Our expert says:
Ritalin does seem to help some kids whose hyperactivity is counter-productive and unhelpful. But I do agree with the teacher that your middle son, at least, is behaving more typically of a gifted kid who gets bored because he isn't sufficiently challenged or kept engaged in tasks, and is seeking more worthwhile activities. In hi case Ritalin might be of no value, whereas programs designed for gifted kids could help greatly, and cost no more.
From the sound of it, the boy has no problem of not being able to concentrate, but grows restless when he doesn't have enough to concentrate on.
Psychological testing could help, with a range of tests including but also beyond IQ, to asess his intelligence, aptitudes and interests. Finding more fruitful ways for him to use his energy and intelligence could be highly satisfying for him and cause no parenting problems either
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