Giftedness: Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed

Giftedness: Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed is part of this year’s Homeschool Help Desk track (sponsored by Operation Christmas Child).

So many gifted kiddos are misdiagnosed as having emotional issues. Some diagnoses are actually more common among gifted children, but are overlooked because teachers, doctors, and many psychologists receive little to no training in the field of giftedness. In this session we’ll examine the characteristics of gifted children and discuss how those traits lend themselves to misunderstandings and incorrect diagnoses. We’ll figure out (as best we can) whether a child is showing gifted behaviors or struggles with a challenge like ADHD, SPD, or autism. Because some disabilities are often found in gifted children, we’ll chat about these dual diagnoses too, and come up with practical strategies for you and your family to use to start turning around your challenges on Monday.