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8 types of child intelligence: development tips

In modern society, it is considered that a child’s performance in school is the only indicator that determines its potential. When a child gets older, many parents want him to become well-rounded and successful in different spheres of life. But before he goes to school, you have to understand-your child is smart, despite his grades and physical shape.

Scientists say 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 would be strong.

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

The theory of multiple intelligences

American psychologist Howard Gardner proposed a theory that explains the different 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 just as important are the child’s aptitudes for drawing, music, dancing, entrepreneurship, etc.All these aptitudes must be taken into account when determining the child’s potential. Thus arose the theory of multiple intelligence, which proves that a child can be dominated by 1 or 2 of the 8 types of intelligence.

8 types of intelligence

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

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

1. Bodily-kinesthetic

Children with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence usually achieve success in sports and other physical activities. 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, it is safe to 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’t stay in one place for long? Such small details can help you determine the child’s bodily-kinesthetic type of intelligence. It is possessed 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 their dreams. Children of this intelligence have talents in drawing, modeling, and other similar pursuits. They are good at measuring objects and can reproduce past events in detail. They also tend to Express their thoughts and feelings in visual form.

If your child pays attention to detail and is able to recall the smallest details of everyday events, he has developed a visual-spatial intelligence. Children who have it can become artists, architects, or specialists in similar fields.

3. Logical-mathematical

Logical intelligence is related to the child’s ability to mathematical calculations and reasoning. An important part of logical and mathematical intelligence is the ability to solve various problems. If your child is observant, knows how to think outside the box, logically argue, explain, understand clues-he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children are inquisitive and often ask questions. They understand the language of numbers, graphs and diagrams well. Many famous mathematicians have developed this type of intelligence.

4. Musical

If a child likes to listen to music, it 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, has a sense of rhythm, distinguishes between keys and is interested in playing musical instruments, then he certainly has a developed musical intelligence. However, it is important to understand that musical intelligence is a fairly broad concept, and it can manifest itself differently in different children.

5. Linguistic

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

6. Existential

Existential intelligence should not be confused with introversion or egocentricity. It is related to a person’s ability to enjoy solitude. If the child, being alone, does not get bored and is not afraid, then he has developed this type of intelligence. This type is associated with such qualities as responsibility, self-awareness and independence. Children with existential intelligence are aware of their strengths and weaknesses. If your child is confident in the correctness of their actions, despite the fact that others believe otherwise, he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children are confident in everything they do. They listen to others, but do what they think is right. Such children grow up to be successful entrepreneurs.

7. Interpersonal

Children with developed interpersonal intelligence are able to communicate well with others. They usually have a lot of friends, and they like to be in the company. If your child constantly spends time with his friends and likes to communicate with people, he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children are able to find a common language with different people and understand how to cope with different situations. In company, they seem calm and relaxed. With friends, they are compassionate, kind and sympathetic. Such children grow up to be good diplomats, leaders, and teachers.

8. Naturalistic

If your child is interested in gardening, caring for Pets, then he has developed this type of intelligence. Such children love nature. They are interested in various natural phenomena, like to walk in parks, near rivers and wherever there is no asphalt. They are also concerned about conservation.

When you know how each of the eight types of intelligence manifests, you can determine what your child is good at. Watch him, notice his abilities, and help him develop them. Appreciate his talents from an early age – and you don’t have to worry about his future.

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