ERIC Number: ED374630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Surviving Gifted Attention Deficit Disorder Children in the Classroom.
Wolfle, Jane A.; French, Michael P.
This paper examines characteristics of a typical 6-year-old and characteristics of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), including distractibility, impulsiveness, inattention, and hyperactivity. The occurrence of ADHD in gifted students is discussed. Possible causes of ADHD are noted. The 5 "M" program of treatment is presented, which involves: (1) medication with stimulants to help the student pay attention; (2) management using behavior modification techniques, which included acknowledging adherence to classroom rules, teaching self-monitoring of behavior, allowing children to help design classroom rules, and using rewards and punishments to reinforce rules; (3) modification of the classroom environment to meet student needs; (4) modeling appropriate behavior; and (5) mothering (and fathering, too!), which calls for unconditional love and acceptance of the child, as ADHD children must perceive that they are loved if they are to accept themselves. The paper concludes that through steady support and management, the gifted ADHD child is not only teachable, but can provide a great deal of positive stimulation to the classroom environment. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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