ERIC Number: ED429415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
What Educators and Parents Need To Know about...ADHD, Creativity, and Gifted Students. Practitioners' Guide A9814.
This brochure for educators and parents discusses gifted children, creativity, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The overlapping symptoms of ADHD and creativity are identified, which include: inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, difficult temperament, deficient social skills, and academic underachievement. The possibility of a misdiagnosis of ADHD is stressed and recommendations for teachers and parents are provided. Educators and parents are urged to learn as much as possible about diagnostic criteria for both creativity and hyperactivity, observe and record which conditions intensify or reduce the key diagnostic signs, and ask a disruptive or daydreaming child what he or she is thinking about right after the occurrence. If the child is referred for psychological screening, it is recommended that parents choose a psychologist who either knows about giftedness and creativity as well as ADHD or who is willing to learn. If a child is diagnosed as having ADHD, parents are urged to seek a second opinion, consider medication very carefully, and make a special effort to provide opportunities both within and outside of school to enhance creativity and build self-esteem. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attention Deficit Disorders, Children, Clinical Diagnosis, Creativity, Gifted, Hyperactivity, Parent Role, Psychological Evaluation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Road, U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.