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Premature and/or summer born

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Galena Sun 10-Nov-13 08:35:08

DD should have been July born, but was born at 27 weeks (April). She is 4.6 and very bright. She reads fluently and with understanding, has good maths skills and an enquiring mind

MrsBungleScare Fri 08-Nov-13 13:59:31

My dd is summer-born. I was worried about her always trying to catch up. Teacher just told us at parents evening that she's top in the year and way way ahead. So it's certainly possible. I was young in my year and I was always in bottom groups in primary school, I didn't seem to academically 'mature' until I was about 10. I'm
Certainly not gifted or anything but I've got 2 degrees and I've done alright.

natellie1970 Fri 08-Nov-13 13:48:04

DD was summer born and since reception has always been top of her class writing poems at age 4

hillian Wed 30-Oct-13 12:06:07

DS1 was summer born and is gifted. He achieves highly despite having a learning disability.
However he struggles socially and I think its a mixture of shyness and being too sensible/ serious.

All the stats show that summer born children tend to under perform but I think that does not apply to those at the gifted end of the spectrum. Rather it relates to a loss of self confidence in the first years of primary when most summer born children are being outperformed by their peers.

Personally, Id swap some of DS's intelligence for a dose of happiness any day.

tomsmum08 Wed 23-Oct-13 21:35:06

My DS was born at 30 weeks, in mid august. he's thriving at school and is exceeding in some areas, average in others. He has stuggled socially, but is getting there now.

Tearsofthemushroom Wed 25-Sep-13 18:06:51

My DS was 36 weeks and born mid August. Has excelled at school and works with the top group of the year above in maths. Struggles more socially though and only plays with older children.

Whereisegg Wed 25-Sep-13 10:29:45

My dd is 10 and second youngest in the year.
She is on the g&t register and is frequently taken out of maths to be taught separately.
Thank goodness she understands her homework as it scares me!

Snelldog Tue 24-Sep-13 22:05:07

I was a summer baby and early and jumped a year at school

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 24-Sep-13 19:23:59

Around 10% of our vet students we have for placements were pre 35 weeks. So I would say the odds are pretty good.

Cat98 Mon 23-Sep-13 15:00:24

May born ds here - not sure if truly "gifted" but working at a v high level at numeracy and on g and t list in school.

JedwardScissorhands Mon 23-Sep-13 11:07:51

My summer born is (mumsnet pass) my autumn born preemie not (mumsnet fail). However I suspect my autumn born will do better in life and achieve more of their potential.

lainiekazan Mon 23-Sep-13 11:01:50

(That's not to say I still look young - things went off a cliff after 40....)

lainiekazan Mon 23-Sep-13 11:00:36

Mine were both premature and are August babies.

Ds was born at 36 weeks (yellow, hairy and skinny). He is v clever and was always top of the class. The head called me to say he achieved highest SATS marks in the county. He is, however, lazy and now he has to put in some graft he is no longer top of the tree blush this may be the fault of my genes...

Ds still looks much younger than his year group. Again this may be (my pesky) genes because other August boys are indistinguishable from their year group peers. Ds looks a good 2 or 3 years younger.

iseenodust Thu 19-Sep-13 14:26:52

DS is end of August birthday. School have him down as G&T. I am July born and took maths o level a year early which was uncommon all those decades ago grin. Neither of us is out there geeky intellectual though.

Willdoitinaminute Mon 16-Sep-13 22:57:08

DS was born at 36 weeks had a short stay in special care. He was a slow burner in reception but has excelled in subsequent years. He has Sept birthday so has advantage of age in his year. Unfortunately lacks confidence in his ability.
We are careful to support rather than push him and quietly acknowledge his ability with teaching staff rather than broadcasting it. He is a bit of an all rounder and enjoys sport probably more than the academic side. He is a little quirky and has had some social issues but with support is learning to deal with it.

ksksnod Mon 16-Sep-13 20:58:18

i know quite a few people who constantly failed at school subjects but good at one or two thngs like music/ computer. common theme is their moms would brag about how gifted their children are but havrnt achieved their potential. hmm one of these very gifted ones committed suicide at the age of 32 having experienced too much failure in life. sad

Acinonyx Mon 16-Sep-13 08:37:15

Another summer born - still catching up in social smarts.

BlackeyedSusan Sun 15-Sep-13 23:23:23

summer born, tested gifted. emotional overexcitbilities, possibly dyspraxia, definite hypermobility...very complicated and gives a mixed picture hence the testing to check I am not deluded. grin

h was premmie and manged a reasonble degree.

lljkk Sun 15-Sep-13 20:21:15

Honestly, just google "youngest in the year top of the class". Loads of hits.

rumtumtugger Sun 15-Sep-13 19:53:05

Emsiepoops, mine is both.

PiqueABoo Sun 15-Sep-13 19:10:50

10yo DD is a summer-born, tended to meekly stay under the radar at first but accelerated into KS2 catching up with and overtaking everyone in the "brightest class we've ever had" (there are a lot of very comfortable socio-economic backgrounds in that specific class).

It's not much but she's still a bit less 'socially mature' than the very oldest children and we had some summer-born trouble that wasn't trivial or brief, but I like the child she is right now and wouldn't go back and change a thing. A birthday a couple of weeks later that made her the oldest in the year below would have been a disaster.

It's possible.

difficultpickle Sun 15-Sep-13 15:17:51

Ds is both and gifted. Not achieving at school though (hence his recent Ed Psych assessment that was very enlightening, especially to his school). Personally I think it is pretty meaningless. The world is full of gifted people who haven't achieved their potential.

emsiepoops Sun 15-Sep-13 14:50:41

Don't really get how a summer born child is the same as a premature child tbh hmm

lljkk Sun 15-Sep-13 14:33:53

MN is full of them, should be no shortage of replies, lol.

rumtumtugger Sun 15-Sep-13 02:07:05

Please tell me about your G&T DCs who were summer-born and/or premature. I want to know that it's possible!

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