For another thing, my son was one of those verbally gifted kids, so I am personally familiar with advanced language abilities. And finally, advanced verbal skills are so common among gifted children that it is essentially a defining characteristic. That is not true of advanced math skills. While we do have many mathematically gifted children, advanced math skills aren't a defining characteristic of giftedness.
Those advanced math skills can actually be a problem for mathematically gifted children. They might have been multiplying double digits in their heads before they started first grade and yet be asked to complete endless numbers of single digit math problems. They may know the right answers to math problems intuitively, but fail math tests because they don't "show their work" or don't show the "correct" work that indicates how their arrived at their answer. How do you show intuition on paper?
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