What if we thought of this as Attention Divergent Hyperactive Giftedness (ADHG)???
What if we shifted our way of thinking to ADHD as a superpower?
Even if they know they are gifted, students with ADHD may feel isolated and alone.
Common characteristics affecting academic performance:
These characteristics combined with an inability to control verbal and/or physical impulsivity, often cause difficulties for these students when relating to their same-age peers, leading to:
- feelings of alienation (Johnson & Kendrick, 2005; Moon et al., 2001)
- difficulties making and maintaining friendships (Grskovic & Zentall, 2010)
The GOOD news (aka your SUPERPOWER)!
Evidence dating back almost 40 yours shows that gifted students with ADHD have greater potential for creativity and creative achievement! Researchers found students:
- scored higher on tests of creative thinking
- told more creative stories with novel themes
- used more visual imagery & strategies during problem-solving when watching and playing videos/games
- contributed to higher percentages of problem solutions in cooperative groups when compared to same-age