Bright & Quirky Action Plan

Welcome! I'm so glad you're here. I've been looking forward to sharing this new program with you. In this video, I'll tell you a bit about what you can expect as you move through the action plan.  I'm so excited to share these steps with you. I think they'll bring you a sense of direction, calm, and momentum. Let's get started!




  1. B Keever on November 18, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I must be in the right place. Your list of common 2E problems is a perfect match.
    – Issues with focus -> Executive Function issues
    – Learning Issues -> Dysgraphia
    – Social awkwardness -> pragmatic speech issues and fear of social initiation
    – Sensory -> extra sensitivity to sound, visual and auditory discrimination problems
    – Emotional Control -> meltdowns from frustration with learning issues
    – Anxiety -> Phobias
    Accommodations only help a little. Please help us find ways to remediate in these areas.
    For instance, setting alarms on your phone to remind you to do things is a good accommodation for EF. However, the kid turns off
    the alarm but is in the middle of doing something else, so the item the alarm was for does not get done. My kid’s phone now has
    too many alarms so it has become easy to ignore. Same with To Do lists; one has to remember to look at the list and remember to
    check off the completed items, which is not getting done. Some remediation in Executive Function is needed. Any good strategies?

    • Lauren on December 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Bobbie,
      Seth Perler is our go-to EF coach! He has some great talks in our archives from 2018, 2019, and the Smart but Struggling Student. EF strategies are only as good as the motivation to use them, which I have learned through my own 17yo son. He’s starting to finally use them more but there has been a lot of resistance! Here’s a list of talks Seth Perler has made specifically for teens where he talks directly to them about their own motivation for working on their EF.
      Lauren with the B&Q Team

  2. Darla on October 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I’m REALLY excited to start understanding the big picture!!!!!!

  3. Jeanne on October 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Thank you for this Debbie. I’m just starting the referral process in Seattle Public Schools for my bright and quirky child. In the video you mentioned bringing articles/resources to your son’s 504 meeting to help inform his teachers. Do you happen to have links to articles/resources that you could share with us to use in the same way?

    • Terrie on October 30, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      I’m with Jeanne- I’d love to see any resources that would make it easier to communicate the needs to his teachers! 🙂

    • Lauren on December 5, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Hello Terrie and Jeanne,
      We have a talk in our hub of a previously recorded session that may be helpful. It is about how to create a 1-2 page summary of your child for their teachers, highlighting her or his strengths and what helps them be successful. There are so many flavors of 2e (ADHD, ASD, LDs) that there’s really no one article or resource that covers it all. For general 2e, we have found sharing Ross Greene’s collaborative problem solving (CPS) approach to be helpful, Barry Prizant for ASD, Mona Delahooke and Stuart Shanker for reframing behavior and getting to root causes (emotional regulation), and Susan Baum for strength-based approaches in the classroom.
      Lauren with the B&Q Team

  4. Martha on October 29, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, experience and compassionate wisdom! The clear plan is helpful beyond words!

  5. Sharon Hochberg on October 29, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Hello Debbie. I listened to Understanding the Big Picture. I talk with my kiddo about differences – the difficult ones (deficits) and the fantastic ones. Two take aways from this introduction are that my kiddo and other 2E’ers are not broken, and I need to put much more focus on strengths – 80% minimum,. Thank you.

  6. Juanita Durand on October 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Useful, thank you.

  7. Richard Cross on October 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    The Action Plan sounds amazing – I’m very excited to learn more and participate! Thank you for making easily digestible frameworks like this – guiding us through specific steps that will encourage us to facilitate progress on so many levels. Caregivers of bright and quirky (b&q) children can become quite overwhelmed (e.g. parent education, time-constraints, advocating, self-regulation/self-care, raising a b&q child, etc). B&Q is an absolutely amazing resource, and I appreciate the efforts to package a program in this “focused” format.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on October 27, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Rich. So glad this format works for you. Glad we are cutting through the noise so you can focus on what really matters. Enjoy!

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