Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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, it serves as a wake-up call for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems are failing our brightest children.
Most importantly, the authors show what we can do to help 2e children, providing a whole child model for parents and educators to strengthen and develop a child’s innate gifts while also intervening to support the deficits. Drawing on painstaking research and personal experience, Bright Not Broken offers groundbreaking insight and practical strategies to those seeking to help 2e kids achieve their full potential.
Diane M. Kennedy, author of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a long time advocate, international speaker/trainer, and mother of three twice-exceptional sons.
Rebecca S. Banks, M.A., co-author of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a veteran educator, national speaker/trainer, and mother of two twice-exceptional children.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a professor, prolific author, and one of the most accomplished and renowned adults with autism in the world.
Authors’ Note xi
Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks
Part I: Who They Are
1. Twice Exceptional: A Nontraditional View of Giftedness 3
2. Recognizing 2e: A Confusing Mix of Abilities and Challenges 17
3. 2e, ADHD, and Labels: Misunderstanding Behaviors and Missing Deficits 37
4. Autism and 2e: A Better Understanding of Deficits and Behaviors 57
Part II: Why They’re Stuck
5. A Layman’s Guide to the DSM: The Flawed System That Traps Our Children 81
6. Fact or Fallacy: Questioning the Validity of the ADHD Diagnosis 101
7. Misunderstanding the Spectrum of Autism: An Important ‘‘e’’ in 2e 119
8. 2e Students and Education: Too Bright, Too Broken 139
Part III: How to Help Them
9. Diagnosing the Whole Child: Identifying Abilities and Minimizing Deficits 165
10. Educating the Whole Child: Nurturing Abilities and Supporting Challenges 183
Conclusion: Ensuring the Best Future for Our Brightest Minds 209
Additional Resources 219
Rebecca S. Banks, MA, coauthor of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a veteran educator, national speaker/trainer, and mother of two twice-exceptional children.
Temple Grandin, PhD, is a professor, prolific author, and one of the most accomplished and renowned adults with autism in the world.
“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.
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