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Articles by Deirdre V. Lovecky, Ph.D.

Misperceptions About Giftedness Diagnosis of ADHD and Other Disorders

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"This article was written as an attempt to counter various misconceptions about gifted children, and the likelihood of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder. There is a lot of information passed on through books, journal articles, websites and conferences that can lead to misconceptions. Parents, teachers and mental health professionals have no way of knowing which information is based on research, and which is based on opinion and supposition." Read more...

When the Door Opens

"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." I learned the truth of Graham Greene’s words when I was nine. Read more...

The Art of Making a Good Decision

There are so many choices these days. Walk thorough any store. Look at any magazine. Even e-mail offers a thousand ads. How is one to know what to choose? Read more...

The Conundrum Glass

I’ve never understood how the analogy of the glass determines if a person is an optimist or a pessimist. To me, the glass is, at various times, half empty or half full. It is also both half empty and half full at the same time, and it is neither half empty nor half full. It is its own quantity, not measured by comparison to something else. Of course, by questioning the premise like this, I am being rather critical, and critical people are not happy with the status quo, so they are pessimists. Or are they? Read more...

The Divergent Thinker

" "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." You may recognize the words of Thoreau, the quintessential divergent thinker of the 19th century." Read more...

Gifted Children with AD/HD

"There are a number of reasons for considering gifted children with AD/HD. The dual exceptionality of being both gifted, and AD/HD, often means that such children are not recognized as having either exceptionality, and thus, their needs for an appropriate education are not met." Read more...

The Procrastinator's Guide to the Galaxy,
and Other Important Spots in the Universe

"A Procrastinator's Guide to the Galaxy is vitally important since otherwise few of them would ever get there, having left it to the last moment to find out where they are going." Read more...

Gifted Children with Asperger Syndrome

"Max showed early signs of giftedness. He spoke his first word, “truck”, at eight months. At one year, he could pick out letters of the alphabet and was soon reading. By age three, Max especially loved books about trucks and dinosaurs, his two special interests. Max had collections of toy cars and trucks, which he liked to line up in patterns." Read more...

Dabblers and Doers

"Robert loves to play ball. He likes any sport that has a ball in it, which means that he loves, and plays a great many sports. He is usually on at least two different teams each season. This involves an incredible amount of juggling of other family obligations in order for Robert to play as much as he does." Read more...