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Two-year-old with 'photographic memory' who can name 'every flag he sees'

Harry, who is only two, has started learning Russian. Credit: Liverpool Echo

A two-year-old child from Liverpool can name every flag he sees and has already started learning Russian.

Harry Pile has what his parents call a "photographic memory" and they have been astounded at the pace the toddler can retain and recall information.

Mum, Shellie, and dad, Steve, have been blown away by Harry’s ability and passion for learning - which is all dictated to them by Harry.

Steve, a financial adviser, said: "He just retains everything. He is the one that is grabbing your finger and asking what things are - it is like he is teaching himself."

They were keen to stress they do not push Harry and he is the one asking to play the difficult memory games.

Harry's parents say they are Credit: Liverpool Echo

Looking back to early signs of Harry’s intelligence, Shellie said: "When he was first born, we noticed that he was really alert.

"His eyes were so big and open, we would joke that he always looked shocked.

"And at about 11 months he really took a shine to education. By 18 months he could spell and read his own name and he knew all his complex shapes, telling the difference between a rhombus and a pentagon.

"He can count in different languages and once he started to talk, it just kind of snowballed."

Shellie added: "The flags started when I found out that Steve had memorised them when he was little. So, I thought it would be a fun thing for me to do with Harry.

"I never thought he would be able to do it so quickly and at 24 months he knew them all."

Shellie believes it is the shapes that Harry recognises most and he has already branched out into identifying the Russian alphabet.

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Harry's parents searched for help online on ways to help Harry progress and what the best possible path for him would be when they found the National Association for Gifted Children.

But the association can’t help until Harry is three when he can take their tailored IQ test.

She said: "Unfortunately children who are gifted can go misdiagnosed. Every parent is proud of their child and we just want Harry to be happy and get the right support he needs that puts him on the right path."

It is not all flashcards and flag books though; Shellie is a full-time mum and takes Harry to playgroups and soft play centres nearly every day where he runs about like your average toddler.

She said: "He still pushed his trains under the couch, he still does everything a normal child does.

"Children learn through play and he is a bundle of joy."