IQ tests aren’t necessarily a reflection of how smart someone is, since there are so many different types of intelligence. But when a freaking toddler tests highly enough to be accepted into Mensa, it’s impossible to ignore. IQ tests are designed to measure a host of different cognitive abilities, which makes Kashe Quest’s story even more incredible. At just two years old, the Los Angeles toddler has an IQ of 146.
“We started to notice her memory was really great,” Sukhjit Athwal, Kashe’s mother told Fox 11. “She just picked up things really fast and she was really interested in learning. At about 17, 18 months, she had recognized all the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes.”
Given that most 17-month-olds have a spoken vocabulary below 50 words, Kashe was well ahead of the curve. Now two years old, she can identify all 50 states on a map and by shape, count to 100, and sign more than 50 words in sign language. She’s learning to read, learning Spanish, and she’s able to identify elements on the periodic table by their symbols.
Kashe’s parents stress that they never push her when it comes to learning. Through her own pursuit of knowledge, Kashe recently became the youngest person to ever be accepted into American Mensa (an extremely prestigious IQ society). Soaking up new information is something that Kashe enjoys, but after all, she is still a toddler developmentally.
“I think one of the biggest things with me and her dad are making sure she has a childhood and we don’t force anything on her too,” Athwal stresses. “We’re kind of going at her pace and we want to just make sure that she is youthful for as long as she can be.”