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Gifted children who are appropriately challenged rarely have trouble paying attention in class. Unfortunately, it can be extremely difficult to convince a teacher that the cause of a child’s lack of attention in class is the result of too little challenge rather than too much. Children with learning and attention issues can also be extraordinarily gifted. Here’s a look at some of the special challenges these kids face. Explore our back-to-school resources to better prepare and build important relationships.

Many gifted children struggle with attention problemsand organization skills because they can be abstract thinkers and get bored easily. Education experts have found that it’s more common for boys to be disorganized and distracted. Fortunately, there are tips and toolsyou can use to help your struggling gifted student — boy or girl.

Gifted children often find age-appropriate lesson plans boring because their cognitive skills may extend well beyond the schoolwork and lessons contained in those plans. I am only a child, and I would love to research more about being gifted. I am curious as to how people that aren’t gifted think, and how different my life would be if I wasn’t gifted.

I am HIGHLY GIFTED, so some of my traits are stronger than other gifted people’s traits are, because I am extremely gifted. Hollingworth (1942) and O’Shea (1960) have suggested that problems of communication, starting in the preschool years, may be one root cause of the highly gifted child’s involuntary isolation. A 3-year-old who expresses abstract ideas using the vocabulary of the average 6.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Traits such as intensity, impatience, sensitivity, and high energy are common in children with ADHD, as well as in gifted children. Some gifted children do have ADHD, but many do not. They are at a different developmental level than other children.

A child with a poor short-term memory or with problems in attention may have the same traits as a college student, or as a working adult. These children may continue to. Without schoolwork that meets their cognitive needs, gifted children with ADHD find it hard to sustain attention and often develop poor work habits.

On the other hand, some gifted students avoid 2e students because of their lack of organizational skills and social skills. Often in highly gifted children the problem is missed because the child can concentrate so well on some tasks; because they are so bright, and the school program so undemanding, many can succeed in school through the upper elementary years, only to start to have difficulty with the increased workload, and greater focus on writing skills in.

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Because gifted children may feel overwhelmed and confused by some of the information they are trying to deal with, they may seek constant reassurance from adults and appear over­sensitive or clingy.

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Gifted children are sometimes singled out and provided extra attention by adults because of their strengths or talents, and this can lead to strained peer and sibling relationships.

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If, however, their giftedness is understood because they produce an identifiable product, such as learning how to read at an early age or achieving outstanding success in math, a different type of stress may occur— pressure from one’s parent’s or teachers to perform.

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Some of the bright children do have more anxiety; this may be related to perfectionism issues, or one might hypothesize that some gifted children may become more readily anxious because of their greater awareness of possibilities and an active imagination.

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Gifted children are often faced with a separate set of problems as well.

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Because of their curiosity, gifted children already attract attention in early stages of development (Schneider, 1987).

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from International Handbook of Giftedness and Talent
by K. A. Heller, F. J. Mönks, et. al.
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This can be due to their asynchronous development,poor educational fit, or marked introversion and social discomfort.In the case of a gifted child with Asperger’s Disorder, asynchronous development can be extreme, resulting in behaviors that appear even more puzzling and strange.

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Gifted children in general require mental stimulation.

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Gifted children usually grow up in child-centred families where parents model hard work and high achievement, provide an intellectually and artistically stimulating environment, offer their children a high level of autonomy, but expect a high level of excellence from them.

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For example, from her study of a small sample of children with extremely high IQs (i.e., above 180), Leta Hollingworth concluded that profoundly gifted children do not relate well to their peers as a result of dissimilar abilities, interests, and intensity of emotions.

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  • you mean effects? Just think about this. You’re thinking about your whole week in one thought while trying to listen to a lecture while wanting to run a miles for no reason. that explains my adhd.

  • This person is ignorant or in this. Stimulus can be as easy as a catchy song or a simple colorful picture for an adult. It usually hurts most people with ADD/ADHD in the left brain. There are exceptions like Justin Timberlake and several famous people hiding it. Over contracts, money, public & company image, etc. But this is wrong, unless someone with ADD is navigating. ADHD/ADD can slow common sense and sense of direction, especially with all the discrimination of work and jobs these days. Thanks to Obama for sending money I need overseas and spreading ignorance and denying me a job, education, a right to be an author, artist, to be able to take credit for my work, and to start and run my own businesses and earn a living or to invent. So they can teach bullying, harassment, bullying, & maltreatment to the Adults with Adult ADD/ADHD and to children and cover up illegal deals, pollution, & corruption. Recycling old Jim Crow laws on us! Not to mention corruption in the colleges, workshops, patent offices, & promoting scams!!!

  • That is not true, I can navigate fine. It is all the stalking, tail gating, & blocking formations the sororities, fraternities, and secret societies and clubs do to run scams on us. I don’t like we are censored online, in the press, media, & entertainment because of the greed of a couple groups & few people.

  • What if this video is the product of an obscure social experiment to collect data on ADHD sufferers. Just to see how many of us post lengthy and unrelated comments; watch at double the speed, or the number of attempted views.

  • The U.S. has one of the largest & most efficient prison systems in the world, and in that large, efficient, prison system, we do NOT have ONE drug-free prison….. and if we cannot keep drugs out of prisons, where there is no liberty, freedom, privacy, or any other basic human rights, then who is going to be dillusional enough, to think that we can possibly keep them out of a free society?

  • Hey! Could you make this a little less monotone with that robot voice thing please? I can’t finish this video, but I want to learn about it! You can’t teach ADD/ADHD people with such a monotone voice like that!

  • My 6 year old son was just diagnosed with adhd. He also has an iq of 137… He learns things very easily, but has the attention span of a rabbit on speed. Let’s see how that goes in school…

  • As a person who suffers with ADHD, I’m still confused about this disorder.
    If a person with ADHD has a significant cognitive impairment of the frontal lobes, I’m curious how some ADHD sufferers were able to score above 120 on an IQ test.
    Put simply, I thought IQ scores rise when you have greater executive function.
    Surly having impaired executive functioning is going to impact your fluid intelligence and your overall IQ score.
    Because of my ADHD and frontal lobe deficits, I see little merit in taking an IQ test, I’m sure my score would be dreadful.

  • Oh Yeah, teehee First off I think its computer reading the lecture. It doesnt seem like a natural way of reading if it is this slow, why doesnt she pause more after the period. Sounds programmed therefore I was only able to realy relate and understand or focus on a fourth of the whole presention.

  • This video was a great example of exactly what NOT to do when trying to teach something to someone with ADHD. The voice was so monotone that I started daydreaming about robots taking over the world and had to force myself to concentrate. I have a fairly high IQ and am going to school for BioPhysics. My psychiatrist recently put me on Adderall because she said that in high school I was smart enough to got by without my grades being heavily affected, but not that I am in college (on the quarter system) spacing out for ten minutes could mean missing an entire chapter. This video would be very difficult for me not to space out while watching. I would easily fail a quiz given right after it due to an inability to concentrate.

  • Thanks monotonic robot voice. I like your forced pronounciation of ADHD like you´re doing quotation signs while saying it. I love your hospital-green background and walls of text. I like the way you sound like someone trying to explain something difficult to someone stupid (great way to present things to adhd people!). Thanks.

    PS. I realize this may be for neurotypicals & people working with the disorder as well. 
    But seriously.

  • I hate when people say I’m lying when I say I have ADHD. They think im lying because i am in elementary school and have a iq of 152.

  • Without Adderall I can’t even finish an IQ test I get so bored, I just sit there looking at the answers can hardly even god damn think. But with Adderall my IQ is 138.