Q&A: Gifted and LD or ADHD - FamilyEducation

Q&A: Gifted and LD or ADHD

by Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.

These parents' questions may provide you with some answers about giftedness, LD, and ADHD.

These parents' questions may provide you with some answers about giftedness, LD, and ADHD.

1. I recently had my six-year-old son tested for being "gifted." I was told he might be at risk for a learning disability. Can this be true?
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2. My gifted 12-year-old son has a problem with spelling. What do you suggest?
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3. Is retention beneficial for a gifted LD child?
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4. What is your theory on the correlation between ADHD and gifted children?
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5. Is retention beneficial for my gifted second-grader who also has ADHD?
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6. My two sons are gifted and have ADHD. I have taken them off medication. It seems that we are medicating children too readily, when they require more attention. What do you think?
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7. Our seventh-grader, who has ADHD, is failing. The school is denying services because he is in the Talented and Gifted program. What can we do?
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8. My gifted, high-school daughter has ADHD. Many of the teachers do not look at the ADHD, but think she is lazy and not living up to her potential. How can I get her the help she needs?
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