My son's teacher has questioned whether or not he has ADHD. She asked if there was a history of ADHD in our family, I told her none. She then suggested with take him to our pediatrician for an evaluation because he exhibits many characteristics of ADHD such as not staying in his seat, inattentiveness, and disorganization. We know that he is totally disorganized. We also know that it is tough to get him to sit still. The inattentiveness is something we don't see at home. He can work on a Lego project for hours on end with no breaks. If he is interested in something, nothing stops him. Isn't inattentiveness required for an ADHD diagnosis? We know he is really bright, could he be inattentive because he isn't interested in what they are teaching?
High ability children often exhibit intensity, sensitivity, impatience and high motor activity. These characteristics can easily be mistaken for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). High ability children may be identified as having ADHD, when their behavioral characteristics are, in reality, the result of their ability level. It is interesting to compare characteristics of ADHD and Gifted children in the list below. It is possible for a child to be gifted and to have ADHD, but many gifted children who are labeled as having A