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The three-year-old with an IQ of 171


When Natalie and Ben's daughter Ophelia joined the high-IQ society Mensa at only three years old, they knew they would be accused of being pushy parents. But what is it like to have a naturally-gifted child?

"Really it was from about eight months old [that we realised how bright she could be]," Natalie Morgan tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Her daughter Ophelia had said her first word, 'hiya', a few months younger than the norm.

"It really went from there. She started saying her colours, letters, numbers quite early on compared to most children."

By the age of two, Ophelia, the couple's first child, was able to remember and recite the alphabet.

They knew she was above average having read up online, but it was not until she started at play school that they realised how more advanced she was than her peers.

That was when they decided to get Ophelia assessed, taking her to a child psychologist who specialises in gifted children.

"We just really wanted to clarify how we could help her," father Ben Dew, an IT support worker, explains.

"We didn't want her to feel she was being pushed, but at the same time we didn't want her to feel under-stimulated."


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