What you consider a curse could actually be a blessing in disguise.
Michelle Kemper Brownlow: Imagine you're at your parent-teacher conferences and the teacher hands you this bulleted list outlining your child's behavior:
• Cannot stay focused
• Is restless and fidgets
• Is opinionated, sometimes to the point of being rebellious
• Has way too much energy
• Singles himself out as strange and/or different
At first glance you would probably be disappointed and feel helpless. You might feel responsible or defeated. And in most cases you can bet that teacher is going to mention those four letters you hoped you'd never hear: ADHD. Your next course of action? Ritalin?
Before you make that leap down the crevasse of child behavior medication, let me help you understand that these five bullets can be a blessing that opens many doors for your child. What your child's teacher is calling "symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder" the National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children calls Characteristics of the Gifted Child.
At the request of a parent or teacher, children can be tested by a guidance counselor or gifted teacher using a standard IQ test. Because gifted children fall under the "special needs" bracket (huh, makes you look at those words in a new way, doesn't it?), the school district will administer the test free of charge. The best time to test a child for their gifted aptitude is between the ages of 4 and 8.
If your child's score is between a 115 and 145, he falls into the "gifted" range, and a whole new world of opportunities open up. He is then eligible for special camps and programs only offered to those children in the top percentage of peers his age.
The best news, though, is being able to reward your gifted child with these new opportunities instead of trying to fix what ain't broke!
|Michelle Kemper Brownlow is a freelance parenting writer, artist and popular mommy blogger who holds nothing back at My Semblance of Sanity. Michelle's unique but gentle parenting insight paired with her quirky sense of humor works to her benefit as she writes and illustrates children's picture books.|