Gifted? ADHD? Either, Neither or Both?

Gifted? ADHD? Either, Neither or Both?


Presenter: Debra Troxclair, Ph.D.
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

The characteristic traits of giftedness are often misinterpreted by parents and other professionals who have little or no training or information about the nature of giftedness. Incorrect interpretations or a misdiagnosis could potentially harm the developing self-concepts of gifted children.

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“Gifted, ADHD, Either, Neither, or Both?” with Debra Troxclair, Ph.D., will explore the idea that many characteristics that don’t seem “normal” are actually very “typical” traits of giftedness.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • The similarities and differences of characteristics and behaviors of giftedness and ADHD
  • Why giftedness is often misdiagnosed as ADHD
  • How to help other educators understand what to do if a gifted child is suspected of having ADHD
  • Suggestions for supporting the self-concepts of gifted and highly creative children

Dr. Troxclair received her doctoral degree in Special Education (Emphasis in Gifted Education) from the University of Southern Mississippi and has over 20 years of teaching experience in both elementary and university classroom settings. She is a member of several professional associations focusing on giftedness. Dr. Troxclair is currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee, the University Networking Committee of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Research Division of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, and the Special Interest Group for Creative and Gifted Readers of the International Reading Association.

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