ADHD, Gifted & Twice Exceptional learners

Mary's teachers say she just isn't working up to her ability. She doesn't finish her assignments, or just puts down answers without showing her work. She sits and fidgets in class and often disrupts class by interrupting others. Sometime, she daydreams a lot and seems distracted. 

Does Mary have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is she gifted, or both? 

Gifted students may be defined as ones who have “exceptional abilities in any area of learning that significantly exceeds grade-level expectations.” 

Dr. Hollowell said that “ADHD is not so much a disorder but rather a collection of traits and tendencies – some positive, some negative – that define a way of being in the world. If the negative aspects become disabling, then this way of being in the world can become a disorder”.

Using the strategies from this course, you will be able to support ADHD, Gifted and Twice Exceptional learners to help them meet their true academic potential.

All students who complete the course will get a Certificate of Completion from the Montessori Foundation.

Additionally, if you are interested, Sarasota University offers Continuing Education Units for a fee of $20.


We will meet for a 90-minute live video workshop session each Tuesday for four consecutive weeks. 


Tuesday, March 10th, 17th, 24rd, and 31st 


7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern Time

6:00 to 7:30 pm Central Time

5:00 to 6:30 pm Mountain Time

4:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific Time


Instructor Bio:

Maria Eva Chaffin is originally from Venezuela. She is married with three boys and two dogs. She is in the process of completing her Doctoral Dissertation in Organizational Leadership. She holds a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education, a Master’s Degree in Business Education, a Bachelor’s in Special Education, as well as a Montessori Teacher Certification in early childhood. Maria Eva is the founder of Challenging Children and Montessori, a consultant for the Montessori Foundation, and a Faculty member of Sarasota University, where she is a professor in the Montessori Master Program. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has been in the Montessori field for over 10 years. It is her great passion to work with children with special needs and since completing her Montessori training she has fallen in love with the method. With her background and experience, she is convinced that the Montessori method is the best way for children to learn. Because the Montessori method is so well suited for children with special needs, Maria Eva founded Challenging Children and Montessori with the intention to help school leaders and administrators better support teachers and parents with the challenges associated with these children.

Maria Eva Chaffin

Montessori Foundation Consultant

Maria Eva  Chaffin

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