The Book

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In their ground breaking book “Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids ADHD and Autism” Diane Kennedy, Rebecca Banks and Dr. Temple Grandin explained why bringing children with giftedness, autism, and related conditions together is crucial for the well-being of twice exeptional children and our world as a whole. Bright Not Broken helped parents, teachers, and other interested adults ensure that these tremendously gifted children are plucked out of the problem kid abyss in which they are often trapped, are properly nurtured, and grow up to make their own contributions to society.

Bright Not Broken shed new light on this vibrant population by identifying who twice exceptional children are and taking an unflinching look at why they are stuck.

The first work to boldly examine the widespread misdiagnosis and controversies that arise from our current diagnostic system, it serves as a call to action call for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems continue to fail some of our brightest children.

Too often, these kids are 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.

The future of our society depends on our gifted children–the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf. Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or “2e.” Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability–often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder–leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in an endless cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their own potential.

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.

Finally,  our founders 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.

 

 

In this vitally important book, written in clear and vivid terms, the authors have succeeded admirably in explaining to parents and professionals alike the urgency of identifying and supporting a childs giftedness in the face of the obvious difficulties of living with disabilities, as well as the dangers of relying exclusively on the categorical approach to childhood disorders.

Adam Feinstein, editor, Looking Up; author, A History of Autism:Conversations with the Pioneers

Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks, with the support of Temple Grandin, have created a book to make the journey easier for parents, professionals, and anyone who cares about a twice-exceptional child. Parents, I expect you will buy many copies of this book to pass on to your childrens teachers.

Brian Hughes, parent and university trustee, MIT

Kennedy and Banks have done it again! This wonderfully informative book is a must-read for parents, mental health professionals, and educators who work with exceptional children. It is exceptionally well written and speaks to everyone who works with and loves an exceptional child. Highly recommended!

Donald Gallo, PhD, clinical psychologist; author, Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders

The authors integrate and explain lucidly findings from the best scientific literature on ADHD and autism. Bright Not Broken has the power to change perspectives among professionals and laypersons alike. Exceedingly impressive a monumental work.

Steven Thurber, PhD,ABPP, Minnesota Child andAdolescent Behavioral Health Services

Bright Not Broken is a unique resource for parents and professionals who seek to understand childrens 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 Childrens Hospital,Cleveland, Ohio

Bright Not Broken is an outstanding analysis of the flaws in the educational and psychiatric approaches to childrens challenges. Reading it gave me excellent insight into some of my more challenging cases and has had a profound impact on my personal and professional life.

Ruth Goldberg, PhD, clinical and school psychologist and mother of three 2e children

Bright Not Broken is a much needed book presenting a holistic approach to those with autism and ADHD. For too long professionals have overemphasized the deficit model and ignored the talents that persons with autism and ADHD have. This book provides a much-needed corrective view, which is not alone balanced but reduces stigma. I can fully recommend the book to parents, professionals, and all those who have contact with these unique persons.

Michael Fitzgerald, MD, Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin

This book addresses an important, and under discussed topic, supporting children with significant social and attention problems but who have good cognitive skills. One of the challenges in the literature has been the lack of focus on this population of children who can often be very significantly helped with provision of appropriate supports. With discussion of who they are, why they end up stuck and frustrated, and concrete suggestions on how to help, this highly readable book fills an important need.

Fred R Volkmar, MD, Director, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, Connecticut

Buy the book – All proceeds go directly to The Bright Not Broken – Lorna Wing Institute Of America