Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) recently published an informative video titled “The Misdiagnosis of Gifted” to its YouTube channel. In the last 10 days, more than 3,500 people have viewed this informative video.
Although there are not yet data on the extent of misdiagnosis of gifted children, the information we do have suggests that it is extensive. Lack of understanding of characteristics of gifted children, combined with inadequate training of educators and physicians about ADHD and gifted children, can easily lead to an inaccurate diagnosis of ADHD where a child is then placed on medication that may not be needed.
The video was previously only available by purchase from SENG, but the decision was made to make it more accessible in an effort to reach more people. Please help continue to spread the awareness by letting others know about this complimentary, educational, and necessary information.
Parents, educators, and health care professionals can also find practical help from the book Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults. Fifty percent of the royalties from the sale of this book go directly to support SENG’s mission.
SENG’s mission is to “empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.”