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07/19/2010 02:15 PM ID: 84797 Permalink   

Italian Doctors Claim Amazement with Three-Year-Old Giving Medical Advice, Reading

 

In Perignano, Italy, a three-year-old can read the paper and is offering medical advice according to his father, Francesco Grillo.
His parents thought it was rote memory but self taught Ettore, 3, can read TV guides and the paper.

A doctor in a local pediatric clinic says reading usually is learned much later in school.
Francesco recounts an event when: "One day I was talking to my wife about a health problem I had."

"Ettore heard and recommended a medicine.
I checked up and saw it was right for my case."
Also the father said: "We started teaching him the alphabet for fun. We would never have imagined his ability would develop like this."

 
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  Remember the show "That´s Incredible"  
 
There was a little girl who started reading at two. She had read and memorized the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet by three.
 
  by: VermiciousG     07/19/2010 04:08 PM     
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Their kid saw a commercial on TV for a specific drug relating to a condition, and remembered it.

My three year old can quote presidents, and can read enough to understand and navigate RPG video game menus. This is not impressive, yet this kid looking up when his TV show is coming on in the TV guide is supposed to be somehow?

My 18 month old can watch and retain information well enough to associate words with other words. I could have her watch commercials all day too and she would repeat the names of whatever medications effectively giving the same "medical advice" this child gave. Fortunately though, we don´t use any ad driven media in our household. So she will be more likely to quote documentary then a commercial. (In fact she often rambles on about Dr. Who, and Cyber-men, my favorite TV show).

It always cracks me up when people over-react to children doing things. Especially when its things that they should obviously be able to do at that stage in development.
 
  by: Tetsuru Uzuki     07/19/2010 11:32 PM     
  @Tetsuru Uzuki  
 
You are right, especially with video games. I recently played Nintendo DS with a 3 year old and she was better then me in that game and i know how to play videogames. She also knows every episode of "Dora the Explorer" and can explain the storys. So its not that special what that kid did. You are right.
 
  by: evilrat   07/20/2010 02:01 AM     
  I think this goes to point out:  
 
Hirsh´s theory of cultural literacy..
it´s not that they can read, but what they read. Dora the explorer or wii capabilities is not what is special here... neither is it special when a child reads harry potter or any of that fiction trash, it´s the content that matters...
this child is already capable of well reasoning with what she has read... this child will be very capable very early.
 
  by: mexicanrevolution   07/20/2010 07:01 PM     
  @mexicanrevolution  
 
I wasn´t talking about a silly Wii game designed for 3 year olds. I was referring to Fallout 3, which is a complex story/menu driven action RPG, that my 3 year old has almost beaten himself (I sit in the room and give him hints etc, or tell him which weapon is better). Trust me its a hundred times more complex then a TV guide or repeating something off a commercial.

My point is, this is normal, and these people are over-reacting. Every kid without some kind of deficiency could do it if encouraged to. Most parents just don´t try to mentally stimulate their children. A while back there was an article about a one year old who could speak perfect clear English. Well that kid could do it cause both his parents were linguists and actively taught him how to speak. I don´t find the content of TV guide or big pharma commercials anything special. I´m almost annoyed that anyone considers this newsworthy.
 
  by: Tetsuru Uzuki     07/21/2010 07:41 PM     
  @Tetsuru Uzuki  
 
Another thing i have noticed, i have been to small villages in Africa and the small kids there were a lot smarter and self sufficient. Some of the very young ones were almost like adults, i talked with some and did not see any child like behavior or thoughts in many of them. A 6 year old was even driving a car to the market to sell the farms goods with me together and he was a perfect driver. He then sold the products and brought the money back home.
 
  by: evilrat   07/21/2010 07:49 PM     
  I hope...  
 
this intelligent little lad, goes on the learn in his own time and it not pushed by over enthusiastic adults.
 
  by: captainjane     07/21/2010 08:03 PM     
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just shows how society is generally declining. It remains me when a university girl in the UK answered nearly every single question on the notoriously hard game show "University Challenge", she smashed all record´s and she was herald a freak by the media and the majority of the UK.

But I suppose this is what happens when the general population looks up to celebrity morons and sport´s stars.
 
  by: Claridus   07/22/2010 07:54 PM     
 
 
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