Bright Not Broken
Twice Exceptional Kids Who They are, Why They're Stuck, and How to Help Them
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|Format:||Hardback, 272 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 29 August 2011|
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.
Table of Contents
About the Authors ix Authors' Note xi Preface xiii Temple Grandin Introduction xv 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 Notes 225 Acknowledgments 261 Index 267
About the Author
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.
"This book is truly inspiring and it shows that by simply changing our perception of these children, and then the testing and education that stems from that perception, we can help them become successful, contributing adults." (psychcentral.com, March 13th, 2012)
|Publisher: ||Jossey Bass Wiley|
|Dimensions: ||23.44 x 16.21 x 2.82 centimeters (0.53 kg)|