Move over, Einstein. A four-year-old from Essex has become the UK’s youngest Mensa member.
Amber Sunshine, orginially from Chelmsford, joined the world’s most exclusive high IQ society along with her five-year-old brother Leon.
Amber and Leon achieved IQ scores of 145 and 150 respectively, making them smarter than Barak Obama (estimated 130-140) and on a similar par with arithmetically-gifted Carol Vorderman (154).
Mum Catherine, 23, told the Essex Chronicle that she was aware that her children were advanced for their age, but was still shocked by their high IQs: “I was absolutely flabbergasted…Leon has an IQ of 150, which puts him in the top 0.5 per cent of people in the world in terms of high intelligence.
“Every parent thinks their children are clever, but it was still a shock to find out they qualified for Mensa membership and are so gifted.”
The mum-of-three’s decision to test her children’s intelligence came after one of Leon’s nursery teachers expressed concerns that he might fall behind at school as he was struggling to keep up with the other children.
“We actually first got the children tested after a phone call from Leon’s nursery,” explained Catherine. “They said he was falling behind and his behaviour wasn’t great, so we took him to a child psychologist.
“She referred us to someone who did IQ testing, as she thought Leon was very bright rather than being behind, and we found out Leon and Amber had very high IQs.
“I think that very bright children can get bored easily at school, so they might end up getting diagnosed with ADHD or autism – and those are labels that they will carry for a long time.”
The brainy duo, moved from Great Baddow to Ireland earlier this year, are said to be pleased with their Mensa status.
Catherine, who is studying for a law degree, added: “They just think they are in a club for clever people, so they quite enjoy that.
“I’m pleased I got them tested; I’m sure that some people think I’m a pushy mother but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to celebrate my children’s achievements.”
Source: Harriet Sinclair/Essex Chronicle