Knowing 8 Forms of Multiple Intelligences in Children, Parents Must Know!


When it comes to intelligence, the first thought that comes to our mind has to do with IQ scores. Assessment of intelligence using IQ scores is commonly used to assess the level of intelligence of a child. However, have we ever realized the ability of a child who is proficient in drawing but has low grades in mathematics?

This is what we call multiple intelligences, a concept first introduced in 1983 by Howard Gardner, a psychologist from Harvard University. Based on Gardner's concept, there are 8 types of multiple intelligences. Let's take a good look!

Language Intelligence (Linguistics)

Language can be interpreted broadly, which can be in the form of the ability to convey an idea (expressive language) and the ability to understand language (receptive language). Surely we have witnessed a child who is very good at talking, telling stories, delivering speeches, writing stories, debating, and the ability to explain things.

Well, these examples are one example of children who have good language skills. Does your little one fall into the category of outstanding language skills?

Math logic

Of course we can already guess what examples of children who have outstanding mathematical logic skills are like. So what does it have to do with just doing math problems? The answer is, no.

This intelligence is also often associated with the ability to analyze problems well, be structured, and think logically or rationally.


Have you ever wondered how someone can solve a Rubik's cube quickly, solve a puzzle easily, or paint so beautifully?

Yes, they are children who have very good visual-spatial abilities. They are able to understand images and represent them well. Wow, it would be perfect if we gave them the task of reading maps!


This intelligence is related to the ability to exercise the body such as gymnastics, dancing, sports, and so on. Maybe we think dancing is an easy thing, but actually this ability is related to the coordination between the brain, body, balance, flexibility and body strength. Who, here, likes to make mistakes when following gymnastic movements?

Musical Intelligence

Is your little one proficient in playing a musical instrument? Yes, that's right, those who have musical intelligence have advantages in playing musical instruments, understanding block notation, composing songs, or changing compositions.

Interpersonal Intelligence

Who here is always looking for friends when they need to talk? Or maybe considered as a friend who is fun, cool, and fun? It can be said that someone has advantages in interpersonal intelligence.

They are given the advantage to be able to understand social situations and easily adapt and position themselves well. No wonder, many like to make friends and build relationships with them

Intrapersonal Intelligence

In contrast to interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence is more focused on the ability to recognize oneself well. They can understand their needs, have good self-efficacy, are confident, and optimistic.

Naturalist Intelligence

People with good naturalist intelligence are very sensitive to nature. They like activities related to nature and consider nature not only as a background in life but also as an influential part in life itself.

To understand whether a child has an advantage in a particular field, it's a good idea to ask a professional (psychologist, child development specialist) to do a series of tests. As parents, we also have to supervise and provide stimulation so that children's abilities develop well.

Actually there are no stupid children, there are only children who stand out in some kind of ability. The classification of intelligence aims to develop the potential of children so that there are no more stereotypes about "children who can't do anything" but can be replaced with "children who have advantages in other fields".

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