Bright Not Broken : Gifted Kids, Adhd, and Autism - Why Twice Exceptional Children Are Stuck, and How to Help Them

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-13
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Rallies for changes to the dysfunctional systems that trap brilliant kids with ADHD, Aspergers, and Autism in misdiagnosis Children known as "Twice Exceptional" (or "2e") are kids who are gifted and who have a physical or mental impairment. Often a child's disability masks his giftedness, causing educators and other adults to focus on his weaknesses rather than developing his talents. In other cases, a child's giftedness can mask her disability, meaning she won't receive the special education services that could help her manage and possibly overcome her disability. This book is a call to action for parents and educators to rally for changes to the educational and mental health systems that keep these children trapped. Offers a new paradigm for dealing with gifted kids with impairments Reveals the tremendous gifts these often misunderstood kids have to offer Kennedy and Banks are the coauthors of the bestselling book The ADHD-Autism Connection Alternatives to end the never-ending cycle of chasing a diagnosis to explain gift childrens' (2e) weaknesses instead of having the world recognize the tremendous gifts they have to offer.

Author Biography

Diane M. Kennedy, author of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a longtime advocate, international speaker/trainer, and mother of three twice-exceptional sons.

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.

Table of Contents

About the Authorsp. ix
Authors' Notep. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Who They Are
Twice Exceptional: A Nontraditional View of Giftednessp. 3
Recognizing 2e: A Confusing Mix of Abilities and Challengesp. 17
2e, ADHD, and Labels: Misunderstanding Behaviors and Missing Deficitsp. 37
Autism and 2e: A Better Understanding of Deficits and Behaviorsp. 57
Why They're Stuck
A Layman's Guide to the Dsm: The Flawed System That Traps Our Childrenp. 81
Fact or Fallacy: Questioning the Validity of the Adhd Diagnosisp. 101
Misunderstanding the Spectrum of Autism: An Important "e" in 2ep. 119
2e Students and Education: Too Bright, Too Brokenp. 139
How to Help Them
Diagnosing the Whole Child: Identifying Abilities and Minimizing Deficitsp. 165
Educating the Whole Child: Nurturing Abilities and Supporting Challengesp. 183
Conclusion: Ensuring the Best Future for Our Brightest Mindsp. 209
Additional Resourcesp. 219
Notesp. 225
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Indexp. 267
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