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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Misdiagnosis Initiative

The Misdiagnosis Initiative. Founded by SENG, the Misdiagnosis Initiative reduces the risk of medical misdiagnosis of gifted individuals, whether a twice-exceptional child whose giftedness is overlooked due to their disability - or vice versa.

Is your child "just" gifted, or twice exceptional? Does the diagnosis he's received make sense with the boy you see every day? Does the lack of a diagnosis make sense with the girl you love and live with? Gifted kids can be misdiagnosed. Some are diagnosed as having learning differences such as ADHD or High Functioning Autism, but are really just gifted, or bored and gifted kids. Others are not diagnosed, when they struggle with Executive Functioning (EF), social skills or other learning challenges.

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including 2e Kids, and Gifted Advocacy.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Misdiagnosis: What we see and what we don't by Gift-Ed Connections
Having worked with gifted children for 14 years of my career, I have come to understand that for many it can be hard to "see" children who are gifted. There are plenty of archetypes that that can inform understanding as well as varying definitions that can predispose us in a particular way and so it isn't surprising when people are confused or frustrated by what it means and doesn't mean to be labelled "gifted". I was reminded of this the other day when a colleague sent me a link...
 
The Tyranny of Pathologizing Our Kids by Heather, The Fringy Bit
When did it happen? When did the energetic child become the child with hyperactivity? When did the opinionated child become the oppositional child? The stubborn child become the defiant child? Daydreamer start having attention deficits? When did we start pathologizing our kids?

I guess in many ways, it doesnít entirely matter how we got here, so long as we acknowledge that we are indeed here...
 
When gifted children are not identified as gifted by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
What happens when gifted children are not identified as gifted?
What is the impact when they realize how much they differ from peers, but can't quite
make sense of what it all means?
What transpires when adults witness these children's intellectual and social/emotional
differences, but refuse to give voice to what they see right in front of them?...
 
How They Missed Me by Wibbly Wobbly, Neuro-UNlogical Stuff
No One Was Looking For It

First of all, it's only in the last decade or so that enough awareness and knowledge of the spectrum has converged to the point that you're more likely to be identified than not. And that's still only for boys, not girls. Girls are still more likely to go unnoticed because they're innately better at passing, plus the case studies and criteria are heavily weighted towards boys and virtually ignore girls and the different ways they present. Unless they also have a undeniable developmental and/or speech delay like Lady Bug, girls are rarely on the radar. Or if they're causing a problem in school. But if you're a quiet, rule following bookworm...
 
Labels and the Gifted Diagnosis by Alessa Giampaolo Keener in Everyday Learning
Labels. We crave them because they affirm our identity and help us find peer groups where we can relate to people like us.
Labels. We value them because they offer an explanation about a situation and give us a frame of reference to understand whatís going on.
Labels. We need them because they open doors of opportunity and services that meet our special needs.
Labels. We dislike them because they pigeonhole us into stereotypes and expectations that outsiders place on us.
Labels. We resent them because they exclude us when we fail to meet an arbitrary cut-off score....
 
On Rainbows and Mantis Shrimp: A laypersonís perspective on ADHD and the misdiagnosis of gifted brains by Jill Williford Wurman, Director of Research, The Grayson School
Is your child "just" gifted, or twice exceptional? Does the diagnosis he's received make sense with the boy you see every day? Does the lack of a diagnosis make sense with the girl you love and live with? Gifted kids can be misdiagnosed. Some are diagnosed as having learning differences such as ADHD or High Functioning Autism, but are really just gifted, or bored and gifted kids. Others are not diagnosed, when they struggle with Executive Functioning (EF), social skills or other learning challenges.

I have a (highly unscientific) theory to share...
 

 
To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated September 03, 2019


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