How do you tell the difference?
I have looked around the internet and the symptoms are the same.
I have a 5 year old, her dad was a Mensa member at 11 years old, both his brother are members or Mensa and her sister took her GCSE's 2 years early. So there is a strong family/genetic history of high IQ and giftedness. My daughter however used to be super advanced when she was younger, talking at 1 and able to hold conversations by 2 as well as counting and knowing all colours and shapes. she then got to around 3-4 years old and her development slowed right down and now is about average in most areas. The difficulty is her attention, she can not hold her attention at all. she never stops still. She also has an issue at school and home where she pretends not to know answers to things when she knows them. for example the other day when I was reading with her she read the word house perfectly and explained you do not say the "e" at the end of the word, then a few words later got stuck of a word "I don't know it" she tells me. The word is... I. Doesn't get more simple really. She was counting in 10's... 10, 20, 30... what's next she is asked... ummm I dunno she replies. "you do" she is assured. " No I don't, There is no 40!" is what she said, showing clearly she knew the answer whilst pretending she didn't. She asks questions all the time she knows the answer to. It looks as tho she does this for attention, although she is not an only child her sister is 17, so with such an age gap at home she gets a lot of attention. It's not like she is trying to get attention at school for lack of it at home, she demands constant attention at home. She is always moving, even when sitting still... she will rock/row on the sofa. she has done this since a baby, and if you tell her to stop she will for a few seconds and start it up again, she says she can't help it. she never stops talking, all day long... sometimes I wish i could gag her lol. She asks questions all the time about everything. I ow all kids go through the "why" stage, but she hit it at about 2 and never left it. she wants to know why everything is everything. I guess this is how she learns but once you have explained everything your doing 50 times already by 10am the reply then becomes... why do you think? then she is not interested any more in why. I have been reading recently about the signs of both gifted and ADD/ADHD and they are identical. She has been refured this week by her school to be tested for ADD?ADHD first and if this does not show the will have her assessed by someone who works with TGA children (talented.gifted, able) The 14 signs of ADD?ADHD they look for I see 13 of at home, and out and about, and I'm pretty sure after talks with the teacher she shows them also at school. If a child shows more than 8 of the 14 for over 6 months there is a good chance they will be ADD?ADHD. I have pretty much all of the adult signs of ADHD, never been tested. If I am, good chance she is. with her dad and other members of the family being gifted, there is a good chance she is.
I was just wondering if there are any people reading this with gifted children, or with ADD/ADHD children that could give their thoughts on this. Feel free to ask any other questions, of course you can not write everything in one post, I have just put the most relevant things.
Thanks for any replies or help any of you can add.