to express their thoughts and feelings in a visual way.

If your child pays attention to details and is able to remember the smallest details of everyday events, he has developed visual-spatial intelligence. Children with it can become artists, architects, or specialists in such fields.

3. Logical and mathematical

Logical intelligence is connected with the child’s abilities for mathematical calculations and argumentation. An important part of logical and mathematical intelligence is the skills to solve various problems. If your child is observant, knows how to think outside the box, logically reason, explain, understand hints, he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children are curious and often ask questions. They understand well the language of numbers, graphs and charts. Many famous mathematicians have developed this type of intelligence.

4. Musical

If a child likes to listen to music, this does not mean that he has musical intelligence. This type of intelligence is developed in children who like to compose music, sing and tap different rhythms. They understand music better than others. If your child has a beautiful voice, he has a sense of rhythm, distinguishes tonality and is interested in playing musical instruments, then he undoubtedly has developed musical intelligence. However, it is important to understand that musical intelligence is a fairly broad concept, and it can manifest itself in different ways in different children.

5. Linguistic

Children with linguistic intelligence usually have well-developed language skills. If your child has a beautiful handwriting, he loves to read, understands grammar and knows how to write complex words, he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children like to play with words and solve crosswords. They usually have a large vocabulary, they easily remember new words. They also have the ability to tell stories.

6. Existential

Existential intelligence should not be confused with introversion or self-centeredness. It is associated with a person’s ability to enjoy loneliness. If the child, being alone, is not bored and not afraid, then he has developed this type of intelligence. This type is associated with qualities such as responsibility, self-awareness and independence.

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