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Isla McNabb (2) was ranked in the top 1pc of the population after an IQ test. Photo: Amanda McNabb

Isla McNabb (2) was ranked in the top 1pc of the population after an IQ test. Photo: Amanda McNabb

Isla McNabb (2) was ranked in the top 1pc of the population after an IQ test. Photo: Amanda McNabb

A two-year-old from Kentucky has become the youngest person to be given membership to Mensa, a society for people with high IQs.

Isla McNabb’s parents, Amanda and Jason, first noticed their daughter’s intelligence after she left plastic alphabet blocks strewn about their house in the suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky.

By the couch, they had been arranged to read “sofa”. Near a remote control the letters read “TV” and not far from the family’s tabby, Booger, appeared the word “cat”.

Given that the average child starts reading at the age of six, it was pretty clear that Isla was exceptional.

“She was reading at a kindergarten level at two,” Amanda McNabb said.

“So, I said, ‘Let’s see what’s going on here, let’s see how smart this kid is.’”

They took Isla to a psychiatrist who carried out an IQ test. The results were stunning – she was ranked in the top 1pc of the population.

It was a performance that qualified the toddler for membership of Mensa where she is joining a pretty elite group. Of 50,000 members in the US, there are currently only three others younger than four.

Her parents have high hopes for their daughter, who will probably skip kindergarten, but for now they are tackling some of the more prosaic problems presented by a toddler.

“She can read well beyond her little years but we’re still working on potty training,” Mr McNabb said.

“So, she’s still an average two-year-old on that.” (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

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