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Arizona girl, 3, qualifies for Mensa membership

  |   Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM
PHOENIX, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A pair of Arizona parents said their 3-year-old daughter has been accepted as the youngest member of the state's chapter of the high IQ organization Mensa.

Ian Martin said his daughter, Alexis, learned to read when she was 2-years-old and used her parents' iPad to teach herself Spanish, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, reported Tuesday.

"From 12-18 months old, we'd be driving around in the car and she would recite her bedtime story from the night before," Martin said. "She didn't just recite them, she recited them exactly."

The average IQ is 100, and Alexis' was so high doctors were unable to calculate it, but they determined it was at least above 160. Martin said her IQ was high enough to get her into the local chapter of Mensa, the international group for those with an IQ in the top 2 percent.

"Anytime she learns a word and just picks it up through anything, she never ever uses it in the incorrect context, ever," Martin said.

The doctors who tested Alexis said she will likely not be able to go to a normal school due to her high intelligence and the likelihood of her gifts coming with a high level of anxiety that can often be alleviated by being around similar children.

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