Sacramento boy, 6, accepted into Mensa

10:42 AM, Jan 28, 2010   |    comments
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Tanishq Abraham

SACRAMENTO, CA - His name is Tanishq, which means "jewel" in Sanskrit. His parents call him their little professor.

Tanishq is 6 1/2 years old, and like most boys his age, loves to watch TV, spend time on the computer and goof around. But his parents say there are many unique things about Tanishq, including his very high IQ.

At age 4 1/2, Tanishq's parents had him tested, and he was accepted into Mensa, the high IQ society open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence quotient test.

"At around 2 and 1/2, I had the feeling he was gifted," said Tanishq's mom Dr. Taji Abraham. "Like my husband said, all moms think their children are the best."

Tanishq skipped first grade, and is doing 4th and 5th grade level math. He attends Heron School in Natomas two days a week and spends three days at home in independent study.

"I think as parents, our dream is that he achieves his full potential," said father Bijou Abraham. " Our challenge is to keep him stimulated, not bored and to advance. We don't want him to stagnate."


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