Gifted children with ADHD - How do I know if it’s really ADHD or ‘just giftedness’?

A high IQ is protective against nothing except a low one. Not all learning impairments are apparent in early childhood - indeed, the higher the IQ, the later they are usually identified. Often the signs of ADHD in an underachieving gifted child may be summarily dismissed by parents, teachers and others on the grounds that the child is ‘just gifted’ or ‘just bored and under-challenged’ - especially when the gifted child presents with the ‘predominantly inattentive’ form of ADHD - without hyperactivity, defiance, impulsivity or ‘bad’ behaviour. Is it worth delineating the exact cause of a gifted child’s academic underachievement or unhappiness, and does it matter what it’s called?  What about the gifted child whose professionally diagnosed ADHD is referred to by a nebulous, supposedly ‘gentler’ description or euphemism instead of an internationally accepted diagnosis, and who is thus left diagnostically homeless?  This session will focus on students who are BOTH gifted and ADHD – how to identify them, how to meet their needs in the classroom, how to support them when writing tests and examinations, and how to lift the ‘lazy’, ‘bored’ or ‘naughty’ masks to reveal the gifts beneath.


  • Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm


  • Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
    Edmund Rice Drive
  • Southport QLD

Event type: Parent support group meeting

  • Maximum places: 99

Facilitator: Carol Barnes is national coordinator of GLD Australia, an online learning community focussing on gifted children with learning disability (GLD). Also Vice-President/parent-group convenor of QAGTC’s Gold Coast Branch and an invited sessional lecturer on GLD at Griffith University, Carol has presented for Education Queensland, Mensa Australia, SPELD NSW and Qld, Aspergers Services Australia and a variety of NSW and Queensland schools. She has also spoken at many national and international gifted, learning disabilities and ADHD conferences since 2009. Carol is also a lawyer but, most importantly, the mother of two gifted young adults with learning disabilities.

There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. The workshop will be useful for parents and teachers of gifted children at both the primary and secondary levels.  Other professionals are also most welcome. Tea and coffee will be served and information available on gifted resources and contacts. Parent/teacher support group meetings are quite relaxed and informal. No minutes are taken and discussions remain confidential. To create an environment in which participants feel confident to discuss aspects of parenting and teaching, we request that support group meetings be ‘adults only’ 

Please Note: Children do NOT attend parent/teacher support group meetings.

Information on children’s workshops running at the same time and place can be found at Children not enrolled in a workshop during the parent support group meeting remain their parents’ responsibility.  QAGTC has no child-minding facilities and can assume no responsibility for unsupervised children.

Cost of event:

  • Member cost: Gold Coin Donation
  • Non-member cost: Gold Coin Donation

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