Update: Tests begin to see if child genius is ready for school

Update: Tests begin to see if child genius is ready for school

- The two-year-old genius from Mabopane, who went viral for his intellectual abilities, will start with test to determine if he's smart enough to start school

- The tests will focus on everything from his mother's pregnancy to his motor functioning

- The process with be handled by clinical physiologist Anthony Nhlapo, who offered to do it for free

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Child genius Omphile Tswai will undergo thorough brain tests to determine if he is ready to start school, IOL reported.

According clinical physiologist Anthony Nhlapo, Tswai, who turns three next month, has to score above 140 in an IQ test to to start school earlier than the normal age.

The publication added the MANJ Neuro and Forensic Psych Evaluations expert has also offered to assess Tswai’s brain free of charge to determine if he has "inborn abilities".

“It is very rare that you have kids younger than at least 5 years old that have such gifts. Especially because generally boys tend to develop later than girls, especially when it comes to language and verbal skills," he said.

Nhlapo will meet with the family on Friday to begin the first step, which includes a thorough clinical interview.

The tests will not only focus on Tswai's mental ability but also factors starting as soon as the mother's pregnancy.

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Update: Tests begin to see if child genius is ready for school

Meet the intelligent two-year-old Omphile Tswai. Photo credit: Bongani Shilubane African News Agency (ANA)
Source: UGC

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The second part of the tests will focus on the parents - their own level of education and whether someone else in the family showed the same intellectual properties.

“From there we will do screening tests; for example, drawing a person, which can reveal quite a lot when it comes to chronological age and mental age,” he said.

Next they will test Tswai's motor functioning, like the hands.

“There is a specific test that looks at different brain areas; how well developed they are. We will check how he performs - we will be looking at his memory if he memorises like a normal 3-year-old. His processing speed will also be looked at," he said.

Briefly.co.za previously reported Tswai made headlines for his exceptional intelligence at the age of just two.

The Mabopane toddler can read, write and identify geometric shapes and he's only turning three years old on 27 July.

According to IOL, Tswai can write the entire alphabet, along with words associated with each letter. He started with 'apple' for A and went all the way to 'zebra' for the letter Z.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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