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Mensa Welcomes 2-Year-Old, Second Toddler This Year!

By Monica Bielanko |

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:


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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “Mensa Welcomes 2-Year-Old, Second Toddler This Year!

  1. KeAnne says:

    That’s just…bizarre. How do they administer IQ tests to toddlers? And a lot of the evidence for genius sounds like memorization.

  2. Amanda says:

    Our son was invited to join Mensa Australia at 3.5yrs with an IQ score of 152 which means he scored 99.9% in all areas of his IQtest. We only took him for testing as we wanted advice as to whether to send him to school next year or the year after. Mensa has been supportive with reading material to help us understand some behaviourial idiosyncrasies that Gifted Children have, how to pick the right school, and put us in touch with children of a similar age and intellect with which our son can be friends. We have met some parents of gifted children who have their children on a strict regime of music and language classes etc. But at 3 we want our child to feel as normal as possible, find him the right school where he can fit in and make friends which is hard for gifted children and then hopefully blossom. Whilst he still amazes us from time to time and makes many people do a double take when he starts speaking I think many people can get carried away with “labeling” their children and the poor kids spend the rest of their lives trying to live up to expectations.

  3. J.G.Harston says:

    85-100 is not average. By definition, 100.00 is average. 85-100 is below average, in exact complement to 100-115 being above average.

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