Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism
August 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.