Henry Venus is just three years old, but he’s probably smarter than you.
The toddler from London, Ont. completed tests that rank his IQ in the top two per cent of the most intelligent people.
His father, Bryan Venus, told the London Free Press that he and his wife noticed their son was “different” around 16 months when he began using words like the names of shapes, colours and construction vehicles.
“As a parent, I’m really proud of my son,” he said. “I’m super excited he has this gift.”
By the time Henry was 18 months old, he was speaking in short sentences and two months later, when the typical child has only about a dozen words in his vocabulary, he could sing the ABC’s and spell his name.
When he turned three, his parents said they began searching for resources that would help with Henry’s rapid development and eventually found Mensa, a global organization for people who have an IQ in the top two per cent.
“We’d have to keep him busy, so it was hard for us,” his father said.
While the average person has an IQ between 85 and 115, a Toronto-area psychologist tested Henry and found he scored 141.
When the couple contacted Mensa they were told by the organization their son was eligible to join.
“It’s unusual for a three-year-old to join,” Mensa Canada president Vicki Herd said in an interview with the London Free Press, adding only about two of every 100 members of the group are younger than nine.
On its website, Mensa outlines its three purposes: identify and foster human intelligence, encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.
The three-year-old’s parents said he is now able to understand lunar phases. He also studies math at Kumon and can count in English, French and Korean.
In preparation for when he starts junior kindergarten this fall, they have booked a meeting with the school’s principal to set up a learning plan that will optimize Henry’s development.
And while his parents said they are proud of their son, they still want his childhood experience to be as normal as possible.
“We’re still parents of a little boy,” his father said. “There are so many other important things in his life beyond this.”