2-Year-Old Child Genius Has IQ of 156

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Elise Tan Roberts may be young, but she's already accomplished something the majority of us never will: She has become a member of Mensa. At just 2 years, 4 months and 2 weeks old, Elise has an estimated I.Q. of 156 -- putting her in the top 0.2 percent of children her age and qualifying her as the youngest member of the well-known society for smart people.

Child Genius

    Elise has an estimated I.Q. of 156

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    "I just want her to be happy and enjoy herself," says Elise's mother, Louise.

    David Crump, Daily Mail / ZUMA Press

    Parents Louise and Edward say that even before their daughter learned to communicate, they suspected there was something special about her.

    David Crump, Daily Mail / ZUMA Press



Parents Louise and Edward of North London say that even before their daughter learned to communicate, they suspected there was something special about her. As an infant, she had a tendency to stare at people and objects for long periods of time as if she were absorbing information. She uttered her first real word at five months (Dada) and began walking at eight months. But it wasn't until Elise corrected another parent who misidentified a triceratops as a rhinoceros that Louise and Edward became convinced that they should have their daughter's intelligence assessed.

Inspired by the story of Georgia Brown, Mensa's previous youngest member, Edward and Louise took Elise to see Professor Joan Freeman, a specialist education psychologist. She tested Elise using the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and confirmed what Louise and Edward suspected -- Elise is gifted with an amazing memory that allows her to learn and progress at an advanced rate.

Mensa, formed in 1946 as a society for bright people, generally doesn't accept members under the age of 10 but an exception was made for Elise. "Elise's parents correctly identified that she is an exceptional child. They now realize they have an interesting challenge on their hands as she grows up. "We wish them well and look forward to seeing Elise develop in the coming years," says John Stevenage, head of Mensa.

Recognizing that Elise is barely past babyhood, her parents say they strive to provide those interesting challenges for their young genius while still allowing her to be a normal kid. "We don't want to make her have to dumb down and stop learning just to fit in. But she's still my baby. I just want her to be happy and enjoy herself," says Edward.

So, is Elise the next Marilyn vos Savant? Perhaps, but her current interests lean more toward entertainment than math. A lover of music and dance, she's on the waiting list for the prestigious Young Actors' Theatre and Chickenshed, a school for music, ballet, mime and dance.

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