Underachieving Gifted Teens
In some states (not Virginia) Gifted—or Gifted and Talented—kids are included as one of the exceptionalities in the Special Education program. Why? All gifted students think and learn differently. It's easy for them to become gifted underachievers who lack motivation. Their underachieving can involve perfectionism, hypersensitivity, poor organization or executive function, being easily distracted, and poor time management, such as turning in schoolwork late (if at all).
Some underachieving gifted kids also may have
ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Depression, OCD or OD,
or they may have trouble making friends, or hate to read
or to write—but
they are also highly
funny, sensitive, and have great imaginations.
- Inattention - Not knowing what task to attend or to
stay focused long enough to finish a task.
- Inpulsivity - Not being able to control urges to speak
- Hyperactivity - Excess physical or mental
Because everyone shows signs of these behaviors at one time or another, the guidelines for determining whether a person has ADD/ADHD are very specific. In children, the symptoms must be more frequent or severe than in other children of the same age. In adults, the symptoms must be present since childhood and affect one's ability to function in daily life. These behaviors must create significant difficulty in at least two areas of life, such as home, social settings, school, or work. Read more about the disorder at CHADD's National Resource Center on ADD/ADHD (www.help4adhd.org).
through the years have also had ADD/ADHD.
Anne S. Roberts
7806 Oak Street
Falls Church, VA 22043-3122
Phone: (703) 641-8940