Dear Dr. Sylvia:
I’m fairly new to the field of gifted education. I have a few underachieving students, but one who is an extreme underachiever. He’s a gifted seventh grader and will likely be diagnosed with Asperger’s. He’s also depressed and has attention and oppositional issues. He has begun to see a counselor recently, and it’s going well. But this student is failing nearly all his classes.
Many accommodations have been made for him. He’s doing independent study in many classes to help enrich and accelerate him. Still, he frequently argues, becomes easily distracted, and falls asleep during class. I hate to push him in the direction of too many more independent activities because he lacks friends. Other children find him stra...
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