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Three-year-old South Yorkshire boy joins Mensa

Sherwyn Sarabi
Image caption Sherwyn Sarabi has a reading age of six and an intelligence quotient of 136

A three-year-old boy who can count to 200 and name every country in the world has become one of the youngest members of British Mensa.

Sherwyn Sarabi, from Barnsley, was accepted by the society for people with high intelligence after tests revealed he had an IQ of 136.

His score ranks him in the top 1% of cleverest people in the world.

His mother, Amanda Sarabi, said she was proud of her gifted son who she described as "amazing".

Mrs Sarabi, 36, a former teacher, said her son could point out every country in the world on a globe and match it to its flag. He could also explain the function of each of the body's internal organs.

'Nothing extraordinary'

She said: "His general knowledge is amazing. He knows about everything. It's not like talking to a three-year-old.

"He doesn't even watch children's programmes, he watches the news. The weather is his favourite, especially the world weather. He loves that."

Sherwyn, who has a reading age of six, began speaking at the age of 10 months and was talking in sentences at 20 months.

Mrs Sarabi said she and her husband, Davoud, 37, were well-educated but "nothing extraordinary".

She said: "I've never forced teaching anything on to him.

"If he comes to me and asks me about a topic, I teach him to the best of my knowledge.

"Sometimes I have to look it up because I don't know the answer but I explain it to him, then he's happy."

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