Hello. – May I have your name? / – It’s Ko Jiyong. Please wait a moment. (They are at a child psychology center.) (Why are they here?) Do you like Dad? No, I don’t. I don’t like Dad. – What? / – I don’t like Dad. (Seungjae always said he doesn’t like Dad.) – Do you like me? / – No, I don’t. You little… I want to be close to Seungjae. However, I don’t know how to do that. I visited the center to improve the situation and get professional advice. (Coming up) (What is up with the sudden quiz?) (He doesn’t answer in words,) (but sentences.) (He is at the level of an X-month-old.) (He is in the top 0.1 percent.) (What happened?) It will be revealed soon. Please relax and play with Seungjae. – You can use the toys. / – Okay. Jiyong and Seungjae’s regular interaction is being observed. You shut it and place the car. – You place the car. / – After that, you lift this round thing. (He succeeds.) There are so many toys here. There are so many toys here, right? – A dog. / – A dog. It’s a scary dog, isn’t it? It’s a scary dog. (Startled) Let’s give tasty food to the dog. – Should we give it tasty food? / – Yes. We don’t have tasty food. What should we give? Look for tasty food a dog can eat. What should we give the dog? – A bug. / – What is that? – It’s a bug. / – What kind of a bug is it? – It’s an ant. / – No, it isn’t. It’s a bug I hate. – A cockroach. / – A cockroach. Instead of saying “It’s a bug I hate”, he could have said, “You think it looks like an ant.” “It doesn’t look like an ant to me.” Instead of answering in “yes” and “no”, it’s much better to use various expressions. It’s a pig. Is it a pig? Seungjae, what did you eat yesterday? – Pork. / – You ate it yesterday, right? (Scary) (My goodness.) (Jiyong’s words made him lose interest.) It’s an apartment. It’s high. (He wants to open the door.) Here. (Jiyong opens both doors.) The door opened. (I wanted to open it.) (Sighing) Try kicking it, Seungjae. Kick it like this. (They move on to a physical activity.) Kick like this. Kick, kick, kick! (Seungjae is an energizer.) Jiyong chases after Seungjae and plays hard. (His energy is drained.) His battery ran out. Jiyong, are you okay? (Dazed) How was it to play with your son? It wasn’t easy. When you played with the parking lot toy, you did a good job of explaining in steps what Seungjae found hard. Thank you. Let’s talk about the way you carry a conversation. Seungjae said, “It’s a pig.” (You ate it yesterday, right?) (He ruined a child’s innocence.) Seungjae is only 27 months old. He may not be able to connect the ideas yet. He is very creative. The figurines he decided to put in the sandbox were all powerful animals like elephant and tiger. It’s a wolf. Judging by his choices, he leads and stays energetic like a CEO. Even with the castle, he doesn’t want Dad to open and close the door. You should ask, “Shall we open it together?” “Seungjae, do you want me to open the door?” Ask the basics like you are in a relationship. This is the result of the questionnaire you filled out. You scored low on supportive expressions. You must show big reactions and follow the child’s emotions like an actor. When you son is playing with a dinosaur, you can imitate the sound of its cry. It’s one of the things you can do. The last criteria is inconsistency. It shows Dad’s level of stress. Yours is higher than other dads in your age group. Perhaps there are many things to take care of at work. Sometimes, I feel exhausted. – You feel exhausted. / – Yes. You are showing signs of a burnout. Even when you do your best, Seungjae might think it’s lacking by two percent. That’s why you become a balloon without air. You lack soul even if you try hard. Since Seungjae is two to three times more energetic, just think of this as raising twins. Think of him as twins of different genders. Treat him like a son and a daughter. (If Seungjae were twins…) This is what raising Seungjae feels like. Raising a child requires strength. He needs high-quality nurturing. I can’t engage in a physical activity for as long as Seungjae wants. It makes me feel uneasy. I have met some 15,000 children over the past 15 years. – In terms of language, / – Yes. Seungjae isn’t simply better than other children. I can hardly believe he is 27 months old. He is quite ahead. We will do this later. Say, “Wait.” Let me do it for five minutes. No. Let’s do it five minutes later. He suggested doing it for five minutes. He made a deal. I am a horse. I am a cow. I am a reptile. A snake is a reptile. I am a reptile. I can’t believe Seungjae is 27 months old. He uses difficult expressions. (That’s not the end.) Look. – It’s an ant. / – It’s an ant. It’s a dung beetle. A dragonfly. A dragonfly. – A butterfly. / – A butterfly. Which group do they belong, reptiles or bugs? – Bugs. / – They belong with bugs. Should the police car be in the group? A car shouldn’t be here. (Seungjae is certain about the division of groups.) Is snake the only reptile? – There is an alligator, too. / – Let’s see it. An alligator. There is no alligator here. (He brings another reptile.) It looks scary. Dinosaurs aren’t reptiles. (He separates the dinosaurs.) A zebra. A zebra. A zebra. A zebra. (He puts zebra with the mammals.) (Mammals and dinosaurs) It’s incredible. He seems to be a gifted child. The expressions he uses require understanding. Shall we measure his language intelligence? Uncle, have a meal. This is the safe zone. Come quickly. When I gave it food, the rabbit said it’s tasty. (Seungjae has remarkable ability in expression.) Let’s do something fun. (How good is he?) Let’s take a look, Seungjae. What is this? – Dad’s hand. / – Dad’s hand. What about this? – Dad’s foot. / – Dad’s foot. What about this? – Dad’s eye. / – Dad’s eye. What about this? – Dad’s ear. / – It’s Dad’s ear. Whose is this? – What is this? / – Bugs. (He gives a category.) Bugs. What about this? A fly, a honeybee, a butterfly. A dragonfly. (He cleared the bugs.) Let’s see what else is here. What is this, Seungjae? A duck, a kangaroo, a penguin and – a koala. / – It’s a koala. (His brain moves faster than his mouth.) (It’s time to name objects.) – Mom’s bag. / – Mom’s bag. What is this? – Brother’s bag. / – Brother’s bag. What is this? – Socks. / – Socks. – A plate. / – A plate. What is this, Seungjae? Reading a storybook. (He answers with a noun and a verb.) Reading a storybook. What is this? – Opening a refrigerator. / – I see. What is this? Going down the slide. Going down the slide. My goodness, what are they doing? Two men are fighting. (He included a number, too.) Two men are fighting. Which is a fan? (A fan?) – A fan. / – A fan. (He learned it at a restaurant.) He recently learned the word from his dad. Does Seungjae remember it? Which is a fan? – Do you know what it is? / – Here. This is a fan. Thank you. All right. This is the result. Expressive vocabulary test measures how he speaks, formation of sentences and vocabulary. Overall, he is at the level of a 53-month-old. He is in the top 0.1 percent of children in the same age group. The receptive vocabulary test, which measures understanding and comprehending, yielded similar results. He is a very smart child. He is in the top 0.1 percent. Right now, he has high language intelligence. Intelligence level comes from the mother. It’s different from personality. You are pretty calm. – I don’t know. / – You don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a good thing to be so advanced. There are pros and cons. His peers won’t be able to speak like him. He will take more interest in children and adults who are older than him. Since he could lose interest in making friends, parents should take care. I’m sure you are putting efforts, but Mom and Dad’s roles are crucial. Parents grow with their child. Both Seungjae and his parents are 27 months old. – Did it help? / – It helped a lot. – Thank you. / – Thank you. I want Seungjae to grow at the same speed as his peers. I was told that conversations with his parents will help Seungjae get along with his peers. I will talk to him on his level. Good morning.