Bright Not Broken

  • by Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, Temple Grandin
  • Narrated by Vanessa Hart
  • 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Enlightening, well-written, much appreciated

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?


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.

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- Ingrid


This was one of very few instances where I didn,t finish a book. I stuck it out for a long time but still didn't get past the complaints about present day diagnosis and medication to get to any tips and useful information on how to actually be a better parent for your autistic child.
Narration was terrible, and I'm sure that ruined my experience. Vanessa should be reading sleazy sexual material instead of books on parenting.
This book has credited "with Temple Grandin". I found her books Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It to be vastly more helpful and practical for an every day parent.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios