Finally a good evaluation of the claims we have all heard about the risk of giftedness being perceived as ADHD
By Lisa Hartwig
Lisa is the mother of 3 gifted children and lives outside of San Francisco.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a parent say, “My child is gifted but he’s not one of those disrespectful know-it-all kids.” These parents are referring to the gifted gold standard: a child who knows the answers but politely participates in all of the class discussions with the appropriate amount of enthusiasm. Everyone wants this poster child, but they are hard to find, mostly because the traits that make them gifted also make it difficult for them to behave like model students. Parents might try to mold their gifted kids into this ideal, but it comes at a cost.
I learned the price of my son’s struggle to become a model student during our recent college road trip. We were sitting in a lecture hall filled with eager parents and…
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I admit to feeling a bit “in your face, I told you so!” about this, but that is not the only reason why I’m sharing. The information is just plain interesting, and opens up for more research, and more knowledge.
Very thorough and interesting piece!