The Bright & Quirky Child

Online Summit 2018


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

Meet Your Presenters

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Ned Hallowell MD

Renowned ADHD medical expert, author of Driven to Distraction

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson

Tina Payne Bryson PhD

Psychotherapist and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.

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Ross Greene PhD

Clinical child psychologist, founder of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model

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Temple Grandin PhD

Professor and autism spokesperson

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Scott Barry Kaufman PhD

Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University


Anya Kamenetz

NPR’s lead education blogger and author.


Barb Oakley PhD

Creator of Learning How to Learn, an online course taken by 1.8 million people, and author of the book by the same title.

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Michelle Garcia Winner SLP

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), founder of Social Thinking

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Dan Peters PhD

Psychologist and executive director of the Summit Center

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Susan Baum PhD

Director of The 2e Center at Bridges Academy

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Robin Shader PhD

Trustee, Bridges Academy and co-author of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled (3rd ed., 2017)


Peter Shankman

Entrepreneur and author of the book, Faster Than Normal: Unlocking the Gifts of the ADHD Brain.

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Debbie Reber

Author of Differently Wired and TiLT Parenting


Rebecca Shafir

Speech and language pathologist (SLP) and executive function coach.


Sharon Saline PsyD

Clinical psychologist and author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew.


Austina De Bonte

Beloved speaker and current President of the Northwest Gifted Child Association


Jade Rivera

Specializes in designing innovative learning environments for neurodivergent learners.

Danny Raede

Danny Raede

CEO of Asperger Experts and shows others with ASD how to achieve their highest potential

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Seth Perler

Executive function and 2e coach who helps struggling students succeed

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Laura Markham PhD

Clinical psychologist and author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids


Christine Elgersma

Senior Editor of Parent Education for Common Sense Media

Jessica McCabe

Jessica McCabe

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 Forum



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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


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



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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 Bonus:

  • 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.

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!!"

Get the Summit 2018 recordings, downloads and transcripts. Includes 26 experts and over 15 hours of insights, tools and strategies.


Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, founder of Bright & Quirky, is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice near Seattle. She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her Master's in child, couple, and family counseling from Antioch University. She enjoys working with twice exceptional children and their parents, many of whom work in Seattle's high tech field, at companies like Amazon and Microsoft.

Bright & Quirky provides information for educational purposes, which is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment.
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