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Sergeant of the University of Amsterdam have shown that children with ADHD do not have difficulty in that area; instead they cannot inhibit their impulsive motor responses to such input. Other researchers have found that children with ADHD are less capable of preparing motor responses in anticipation of events and are insensitive to feedback about errors made in those responses. For example, in a commonly used test of reaction time, children with ADHD are less able than other children to ready themselves to press one of several keys when they see a warning light.

Schools should then place profoundly gifted children in advanced courses in their strong areas only. Subjects in which a student is not exceptional can continue to be taught to the student in the regular classroom. Options for advanced classes include arranging courses especially for the gifted, placing gifted students alongside older students within their schools, registering them in college courses or enrolling them in accelerated summer programs that teach a year’s worth of material in a few weeks.

Adapted with permission from the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ) HYPERACTIVITY AND IMPULSIVITY • Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat • Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected • Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, subjective feelings of restlessness) • Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly • Is “on the go” or acts as if “driven by a motor” • Talks excessively • Blurts out answers before questions have been completed • Has difficulty awaiting turns • Interrupts or intrudes on others binding to the receptors.

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