Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Bright Not Broken
“Bright Not Broken is a unique resource for parents and professionals who seek to understand children's behaviors. The authors are to be applauded for their clear-thinking approach to the jungle of DSM labels—a must read for the open minded!” Lydia Furman, MD, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland OH
Dr. Temple Grandin Teams Up with Two Moms
to Examine Why Bright Kids Fail and How to Help Them
New book shows why gifted children get trapped and gives insights into how to free them to succeed
San Francisco, CA - Misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and over-medicated —that’s how Dr. Temple Grandin and authors Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks describe the common experience for many gifted children with disabilities, namely ADHD, autism, and related conditions. But unlike other works about this unique group of children, the new book Bright Not Broken (Wiley, Jossey Bass Imprint; Sept 2011; 978-1-118-10182-7; $24.95) takes a hard look at the current diagnostic and education systems that often trap these kids in their weaknesses. Too often, these children get caught in an endless cycle of chasing diagnostic labels, being prescribed dangerous medications, and are never given the tools to fully develop their gifts and talents.
Bright Not Broken sheds new light on this vibrant population by identifying who twice exceptional children are and taking an unflinching look at why they’re stuck. The first work to boldly examine the widespread misdiagnosis and controversies that arise from our current diagnostic system and to bring these to the public, it serves as a call to action for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems continue to fail some of our brightest children.
Anchored in Grandin’s conviction that “the fields of giftedness, autism, and related disabilities need to share information,” this book draws on the latest research, personal experience, and expert opinion to offer groundbreaking and practical insights for those seeking to help these children achieve their full potential.