The Bright & Quirky Child
Strategies to help your bright child thrive, even with focus, learning, social, emotional or behavioral challenges.
Meet Your Presenters
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.
Day 1: 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
Day 2: Managing Anger, Intensity and Behavior
Transform Anger and Yelling into Peace
Laura Markham, PhD, Psychologist, Author, Founder of AhaParenting.com
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
Day 3: 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 TiltParenting.com
Unconventional School Options for Neurodivergent Learners
Jade Rivera, Teacher, Micro-School Builder
Day 4: 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
Day 5: 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
Day 6: 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
The All Access Pass
Lifetime streaming access to the entire Bright & Quirky Child Summit
Digital session recordings: Over 15 hours of expertise from leaders working with bright kids with focus, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges
Downloadable video and audio content to listen to and watch whenever and wherever is most convenient for you
Downloadable written transcripts of each recording to print out, follow along, take notes in the margin and absorb the learning.
Plus Exclusive Bonuses:
BONUS 1: Key Insights Session for Busy Parents
Deepen your learning with a series of brief recap sessions of key ideas presented in each day of the summit. We’ll hear what really stood out for 2e guru Julie Skolnick of With Understanding Comes Calm, Melanie Hayes, PhD, founder and director of Big Minds Unschool, Jacqui Byrne, founder of Flex School, and Corin Goodwin, founder and CEO of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
BONUS 2: Plan Your Next Steps Session
Join us as we translate tools, strategies and ideas from the summit into practical next steps you can do immediately at home. Plan your next steps with some guidance from Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, LMFT.
What Are People Saying?
"If I wrote down all the things that I liked in this Summit, you and I would be here for 1 month! I can’t give this Summit enough praise. We have children with Aspergers and ADHD. I am very grateful for all that you and the speakers have done."
"Oh my goodness! These videos are so powerful! So fantastic to hear all these amazing people talk about how to help our 2e kiddos. I learned so much today and I can’t wait to listen and watch tomorrow! Thank you for setting the summit up!"
"This Summit was brilliantly conceived and executed! Kudos to you! Thank you for such an informative series. Even as a psychiatrist, there were so many nuggets for me to take away to use with my own children and patients who have “bright and quirky” kids. "
"The knowledge I have gained is incredible. Listening to all the talks has given me incredible confidence in this journey. We can do this. In a country where 2e is barely known let alone discussed, I feel less alone and much better equipped. Not only with tools for my kids (and myself as un-diagnosed 2e person), but also to educate others. Every evening after the kids are in bed, I have been watching as much as I can, furiously taking notes. THANK YOU!!!"
"Thank you for the WONDERFUL informative and insightful summit! When I saw this summit advertised one day before it began and signed up, I had no idea it would be so well done and have such amazing speakers. Excellent as a parent of a 2e child and for professional development as someone in the field of education. Thank you!! I look forward to the next summit!"
"I cannot thank you enough for this invaluable information. Your thoughtful questions have guided the interviews into just the right areas. What a lifeline to a struggling parents. Light bulbs going off all over the place. Seriously, THANK YOU!!"
"Thank you! In just one day you’ve changed my thinking and worldview. We heard not only the “whats” (to do, to consider, to explore) but also the hows and the whys. And I’ve been introduced to many new resources as well. "
"I loved all of today’s speakers. I found it illuminating! I am a GT teacher and 2E kids are my passion – I have one of my own at home! Thank you so much for bringing these resources to us! I can’t wait to share with my colleagues who STILL don’t get it!!"
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