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And this is why I laugh over IQ posts...

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Four-year-old 'genius' accepted into Mensa with an IQ almost as high as physicist Stephen Hawking 

  • 'Gifted' Heidi Hankins stunned examiners with her extraordinary intelligence
  • Sat Mensa test after nursery staff struggled to find activities to challenge her

By Laura Clark and Rosie Taylor

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By the age of two, she could count to 40, draw pictures of people, recite poems and read books meant for seven-year-olds.

Within a year, she was adding and subtracting.

Now she is four, Heidi Hankins has an IQ of 159 – only one point below Albert Einstein’s – and has become one of the youngest members of Mensa.

A little bit special: Four-year-old Heidi Hankins has an IQ of 159, just one point below Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

A little bit special: Four-year-old Heidi Hankins has an IQ of 159, just one point below Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

She took an IQ test after nursery staff struggled to find tasks to stretch her.

And her parents Matthew, 47, a University of Southampton lecturer, and Sophy, 43, an artist, are hoping their daughter can skip a school year when she starts in September.

Heidi sat a Wechsler IQ test, which uses puzzles to measure a child’s intellectual potential.

Dr Hankins said: ‘We always thought Heidi was bright because she was reading early. I was curious about her IQ and the results were off the scale.

‘I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It’s what you would expect a seven-year-old to do. She was making noises and trying to talk literally since she was born and by age one her vocabulary was quite good. She was using full sentences almost as soon as she started to speak.’

Dr Hankins said Heidi was drawing princesses and animals aged 14 months – an age when most children can only mark the page.

And at 18 months the family found her using the computer to teach herself to read.

 

Heidi is a head taller than her classmates, and at 3ft 10in is closer to an average six year old. The Hankins, from Winchester, Hampshire, also have a nine-year-old son, Isaac, who is a chorister at Winchester Cathedral.

Dr Hankins said: ‘Heidi has really flourished quicker than other children – academically, artistically and physically.




Good company: (L-R) legendary physicist Albert Einstein and Professor Stephen Hawking both have IQs only one point higher than Heidi ay 160 while TV mathematician Carol Vorderman's is 'only' 154

‘We don’t push Heidi at all. She has taken up everything herself and teaches herself.

‘She is not precocious, she is just a little girl who likes her Barbies and Lego but then you will find her sitting down and reading a book.’

The average adult IQ score is 100 while a ‘gifted’ score is 130. John Stevenage, chief executive of British Mensa, said: ‘Heidi’s parents correctly identified that she shows great potential.'


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alwayskk
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM

That's awesome, but why does this make you laugh at IQ posts?

Mipsy
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM
That's awesome!!!
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Mipsy
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM
2 moms liked this
I think cuz there is always a ton of people saying they have an IQ of like 169, lol

Quoting alwayskk:

That's awesome, but why does this make you laugh at IQ posts?

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happymommy1105
by Platinum Member on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I think that's awesome for the little girl.

Everybody online has a genus iq, didn't you know???
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FL2AK
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
All of the women on here who claim to be geniuses? Lol
alwayskk
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM

LOL!

Quoting Mipsy:

I think cuz there is always a ton of people saying they have an IQ of like 169, lol

Quoting alwayskk:

That's awesome, but why does this make you laugh at IQ posts?


ayla91
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

those parents must be proud but all i can think of is "that poor little girl." you cant tell me that they will just allow her to attend a normal school with regular kids or not push her to do bigger things. We all push our kids in one way or another.... but I am thrilled my 2 yr old can count to ten in english and 5 in spanish. She cant even recognize her name yet alone read a book.

acaisha
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM


Quoting alwayskk:

That's awesome, but why does this make you laugh at IQ posts?

oh lord... you should see it.. its hallarious.. 60-70% I'd say claim to have an IQ over 140..


abstractmommy
by Ruby Member on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I dont know whats funny, but this is amazing!
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acaisha
by on Apr. 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

just the iq posts and how many say they have an IQ of 150-160 on here.. when Steven Hawkins has a 159

Quoting abstractmommy:

I dont know whats funny, but this is amazing!



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