Christy - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
My son is now 11. He is gifted with ADHD. I've fought since he started school with the schools. ADHD here is considered a learning disability (i really think it's a teacher's disability). After being begged and coerced by teachers and administrators I put him on a variety of medications. After three years the side effects became unbelievably scary --- ticks, depression, etc and they wanted to just add more medicene. Being gifted he had a lot of the typical problems in school mostly because he was always way ahead. The school wouldn't put him in Gifted or advance him because he had LD but he was doing too well in school for and IEP. Teacher after teacher, even the school board. Finally we got a teacher to pay attention. He's now in gifted. He still isn't on medication. And they are accomodating his learning styles much better. I have had several people tell me that gifted children exhibit adhd and it's not because they truly have adhd but because their brains are going so fast and they are processing so much information that they don't know how to handle it.
My problem is he's entering his tweens, and is becoming quite a little "know it all" and bossy. He's having trouble making and keeping friends. Any suggestions on how to curb this in a gifted child?