Presenter: Debra Troxclair, Ph.D.
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

The characteristic traits of giftedness are often misinterpreted by parents and other professionals who have little or no training or information about the nature of giftedness. Incorrect interpretations or a misdiagnosis could potentially harm the developing self-concepts of gifted children.

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“Gifted, ADHD, Either, Neither, or Both?” with Debra Troxclair, Ph.D., will explore the idea that many characteristics that don’t seem “normal” are actually very “typical” traits of giftedness.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • The similarities and differences of characteristics and behaviors of giftedness and ADHD
  • Why giftedness is often misdiagnosed as ADHD
  • How to help other educators understand what to do if a gifted child is suspected of having ADHD
  • Suggestions for supporting the self-concepts of gifted and highly creative children

Dr. Troxclair received her doctoral degree in Special Education (Emphasis in Gifted Education) from the University of Southern Mississippi and has over 20 years of teaching experience in both elementary and university classroom settings. She is a member of several professional associations focusing on giftedness. Dr. Troxclair is currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee, the University Networking Committee of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Research Division of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, and the Special Interest Group for Creative and Gifted Readers of the International Reading Association.

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767 reviews for Gifted? ADHD? Either, Neither or Both?

  1. Shelby – HUTTO ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course and the content that was shared. I prefer shorter courses but I found this course overwhelming with the amount of information crammed into it. Content was great, pacing was intense.

  2. Amanda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  3. Joann – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great course because we see a lot of students with ADHD

  4. Nancy – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was a very informative session.

  5. Shawn – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    This was helpful knowing that I have had students with ADHD and GT labels in the same class.

  6. Lilia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It helps to understand both worlds when it comes to being gifted and talented and other.

  7. Susan – WESTERVILLE CITY (verified owner)

    A lot of information to take in.

  8. William – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    very good info

  9. Brittany – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    I felt the information provided was well-intentioned and thorough, but the delivery of some areas was hard to follow as the presenter sometimes went off on other tangents and did not make clear when she was role playing.

  10. Cristina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


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