Episode 11: Gifted and ADHD

EP. 11: Gifted and ADHD

Listen to this episode from ADHD for Smart Ass Women with Tracy Otsuka on Spotify. Tracy talks about giftedness and ADHD in this podcast. Learn what the term 2E or Twice Exceptional refers to and that just because you’re gifted in one or more areas (for example mathematically or artistically) doesn’t mean that you might not also be challenged in other areas (you may learn differently or have an emotional or social delay).

Tracy talks about giftedness in this podcast.

Learn what the term 2E or Twice Exceptional refers to and that just because you’re gifted in one or more areas (for example mathematically or artistically) doesn’t mean that you might not also be challenged in other areas (you may learn differently or have an emotional or social delay).

And did you know that you can be gifted and have ADHD?

Do you know that here is no one definition of giftedness. In fact, all states have a different definition.

Tracy shares Julie Skolnick’s three layer cake definition of giftedness:

  • You’ll learn about asynchronous development
  • You’ll learn about perfectionism and how harmful it can be
  • You’ll learn about the five areas where children can exhibit intense behaviors known as Kazimierz Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities or supersensitivities.

Tracy outlines the overexcitabilities and shares that she never thought her son was gifted but is now wondering because he exhibits many traits in all five of these areas.

Tracy also assumed that you can’t be gifted if you struggle in school. Then she discovered AEGUS, The Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students

Find out what else gifted people need to succeed and how giftedness and ADHD can look identical.

Tracy talks about her concern that perhaps we’re medicating bright children so that they can fit into the school environment when really these kids may just be unchallenged.

She worries that it’s the smart capable kids that fall through the cracks in our educational system because when they don’t perform, teacher and parents automatically think it’s because they’re lazy.

Have you ever wondered what does it even mean to be smart.

Learn about Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Could it be that ADHD is connected to specific intelligences?

Tracy then talks about what questions experts ask if they are working with a bright child who isn’t applying themself and what she’s planning to bring into her son’s school to aid in his learning here.

Other resources:

Why Gifted Kids May Are Often Highly Sensitive or Overexcitable

Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five areas in which children exhibit intense behaviors, also known as “overexcitabilities” or “supersensitivities.” They are psychomotor, sensual, emotional, intellectual, and imaginational. Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities, although one is usually dominant. Does your child complain about the seams in his socks?

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About Tracy

Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.

Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.

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