Misdiagnosis, Dual Diagnosis of the Gifted

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Misdiagnosis, Dual Diagnosis of the Gifted


Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Nature and Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Imagine the frustration of being diagnosed, labeled, and even called “crazy”; when you’re actually a perfectly “normal” genius. Mental health and behavioral disorder diagnoses are a hot topic in education, and for good reason. Diagnosis and medication rates are skyrocketing, and gifted students often fall victim to misdiagnosis due to the complex, every-day functioning of their brains.

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In her course, “Misdiagnosis, Dual Diagnosis of the Gifted,” Lori Comallie-Caplan shines a light on the overexcitabilities and tendencies of gifted students that can be mistakenly diagnosed. She explains how the normal, healthy function of a gifted brain can look like behavioral and mental health disorders.

In this course, participants will:

  • Learn to distinguish between true disorders and normal gifted overexcitabilities
  • Gain insight into the intensity, sensitivity, idealism, perfectionism, order, and activity that characterize gifted brains
  • Be better able to meet the needs of gifted students with overexcitabilities
  • Discover how to support students without stigmatizing them

This course is aligned with NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 7.1, 7.2, 7.3.

Lori Comallie-Caplan is a New Mexico Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Educational Diagnostician with a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling. Additionally, she holds Advanced Certification for Mediation from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Comallie-Caplan has 30 plus years of experience in the field of counseling, coaching evaluation, mediation and educational consultation. She is best known for her work with gifted individuals through the lifespan and frequently provides professional development for school districts and mental health professionals in the social emotional needs of the gifted.

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