The Bright & Quirky Child

Online Summit: April 25-30

Strategies to help your bright child thrive, even with focus, learning, social, emotional or behavioral challenges.


Meet Your Presenters

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, is a renowned ADHD medical expert, author of Driven to Distraction and Founder of the Hallowell Centers.
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, is a psychotherapist and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.
Ross Greene, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist, former Harvard Medical School faculty, and founder of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model.
Temple Grandin, PhD, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year and is the most famous spokesperson for autism .
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, is an author, researcher and speaker.
Anya Kamenetz is NPR’s lead education blogger and author of the new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life.
Barb Oakley, PhD, is the creator of Learning How to Learn, an online course taken by 1.8 million people, and author of the upcoming book by the same title.
Michelle Garcia Winner, is a speech language pathologist (SLP) treating children with social learning challenges, and is founder of Social Thinking.
Dan Peters, PhD, is a psychologist and Executive Director of the Summit Center, specializing in kids with learning differences and twice-exceptionality.
Susan Baum, PhD, is Director of The 2e Center. She has over 30 years experience teaching special education and the gifted & talented.
Robin Schader, PhD, is an executive board member of the 2e Center, helping parents and 2e kids with talent development.
Peter Shankman is an entrepreneur and author of the book, Faster Than Normal: Unlocking the Gifts of the ADHD Brain.
Debbie Reber is a NY Times bestselling author and founder of TiLT Parenting, a website for parents raising differently-wired kids.
Rebecca Shafir is a speech and language pathologist (SLP) and executive function coach, helping students improve productivity.
Sharon Saline, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew.
Austina De Bonte is a beloved speaker and current President of the Northwest Gifted Child Association.
Jade Rivera specializes in designing innovative learning environments for neurodivergent learners.
Danny Raede is the CEO of Asperger Experts and shows others with ASD how to achieve their highest potential.
Seth Perler is an executive function and 2e coach who helps struggling students succeed.
Laura Markham, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting.
Christine Elgersma is the Senior Editor of Parent Education for Common Sense Media.
Jessica McCabe is the creator and host of “How to ADHD,” a YouTube series committed to educating ADHD brains around the world.
Julie Skolnick, Founder and Virtual 2e Consultant, With Understanding Comes Calm.
Melanie Hayes, Founder and Director of Big Minds Unschool for 2e students.
Jacqui Byrne, Founder of FlexSchool, a learning network for gifted and 2e students.
Corin Goodwin, Founder of Gifted Homeschoolers Network.

For parents of gifted, differently wired, and twice exceptional (2e) kids

What does twice exceptional (2e) mean?

Being 2e means that you have two (or more) exceptions to the ‘norm.’ Most commonly this means having high intellectual potential and one or more anomalies that make accessing that potential a unique endeavor. In the classic medical model, 2e kids often have symptoms of diagnoses such as ADHD, learning disabilities like dyslexia, high functioning autism, anxiety, depression or oppositional defiant disorder.

The result is that a lot of kids feel like square pegs in round holes and feel stuck with a negative label which can lead to anxiety, irritability, frustration, negative self-concept and low self-esteem. For parents, this can lead to sleepless nights, second guessing, and feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, confused and alone.

Strategies to Help Your Differently Wired Child Thrive

That’s why we’ve gathered together the experts in the field of 2e and neurodiversity to bring you the best ideas and strategies available.

A flourishing life is not just about remediating weaknesses.

A happy, successful, whole life is about developing strengths, passions and talents and having the tools to cope with and manage life’s curve balls, together with a community who gets it.


Summit Schedule

Content for each day of the summit will be available for 24 hours, at no charge, beginning at 7am PDT. If you prefer to watch on your own schedule, we invite you to upgrade to an All Access Pass.

April 25th: Helping Your Bright & Quirky Child Thrive

The (2e) Recipe for Personal Greatness
Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, Author, Professor at University of Pennsylvania

How to Identify What's Going On with a 2e Child
Dan Peters, PhD, Psychologist, Author and Director of the Summit Centers

Turning ADHD into a Child's Greatest Asset
Ned Hallowell, MD, Psychiatrist, Author, Founder of the Hallowell Centers

What Parents Need to Know about Gifted Kids
Austina De Bonte, President, Northwest Gifted Child Association

April 26th: Managing Anger, Intensity and Behavior

Transform Anger and Yelling into Peace
Laura Markham, PhD, Psychologist, Author, Founder of

How to Help Kids Access Their Yes! Brain
Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, Psychotherapist, Author, Founder of the Center for Connection

Team with Your Child to Solve Challenging Behaviors
Ross Greene, PhD, Psychologist, Author

April 27th: Navigating School and Learning Challenges

When It's Hard to Learn, Here's How to Learn
Barb Oakley, PhD, Author, and Professor at Oakland University

Sparking Learning in a 2e Child
Susan Baum, PhD, Director of the 2e Center at Bridges Academy

Keeping the Light in Their Eyes
Robin Schader, PhD, Board Member of the 2e Center at Bridges Academy

Navigating Life with a Differently Wired Child
Debbie Reber, Author and Founder of

Unconventional School Options for Neurodivergent Learners
Jade Rivera, Teacher, Micro-School Builder

April 28th: Strategies for Motivation and Organization

Executive Function Masterclass: Parts I and II
Seth Perler, Executive Function and 2e Coach

Life Hacks for Driving a Faster Than Normal Brain
Peter Shankman, Author and Entrepreneur

How to Find Strategies That Work for Your Brain
Jessica McCabe, ADHD Educator

A Plan for Emergency Academic Recovery
Rebecca Shafir, Author, Coach, and Speech Pathologist

April 29th: Ideas for Anxiety and Social Awkwardness

Life Hacks for Thriving with Aspergers/ASD
Danny Raede, Founder of Asperger Experts

Helping Kids Become Social Thinkers
Michelle Garcia Winner, Speech Language Pathologist and Author

Helpful Hints for Kids on the Spectrum
Temple Grandin, PhD, Autism Spokesperson and Professor at Colorado State University

How to Turn Your Worrier into a Warrior
Dan Peters, PhD, Psychologist, Author and Director of the Summit Centers

Fostering Resilience for Kids with Anxiety
Sharon Saline, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author

April 30th: Balancing Screens & Video Game Use

How Families Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life
Anya Kamenetz, Author and Education Blogger for NPR

A Common Sense Approach to 2e Kids' Online World
Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor at Common Sense Media

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the conference free?
The Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit runs for 6 days, beginning April 25th, 2018. Content will be free to the public each day for 24 hours. There will be approximately 3-5 talks per day.

Can I access the conference after the talks expire or if I don't have time to see all the talks I'm excited about?
Yes! An All Access Pass is available for purchase for those who would like to own the series and access the video and audio recordings indefinitely. A low early bird price is available to those who purchase pre-conference.

Is there a certificate of completion that is offered after watching videos which could be documented and counted for continuing education for educators or clinicians?
Certificates of completion will be emailed to All Access Pass owners 1-2 weeks after the summit ends, however you would need to check with your continuing education organization if they would count it or accept it.

How solid is the information presented?
Richard Lavoie, renowned learning disabilities expert, had this to say about our lineup of speakers:

There is so much “junk science” and “questionable practices” available for parents on the internet. They get bombarded with it daily. Confusion reigns. I commend you for gathering a Dream Team of competent, experienced professionals to provide struggling parents with the guidance they need.

What Are People Saying?

"Wow, what a treat. I am the mum of a twice exceptional kid who is really struggling at this particular time. I honestly appreciate this opportunity!"

"Wow this looks amazing - is there a flyer you could send me to put up in my offices?"

"Thank you for all the work you do to bring this kind of support to the 2e community! It’s truly invaluable."

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