Mensa has a new 3-year-old member. On Feb. 17, KTLA reported that 3-year-old Alexis Martin has an I.Q. over 160 -- the average person's I.Q. is 100 for comparison. Interestingly enough, the doctors that tested Alexis were blown away and they said that they couldn't even calculate the little girl's score because it was "so high." So what was it that alerted Martin's parents to their extremely intelligent child?
"From 12 to 18 months old, we'd be driving around in the car and she would recite her bedtime story from the night before. She didn’t just recite them, she recited them exactly," explained her father, Ian (via KTLA).
The Mensa member is only a 3-year-old but she managed to "teach herself Spanish" (by using an iPad) and she is also reading at the level of an average fifth grader. Her father says that she picks up words that she hears and she always uses them in her vocabulary correctly. They are always in the correct context says her dad... "always."
Young Alexis Martin isn't the first young child to be invited to join Mensa. There have been other toddlers inducted into Mensa over the years but Alexis is the youngest in the state of Arizona. This sort of thing is rare and Martin's parents know that their little girl is going to be very different -- in a good way.
The 3-year-old Mensa member won't be able to attend "regular" schools according to her doctors... and her parents are still playing with the idea of sending her to Kindergarten early.
© Effie Orfanides 2014