2-Year-Old Has IQ Higher Than Most American Presidents
Adam Kirby's parents knew he was brighter than most other children when at 23 months he potty trained himself after reading a book on...
Adam Kirby's parents knew he was brighter than most other children when at 23 months he potty trained himself after reading a book on the subject.
So advanced was he for his age, that Dean and Kerry-Ann Kirby took their firstborn to get his IQ tested at just two years old.
He was found to have a score of 141 - higher than many US presidents - despite not even being old enough to fully communicate yet.
He was then invited to join Mensa, where he became the high IQ society's youngest boy at two years and five months.
He only narrowly missed out on the title of youngest ever to Elise Tan-Roberts, who was one month younger when she was accepted.
Adam, from Mitcham, south London, was reading by nine months old, and is now able to spell over 100 words, he knows most of his times tables up to 10, can count to over 1000 in English and up to 20 in Spanish and Japanese.
At the age of one, he could already identity countries by their shape and put them in the right place on a puzzle made for adults.
And to his parents' delight, he taught himself to use the toilet after reading a book on potty training given to his parents by a family friend.
Mrs Kirby read to him in the womb, and started reciting Shakespeare to him when he was a few months old, although she says his favourite now is Roald Dahl.
Adam is being taught at home by Mr Kirby, 33, who is a software engineer, and his 31-year-old wife, who works in financial services in the City.
Mrs Kirby said: "We don't know where he got it from, we both work with figures and our work is quite challenging but he's turning into a genius.
"He was around nine months we realised he was different. We were showing him cards with the words hippopotamus and rhinoceros on them and he could identify all of them in pictures.
Mr Kirby said they both encouraged him from a very young age, but he was very driven himself.
"He is really really hungry for it, it's not us pushing him at all he loves challenging himself. He gets bored very quickly when he's not reading or writing or completing a complex puzzle," he said.
"It was our expectation he would achieve early, and we made sure we brought him up in a way that he would want it rather than have it pushed upon him.
"It's going to be difficult when he gets to school age because most of our options would not challenge him in any way."
He was admitted after his parents submitted a report by top educational psychologist Professor Joan Freeman.
He scored 141 on the Stanford Binet test - an IQ quiz that looks to measure five factors of cognitive ability.
These are fluid reasoning, knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, and working memory.
The two-year-old's score means he is only one of 19 pre-school members of British Mensa.
John Stevenage, British Mensa's CEO, said: "Mensa always has a warm welcome for new members. The aims of the society are to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment which gifted children can enjoy now as they develop and also share with others in later life. We look forward to Adam joining in with that over the coming years."