A toddler from Los Angeles has been accepted as the youngest member of Mensa—the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world—with an IQ of 146.
Meet Kashe Quest, a 2-year-old who can identify all the 50 states in the United States, recognize elements on the periodic table, and is even learning to read, all before she’s even started nursery.
“She approaches everything with passion and curiosity—that’s just her disposition to the world,” proud dad Devon Quest said. “It’s always been that way for the longest time; not only wanted to know what but the why.”
Most children her age are still learning how to count to 10, but Kashe can count up to 100. She also knows more than 50 signs in sign language and is learning Spanish. Additionally, the gifted toddler had mastered the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes before she was 18 months old, putting her miles ahead of kids her age.
Devon, a law student, said: “Parents all think that their children are great but when she was born the doctor had said wow her eyes are really attentive.”
Kashe’s parents—mom Sukhjit Athwal, who is a founder of The Modern Schoolhouse daycare program, and dad Devon—face unique challenges as their daughter has an increased level of understanding.
“The communication definitely has to be clear to work and she’s going to hold you accountable,” Devon said. To illustrate his point further, he added, “So if we say Monday we’re going to get ice cream on Friday, you better show up and go get ice cream Friday, or you’re gonna hear about it!”
Kashe is also very good at grasping details. One night, Devon read the children’s storybook “Goodnight Moon” and pointed out the illustration of a crescent moon. A week later, while they were driving at night time, Kashe, who was in the back in the car seat, said “crescent moon.”
“I didn’t think of anything at first but then I looked back and she was pointing at the sky and it was a crescent in the sky,” Devon recalled. “That was one of the first times when I’m like that seems a little bit different.
“By 18 months she was using like seven to eight-word sentences and that kind of grasp of language is not something you see at that age.”
This was the time when a child psychologist recommended the toddler for an IQ test.
“They started at base level and as the child gets questions right they get more difficult,” Devon said. “We were there for two hours, so you can imagine a two-year-old taking the test for two hours—that’s how high she was scoring.”
The parents of one were astonished to learn Kashe’s score, which was 146, whilst the average IQ of an American is 98.
Along with her intelligence, Kashe also demonstrates an enhanced emotional understanding.
“We always championed her process—so when she’s working to a logic games she figures it out we don’t say that’s so smart, we say ‘wow you really worked hard,'” Devon said.
Devon described one instance where, while Kashe was trying to open a jar of pickles or something, she appreciated her father, saying: “Good job I’m so proud of you!”
The family of three do puzzles regularly together, but it is important to her parents that Kashe is able to live her childhood the way she wants to.
“It’s a balancing act because you definitely want [your] child stimulated but we go at her pace never forced her to do anything,” Devon said. “She wakes up on the weekend and she wants to go over elements or states so we go at her pace and she really enjoys the process of learning.”
Epoch Times Staff contributed to this report.