GIFTED KIDS, ADHD, AND AUTISM: WHY TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN ARE STUCK AND HOW TO HELP THEM bnblarge2-215x300Hosted by Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks, authors of Bright Not Broken and The ADHD-Autism Connection with Dr Temple Grandin. Diane is the mother of three twice-exceptional sons who has spent over 18 years advocating for special needs children. Rebecca, a veteran educator who has spent nearly a decade teaching in inclusive classrooms, is the mother of two twice-exceptional children. Together, Diane and Rebecca will examine the issues around twice-exceptional children—that is, gifted kids with hidden disabilities such as ADHD, Asperger’s/autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and related conditions. Their unique perspective and fresh approach will help parents, educators, and healthcare professionals understand who these kids are, why they’re stuck, and how to help them. In a time when the diagnostic system is in flux and education is under fire, this program will look unflinching at how proposed changes in these systems will affect twice-exceptional kids. The Bright Not Broken Radio Show will help listeners identify and maximize the talents of gifted kids with hidden disabilities.  

The Premiere

Who They Are,’ ‘Why They’re Stuck,’ and finally, How to Help Them Drs. James Webb and Dr Edward Amend discuss The social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth.

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Any individual, parent, or professional who has ever dealt with the confusing process of obtaining a mental health diagnosis, autism, ADHD, Bi-Polar and others will want to hear this discussion! Gary Greenberg a noted author and critic of American psychiatry The Book of Woe.

Book of Woe – Dr Gary Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Dale Archer discussing his new book “Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional” which redefines our perception of what REALLY constitutes a mental illness.

Dr Dale Archer – Better Than Normal: How being different can make you exceptional

Join us as we talk about twice-exceptional children with Drs. James Webb and Edward Amend, psychologists and experts on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth.

Dr James Webb and Dr Edward Amend

Dr Temple Grandin discusses brain scans, sensory issues, parenting tips, different thinking styles in autistics and much more

Dr Temple Grandin – The Autistic Brain

Meet the hosts Diane M. Kennedy and Rebecca S. Banks, the authors of Bright Not Broken,with contributor, Temple Grandin, have a combination of personal and professional experience with learning and developmental disabilities.Kennedy and Banks hosts of Bright Not Broken are mothers, as well as professionals who previously collaborated on the bookThe ADHD Autism Connection, and each has multiple children who are twice exceptional. “Twice exceptional” “a relatively recent term that refers to children who have dual ‘exceptionalities’—that is, exceptional gifts (creative, academic, intellectual, or physical abilities) along with a learning or developmental disability.”

Meet the Hosts Diane Kennedy and Rebecca Banks

Dr. Linda Silverman joins us to explore giftedness. Dr. Silverman, gifted expert and founder of The Gifted Development Center in Colorado, understands the complexity and challenges of giftedness as few, perhaps, do. Join us as she shares her insights about the intellectual, developmental, emotional characteristics, and overexcitabilities of gifted children and adults. Dr Linda Silverman Giftedness, 2e and Overexcitabilities

Dr.Joy Davis Joins us to talk about her award-winning book: ‘Bright,Talented & Black: a Guide for families of African American gifted learners’. Considered twice- minorities these children face unique obstacles and challenges. She offers practical advice based on her personal experience as both a parent and a gifted

Dr Joy Davis

Dr.Dan Peters joins us to discuss his two brand new books: From Worrier to Warrior for teens and tweens, designed to teach you how to conquer the Worry Monster. Also, the companion book for parents Making Your Worrier a Warrior, which provides useful methods parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing “toolbox”. Parents might even find that these strategies work effectively to manage their own anxieties. Dr.Peters, a licensed psychologist, is co-founder and Clinical Director of the Summit Center which specializes in, gifted, talented, and creative individuals.They provide educational and psychological assessments, consultations, and treatment for children, their parents, and families. His professional interests include the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) individuals, helping individuals tame the “Worry Monster,” and maximizing one’s developmental potential.

Dr Dan Peters

Somewhere in your journey with your own child, you have no doubt encountered the DSM and it awesome power to dictate the diagnoses, medications, therapies, and educational services your child receives. Parents of twice-exceptional children are in a highly vulnerable position, balancing extraordinary concern for their children with the necessity of placing their trust in the DSM and the professionals who use it.

The DSM changes in Layman Terms Part 1

As parents, the two of us (Diane and Rebecca) sought answers as to why our own children were trapped by an alphabet soup of labels despite their obvious abilities. While we researched and wrote Bright Not Broken, we realized that we were asking questions no other book has addressed: Why does the DSM system lead to an alphabet soup of labels? Could it be that our system is fundamentally flawed or incapable of meeting the needs of practicing clinicians and parents?

The DSM examining a Flawed system trapping our kids

The publication of DSM5 will no doubt bring changes that will affect twice-exceptional children, especially those with Aspergers Disorder. Drs. Lorna Wing and Judith Gould, world renowned experts and pioneers of the autism spectrum discuss the upcoming changes in the DSM.

Rare Exceptional interview with Dr Lorna Wing and Dr Judith Gould

Dr Fred R. Volkmar, M.D., a renowned expert on autism and other childhood mental disorders, is professor of child psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., where he also directs Yale’s Child Study Center. He is chief of child psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr Fred Volkmar Yale Child Development

Jennifer Cook O’ Toole, author, parent and educator of “Asperkids”. Join us as she shares insightful practical advice to help kids with Asperger’s syndrome navigate the hidden snares of social interactions. Jennifer’s unique insider advantage helps parents and professionals understand and teach children with Asperger’s syndrome and related social emotional difficulties. Jennifer Cook Otool – Asperkids

Adam Feinstein. Adam’s book A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers outlines the history and development of the concept of the autistic spectrum

Adam Feinstein – The History of Autism

Join us as we talk with Michelle Garcia Winner, speech language pathologist, author, international speaker and pioneer of the concept social thinking. Michelle specializes in bright kids who think and learn differently. Her keen insights and practical strategies have been extremely helpful to parents and educators alike

 Understanding Social Thinking and 2e: Giftedness, Asperger’s, ADHD guest Michelle Garcia

Award-winning author Jennifer Cook O’Toole of the wildly popular series Asperkids Kids joins us for an exciting update! With two brand new books released this year and a global speaking tour she has a lot to share! Her new releases: The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes and The Asperkid’s Not-Your-Average Coloring Book are two more reasons parents and professionals can’t get enough of this International superstar! Her keen personal insights and common sense methods are valuable tools that can help guide the most frustrated 2e/Asperger parent or professional.

Guiding the most frustrated 2e/Asperger parent or professional with Jennifer O’Toole Asperkids

Searching For Meaning- Dr.James Webb returns as our guest to talk about his wonderful new book: Searching For Meaning

Dr James Webb

Martha Burge, author, parent and certified personal – professional coach. Martha specializes in gifted and creative people, Including, adults diagnosed with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD and related conditions. Martha’s brand new book The ADD Myth: How to Cultivate the Gifts of Intense Personalities with a foreword by Dr. Alan Francis, addresses the misunderstandings about ADHD and how to harness the full potential of intensity with maximum success. Anyone involved with 2e children and their families will find this interview uplifting and helpful.

Intensity, Giftedness and The ADD Myth guest Martha Burge

Gifted, ADHD and Asperger’s, Using Strengths and Special Interests Nancy Ratey is an internationally recognized authority in ADHD and related fields. Her unique approach to helping 2e Individuals reach their potential by using their strengths to identify and direct their passion is unparalleled.

Gifted, ADHD and Asperger’s, Using Strengths and Special Interests guest Nancy Ratey

This week we are talking about spatial abilities, 2e students and the educational system with Dr. Jonathan Wai, an expert on the development of intellectual and creative talent. Dr. Wai is a researcher and writer at the Duke Talent Identification Program

Visual Spatial Abilities guest Dr. Jonathan Wai

Searching For Meaning- Dr.James Webb returns as our guest to talk about his wonderful new book: Searching For Meaning Dr James Webb – Searching for Meaning Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope

Parent and award winning author Elizabeth Verdick, Joins us to discuss her wonderful new book The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day.

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders guest Elizabeth Verdick

NAGC- Finding Help, Support and Resources for Gifted / 2e Many parents and professionals can be easily overwhelmed when searching for accurate information and support regarding gifted/2e children. The National Association of Gifted Children- (NAGC) specializes in supporting the needs of high potential Learners.

NAGC- Finding Help, Support and Resources for Gifted and 2e children

The Together Teacher Author Maia Heyck-Merlin With all the pressures and demands placed on our teachers today is it any wonder they feel overwhelmed and are often full of stress and anxiety? Maia Heyck-Merlin is here to help! Maia the author of, The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized and Save Time! joins us to share helpful tips, tricks and resources for our dedicated, but stressed out educators.

The Together Teacher Author Maia Heyck-Merlin

Our guest Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch is a neuroscientist dedicated to identifying and understanding this unique 2e population. Through her multiple research efforts and distinguished work as principal investigator at KIDLAB (Krasnow Investigations of Developmental Learning and Behavior) George Mason University, She is breaking new ground in the awareness and identification of this important group of individuals who often fall through the cracks of our educational and mental health systems.

Twice Exceptional, Who They are: Asperger ADHD Gifted guest Dr. Layne Kalbfleisch

As parents, the two of us (Diane and Rebecca) sought answers as to why our own children were trapped by an alphabet soup of labels despite their obvious abilities. While we researched and wrote Bright Not Broken, we realized that we were asking questions no other book has addressed: Why does the DSM system lead to an alphabet soup of labels?

Examining A Flawed System That Traps Our Kids – Autism ADHD

Temple Grandin Animals: Companions and Careers Animals are an important part of our social culture. Many 2e/ASD/ADHD children have found a special connection with Horses, Dogs, and othe companion animals. Temple Grandin herself first discovered a personal connection early in her life which later lead to her incredible career as one of the foremost authorities in animal science. Temple returns as our guest to help us understand the rich therapy animals can provide as companions and how a personal interest and love for animals large or small can develop into a rewarding career. Two of her popular books on the subject written along with Catherine Johnson are- “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” and “Animals Make Us Human: Creating The Best Life For Animals”

Animals Companions and Careers with guest Dr Temple Grandin

Sometimes school just doesn’t work and homeschooling is the answer-particularly for gifted or 2e children. Join us us we welcome parent, author, and homeschooling expert Suki Wessling. Suki will be discussing her brand new book “From School To Homeschool: Should you Homeschool your gifted child?

Suki Wessling – From School to Homeschool Should You Homeschool Your Gifted Child

Dr. Linda Silverman, world renowned expert and author on Giftedness and Twice- Exceptionality joins hosts Diane and Rebecca to discuss her brand new book Giftedness 101. Dispelling the many myths surrounding the concept of giftedness this insightful and valuable resource covers important topics such as: The meaning and characteristics of giftedness throughout the lifespan, Comprehensive methods of assessment, parental and educational roles in developing the abilities of gifted children, the unique psychological needs of gifted children often manifested as feeling different, and special issues such as gifted children with learning disabilities

Giftedness 101 w guest Dr Linda Silverman

Many of our Gifted kids are misunderstood and misdiagnosed with ADHD, Bi-Polar and other related conditions. Having the right “lens” to view many of the characteristics these unique individuals present with is key. In this episode we will discuss what does a mentally gifted kid look like?

Dr Enrico Gnaulati – Mentally Gifted Not Disorderd

Too often the strengths and talents of our gifted girls are overlooked especially in the fields of math and science. Our guest this week, Karen Purcell is The author of Unlocking Your Brilliance Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math:

Unlocking Your Brilliance Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: FOLLOW YOUR PASSION and RISE to GREAT HEIGHTS

Our guest is Dr. Ralph L. Ankenman, is a veteran psychiatrist and the author of Hope for the Violently Aggressive Child. Dr. Ankenman’s work focuses on an alternative approach to treatment and management of severe meltdowns and aggression. These behaviors often associated with Autism, Bipolar, and related conditions are commonly treated with psychotropic drugs, Which often do not fully resolve those behaviors or may cause unnecessary side effects.

Hope for the Violently Aggressive Child – Meltdowns, Aggression and The Adrenalin System Dr. Ankenman

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) experts Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis , Dr. James Webb and Dr Rosina Gallagher Talk about their Misdiagnosis Initiative – Gifted 2e ADHD Autism. Designed to help educate parents and health care professionals on the risks of misdiagnosis and how to avoid them.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) experts Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis , Dr. James Webb and Dr Rosina Gallagher Talk about their Misdiagnosis Initiative – Gifted 2e ADHD Autism

Diane and Rebecca will examine the issues around twice-exceptional children—that is, gifted kids with hidden disabilities such as ADHD, Asperger’s/autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and related conditions. Their unique perspective and fresh approach will help parents, educators, and healthcare professionals understand who these kids are, why they’re stuck, and how to help them. In a time when the diagnostic system is in flux and education is under fire, this program will look

GIFTED KIDS, ADHD, AND AUTISM: WHY TWICE-EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN ARE STUCK AND HOW TO HELP THEM

Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden– Gifted Adults: Am I Really That Smart? Many adults who as children are not recognized Gifted or Twice-Exceptional grow up questioning their identities.Often they describe feeling like impostors who never fit in wondering if they are really that “smart” or just busy, driven people. Our guest Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden has over thirty years of clinical experience understanding the complexities of Giftedness across the lifespan. The secret behind busy, driven people – giftedness in adults

 

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