Tuesday, January 31, 2006

More on the ADD or Gifted debate

An article by Kaufmann, et al. in the Fall 2000 newsletter of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented:

"Given the realities of the co-existence of giftedness and ADHD, the question should not be "ADHD or gifted?" but rather "how impaired is this student by his/her ADHD?" Some children are able to compensate in most situations for their ADHD (and neither they nor their parents or teachers may be aware of it); others are seriously handicapped. The single most relevant element that must be considered in evaluating ADHD is the degree of impairment a child experiences as a result of the behaviors."