Five Tips for Parents of Gifted ADD/ADHD Children
Trust your instincts. You know your child better than anyone else. Don’t assume that professionals know better because they have credentials.
Trust your child. If he says he can’t do something, don’t assume that he’s being lazy or obstinate, and don’t believe anyone who says he is.
Don’t ignore the gifts while trying to fix the disabilities. Gifted children get depressed when they aren’t able to learn new things.
Don’t ignore the disabilities while nurturing the gifts. Children get frustrated and depressed if they are constantly required to do things they can’t do.
Know that your child can be in a gifted program and also have an IEP or a 504 Plan. Gifted students with ADD/ADHD may be eligible for IDEA services, in certain circumstances, under the Other Health Impairment or Specific Learning Disability category.
—Meredith G. Warshaw, M.S.S., M.A., uniquelygifted.org