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Posted December 18, 2011
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite
"In Bright But Not Broken" two authors and one contributor set out to educate those who may be uninformed about dual-diagnoses (2e)children, specifically those diagnosed with ADHD or Autism combined with a diagnosis of gifted. Unfortunately, for this reader, there were way too many redundancies in the book for it to be truly helpful for those already possessing basic information about the disorders addressed in the book. There was a scathing review of mental health professionals and educators, both of whom must work within the confines and ethics of their respective professions with each and every child under their professional care. On a positive note, the various disorders are clearly defined for the reader so that those wondering why there is such confusion among the various diagnoses will surely get a good idea of the fact that as the special needs child develops, different emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms will manifest and it is those characteristics which are prominent at the time of evaluation and they will be assessed and noted. The biggest disappointment for the caretakers of special needs children will be the lack of attention to "How to Help Them", the last portion of the book.
Despite the disappointments, I found this book to be very well-written and researched. The authors are obviously knowledgeable parents. One has three exceptional children and the other has two 2e children. The contributor is herself an adult with autism. I found the most positive and endearing aspect of the book to be the validation it gave to the thousands of parents who daily deal with the difficulties presented by the twice exceptional child. As in most of the health care profession, knowledge continues to surface and the sharing of information from one profession may eventually cause all of us to look at current spectrum of disorder in a totally different manner.
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