Gifted and Talented Happenings

Stay in the know about all things GT!

Welcome to the Brand New GT Newsletter and Calendar of Events

At the start of each month, we will keep you updated with information concerning parenting gifted children, activities your child can do at home, skills that are taught in our GT classes, and events happening in the area.

Parenting Gifted Children

The Misdiagnosis of ADHD in Gifted Children

Did you know that children who are Gifted many times exhibit the same traits that may be seen in children with ADHD? Gifted children may experience "Overexcitabiities" where they demonstrate a high level of intensity in one or more of the following areas: psychomotor, emotional, sensual, imagination, and intellectual. Take a look at this list of attributes that a child may exhibit.

  • Rapid speech
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Competitiveness
  • Compulsive talking
  • Compulsive organizing
  • Nervous habits and tics
  • Preference for fast action and sports
  • Physical expression of emotions
  • Sleeplessness

Would you consider this child to show signs of ADHD or Giftedness? The intriguing part. . . these are both signs of Psychomotor Excitabilities in Gifted children and symptoms assessed on an ADHD screener.

The KEY is in the ability to harness the energy! If a child is able to focus that energy into a project that he/she is passionate about, then the child may indeed just have a psychomotor excitability. He or she may not require medication, but instead simply craves challenges that carry a great importance to him/her.

The best line of defense to prevent the misdiagnosis of ADHD is to educate Gifted Parents about the frequency of overexcitabilities or intensities in their children. Discover whether your child can focus their energy into projects they are passionate about. These "passion projects" could change the world one day!

GT Skill of the Month


Students from Riddle Elementary created a video to highlight one of our skills - attributes. We hope you enjoy! We also have pictures of other attribute related activities from GT students around the district.

Activities and Websites for GT Students

Construct an Extending Grabber

Using the website below and a few simple materials - skewers, straws, and Popsicle sticks - build an extending grabber.

STEM Challenge to Try at Home

Can you create a cup that can hold as much water as possible for at least 10 seconds from just one sheet of paper? Give it a try and send us some pictures with your results!

Calendar of Events

For the Month of October

Below are some upcoming events that may be fun for your family. Please note that these events are not associated with nor supported by Frisco ISD.

Price is listed in the title, but more information can be found in each link.


$ - inexpensive

$$ - moderate expense

$$$ - costly

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park $

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 12pm to Thursday, Dec. 31st, 4pm

1515 South Harwood Street

Dallas, TX

Children have such a blast exploring 19th-century Texas at Dallas Heritage Village that they don't even realize they are learning! Set along a charming redbrick Main Street, 38 beautifully restored buildings, dating from 1840 to 1910, invite visitors to peruse the past through self-guided tours and enchanting living history presentations. Kids can experience an old train depot, doctor's office and schoolhouse before sipping root beer floats in the saloon and grooming cuddly farm animals. Your children will also love the general store, where they can grab an old-fashioned basket, play with an antique cash register and wrap their gifts in brown paper and twine.

For more information click here.

State Fair of Texas $

Friday, Sep. 25th, 10am to Sunday, Oct. 18th, 7pm

Fair Park, Dallas, TX, United States

Enjoy our special exhibits and reduced admission ($4/adults, $3/ages 60+, $2/ages 3-11, free for under 3)! Extended hours 10 am to 7 pm.

For more Information on schedule of events, click here.

Family Experiments at Klyde Warren Park FREE

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 11pm-2am

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX, United States

Dallas, TX

Science is closer than you think! Families, can join educators from the Perot Museum for fun family experiments on first Saturdays in Klyde Warren Park. Each month will feature a new topic with hands-on investigation and experimentation.This month, explore the world of engineering and technology as you create your own robot.

For more information click here.

Dallas Firefighters Museum $

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 9am-4pm

3801 Parry Avenue

Dallas, TX

**Open Wednesday-Saturday 9:00-4:00**

From horse-drawn steam pumps dating to 1884 to modern motor-powered equipment, this museum's holdings present a fascinating glimpse into history. The museum houses valuable firefighting equipment and chronicles the history of battling blazes. The facility is also located in a 1907 fire station, which adds a nice note of authenticity. Spend part of a pleasant afternoon observing the displays, and don't forget to check out the souvenir merchandise available. It is located near Fair Park, and visitors can do self-guided tours throughout it. On most days, visitors will be greeted by retired firefighters who are always friendly and very helpful.

For more information click here.

Guided Trail at the Heard Museum $

Saturday, Oct. 10th, 2-3pm

1 Nature Place

McKinney, TX

Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, your group will spend 45-60 minutes hiking our unique landscape.

For more information click here.

Thanksgiving Break Discovery Camp at Perot Museum Registration $$$

Thursday, Oct. 15th, 9pm

2201 North Field Street

Dallas, TX

Actual Camp runs November 23–25, 9am–3pm

Grades K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Each day, campers will engage in a variety of science topics, highlighting subjects from the exhibit halls and auditorium programs. Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is led by our expert staff. Every day is filled with hands-on activities, exciting experiments and visits to the state-of-the-art exhibits! Each age group will have customized programming designed for their grade level.

For more information on the event and registration, click here.