Category Archives: Attention Deficit Disorder

What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part Four: Achieving Balance

After my six-year-old son Lewis told me that woodworking was calling to him more loudly than cello playing, my husband began teaching him basic carpentry. He thrived under this instruction and was soon able to pay attention to other things. … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Child the Loudest? Part Three: Determining the Strongest Drive

When my profoundly gifted son Lewis told me it was sometimes hard for him to pay attention in his cello lessons or while practicing, that wasn’t the end of it. He spelled it out for me, and in so doing, … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Child the Loudest? Part Two: Learning from My son

How can you deal with a problem you don’t have a concept of? How can you help your gifted child when you don’t realize what sort of help he or she needs? I faced this difficulty in June 2001 when … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part One, Becoming Aware of the Problem

In raising two profoundly gifted children, the biggest puzzle I ever faced was in figuring out what they most needed to learn, beyond the basic curriculum. This didn’t even begin as a clear question. Rather, it was first a mysterious … Continue reading

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The Problem of Attention, Part Five: What Inattention Feels Like

Lately I’ve been so entranced with the simple, beautiful folk songs I’ve been practicing on the cello that it’s hard to think about anything else. If too many days pass between practice sessions, certain pieces play themselves so loud in … Continue reading

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The Problem of Attention, Part Four: Directed Creativity

As we have seen, my son Lewis had trouble paying attention to my instructions during his cello lessons. Inside his head he heard so much music, at full volume, that I was drowned out. Yet his situation was at least … Continue reading

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The Problem of Attention, Part Three: Creativity in the Raw

Creativity insists on being heard. This is the dilemma of the gifted child: parents and teachers require attention, yet the Muse is louder. The problem is compounded by the form in which the Muse first speaks: raw energy. Waves of … Continue reading

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The Problem of Attention, Part Two: Internal Distraction

When my son, Lewis, started the cello at age two, I thought I could teach him because I’d been teaching cello for twenty years. Suzuki cello was part of this experience, yet even my past work with young children didn’t … Continue reading

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The Problem of Attention, Part One: Total Absorption

When a bright child stares out the window rather than listening to the teacher, there may be good reason for this. What looks like inattention may well be inwardly-directed focus as intense as any we could hope for. This child … Continue reading

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ADD and Creativity

Hyperactivity and giftedness often go together, not because the student actually has ADD, and not only because he or she is bored, but most of all because raw creative energy is untamable. Hyperactive grownups may know when they need to … Continue reading

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