Gifted ADHD Children
ADHD or Gifted
I have a 6 year old son in first grade who has very recently been diagnosed with mild ADHD - impulsive type. He is also highly gifted. He has been evaluated by two psychologists with differing opinions. The first evaluation at age 5 determined giftedness and impulsivity without an ADHD diagnosis. The second evaluation at age 6 stated “mild ADHD”. The recommendation is to pursue Occupational Therapy and psychotherapy to address anxiety (co-morbid anxiety). He also has some sensory issues. I’m having a very hard time figuring out what to do. We are moving forward with the OT and psychotherapy as suggested. A part of me is not convinced of the ADHD when also considering his age, and the question - can it be misdiagnosed given his giftedness and sensory integration issues?. As of January, we are moving him from a traditional, highly competitive private school to a non-traditional progressive / Montessori style school. My hope is that the change in environment with help alleviate some of his classroom behavior issues (fidgety, expectation to stay in seat for long periods of time and disruptiveness “blurting” during classroom lecture). Does anyone else have experience in a complicated diagnosis factoring giftedness, anxiety, sensory, how to differentiate, etc….? He is highly visual (right brained) and highly sensitive…to his environment and everything else. Any advice would be appreciated.
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