Gifted children, particularly gifted boys, are often misidentified as ADHD children. One reason for this is that the characteristics of a bored gifted child is quite similar to those of a child with ADHD. (See Counseling, Multiple Exceptionality, and Psychological Issues.
) Gifted children also may have what psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski called "Overexcitabilities." One of these is the psychomotor overexcitability
, which is characterized by high levels of energy. Lack of academic challenge can cause these children to squirm and fidget. Terry Mauro, Guide to Parenting Special Needs Children, has some great tips on helping fidgety kids stop fidgeting in school.
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