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

This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

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.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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“Gifted, ADHD, Either, Neither, or Both?”(For Parents) 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

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Debra Troxclair, Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Lamar University, 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 and the University Networking Committee of the National Association for Gifted Children. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented and is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children-TAG Division. 

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