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    We are from a small town Madisonville Kentucky I adopted my nephew after his mother and father was killed in a car crash, he was 2 years old. Unlike most 2 year olds he understood death and he told me about it and to be honest it freaked me out how well he handled it. Over the next 2 years I noticed how good he was at numbers and the stars, he would yell at me to come look at some planet in the sky at 5 years old and tell me about it. He is glued to his tablet so I thought he was just reading it. but then I thought at that age why would he even be looking up stuff like that and how could he understand it? Our local school which he is enrolled noticed this on day one, they only been back 17 days. They had his IQ tested, He scored 139 but the doctor giving it said it could have been 3 to 5 points higher but due to his lack of feeling in his left hand it could have caused a problem in his shapes test. But all he can talk about is being a cop or a firefighter.. Should I support that or gear him into math science and space?

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    1) IQ is a pretty meaningless indicator of anything other than the ability to score highly on IQ tests.
    2) Unless he's "steered" very subtly into what you think might be a good career choice how much "resentment" do you think he'll harbour when in later life he realises that he didn't pick his own path in life?
    3) He's 5 years old (so far as I can tell from what you've written) - how many of us actually ended up doing the job we said we wanted at that age?
    4) Regardless of what career path you or he have decided upon at present he is - currently - getting only the basics of education. It's far too early to learn anything that would count as a "maths, science and space" grounding. There's going to be, roughly, another ten years before academic course selection becomes career-oriented. During that time he'll probably change his mind numerous times about what he wants to do.

    By all means support his academic progress - but do so regardless of intended career: maths and science ability helps generally in life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary66 View Post
    it freaked me out how well he handled it
    Children are amazingly good at getting on with their own development regardless of what life throws at them. Also any words of comfort from anybody at the time, he probably accepted matter-of-fact, as children do, to get on.

    On the other hand children deeply troubled find escape by keeping their minds running running. Of course we all want children to be happy and content, yet to be driven - that's a powerful asset they only gain the hard way.

    If he was a cop or firefighter he could have prevented the car crash or maybe saved his parents. Is that too obvious?

    His test was a set of puzzles. So he's pretty good at solving puzzles. Whether he engages school (and life?) as a fountain of puzzles he's eager to solve, remains to be seen. You might help channel that strength into useful activities - like homework .
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