Creative solutions require an imaginatively gifted recombination of old elements into a new configuration—what is required now. While the elements of a creative solution can be taught, the creativity itself must be self-discovered and self-disciplined. The truly creative is always that which cannot be taught. Paul Torrance

There is no doubt that gifted children can be ADD and ADHD. However, there are also gifted children whose “inappropriate behavior” may be a result of being highly gifted and or intense.
— Sharon Lind
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Giftedness can be formally defined using a valid IQ test, but the limit of 2% that is generally used is an arbitrary one. Although some very intelligent people with, for example, dyslexia or an extreme fear of failure do not score well in tests, they do have the same cognitive ability as gifted people who do score well in an IQ test.
— Coren, Nauta & Ronner

2e Gifted
Twice Exceptional:

ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia & More

                         Life is your art. 
                        An open, aware heart is your camera.
                        A oneness with your world is your film.
                        Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum.   
                                                            
Ansel Adams    

What is twice-exceptionality?

Very simply, giftedness does not immunize a person against any other problems. A twice- (or multiply-) exceptional person displays both & giftedness and one or more of the following:

    * learning disability (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, nonverbal learning disability)

    * language-based learning disability (e.g., expressive or receptive language disorders)

    * autism-spectrum disorders (e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome)

    * other cognitive disorders (e.g. ADHD, executive functioning disorders, sensory processing disorders, apraxia)

    * other psychological disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, phobias)

    * physical disorders (e.g. visual or hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, medical disorders)

Their strengths are the key to success for twice-exceptional.

They thrive on intellectual challenges in their areas of interest and ability. Many 2e do best when given work that engages multiple senses and offers opportunities for hands-on learning.                    
                                        From davincilearning.org

2e Gifted
Twice-exceptionality can be considered an endogenous problem for gifted persons, particularly the more highly gifted. If a person has a vision, hearing, speech, or other physical disorder, the emphasis by professionals is most often on the disorder, with little emphasis given to enhancing their intellectual abilities. The gifted components are most often overlooked even though they have significant implications for the person’s educational and vocational success and self-concept....2e persons frequently underestimate their abilities because they evaluate their competence based more on what they are unable to do—the area(s) that lag behind—rather than on their substantial abilities; as a result, they often underachieve and are prone to depression. 

Some gifted persons will have a specific learning disability; others will have physical or medical problems. The person’s intellect may be quite high, but because of motor difficulties, such as cerebral palsy, 

From James T. Webb

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Natural left-handers should always be left to develop in their own way and be allowed to write left-handed if that is their choice.   Forcing them to change hands and write right-handed can have very bad effects in later life as well as being traumatic at the time and ruining their handwriting!

The dominant writing hand is not just a physical thing to do with controlling a pen but a mental thing to do with the way the brain is organised and where certain functions occur.   The brain is “cross-wired” to the body so the left handed side of the brain controls the right hand side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left. Changing the hand used for writing causes great confusion in the   brain and can have a lot of knock-on effects.

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Lynne Azpeitia, MFT       
The Gifted Adult Coach   
310-828-7121
3025 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 

Encouraging, supporting and guiding gifted adults to achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

Here are many of the books I recommend to my gifted clients.

Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy & Consultation Specially Designed  for Gifted People

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Lynne Azpeitia 
 
The Gifted Adult Coach
 
310-828-7121

Lynne@Gifted-Adults.com

One of the biggest misconceptions is that dyslexic brains differ only in the ways they process printed symbols, when in reality they show an alternative pattern of processing that affects the way they process information across the board. Dyslexic brains are organized in a way that maximizes strength in making big picture connections at the expense of weaknesses in processing fine details.
— Fernette Eide

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Many parents also discount giftedness when their children’s abilities are uneven or counteracted by other difficulties.
— Marianne Kuzujanakis

Q&A: The Unappreciated Benefits of Dyslexia
Danielle Venton
 
We see dyslexic kids with a verbal IQ of 140 or 145 who will read with good comprehension, and as a consequence won’t be recognized as dyslexic. But they still read at fairly slow pace relative to other students in the gifted programs, and their performance will suffer from their slow reading speed. And for some dyslexic students, their problems with reading may be less than in other areas, like writing and rote or procedural mathematics, but they arise from the same wiring differences that underlie dyslexic reading and spelling challenges, and traditional definitions of dyslexia that focus entirely on word sound or language processing really don’t capture the breadth of these differences. More 

Improving the Self Image of a Dyslexic Child
 
Michael Ryan
 
In my practice I have worked with hundreds of children with dyslexia and have found that improving one’s self-image involves three things: identifying advantages, nurturing passions, and encouragement (A.P.E.). Recognizing and using the strengths of the dyslexic learning style can be considered such an asset if thechild’s environment is sensitive to these strengths. Identifying passions and interests is crucial.  Dyslexics often have particular subjects or activities with which they are fascinated. Finding ways to link their advantages to their passions can be difficult, but is an extremely powerful intervention. Practicing and building upon skills already proven to be an area of success fosters motivation and furthers that success. 
The contribution of supportive and significant adults in a child’s life to encourage a child’s interests and endeavors cannot be overestimated. More

The Primary and Secondary Consequences of Converting Handedness
Writing is a process of the greatest complexity. Moreover, because it involves many different brain functions, it is also one of the most difficult tasks; one which only human beings have developed and come to grips with. The pre-dominant use of the non-dominant hand leads to complex functional disturbances, inhibitions, blockages, and an over-burdening of the entire brain. During writing, the greatest variety of cerebral skills are included here. Examples are the fine motor skills, speech, the pictorial representation of imagination of the series of letters as well as the simultaneous chain of thoughts, associations, graphic representations, memories, and recall of previously learned material which also run throughout. Scarcely any other human undertaking is comparable to writing in its multifaceted connections between the most differing brain functions. Accordingly, it is understandable why the overburdening that comes from converting handedness can lead to tremendous disturbance. More.....

The ‘Over-Excitable Gifted’: Managing Talent and Five Forms of Excitability 
Michael Moffa
 
...Care must be taken not to equate psychomotor OE with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is estimated to affect 4.7% of adult Americans. ADHD is a recognized DSM disorder for which treatment and management, including medication, are recommended; psychomotor OE is neither a DSM listed condition nor otherwise a generally-recognized form of impairment. To equate ADHD and psychomotor OE would be like equating Type A behavior (also not a DSM category) and ADHD.  

Successful Careers: The Secrets of Adults with Dyslexia
 
Rosalie P. Fink
 
These men and women were "turned on" to their topic, whether it was biology, physics, or psychology. Their
imaginations took flight as they discovered their own interests and found books and hands-on activities that excited them. They pursued fields of interest that engaged their imagination so much that they experienced what Csziksentmihalyi calls flow — the exhilarating feeling of being carried away on a current. While reading, they were so engrossed that they seemed to “get lost” in good books. This total immersion based on involvement and enjoyment resulted in a loss of self-consciousness that was liberating and exciting, both intellectually and emotionally. More
Working Memory & Processing Speed
Steve Butnik 
All gifted are not alike. What's important about Working Memory & Processing Speed? Problems in WM and PM are often seen in Twice Exceptional Student; can cause troubles at home, can impact relationships, often define people's feelings about themselves……More

The Effects of Making a Left-hander Write Right-Handed
Natural left-handers should always be left to develop in their own way and be allowed to write left-handed if that is their choice.   Forcing them to change hands and write right-handed can have very bad effects in later life as well as being traumatic at the time and ruining their handwriting!

The dominant writing hand is not just a physical thing to do with controlling a pen but a mental thing to do with the way the brain is organised and where certain functions occur.   The brain is “cross-wired” to the body so the left handed side of the brain controls the right hand side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left. Changing the hand used for writing causes great confusion in the   brain and can have a lot of knock-on effects. More.....

Before Referring a Gifted Child for ADD/ADHD Evaluation
Sharon Lind
Highly gifted children are easily misdiagnosed as having attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD). 
 Parents and gifted educators are asked with increased frequency to instruct gifted children to conform to a set of societal standards of acceptable behavior and achievement-to smooth the edges of the square peg in order to fit into a "normal" hole. Spontaneity, inquisitiveness, imagination, boundless enthusiasm, and emotionality are being discouraged to create calmer, quieter, more controlled environments in school...Here is a checklist of behaviors and characteristics to use before referring for testing. The checklist is designed to differentiate between confusing factors. More           

The Dilemma of ADHD in Bright Young Girls
Dr. Shirley Liu
T
he most severe cases of ADHD I have treated have all been in females. Why is that? I believe it is because society tends to overlook the more mild cases of ADHD in girls and not bring them to medical attention unless or until their symptoms are severe, while symptoms in boys are noticed earlier and at lower severity levels.  In fact, it is well-known that girls are under diagnosed. More

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness      
Marianne Kuzujanakis
In K-12 classrooms everywhere are children at risk for being misunderstood, medically mislabeled, and educationally misplaced. Not limited to one gender, race, ethnicity or socioeconomic group, they could be the children of your neighbors, your friends, your siblings, and even yourself.
These at-risk children are gifted children.
Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students. Some are the class clowns, the lonely awkward child in the back row, the troublemaker. Special needs classrooms are where a number of gifted children end up -- their giftedness left unsupported...More

A Switch in Handedness Changes the Brain:  Forcing lefties to be righties results in more brain activity.
Kerri Smith
Some brain regions are more active in 'converted' left-handers.
'Southpaw', 'goofy', or just plain 'lefty' are some of the many names that left-handers have been called. In certain societies, the aversion can go so far that some left-handers are forced to write with their right hand, regardless of their natural tendencies. More.....