Kashe Quest, a toddler from Los Angeles, has become the youngest American member of Mensa, whose membership is restricted to those with the highest IQ scores. Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.
The little one is only two years old, but according to her parents, she can name all of the elements on the periodic table, identify all 50 states by shape and location, learn Spanish, and decipher patterns.
Kashe’s father Devon told CNN;
“She has always shown us, more than anything, the propensity to explore her surroundings and to ask the question ‘Why?’. If she doesn’t know something, she wants to know what it is and how it functions, and once she learns it, she applies it.”
Kashe’s family claims that her skills improved quickly after she uttered her first word. She soon began speaking in sentences of five or more words.
The parents became aware that their daughter was possibly advanced for her age as a result of their daily observations.
Kashe’s mom Sukhjit told CNN;
“Once her paediatrician also acknowledged it, at her 18-month check-up I had let her know where (Kashe) was on her number shapes and colours, and wanted her perspective on all of it, and she said it was amazing … it’s something worth looking into.”
So they took her to a psychologist, who gave her the Mensa test. The results were indeed shocking. According to her parents, Kashe had an IQ of 146 and applicants must score at or above the 98th percentile on a standard intelligence test to be considered for membership in Mensa.
The proud mom, Sukhjit “Sue” said;
“I think the biggest takeaway from us doing it was the fact that we wanted to make sure we were giving her everything she also needed, in terms of her development and natural curiosity and her disposition – and we wanted to make sure we did our part in making that happen for her.”
When Kashe becomes frustrated while performing a task, her family focuses on her progress and tells her that they are “proud of her progress.” Kashe, in turn, demonstrates her emotional intelligence by encouraging them as well.
“If she sees me trying to open a jar of pickles, she’ll come over and say, “Dad I’m so proud of you!”‘ her father said.
Kashe’s parents say they don’t communicate any differently with her because she is so advanced.
They are, however, learning to be more deliberate with their words and communication because she can hold them accountable for what they say. She accomplishes this by repeating it back to them.
The mother also said;
“It has taught us patience in how to communicate with her and we are very conscious of the words we use with her and how we explain things. It has definitely taught us how to be better communicators with each other and collectively as a family because we all have to be on the same page.”
Even though they want to encourage her learning, all of her skills are at her own pace. Kashe sets the tone and dips her toes in whatever topics she wants to learn, they said. She also will mirror skills back to her parents.
Raising a child with an advanced growth mindset is not easy but the full credit should be given to both the parents who are extremely supportive and provide a proper environment for Kashe.