7 y.o. gifted & hyperactive - FamilyEducation
7 y.o. gifted & hyperactive
08/10/2010 at 23:11 PM

My son will just turn 7 the week 2nd grade starts. At the end of last year, his teacher requested gifted testing due to the fact he was doing extrememly well reading, as well as in math. He was in their advanced math group since the 2nd quarter of 1st grade.

His teacher this year turns out to the be the same my older son had. She is relatively strict & I am concerned because he is very active. He is constantly in motion and asking questions. While in 1st grade, his teacher usually gave several warnings about correcting their behavior but I'm concerned he will be labeled trouble. I think it will help that he will be in the math group again, as well as the gifted class but am curious if/how any of you deal with this or if I should discuss it with a doctor to see if he has ADHD. I know every child is different but my other children really calmed down by this age & he doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. Thanks! D

If you're concerned about ADHD you can call your child's doctor and they can help you on your way to a diagnoses. If he is diagnosed ADHD you should remember that you do not have to choose to medicate him.

I think the real question you need to ask is: is my son's hyperactivity preventing him from functioning successfully in class? My daughter was exactly the same way-very bright in all areas, but very active. She is now 16, and has learned how to channel her energy into socially acceptable activities. I would also not assume that a strict teacher will be worse. Sometimes strict teachers are strict are more effective because they are more consistent in what types of behavior they expect from their students. It is only a problem if she refuses to consider your child's needs in a reasonable manner. I think it is better to discuss your concerns with the teacher, and see what plan she has for dealing with it. You don't need to do it right when school starts;wait a week or two and then speak to her. It could be that he will need to be given acceptable options to engage in when he has completed the assigned work (probably the most likely time for misbehavior; unstructured time is in general a problem). A great book that deals with gifted children and helping them find challenging work in the class without creating a whole new curriculum is called Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, by Susan Winebrenner.