You have just heard from your child's teacher. She recommends medicating your child because she suspects he might have ADHD. (Gifted children can have ADHD as well).
Before you think of medication, please consider your child's history:
- Early milestones?
- Excellent memory and reasoning skills?
- Are the problematic behaviour of your child reduced/eliminated when he is interested in a topic?
- Does he have extensive language skills?
- Does he become easily bored if faced with something he isn't interested in?
- Does he exhibit perfectionism?
- Is he VERY curious? Does he ask more questions than normal for someone his age?
- Is he more emotional and sensitive than other children his age?
- Does he learn new material rapidly?
- Does he have an advanced sense of humour?
- Does he prefer the company of older children or even adults?
- Does he complain that he is bored in school?
- Does he express unusual sensitivity to what he sees, smells, touches, hears or feels?
This is just a short checklist. Gifted children may not exhibit all of these traits and children with a normal IQ may exhibit some of these traits... But before you turn to medication, please consider Giftedness. (We are not against medicating a child that really needs it and have been tested)
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