- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470623322
- ISBN-13: 978-0470623329
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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"This book addresses an important, under discussed topic, supporting children with social and attention problems but who have good cognitive skills. With discussion of who they are and why they end up stuck and frustrated, this highly readable book fills an important need."
-- Fred R Volkmar, MD, Director, Yale Child Study Center
This book is essential for parents and professionals. It is both theoretical, practical and creatively updates thinking on autism spectrum disorders. In our experience change in the field only happens when parents campaign which these authors are doing with such enthusiasm.
Dr. Lorna Wing and Judith Gould, PhD
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"A work of tremendous scholarship and passion that deserves to be a seminal and paradigm-shifting work. It should be read by all parents of gifted children with coexistent disabilities--and the professionals who work with them."
William Sheehan, MD, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, Willmar, MN
"This book is an outstanding analysis of the flaws in the educational and psychiatric approaches to children's challenges. It gave me excellent insight into my more challenging cases and has had a profound impact on my personal and professional life."
Ruth Goldberg, PhD, clinical and school psychologist, mother of three 2e children
"Bright Not Broken is a unique resource for parents and professionals who seek to understand children's 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 Children's Hospital, Cleveland OH
"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)
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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 important, 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.
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I had never heard of Temple Grandin...as a result of this book, we watched her movie and her story inspired my daughter, who has been struggling with finding role models. My daughter is not Austic or on the spectrum, but has ADHD (or so they SAY...) but wanted to meet her...turns out she lives in Colorado where WE live...and we found out she'd going to be at a conference so she is going to meet her.
The Gifted Development Center which is mentioned in the book and whose director is quoted in the book, also is in Colorado and we have a consultation set up with them.
But most important, this book really sheds light on how completely flawed the DSM is. I am seeking a second opinion on the ADHD piece of my daughter journey...how do they know she's not reacting from not being challenged because she is also gifted?
This journey we parents are on who have these special jewels of children need as much information as we can, and we need to inform the administrations of our kids' schools so they can wake up...and we need each other to network with.
Loved this book and have referred it to everyone I can!
When you tell somebody your child has autism, you get the pity look. They have no idea what to say. Then you add there is a co-morbid condition of giftedness and their reaction is to look at you as if to say,"well what are YOU complaining about?" they literally say, "Well thats good!"
No, that is not good. As parents, we just want our kids to have the same experiences as their peers. We want them to get on the school bus without incident, play baseball, go to the prom, and flunk algebra. Believe me, adding giftedness to the diagnosis of autism does not somehow magically make everything alright, and these authors get it.
Their explanations are excellent. Their suggestions for curriculum accommodations are what you would pay an advocate thousands of dollars for. This book is a must for parents in this position.
Furthermore, their discussion of the AD/HD diagnosis is absolutely essential to any parent whose child has been labeled with this disorder, whether or not the other two diagnoses are in play. But especially if your child has been identified to have AD/HD and you suspect something Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autismelse may be going on. Their information is simply too good to ignore.
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1) As another review said, much of this book is railing against the old classification system. The DSM-5 is out.Read more