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Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism | [Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, Temple Grandin]

Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

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 a cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their potential.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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, PhD, is a professor, prolific author, and one of the most accomplished and renowned adults with autism in the world.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    JD Hewitt Pretoria, South Africa 07-01-13
    JD Hewitt Pretoria, South Africa 07-01-13 Member Since 2010

    Fairy Dott

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only those parents with kids in the US school system.....


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst I fully agree with the concept that gifts are more important that disabilities, this book is filled with jargon ONLY applicable to the American school system. What is of value to the rest of the parents who live all over the world, is actually very little. There should be a note on the book that we should not waste money on this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ingrid LAPEER, MI, United States 11-13-12
    Ingrid LAPEER, MI, United States 11-13-12
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    Would you listen to Bright Not Broken again? Why?

    Yes - I sent a sent a gift copy to my brother so he could listen, too.


    What does Vanessa Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually, I wouldn't have chosen her for this book. She has a very sultry and melodic voice -like a saxophone.It didn't match well , in my mind, to the topic. She did a beautiful job presenting the information - did not sound like a robot *reading* something, she *presented* it.I would love to hear her read a less fact-centric book like a fiction, or a biography.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a great book for every teacher; even teachers of adults. (People seem to forget that gifted kids, and kids with learning differences, AND 2E kids who are both gifted add have learning differences all grow up and many go on to college and/or to have reltaionships and families.)This would also be great for parents / guardians / spouces who have trouble envisioning what is going on in theri loved one's mind. Chances are one or both of the people in the realtionship is represented in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eugene United States 11-07-13
    Eugene United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Parents of kids with high functioning autism (aspergers) seeking public support.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    This book is an intersection of scientific research and mostly legalities related to classification of autism and advocating for government/public support for high functioning autism.The language and the way it's written makes it a very boring read/listen even for a parent who has autistic child. It seems the only goal of this book is to advocate for more public support which is a good goal. However the book feels dry and not engaging enough. I couldn't finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Hart?

    No comments.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    confusion and slight disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Twin Lakes, WI, United States 10-10-12
    Rhonda Twin Lakes, WI, United States 10-10-12
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    "Exactly what I was looking for finally!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bright Not Broken the most enjoyable?

    It was informative, hopeful, and made complete sense!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many too many to note or choose from.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-29-13
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Everyone parent and teacher should read this one!"

    I have to praise Diane M. Kennedy , Rebecca S. Banks and Temple Grandin for giving us the present that is this book.

    I started reading this book because I am a teacher, and I want to help my students, as well as be prepared to what may happen in my classroom and who may be a part of it in the future.

    This book brings scientific information in a way any lain man would understand, but I'd have to say that it is supposed to be read/listened to more than once in order to keep and apply all you learned with it. And it is the kind of book you have to listen and take notes as well.

    I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more, as well as to those who want some guidance when it comes to dealing with 2E children.

    It is a pity, however, that sometimes we don't have all the tools presented here to fight this battle at our disposal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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