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Five-year-old boasts incredibly high I.Q.


ILLINOIS (CNN) -- Many parents believe their children are geniuses, but for one family in Illinois genius may be reality.

Five-year-old Gus Dorman began reading before he was potty-trained, at just 18 months.

"He asked me so many questions about chemistry, I had to call up a graduate student and ask him if he'd be willing to sit down with my boy," father, Rob Dorman said.

Turns out, little Gus has an I.Q. of 147, way above the average score of 100 and high enough to join Mensa, an exclusive high I.Q. society.

A score above 145 is considered genius territory. Still, kindergarten is a struggle for Gus, in a different way. "Because they teach me stuff I already know," he explains. "I have to skip like second grade and stuff."

Mom and dad are crediting Gus' advanced thinking to educational apps he's been playing with on the I-touch since he was three months old.

So, will Gus become the next Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein, both of whom reportedly topped the charts at 160? Not necessarily, experts say I.Q. can change over the course of childhood and some early-achieving toddlers grow up to be of average intelligence.

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