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How to Nourish and Nurture a Gifted Child with ADHD

Academically gifted children with ADHD are called “twice-exceptional” or “2e.” They are also incredibly misunderstood and underserved. Here’s what you need to know to secure the resources, accommodations, and understanding that she needs.

3 Comments: How to Nourish and Nurture a Gifted Child with ADHD

  1. Isn’t it time to stop using so many labels?

    So many end up using their labels to excuse their behavior. Sad, but true.

    We’ve medicated so many over the years that it’s no longer an exception.

    Perhaps the DSM Could be kicked out of the psycho Babble world and some honest counselling could ensue!

    1. This comment exemplifies EXACTLY why advocacy is still needed for anyone whose thoughts feelings and or actions fall outside the normative range of a population. For example the meaning of explanation and excuse are not even close to being synonymous. In fact, considering their actual definitions reveals that they are practically antonyms. This is clarified by comparing The single most salient word used in their respective definitions, in same order are clarify and justify.

      Thus, it is incorrect to assert their interchangeability. Because using objective, fact based information to specifically identify traits in order to determine whether their presentation warrants a “label”, is not an attempt to justify, excuse or ignore it. As opposed to excusing, demonstrating an understanding that one expresses said traits, accepting that reality and then addressing them, are features indicative of a person who is doing what is meant when using the phrase “taking personal responsibility and accountability”!

      The real problem seems to be that a conflict exists between claiming belief and acting in an ethically virtuous manner. This (U S.) society stakes a considerable amount its claim of virtue with the vast majority of its citizens claiming adherance to virtue ethics such as justice, beneficence, human rights, compassion and autonomy. This is a non exhaustive though sufficient list for illustrating the ethical inconsistencies between what we claim to believe and what our actions and words actually reflect.

      The sentiment expressed above with the words “So many use labels to excuse their behavior. Sad but true.” Because these words and their sentiments are not exclusive to the author of the above post. Rather inclusive of a vast majority of the population. Sad but true.

    2. Labels are both good and bad. Labeling is a Schools way to say you need a diagnosis to get the 504 or IEP. That’s the good part. Understanding what the confusion is about such as asynchronous development makes the parent and teachers understand that the same ADHD kid could actually be gifted. The bad part would be the label that you are a “special” child which social media frowns at. Political correctness is a sign of the times and 2E can be discriminating…and this 2E not being neurotypicals is no different,

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