In a message dated 2/7/2012 11:57:22 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
I’m running a thriving private practice for young gifted children.
From far away across the Atlantic ocean in the UK, I can confirm (if
subjectively) that I am seeing more and more children diagnosed as
having some form of Aspergers/ADHD.
These diagnoses are for the reasons that Jim Webb outlines. But over
here it is not the pediatricians who make those pronouncements, rather
it is the teachers. Nursery teachers in particular. I can only guess
that it lets them off the hook if they feel they cannot cope. It is
almost fashionable. But it really upsets parents. It seems to me
that virtually all such diagnoses are wrong and I spend time
reassuring parents to their great relief.
Prof. Joan Freeman
Sent: 2/7/2012 3:11:31 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time
Subj: Re: ADHD? Gifted? or Both?
Thank you for writing this. It means a great deal to me to receive supportive observations from such an esteemed colleague. We have suspected, though our data are limited, that the problems of misdiagnosis are truly worldwide, though the actual diagnoses being given may vary from region to region. I do hope that you will help continue this discussion in Europe and elsewhere.
James T. Webb, Ph.D., President
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