I’m not sure whether I think this is fantastic or if I’m totally weirded out by crazy genius toddlers.
Regardless of how I feel about it though, Mensa is pretty excited to welcome another toddler to its ranks. As Yahoo reports, at 2 years old, Anthony Popa Urria is the youngest Canadian ever admitted into Mensa and has an estimated IQ of 154. The toddler can recite the alphabet backward and forward, count to 1,000 and name the planets in the solar system.
You may remember Emmelyn Roettger, 3, becoming a member of Mensa last month. She’s familiar with the concept of mitosis and metaporhosis and with an IQ of 135, she’s the youngest U.S. member of Mensa.
To put the intelligence levels of these two toddlers into perspective, Albert Einstein’s IQ is estimated at around 160.
Several young kids have recently been admitted to Mensa. Just last month, 4-year-old Heidi Hankins joined Mensa with an IQ of 159. In 2009, two toddlers under the age of 3, Oscar Wrigley and Elise Tan Roberts, also became members.
Got a smart toddler? As Huffington Post reports, The Mensa for Kids website has games and lesson plans to help children of extreme intelligence succeed, if you want to check it out. However, as psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman notes, labeling a kid a genius so early on can be dangerous. “It’s extremely dangerous to try to predict an infant’s future level of academic success based on a single, brief test of attention administered before the first year of life.” Because IQ scores are relative to a certain age group, Kaufman says that calling a young child a genius based on IQ alone is inaccurate. “To become a genius takes so much more than just being high on one trait,” he explains.
My only question: Does the intelligence quotient encompass potty training? Are these kids potty trained?
For kicks, check out 2-year-old Emmelyn messing around with a science kit in the video below: