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High ability

High ability refers to the above-average intellectual potential of a child between the ages of 0 and 6. Giftedness cannot yet be reliably identified at such early ages for various reasons. If a (substantial) above-average potential for achievement is suspected in a Kita-age child, this is referred to as high or special abilities.

High (cognitive) ability in a person can evolve into giftedness which can, under the right conditions and with careful encouragement, result in outstanding accomplishments. High (cognitive) ability in the case of small children thus refers to the possibility (not the existence) of exceptional performance.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.