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Gifted children with ADHD, and the challenges their parents face

By Juliette François-Sévigny, Étudiante au doctorat en psychologie (Ph.D.-RI) - Cheminement psychologie clinique de l'enfant, de l'adolescent et des parents, Université de Sherbrooke
Mathieu Pilon, Professeur adjoint, Département de psychologie, Université de Sherbrooke
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With the new school year underway, some parents will have a harder time than others because of a little known, but very real phenomenon: their child is “twice exceptional.” These children have both the potential for high achievement (“gifted”) and a one or more disabilities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or generalized anxiety.

While giftedness is a strength, being twice exceptional creates a vulnerability

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