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Brainpower - August 2010
ADHD and Intelligence It’s official—the new school year is just around the corner! While students may be dragging their feet to get back into the educational daily grind, parents are thinking of ways to help their students academically excel in the upcoming school year. In fact, over course of the summer, parents can become acutely aware of their child’s gifts, talents and struggles — and how those attributes will affect their child’s academic success. Children can exhibit certain characteristics like sensitivity, intensity, high motor activity and impatience that are interpreted to mean a number of different things. In fact, such behavioral traits are common of both children affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those that highly intelligent, Gifted and Talented (GT) children. While children who struggle with ADHD and GT children can be extremely different, the fact that both can share similar behaviors stresses an important point. Among the magnitude of characteristics children display, it’s easy to misinterpret behaviors during the initial stages of identification — that’s why testing is so important. Psychological assessments can allow for a better understanding of why your child may exhibit certain characteristics and determine the appropriate steps to take moving forward. The following characteristics common of BOTH ADHD and GT: •	Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities •	Tendency to lose things necessary for tasks or activities •	Easily distracted by extraneous stimuli •	Has difficulty playing in or engaging in leisure activities •	Often is "on the go" and seems to be driven by a motor •	Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed •	Often has difficulty awaiting turn MindWorks Testing offers both ADHD testing and Gifted and Talented testing for children and adults. If you suspect that you or someone you know is either GT or affected by ADHD, contact us. Get your child tested, so we can identify their specific situation and help them reach their full potential. e-Friends Have a friend who could benefit from MindWorks Testing? Forward this e-mail, or sign them up for our eNews. Click here to subscribe family, friends or co-workers to Brainpower. Did you know? Many schools have LONG waiting lists for testing services. MindWorks Testing can provide answers to make sure your child gets into the appropriate ADHD or Gifted and Talented program at the beginning of the school year. MindWorks on the Radio  Recently, Dr. Jerry DeSobe of the Krist Samaritan Center spoke on Houston radio station KSBJ about learning disabilities. Based on the number of inquiring phone calls to the Center after the interview, Dr. DeSobe’s discussion was said to be informative, helpful and successful.  To listen to Dr. DeSobe’s interview on KSBJ, click here. KSBJ Interview [button that links to segments from interview]
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