Two-year-old Kashe Quest of Los Angeles, California has been accepted into Mensa. It is the world’s largest and oldest high IQ society.This toddler has an IQ of 146. Compare that to the average IQ in America which is 100. That makes little Kashe the youngest member of American Mensa.
Sukhjit Athwal, Kashe’s mother, first noticed her child’s exceptional memory. Little Kashe always showed interest in learning and when she was about 17 or 18 months, she already knew numbers, colors, shapes, and the entire alphabet.“She’ll wake up on a Saturday and say, ‘I wanna do elements,’ or, ‘I wanna do states,’ so whenever she’s leaning into it, we’re just there to support her,” said her dad, Devon Quest.
Kashe’s pediatrician noticed how special the child was during her 18th-month checkup.
This two-year-old knows over 50 signs in sign language. She can also identify all 50 states just by their shape and location on the map. Counting to a hundred is also easy for her. The best part is that Kashe can identify elements on the periodic table by their symbols.
Kashe began reading at the age of a year and a half, and can now read full sentences.
Despite all that, Kashe is still a toddler.
“At the end of the day, she’s in that toddler stage. So she very much is still a normal two-year-old where we have negotiations, we have tantrums, we have everything and it’s different because the way we communicate with her, it has to be different because she’s able to understand just a little bit more,” Sukhjit said.
Sukhjit and Devon still want their daughter to enjoy her childhood.
“We want to just make sure that she is youthful for as long as she can be,” Sukhjit said.
Sukhjit’s background in education and childhood development allows her to adapt and understand her child’s learning curve so she can tailor Kashe’s learning to her passions and interests.
“That’s how we go with her at her pace and her interests and curiosity … ‘Paw Patrol,’ ‘Frozen,’ it just depends on the day,” she said.
Kashe’s impressive mind has her joining the Mensans but it’s knwoing all the words to the song “Let It Go” that really sets her apart.
She’s also currently learning Spanish. And by the looks of it, Kashe may want to learn other languages as well.
Executive director of American Mensa, Trevor Mitchell, released a statement to PEOPLE.
“Kashe is certainly a remarkable addition to American Mensa. We are proud to have her and to be able to help her and her parents with the unique challenges that gifted youth encounter,” he said.
An individual must have a score of at least 132 on the Stanford–Binetare IQ test to qualify for Mensa. That is considered to be in the top 2 percent of the general population.
With over 50,000 members, American Mensa includes people from all walks of life. There are homemakers, engineers, teachers, actors, students, and many others ranging from the ages of 2 to 102.
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