The first and the foremost aptitude skill is the general learning. This is what they do in the school i.e learn, understand, reason and make judgements. If the child is good enough in this, he or she is talented in academic skills. The other kind is the verbal aptitude in which the kids show extreme lexical skill in understanding words and using them effectively. Such kids can be encouraged for spell bee competitions. Some kids might be good at numerical aptitude. This involves general mathematical skills working with numbers quickly and accurately. The above mentioned are the skills we are all aware of. But apart from these, there still remains some unnoticed skills.
Have you ever seen kids working with identification of patterns and their meaning eg constructing a piece of furniture or a model from a set of instructions. This is spatial aptitude and the kids exhibiting such skill tend to be creative. Form perception is another kind of aptitude in which the child looks in for the minutest detail in any given object or a problem under study.
We would have observed kids having an excellent eye and hand coordination(eg assembling or sporting activities.) Motor coordination skill is the one behind this. Some kids have the ability to manipulate small objects quickly and accurately because they have the finger dexterity kind of aptitude. eg playing a piano, sewing. The other kind is the manual dexterity, the skill to work with hands like painting/decorating, building things, operating machinery.
Now that we have understood that there are a number of aptitude skills that a child can have... don't we think that its the right time we look out for our child's capability? Not all children learn and progress the same way. So understand this and help them with the right tool to come up in flying colours!