Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children: What You Need To Know

This continues our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, the focus is psychomotor excitabilities and gifted children.


Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children


Gifted children with psychomotor overexcitabilities display extreme energy and activity levels. Due to heightened energy in the neuromuscular system, these kids seem like they never stop. They appear to move simply for the sake of moving. 

Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And ADHD

Child with psychomotor overexcitabilities are often misdiagnosed with ADHD. While ADHD is very real, there are gifted children who exhibit some of the characteristics of ADHD, but actually are more appropriately described as having psychomotor overexcitabilities. 

The difference between ADHD and psychomotor overexcitabilities is that a child with ADHD needs to move and fidget constantly, while a gifted child with overexcitabilities does it more with purpose.

This child moves to show what he’s thinking, to organize something, to create something, to explore something – there is a purpose and reason for the movement.

Because of this, stressed children with psychomotor excitabilities will often act impulsively and exhibit nervous habits. They can even develop tics due to stress.

These kids can be overwhelming to others,  including their parents.


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Helping Children With Psychomotor Overexcitabilities

Children with psychomotor overexcitabilities have the potential to be world-changers. Overexcitabilities are a part of who they are. Their minds are working at a rapid pace, and they need us to help them harness that mental energy appropriately.

Overexcitabilities are not traits that should be treated or fixed, they are gifts that should be embraced and directed.

What can you do to help your child live with his or her psychomotor overexcitabilities? Better, how can you help your intense child thrive? What are some strategies that will work? These three tips will help your child and we explore them in more detail in today’s podcast. 

  • Keep Them Moving
  • Be Spontaneous Often
  • Help Them Find Purpose And Understand Their Psychomotor Overexcitabilities


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Raising Lifelong Learners Episode 140: Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children

In today’s episode, we continue our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, the focus is psychomotor excitabilities and gifted children. Colleen discusses what these overexcitabilities are and how to help your child. 


Links And Resources From Today’s Show:


Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and AutismUnderstanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside Out: A Guide to the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted KidsMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders (2nd edition)Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive FeelingsRaising Resilient Sons: A Boy Mom's Guide to Building a Strong, Confident, and Emotionally Intelligent FamilyLiving With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and AdultsTwice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted StudentsOn the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted ChildrenDifferently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

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