Summit 2019

Welcome to the Bright & Quirky Child Summit 2019

We are so thrilled that you’re here! Here’s a brief orientation to help you make the most of the summit:


Overview: The summit is a free, online 7-day event. The virtual doors open each morning at 7am PT (Seattle time). To find your local time, click here. There will be 4-5 talks each day, available for 24 hours from when they air.

Participation: You will receive a link via email to each day of the summit just before the doors open. We will also be doing a video on our Facebook page each morning and recapping toward the end of the day.

Captions: This year we’re thrilled to announce the addition of captions in our videos. These will be available in the free summit. Simply click on the cc button on the video play bar to see the captions. If you also want to follow along with written transcripts and write notes in the margin, transcripts are available with the All Access Pass.

Introductions: Please take a moment to introduce yourself in the comments below. We love hearing from you and learning where in the world you’re from! Are you a parent, teacher, clinician, grandparent? Let us know.

Sharing Aha’s: Please share your thoughts and aha’s in the comments section of each day of the summit. We love to learn what’s resonating for you!

Tell a Friend: If you’re finding the talks useful, please share with friends. FYI, they will need to register on this page to get their own free access links to the summit.

Go Deeper: If you want to take the learning deeper, we have several options:

  • The All Access Pass: The All Access Pass gives you unlimited access to all of the summit recordings, downloads and written transcripts. This is a great option if you want to watch the talks on your own schedule. It’s also what makes the free summit possible, so that everyone can participate, regardless of ability to pay.
  • The IdeaLab: The IdeaLab, our online support and learning community, is designed for parents who want professional guidance and inclusion in a vibrant online community of like-minded parents. Our goal is to ease the struggle for your child and give you peace of mind that you’re doing enough. The IdeaLab provides opportunities to ask summit experts about your child, access to exclusive B&Q content and coaching staff to help guide you, and a positive parent community for camaraderie and support. Get a free 90-day trial with purchase of an All Access Pass. If you already own a pass and wish to add a free IdeaLab trial, contact us at and we’ll be happy to upgrade you.

Important Dates:

  • January 28: Day 1 of the summit begins!
  • January 29: Day 2
  • January 30: Day 3
  • January 31: Day 4
  • February 1: Day 5
  • February 2: Day 6
  • February 3: Day 7
  • February 7: Enrollment for the IdeaLab closes, ‘3 months free’ offer ends
  • February 11: Grand opening of the IdeaLab

Questions?: If you need anything further, just contact us at We love to help!




  1. Karen on February 5, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I just want to say a big thank you. My son only got a diagnosis two weeks ago, and I’m so grateful that his school pointed me to this summit straight away. Listening to the talks have helped answered so many questions, even those I haven’t even had time to formulate properly for myself. I’m feeling so much more positive in embracing him for who he is. I’ve also realised that I’m just as bright and quirky as he is, and now I can connect with him on a different level. We’re on the other side of the world and I’m so thankful that we can participate and benefit from your wisdom.

  2. Nicole on February 5, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you again for this amazing summit. I attended last year and obtained so much wonderful information and resources to help my soon to be 9 y/o son. I have personally identified with so many topics here that it has been quite the emotional journey as I sit at my kitchen table writing furiously so that I wouldn’t miss a thing. It is also so comforting to know that I am not alone in this. I am really excited about the addition of the Learning Lab as well. It is hard to find good knowledgeable support where I am so I am looking forward to participating in the lab as well.

  3. Pearl on February 5, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Hello. I am a bright and quirky adult with an even brighter and quirkier husband. He is a retired Educational Psychologist and Social Worker. I have been involved in Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Specialist teaching, been a ministry adviser to NZ schools for Gifted Education and am now a REACH Education Consultancy tutor for Rosemary Cathcart. Most importantly we I have 5 extremely bright and quirky children (adults) and 12 similarly blessed grandchildren with unique experiences of school and life. We need all the effective strategies we can get. Thank you for the Summit – what an inspired programme!

  4. Becky on February 5, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Kia ora! I’m Becky from New Zealand. My children are both 2e in different ways and I am the Learning Support Co-ordinator at Waihi Boys School. Thank you so much for this summit. I have watched when I can (our new school year has just begun) and loved hearing all the information and ideas. I also work as a tutor through SPELD NZ, recently learning about Executive Function through our PD. The summit has helped me understand my own challenges as well as my students and presented so many useful strategies. Thank you.

  5. Karin Crosta Ahlforn, Sweden on February 5, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Thank you so much for this summit! The talks have been so empowering and giving so many insights and also reaffirming a lot of our own experiences and thoughts! Debbie, I am amazed by your fantastic work in making this happen! I will especially try to work on the connecting and listening. An eye opener about more than 50% positive communication, where i never thought of reminding my child of things he needs to do as negative. This has already brought positive changes in our home!

  6. Anna Marie on February 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you so much Debbie! Words can not express the deep gratitude my family feels to you for pulling this together. It is long past due. The impact this information could have on the lives of our precious kids is profound. Our bright and quirky kids have truly been an unwitting gift to us.

  7. Hollie on February 4, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you, Debbie and the whole team of experts that shared their wisdom and insights over this past week of the summit. I have gained so much from these talks and now have a whole notebook with my notes, connections, “Aha moments”, and strategies.

  8. Carlene on February 4, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Ingrid Goyette I can totally relate to your comment I too am from the Caribbean and support is not abundant in our island. This summit was packed with fantastic speakers whose wealth of information was truly appreciated.

  9. Jane Bernhardt on February 4, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Hello, I am in England and so pleased to find this summit. Some very useful and thought provoking sessions. Debbie Reber’s session talking about going at your child’s own development pace really hit home. If anyone in the family tells me what my 9 year old should be doing now instead of looking at all the amazing things he can do now – I’m sending them to see Debbie as they don’t listen to me! An excellent talk, thank you so much. Jane

  10. Francie Stoll on February 4, 2019 at 10:44 am

    As before, I learn so much from the summit speakers! I am a gramma with ADHD, dyslexia & sensory processing disorder. I have 4 little amazing grandkids of which I believe 2 of them have one or more of these disorders, but my daughters are resistive &/or in denial. They really great parents in many ways, and I understand where they are at, but worry about my grandkids suffering through a difficult life without the resourses, support & skills that could make their life so much easier & better. I don’t want them to suffer as I did for so many years with anxiety & depression, and low self-esteem.
    Please advise me as to how I can best approach & help my daughter’s to see what I see, & open up to the great resources & support that is available to them.
    Thank you for all that you all do and for the summits!

  11. Harriet on February 4, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I can’t thank you all enough for putting on this summit, the information presented by the experts, AND making it free for a limited time. That was the only way I could attend, and because I did my 11 y/o son and I have had a much better connection this last week, rather than having those same old struggles re: teethbrushing and homework. He saw how hard I was working to learn to do things differently with him as well and has given me so many hugs and “I love you mom”s that make the hard days worth it. We’re making plans to homeschool and he is so grateful to all of you for that as well. I can’t wait to see how he will flourish with the proper supports. You’ve changed our lives for the better this week!

  12. Deana on February 4, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Have really enjoyed the talks as both a parent of a teenager with ADHD and Integration Support Teacher for students with special needs. Thank you.

  13. Jennifer Griffith on February 4, 2019 at 7:23 am

    It gets easier for everyone as your gifted child gets older

  14. Ingrid Goyette on February 4, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Grateful to all the fascinating presenters for generously sharing their expertise in terms we can really understand and relate to. This is info that is largely unavailable to me living on a tiny island in the Caribbean! I have pages of notes from the talks, I learned so much and have so many new resources to tap online. Thank you so very much for the summit and looking forward to the idea lab as well!

    • Carlene on February 4, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      Ingrid Goyette I can totally relate to your comment I too am from the Caribbean and support is not abundant in our island. This summit was packed with fantastic speakers whose wealth of information was truly appreciated.

  15. Mara L on February 3, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’m a parent of two teenage boys, and a teacher of 4/5 year olds (transitional kindergarten).

  16. Jan on February 3, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Mom to 5

  17. Julia Gaulden on February 3, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I didn’t find out about the summit until Friday, but I’ve listened to all of the talks since then and I have learned SO much! Thank you so much for putting this information out there! I’m hoping that you will have an encore day so I can hear the interviews I’ve missed!
    Thank you for your hard work!!

  18. Nancy on February 3, 2019 at 7:22 am

    I am a mom and teacher of special needs children.

  19. Anna M on February 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I’m grateful for Seth Perler’s one-of-a-kind talk on executive function and for Lisa Van Gemert’s tips on perfectionism management. Both talks helped me better understand those concepts in the context of gifted learners. I have a fresh perspective on how I can continue to work with my children in constructive ways. Thank you (from Michigan) for putting on this Summit!

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      We are so glad, Anna! They are lucky to have you!

    • Seth on February 4, 2019 at 11:04 am

      I’m so glad you liked it Anna!

  20. sada on February 2, 2019 at 9:18 am

    My bright and quirky 4 year old was really suffering before we set out to better understand him and love and accept him for who he is. ASD, SPD, Dyspraxia,Anxiety +\- ADHD and so amazing. Thankfully his behaviour was big and bold enough that it could no longer go unattended – and this pushed me to start down this path. It is this type of community and this type of thinking that will undoubtedly lead to my son’s success. Making a shift to positive cycle parenting (away from negative cycle was so helpful too). I am very thankful for the opportunity to hear from and learn from this diverse panel that you have put together. You are all heroes for sharing your knowledge and experiences to help our families. Thank you for helping me to help my child.

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you for this beautiful note, Sada. YOU are a hero to your 4 year old son! He’s so lucky to have a mama so committed to loving and accepting AND understanding him for who he is. We are so happy to be a part of your tribe!

  21. Mercedes Moreira on February 2, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Hello!! I am Mercedes from Uruguay. I am a mother of 2 girls, the oldest with ASD. I am also a biology teacher. Thank you so much for the summits!!

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Mercedes! Ohh Uruguay, one of my favorite countries to visit when I am in South America! Thank you for being here with us and for all you do for your students and daughters. They are lucky to have you!

    • Teresa Bird on March 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Mercedes! Yo tambien soy de Uruguay! Te has contactado con Ahstuy? Asociacion Altas Habilidades Superdotación y Talentos del Uruguay. Facebook Ahstuy o

  22. on February 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    This has been a very valuable series of presentations. I’ve followed many of the speakers and purchased several of their books. It’s been really helpful to get these short video presentations which are in a great format for busy, exhausted parents. I also want Michelle Garcia Winter to know that — after years on wait lists – I found social skills groups near our house through a provider listed on her website. They were able to start the groups weeks after I emailed the provider (and got a response) on a weekend. I appreciated the effort to put together a very thoughtful summit. Thank you!

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Thank you, Christine, and great news about the social skills group!

  23. Diane on February 1, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Hi – I’m a parent to a 2E 4th grader in NYC. I’ve also got an NY kid in 6th grade. Excited to catch up on things and learn. I’m especially excited because this year, I decided to start learning for myself, and how to be a Special Education Parent Advocate

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      Parent Advocates are SO important, thank you for taking that on, what a gift you will be to your families!

  24. Amy on February 1, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I am getting links daily on my computer. I don’t have email on my phone but have sent the email address in that is sent as text messages. Each day I get a text to my phone that says “Link for Day 5”, but there is no link.

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Hi Amy, if you are still having trouble accessing on your phone, feel free to contact for assistance.

  25. Jane on February 1, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I am Jane, living in Ireland, a mother of an adult child with dyslexia, late diagnosis of severe receptive language deficit, anxiety, depression. I am also the grandmother of his two children, one diagnosed with ADHD and probable autism and sensory issues, the other a six year old is only now being assessed, including genetic testing. It was so difficult to get diagnosis and assistance for my son – the repercussions have been enormous, so I am quite anxious about my two beautiful grandsons. They are all quirky but not especially bright. I hope to find helpful ideas here. The sooner I can understand what they need and what helps them, the better!

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      How lucky they all are to have you, Jane. Wow, such a labor of love to work so hard to understand and provide helping support. We are so glad you are with us in the summit.

  26. Jeri on February 1, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Hello everyone. My 20 year old son was just diagnosed as High functioning Autistic without intellectual or language impairment, ADHD predominantly Inattentive type (we already knew this diagnosis), and Persistent Depressive Disorder with anxious distress. I have enjoyed the summit so far and feel like I’m understanding more of how to help my son live a happier more productive life. We along with his Dr and Psychologist have decided the best course of action for him would be to put him in a residential treatment facility. I’m so glad my fiance found out about this amazing summit. I have been listening intently and taking notes. We currently live in Portland, OR but are moving to Idaho in a few months.

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story, Jeri. We are also so glad you found the summit and have found it helpful. Your son is lucky to have you!

  27. Lorene on January 31, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    hi, we are parents to 3 boys, 6 yrs and under. Each bright and quirky, Hoping for some tips to make transitioning to school life easier!

  28. Tandi on January 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Hi, I’m Tandi. I have a social work degree and a 4 year old. I’m in love with all things babies and children. I want to foster an environment (and world) where every child is loved, appreciated for being little humans, and allowed to grow in his/her own way into amazing adults. I love to learn and am excited about the Summit!

  29. Brenda on January 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Hi! I m Brenda living in Switzerland. Wow, this meeting is really informative. Currently struggling to navigate our way with our 4 year old in the system here. Good to hear what possibilities are there

  30. Samantha Chin on January 30, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Hi there. I’m a parent of a child that is considered “profoundly gifted”. She is twice exceptional and this comes with many challenges on how to feed her intellect and curiosity while also realizing some of her emotional and executive function limitations (among others). I’m here to gain more insight. Thank you!

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      Hi Samantha, that asynchronous growth can be so tricky and sometimes so extreme it’s hard to know how best to meet their needs. So glad you are here and we hope you’ve gained lots of new helpful insight for your daughter!

  31. Caitlin Wallingford on January 30, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Hi! I am Caitlin from Missoula, MT. I am a mother of two toddlers and working towards licensure as a mental health therapist. I have experience with diverse school settings and teaching a trauma-informed, whole-child health class to future educators. Grateful to have this opportunity to learn from everyone! Thank you

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:42 pm

      What a fascinating class that you taught! Thank you for joining us and we hope it was helpful in both your personal and professional worlds. Good luck with Licensure!

  32. Anna on January 30, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for this unique opportunity. Carol Kranowitz’s comprehensive insight on SPD is much appreciated. Dr. Markham’s talk reinforces the importance of self-care, acceptance, and love.

  33. Joyce Woodruff on January 30, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I am the Director of a Parent Participating Co-Op for over 15 years and have been in the field for over 25. (Wow) I am also a parent educator.
    A mom of a 20 year old boy.

    • Sara nied on February 2, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      We are so glad you are here, Joyce! With 25 years in the field, we could really pick YOUR brain! I just love the co-op model and the parent support and community that comes with it. We hope you’ve enjoyed the summit!

  34. Peggy on January 30, 2019 at 8:33 am

    We’re so thrilled to be a part of this. Thanks for your hard work to deliver this information-it’s a game changer!

  35. Tessie Bird on January 30, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Hello from Uruguay! Im mom to a 6 yr old gifted boy, with very intense emotional reactions, anxiety and mood swings; and a school administrator as well. Our country has very conservative and rigid educational programmes. Gifted special education or assesment protocols dont even exist so imagine the challenge for our kids. For instance homeschooling is prohibited and school attendance is mandatory.
    We have grouped as parents in an assosiation to try to start a path of gifted education in our Country so all this information of such great experts is invaluable! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, professional and even own family experiences with us all.
    More than welcome to have you in Uruguay if you happen to be in South America!

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:13 am

      Thanks, Tessie! What important work you are doing, I didn’t know that homeschooling was prohibited in Uruguay. Would love to hear more about your education system and the work you are doing. I just loved Uruguay when I visited many years ago, and would LOVE to visit again!

      • Teresa Bird on March 2, 2019 at 7:56 pm

        Hi Sara! Ahstuy is our parents group in Uruguay. You can contact as at asociacionahstuy@
        We have no legislation whatsoever regarding high abilitiy or 2E students.
        Acceleration and curriculum compacting are rarely or almost never used as strategies and enrichment programmes are limited to say the least. Advanced placement is not allowed in University. So our children are literally trapped in a system that wont let them flow at a faster pace or provide them with adecuate services. Our kids are invisible…

  36. ann on January 30, 2019 at 7:04 am

    The 1st day conference gave me some courage. knowing I’m not doing every thing wrong. Only my granddaughter was 18 in Dec. very impatient to be independent. left school in London at 15 years.-where her mother lives (pressure of taking her GCSEs – too perfectionist – fear of failure.and hypersensitive all 5 senses esp odorat, sounds (Underweight so local authorities sent her to a eating disorder unit- she had decided to be Vegan. . .Finally left after 7 horrible weeks)
    she is living with us here in France, Var, since dec16 but although bilingual prefers English and wants to go back to London but does not get on with her mum. Still, although no longer vegan, is under weight .
    UK is pretty poor in ‘expert’ HP specialists. She’s very occupied, writing a philosophical text which she would like to publish on a blog . Artistic, (oil) hopes to expose. Is on Instagram. Is sociable, loves cooking, Family has no idea what she is going through. That’s about it. . .

  37. Ann on January 30, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Hello. I am a special education teacher at a middle school in NJ. I have worked at the elementary level as well. I work in as an in-class support teacher across content areas as well as small group social skills teacher. I am always looking for resources to help my students. Thank you for putting this summit together.

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:15 am

      Hi Ann, thank you for being here and for all the important work you do to support your students!

  38. on January 29, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Hello from Antarctica—actually Minnesota! We are parents of a fun-loving, bright, and quirky 6 year-old boy; just starting our journey in the world of giftedness, etc. I’m (Mom) a licensed teacher, too. We’re excited about this new resource!

  39. Jessica Botero on January 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I am an Occupational Therapist in Mill Creek, WA. Looking forward to learning from these great speakers.

  40. Anna M. on January 29, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Carol Kranowitz’s insight on SPD is wonderfully informative! Practical strategies are given on a topic that doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Dr. Markham’s warmth and advice on caregiver self-care is encouraging, compassionate, empowering, and practical. Thank you for this opportunity!

  41. Kizzy Green-Howard on January 29, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Hi, I am Kizzy Green-Howard, a parent and educational learning aide in Chicago.

  42. Lesley Noble on January 29, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I am a parent and military spouse living in upstate NY. I have one child diagnosed with autism, I focus a lot on him. I think this looks exciting because it will be more pertinent wrt my older son with “just” dysgraphia. I am excited!

  43. bonnie spence on January 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Gifted Ed, Early Numeracy Math Methods Instructor, former math for K-8 Content course instructor, International and US middle school mathematics teacher, curriculum/textbook writer, reviewer, consultant for student, teacher, parent materials, and parent of a gifted identified child–Whew! I like change and challenge.

  44. on January 29, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Hello from the arctic zones of Michigan! I am a retired public school teacher and now teach mindfulness to youth. I am taking this class to deepend my knowledge and understanding!

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:17 am

      Hi Cheryl, how wonderful you now teach mindfulness to youth! Thank you for being here and for all you do to support your students.

  45. on January 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Greetings from soon to be frozen Cleveland Ohio! I am the Head of School for students with Language Based Learning Differences.

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:18 am

      Welcome, Douglas, thanks for all you do to support your students! We hope you enjoyed the summit.

  46. on January 29, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Finally getting a chance to log in and watch some videos. Can’t wait. Thank you!

  47. Melody on January 29, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Hi all. I’m an early childhood Speech Language Pathologist in Minnesota. I am a parent of a 23 year old son with Cerebral Palsy, blindness, and cognitive delays. I am also the parent of a 18 year old with Tourette’s who is gifted in multiple areas especially music. On top of that I am a TBI survivor❤️. Off from work after a cervical spinal fusion 8 days ago so it’s a great time to tune in to this amazing summit. Plus it’s like -40 degrees in Minnesota. ?

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:03 am

      Welcome to the Summit, Melody! I hope your recovery is moving along smoothly and that you are staying warm while enjoying the summit. -40 degrees, WOW!

  48. Jill on January 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Hi – I’m Jill and live in Bozeman, MT. I am a Parent Liaison in the Bozeman School District and work with parents of lots of different kinds of kids. I have 1 bright and quirky kiddo of my own – 12 years old. Looking forward to this!

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:19 am

      Welcome, Jill! We hope you enjoyed the summit, and thanks for all you do to support parents and their children!

  49. Laura on January 29, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi from MN where schools are closed due to the cold, but thankfully the OT isn’t! I am stay at home mom to two boys, 4&8, both bright and quirky. They both are highly gifted with ADHD, dyslexia and dysgraphia diagnoses. I am also an English Learner teacher by training, looking to return to the classroom some day 🙂

  50. Micki on January 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Still learning how to parent my 12 y.o. super kiddo. Thanks for the help!

  51. Barb Coulston on January 29, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Hello from cold and snowy Milton, Ontario – so snowy that we actually have a snow day from school today! Woohoo!
    Although sunny Adelaide sounds really nice, too…

    I am a Mom of a 10-year old boy screened as gifted in SK – he is in a self-contained gifted classroom which made a huge difference in his behaviour and motivation. Wishing this was offered everywhere, although sadly I know it is not!! Looking forward to the speakers – I enjoyed the summit last year. 🙂

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:21 am

      Hi Barb, welcome back and thanks for joining us again this year!

  52. Sarah on January 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Hi! I’m Sarah, the Sensory Coach. I’m an occupational therapist, mother, and a specialist in sensory processing and integration. I just love these summits! Thank you, Debbie, for putting them together.

    • Sara nied on February 4, 2019 at 12:21 am

      Hi Sarah, thanks for joining us and for all the work you do to support your students!

  53. Alissa on January 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi! I am a mom of an 8 year old boy (almost9) and he has recently been diagnosed with severe anxiety and some depression. We had pulled him out of public school in may of last year as his anxiety (especially with school) was debilitating.) We let him de-school until September and then attempted to homeschool (I left my 18 year career of nursing so I could do this for him which I was very happy to do as he is most important) I quickly realised after a month of homeschooling that there were deeper issues here than just changing his environment could fix. We got into a behavioural pediatrician, had assessments/tests done( it also seems like he has some sensory issues too) we started him on medication and have just started therapy. He is a very bright boy, in many ways years beyond his age but his emotional deregulation and anxiety seem to keep him from shining. I am enjoying all the talks so far. The one that stood out the most was by Dan Peters as he talked about anxiety and school which I can relate too. I got a lot of good tips from Laura Kastner as well.

  54. mc on January 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi I am Ching from Malaysia, mother to two boys (9yo & 7yo), my bright and quirky 9yo has not been formally diagnosed but showing obvious traits since toddler stage, wish to learn and understand more about 2e and how to provide him with the best support we can. Thank you so much for the invaluable sharing!

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:06 am

      Hello to you in Malaysia, Ching! Thank you for introducing yourself, I hope you are enjoying the summit so far and getting lots of great take away’s to use with your two sons!

  55. Madelaine on January 29, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Hi, I’m from Italy and working as Learning Support Assistant at The British School in The Netherlands.

  56. on January 29, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I’m an occupational therapist and parent of a 7.5 and 4 year old. I work with children with autism in elementary school. Personally, my son has self regulation difficulties. I wonder about ADHD.

  57. on January 29, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Hello from sunny Adelaide, South Australia!
    I am a private business owner for individuals with diverse abilities and I am also a special educator and program coordinator for one of the government preschool’s.

    Really excited to be apart of this!

  58. Patricia on January 29, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Hi from not-frozen Phoenix, Arizona. I am a teacher of gifted children, K-6, and a parent of a precocious 11-year old daughter with multiple issues, including ADHD and high functioning Autism.

  59. Deborah on January 29, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Hi, I’m the mother of a 2e 8-yr-old son. In our search for information to help him, I’ve been recently diagnosed with ADHD at 42 (making much greater sense of my life). Husband is potentially 2e. Very interested in how I can accept all of us for who we are and find ways that we can be our best selves.

  60. Amy on January 29, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Hello from Montana, I am late to the party but that is usually my MO. I am a SAHM of 5 children 3 girls ages: 16, 13 and 11 and 2 boys ages: 5 and 3. My 13 year old has Sensory Processing Disorder, High Functioning Autism and Social Communication Pragmatic Disorder and of course Anxiety and Depression. My 5 year old is showing signs of SPD and autism but getting a diagnosis in Montana is almost impossible and My 3 year old was born with a very rare chromosomal disorder called Tetrasomy 9P.

  61. Kathy Johnson on January 29, 2019 at 3:43 am

    An early child development specialist of 25 years, now retired and a grandmother of several bright & challenging grandchildren. I’m interested in learning more about about anxiety issues in particular in young children.

  62. on January 29, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Hello from Texas! Mother to three boys, each bright and quirky in their own right. Director of an after school program and children’s ministry and honored to serve multiple bright and quirky students!

  63. allison on January 29, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Hello! Mother and homeschool teacher of my explosive and sensory sensitive 7 year old son. I have my M.Ed and although I am not working in a school anymore I continue to learn and grow to meet the needs of my own son. I’m grateful to have found Ross Greene and look forward to learning a lot from everyone this week! Thank you!

  64. Sarita on January 29, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Very interested learning more about our bright and quirky children. My husband is bright with adhd, our children are bright and our oldest son shows signs of adhd and giftedness. Always interested to learn how to bring out the potential in our children and encourage them to be learners who learn to learn. How can we motivate these bright children?

  65. on January 29, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Hi I’m Amel Anwar from India. Mom to a 12 year old son who’s atypical autistic with issues primarily in social skills. I hope to learn new techniques and skills to aid my son cope with the challenges he’ll be facing in his adolescent years ahead. So thrilled and excited to be here. Kudos to you all for the exposure and learning you’re sharing with desperate caretakers around the world. God bless!

  66. Catherine on January 29, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Hello 🙂
    Catherine from Melbourne, Australia.
    Two boys aged 4 and 6 with ASD. My husband and I both were recently diagnosed with ADHD, and ASD for me too. We’re a wonderful family looking to have our kids THRIVE not survive. We are blessed with funded “early intervention” therapies such as OT, Speech Therapy, and Psychology. I’m excited to learn more from this Summit, and I especially love the positive language you use.
    Thank you.

  67. on January 29, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Hi. My name is Roxanne and I’m an RECE living in St. Catharines, Ontario. I have been working with preschoolers for 23 years. I’m a mom of 3. Their ages are 27, 21 and 19. I’m also a grandma to a 1 year old and another due in July.

  68. on January 29, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Good evening. I’m Tracy from frozen Central Minnesota. I am mom to 3 kids with ASD – 6, 8.5, and 21. My oldest and youngest are higher functioning but by 8.5 year old is non-verbal and has an additional chromosomal abnormality. By day I teach social skills and math to K-4 students with ASD, EBD, OHD, SLD, DD, and PI.

  69. on January 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Hello from Suzanne from Colorado. I’m an educator, and also a mom of two girls, ages 13 and 10, both of whom are bright and quirky. The younger one is more challenging for my husband and I to figure out and parent well; eager to glean insights from the presenters and participants.

  70. HL Yen on January 28, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Hi. I am Yen from Singapore. Interested to find out how to be a better parent & healthcare professional to these special children.

  71. Simone on January 28, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Simone from sweltering Sydney Australia here. Mum to two boys – 4 and 6 yrs old – travelling down the school acceleration road. Also started studying to be a primary school teacher. Looking forward to hopefully finding some wonderful ideas and tips for making our journey a little easier.

  72. on January 28, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Hello!! I’m Sally-ann from Adelaide, Australia. I’m a mum of two young boys and also a teacher! I love learning new things and want to provide the best care I can for the children I teach!

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:23 am

      Hi Sally-ann, I just love seeing teachers in the Summit! Thank you for being here and for all you do for your students.

  73. on January 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Hi, I’m Wendy form Pennsylvania. I have a 2e son and I teach at a local 2 yr college. I listened to the first speaker and have really enjoyed what I’ve heard. I appreciate the forum and chance to hear positive approaches to challenging situations.

  74. on January 28, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Im a mom of one who also works with a range of people with developmental disabilities.

  75. on January 28, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Hi, Victoria from Louisiana. I am a speech therapist working with students 3 years to 5th great. Excited to learn more to help my student be as successful as they can be!

    • on January 28, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      *5th grade 🙂

  76. Julie Lazarski on January 28, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Hi, I’m Julie from Illinois. Just learned my 4 year old son is highly gifted, sensory processing disorder and ADHD (per pediatric neuropsychological evaluation). This is all new to me. I had never heard of giftedness, nor sensory processing disorder til 2 month ago. I’m hoping to learn how I can help my son succeed in school and life.

  77. on January 28, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Hello Everyone!

    My name is Sakina and I am a special educator in Bermuda. I also have a B&Q son who has been diagnosed with HFA, ADHD and Anxiety. I look forward to learning from the presenters as well as the participants.

  78. Jocelyn Weinbaum on January 28, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I am the mother of a 10-year-old boy, identified as GT in second grade. He was found to have SPD at age 6. He has a very strong will and can be explosive at times. As a result, I am looking for strategies to deal with his bright, but challenging temperament.

  79. on January 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Hi, I live in the SF Bay Area. I’m a parent of two teens, ages 19 and 16. My 19-year-old daughter is now in college and my 16-year-old son is transitioning from home schooling to community college. I home schooled both of them starting in 2010. Both have their passions and quirks, so I have learned a lot about giftedness, dyslexia, and dysgraphia during our home schooling years, as well as severe peanut allergies which can be another form of exceptionality. Also, about ten years ago, I was diagnosed with autism, so I have learned a great deal about that in my personal work on becoming a better parent. I have enjoyed the first four talks very much, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s videos!

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:20 am

      Thank you for sharing your journey, Catharine! You touch on something so important. So often our journey as parents spurs us to look at our self through this new lens, and develop a greater understanding of how we are wired as well. It can be the missing link in becoming the best parent we can. So appreciate your story and I hope you are enjoying the Summit!

  80. on January 28, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Stephanie Clark from MI. Parent of a gifted 5 year old. Looking forward to add more tools to our family toolbox!

  81. on January 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Advocate for Gifted Children, former principal of an Extension Program for highly Gifted and Talented children from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

  82. Heidi on January 28, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Hi, I’m Heidi from New Orleans and Seattle! I’m a mom of three gifted adults sons, one of whom is 2e (dyslexia). I’m also an educational consultant who advises families on educational placement for gifted and quirky kids. Most families I work with are seeking traditional/untraditional boarding schools that fit their gifted learners or may be considering a therapeutic residential program for a struggling G2e child.

  83. on January 28, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Hi. I’m the mother of an 11 year old boy who has trauma related anxiety and is very bright and quirky. We’ve had a tough road, particularly with school. I’m in Victoria, Australia, so am glad the talks are available for 24 hours, as it’s the middle of the night for us when they occur.

  84. chris on January 28, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    HI, I am a RECE Resource Consultant in Kitchener, Ontario. Looking forward to learning along with you!

  85. on January 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I’m a mom of 10 year old with dyslexia, sensory disorder, ADHD, etc. and looking forward to finding a path forward. Thanks!

  86. Joan on January 28, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Hello, from a snowed-in Michigander!?
    I’m helping my 18-yr.-old son, who is tenuously working on his freshman year at a community college. Although testing showed how bright he is, it also revealed he has a slow processing speed, aggravated by ADHD. From what I’ve learned from Seth Perler’s site, my teen is 2E…
    I homeschooled our children, which the pediatrician said was the best thing for our son. We also worked with a children’s therapy center (mostly SLP’s—speech therapists) for 5 years until he graduated high school, often working on executive functioning. It’s difficult to see how hard he has to work, but he wants so much to be able to learn and have a career.

    • Seth on February 4, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Hi Joan, yes, and as I say on the 2e piece on the site, parents often know in their gut 🙂

  87. Davis on January 28, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Hello! I’m Davis, from Oregon. Our 9 year old daughter is bright and becoming more quirky – she is diagnosing herself with anxiety. She’s in a bilingual public school. She does meet in girls group with the school counselor once a week, but I haven’t been told exactly why or how this might support her. Her dad, my husband, is a few years out from learning of his autism. Our daughter [and her 3 half-siblings (adults) are all very bright and] haven’t shown much, if any, neurodiverse traits. I am also a trauma-informed designer, currently working on a huge renovation/remodel for a children’s abuse-intervention center and a thesis advisor for Masters students in an online Design for Human Health program. Excited to be here!!

  88. Aimee Bell on January 28, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Hi from Michigan! I am a principal at a school that is home to 360 students. All of our students have been identified as gifted and talented. Our students have so many layers and I am always looking for more information to support staff, students and our families!

  89. on January 28, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Hi. I’m Emily from Seattle, WA. I have a bright and quirky 7 yo and we are always looking for tools to put in his toolbox.

  90. on January 28, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Hello from CT! I am a Mom of 3. One with depression, anxiety and ptsd. One with ADHD and one medically complex, minimally speaking, autism, epilepsy, spd and mitochondrial disease to name a few. Looking forward to learning lots!

  91. Bray on January 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Hello from Kansas. I’m mom to three gifted children and also a PreK teacher. I’m looking forward to all of the great speakers!

  92. Mirinda Bosman on January 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Hi I`m a mother of 2 , my eldest is 8yr old boy and been diagnosed as 2E last year so all this very new to me. So need as much info and help as possible.
    There is not really a lot of direct help and expertise in South Africa, that I have come across in my short search. So hope to get some light and strength and energy on the subject of 2E. Thanks!

  93. Meredith Galvin on January 28, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Loved last year, can’t wait to learn more

  94. on January 28, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you for offering this summit! When my child reached school age, we realized that due to his accelerated learning pace, he would be bored to tears in a traditional kindergarten. We homeschooled for a couple of years then found a GT program through a local public school in which he is thriving (being such a social butterfly). He’s also one of those kids for whom traditional ‘discipline’ does not work (nothing does), is amazingly independent and has anxiety about not being in control, plus has Sensory Processing Disorder, Slow Processing Speed, and impaired vision… so we have a whole gamut of “bright and quirky” things to maneuver through. I’m excited to learn from all of you!

  95. on January 28, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I am a mom of two. One was adopted at birth with crystal meth in her system. She is aggressive (IEB), and ADD. The older one (bio mine) suffers greatly from her behaviour and has high high anxiety. Both are very bright and interesting kids. I am in Edmonton.

  96. Charis on January 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Hello, I am a parent of an identified HGT student and have a 9 year old that may be as well. Not really concerned with the label, but want to help them be confident, capable people while managing their personalities! I am also a nurse and in holistic nutrition school right now so fascinated with the connection between food and behavior and conditions such as depression/anxiety, ADHD, etc.

  97. Rhondalea on January 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Mother of two neurodiverse boys (turning 8 and 12 in April) attending a small charter school in Parker CO that addresses their BRIGHT (academic challenge) fairly well but not understanding of their QUIRKY (social-emotional, ADD, Sensory Processing) tendencies. So glad to learn about B&Q and looking forward to gleaning information from the Summit. Rhondalea

  98. Amie on January 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I am a homeschooling/unschooling mom of a seven-year-old and five-year-old, both 2E. Before that, I was an early childhood educator. We come from a family full of 2e people.

  99. on January 28, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Hello from windy & cold Kansas! Thank you for providing this resource for a parent of a child with a new ADHD diagnosis.

  100. Michelle Lassiter on January 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Hello from Waxhaw, NC. I am a speech Language Pathologist in the area.

  101. Mary Santos on January 28, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    I am a homeschooling mom of a 5 year old boy who has some gross motor skills delays and some behavioral issues. Currently testing for ASD and anxiety disorder. He is super bright and musically inclined.

  102. Cathy on January 28, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Hello everyone, I am a Kindergarten/1st grade teacher who as a life long learner what to understand how to create provide learning environments where every child feel safe, valued and encouraged to be the best they can be. The 2018 Summit expanded my understanding of the diverse needs of 2e, ADHA, anxiety and other neurodiverse situations. Looking forward to expanding my understanding and sharing with other educators.

  103. Kim on January 28, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Hi! I’m from Vancouver Canada and mom to a 2e 9 year old going on 14 (Gifted with Vision Tracking Problems and Double Vision). We deal daily with the 5 Over Excitabilities of a Gifted child.

  104. Mom on January 28, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I am a mother of four from Vancouver, Canada navigating my way through the ups and downs of ADHD, depression and anxiety within our family. Being recently diagnosed with ADHD myself, I am working on seeing the positive that comes with having a “crazy” brain and supporting my children with their thoughts and emotions. Being a teacher for the last 20 years and a resource teacher of late, my passion in life is to support children and families in their journeys.

  105. Denise Kaplan on January 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Hello! I am a mom to 9 and 13 y/o boys who are bright and quirky in their own ways (ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, Dyslexia). I am also an OT and work with a lot of kids and adults who struggle with executive functioning and reaching their life goals as expected, but are amazingly intelligent.

  106. Amanda on January 28, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Good morning! I, too, am logging in from a very cold Iowa! I loved the summit last year and look forward to learning more this year as a parent of a 2e child and an elementary school music teacher who has taught many bright and quirky kids over the years.

  107. Kristy on January 28, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I work at WCU teaching gifted and EC classes. Excited to be here.

  108. on January 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Mom of a 15 yr old quirky extremely bright son who suddenly hated school in 5th grade. No bullying, it is the actual school work. He can get freaked out over doing it online here at home. On medications, in therapy 2x a week and seeking alternative ideas. This is going on 5 yrs now and it is hell to see him this way.

  109. on January 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I’m step-mom to a wonderful, quirky 10 year old girl. Just trying to understand her better. She’s not formally diagnosed with anything, but is challenged socially and with independence. She struggles with attention span, too.

  110. Shauna Segal on January 28, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Hello, I’m a Math/Science Instructional Coach at a large, urban middle school in Los Angeles. I have been the classroom teacher to many bright and quirky students during the previous 10 years in our Gifted Magnet and other programs. It is not uncommon for the other “e” to be poverty or trauma within our student population. Also, I personally have two bright and quirky daughters (one of whom is a former student of my school site).

  111. Ann on January 28, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Hi! I’m Ann from NJ. I am the mom of a 7yo bright and quirky son. I look forward to learning and growing with all of you 🙂

  112. Amber on January 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Hello! I’m Amber! I’m 19 years old and I’m in school to be a teacher! Having an autistic sibling has made me focus on wanting an inclusive classroom!

  113. on January 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Hi, I’m Amy from New Hampshire. Special Education teacher for grades 2,3,4. Working with students with Learning Disabilities, Autism, ADHD and Speech & Language Impairments.

  114. Susanne VetteMoseley on January 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    ADD myself, parent of ADD and B & Q and Paraprofessional in autism/sped. Thrilled that I can afford the all access pass and learn over time. Thank you!

  115. Jean Willis-Brown on January 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, long-time volunteer advocate for GT kids with 2 of my own now adult bright and quirky kids. Head of a non-profit in Jefferson County, Colorado that works with the school district and all GT kids. Here to gather more resources!

  116. on January 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Hello, I’m Pilar, from Reus, Spain. I’m an early atention therapist. Happy to be here!!

  117. on January 28, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I am a Registered Play Therapist and LPC from Texas.

  118. on January 28, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Hi, I’m a mom of two boys 18 and 12. My oldest is gifted and in his second year of college and my second has recently been given a mild dyslexia diagnosis. Thank you for hosting this awesome event!

  119. Renuka Coghlan on January 28, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Hello, I am Renuka and a grandmother, looking for advice on how to support my son with his two daughters who certainly fit the label of bright and quirky.

  120. on January 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I teach students identified Gifted-from Grade 5-8, in 4, 3 day withdrawal sessions and I support their classroom teachers through out the year. In Ontario, Canada

  121. Cynthia on January 28, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Hello, I am the parent of a 14 year old son diagnosed with ADHD with intense emotions. He has struggled in the school system, however manage to do very well academically until last semester when he decided he did like doing the school work. I am hoping to get any insight to get him motivated to take advantage of his intelligence in a positive way.

  122. on January 28, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hello! I am very grateful to have stumbled upon this amazing learning opportunity in just the nick of time, and to learn to utilize proven tools and techniques to help my 7 year old accomplish all of her goals and dreams. Knowledge is power, and understanding how to build upon her innately wired spunky self is just what my mama heart needed. So thank you!

  123. Samantha on January 28, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hi, my son diagnosed with ASD and sensory issues, also has severe exec functioning difficulties – if we could just get on top of that, oh, and the very rigid thinking!

  124. Carrie on January 28, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Hello! So excited for the second bright and quirky! I’m a loving, but exhausted, mom if a great 2e 11 yo boy – can’t wait!

  125. Edith on January 28, 2019 at 4:12 pm


    I’m Edith and I live in Maine, but am a native of the Netherlands.
    In the Netherlands I worked as an elementary teacher and here in Maine I work as an Ed. Tech. in 5/6 grade.
    I have three kids, 16, 14, 13 and my 14-year-old is a 2E kid. Looking forward to learning here!

  126. Lisa on January 28, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Hi i’m A homeschooling mom of two boys 8.5. & 11 years old. My oldest has sensory integration challenges, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. Looking forward to hearing from the kmowlegable presenters. Thank you!

  127. on January 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Good morning. My name is Diana, I’m from Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, and I am a parent to a bright and quirky fourteen yr old daughter. My daughter has struggled to fit in socially, behaviorally, and emotionally at school, from when she first started in Junior Kindergarten. She has been seen by several professionals, including four child psychiatrists, a behavioral occupational therapist, several school board employed professionals, community counselors, and so on. She’s been diagnosed with having Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Unspecified Anxiety, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. She was put on medication for the last diagnosis, and while it seems to help with her anxiety and impulsivity, she still struggles to make and keep friends of her own age. When my daughter was in school, she always gravitated toward the younger children, who were more accepting of her. Now that she is in high school, she is often alone at lunch time, and leaves class regularly to complete classwork in the guidance office, claiming that the other students either pick on her, or disrupt her efforts to finish her assignments. I’m really hoping to gain some knowledge that will help me to help my daughter.

  128. on January 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Hi. I am a grandparent to 9 so far. I have an 8 yr old Granddaughter who is ADD and on the spectrum and I am hoping to learn some tools to help my girl navigate through her wonderful life.

  129. Tereza Korbel on January 28, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    From Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.. I am a parent of a very smart but challenging 9 year old who is currently undergoing a psych ed assessment so we can understand his learning style, gifts and challenges better and serve him better.

  130. Lisa on January 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hi! Tuning in from New Hampshire! I am a parent of a twice exceptional son. He is in the fourth grade and is such a bright and amazing little boy! He is highly gifted with slow processing speed. He struggles with anxiety and behavior issues because of this inner struggle. Hoping to learn as much as I can in order to help him in any way possible.

    • on January 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      My daughter is the same!!! With speech issues

  131. tina on January 28, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Good Morning 🙂 My name is Tina, we live in Clarksville, TN and our 14 year old son Christopher is 2E, currently attends virtual school. We are active duty Army, moving ever 3 years and found home schooling the best fit for him. We are preparing him for high school and are striving on a daily basis to meet his unique needs. He is very highly gifted but his processing speeds and executive functioning provide challenges for all. We appreciate support and are continually looking for ways to support him and prepare him for the life. I am very excited to see what this week entails!!

  132. on January 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    7-12 teacher of gifted students in frozen Iowa

  133. Heather Trammell on January 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Hi! I’m a parent from Northern Virginia 🙂

  134. Sukaina on January 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    A stay-at-home mom of 3 girls – all bright and quirky in their own ways, but the middle one is dyslexic and mildly ADHD, with a uniquely affectionate personality! Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:15 am

      Welcome to the Summit, Dar es Salaam! Hope you are enjoying the summit so far!

  135. on January 28, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Hi from chilly Bozeman, MT from a K-5 General Music teacher with a Bright and Quirky 6th grader.

  136. on January 28, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Hi! I am a homeschooling mom in Utah. I am looking forward to learning how to best help my son thrive both educationally and personally.

  137. Michele on January 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Hi I’m Michele from Virginia.

  138. on January 28, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Good morning! I serve on the Genesee Region (NY) Parks Commission and have a huge interest in therapeutic recreation. With the help of nationally-known experts, we have designed a safe and inclusive experience in nature called The Autism Nature Trail (The ANT) in the #1 state park in New York State. Check us out:

    • Sara Nied on January 30, 2019 at 6:17 am

      How cool, Loren! We will definitely check this out, you’re doing wonderful things. My experience is that in nature, my boys light up, are engaged, calm, and at their very best and most joyful. I hope someday we can check out the ANT!

  139. on January 28, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Hi I am a mom of 3 very bright and quirky boys, 15 yr old is NT, 7 yr old SPD and ADHD, 4 yr old HFAutism (I like to say low support). I am also a full time Legal Eagle, studying further now in educational law and human rights law.

  140. on January 28, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Hi! I am a mom of a adhd teen as well as a life coach for adhd families. Looking forward to learning more.

  141. Pamela McChalicher on January 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Parent of a gifted child in PA. Is anyone else having technical difficulty? I don’t see a speaker or have any audio. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

  142. on January 28, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I am a college counselor for high school students. I have worked in a school for bright kids who learn differently. I am fascinated with learning how to reach students and guide them to learn about how they learn and find satisfaction and fulfillment. My students teach me so much! I love the work!

  143. Rudy on January 28, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I did not realize that my comment was going live. I am a retired Canadian physician who shares responsibility for raising 2 B&Q grandchildren ages 9 and 7. It’s challenging and, thanks to my wife and programs such as Debbie Kuntz’s summits, fun and exciting. I am looking forward to being enthralled again by this year’s summit.

  144. Hunter on January 28, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    We’re a neurodiverse family, parents and kids alike, with lots of diagnoses (ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, etc) and undiagnosed symptoms. Our almost 10 yr old twins are in different school (charter and private) because of the lack of supports for our son’s 2e-ness in our local traditional public school.

    Looking forward to learning how we can support both of our Bright and Quirky kids.

  145. Rudy on January 28, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    People are often unreasonable and self-centred.
    Forgive them anyway.
    If you are kind, people will accuse you of ulterior motives.
    Be kind any way.
    If you are honest, people will cheat you.
    Be honest anyway.
    If you find happiness, people will be jealous.
    Be happy anyway.
    The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.
    Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
    Give your best anyway.
    For, you see, in the end, it’s between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
    … Mother Teresa

  146. Harriet on January 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Hi. I’m from Northwest Missouri. Clinician and mom to three, one of which is a 2e child.

  147. on January 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Hi, I’m Liz. I home educate my girls (11yo and 8yo) in the UK. My eldest especially can be described as “bright and quirky” so I’m interested in learning how best to support and help her, especially as she wants to try school for the first time next year.

  148. Amber on January 28, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Hi all! I work for Reach Out and Read and have a child who has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. I have worked for many years in early intervention and with physicians on QI work related to early screening, dx, and treatment in children developmental/behavioral challenges. Coming at this professionally and now personally. Thank you for this resource. -Amber

  149. on January 28, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I’m a Special Education teacher to students K-5 in New Mexico, and am excited to learn more about how to serve my wonderful unique students!

  150. on January 28, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Hi. Parent of three bright and quirky kids. Looking for ideas for home and suggestions for their teachers.

  151. Sloane on January 28, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Mom of 14 year old who is bright, ADHD-inattentive. Always looking for new info/ideas.

  152. Jelaine on January 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hi I’m Elaine from UK I work with autistic and adhd kids

  153. on January 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hello from Arizona. I am a parent and a gifted resource teacher.

  154. Emily Dowd on January 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Hello, I’m on Long Island. Two of my children are bright and quirky. We are affected by autism spectrum disorder, adhd and selective mutism and are in mainstream/g&t classes.

  155. Ana on January 28, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Hi from Guatemala. I have an 11 year old daughter wuth Aspergers. Happy to join and learn.

  156. Katherine on January 28, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    My 9 year old son was diagnosed with HFA last month. I am excited to learn more about HFA and how to best help him at this conference.

  157. Sonya Haney on January 28, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Hi. I’m a parent of a wonderful 12 year old, Jacob. We homeschool and are looking forward to all of the presentations over the next several days. Thank you so much for sharing all of this wonderful insight with us!

  158. Mary Moriarty on January 28, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    In response to the request that I identify why I’m here: I am a parent of a son in his 20s, who somehow managed to make it through school despite crippling ADD and executive function challenges, I presume because he was fortunate enough to be very bright. The special ed system in our public schools (considered top notch by usual standards) had no idea how to deal with bright kids with IEPs. I still don’t know if my support of him was helpful throughout all those years, and I can only hope that it didn’t make things worse. He is living successfully on his own but still struggles with these issues. I am here because I will always be his Mom, wanting to find some tip or approach that might make his life more manageable. Thanks so much for doing this!

    • Jeri on February 1, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Hi Mary. I also have a 20 year old son who made it through school only being identified with ADHD. He has struggled socially and had some executive function issues. He is still at home but we are looking for a residential treatment facility to help prepare him to be more independent. Like you I wonder if my support of him through the years was a good or not to good thing. You are not alone and you are doing a great job, don’t ever doubt that!

  159. on January 28, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Hello All! My name is Rebecca and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am a parent, a mental health professional, higher ed professor of human development and family science, and a mental health advocate. I look forward to hearing what the speakers have to say this week!

  160. on January 28, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Good morning and welcome to the BQ summit! I’m so thrilled that you’re here! I’m Debbie, your host for the summit. I live in Seattle and have two teen boys. Hello to all of our summit attendees from 122 countries! Let us know where you’re from! We have quite a few people from the US, Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Singapore, India, Norway, Israel, Hong Kong, Germany, Mexico and so many other places. Please enjoy today and let us know what resonates for you! xo Debbie

  161. Amanda Frenkel on January 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I really enjoyed this last year… Life changing! Looking forward to the new summit.

    Toronto, Canada

  162. Donna on January 28, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I’m the mother of 4. At the age of 50, I’m embracing that I am ADHD. My husband of 26 years is ADHD. Sons #2 (22yo) & #4 (16 yo) are ADHD. My only daughter (21 yo) has been diagnosed with anxiety but I still believe it’s really the result of ADHD. So, there you go. I’ve been on the path of learning and advocating for a dozen years now. There is always more to learn!

  163. Maryam on January 28, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I am from Vancouver, Canada. I’m a parent of a bright and quirky kid and a teacher to many bright and quirky kids.
    I’d like to better understand and help bring out the potential for all these wonderful kids.

  164. Yetiani on January 28, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Hello, my name is Yetiani. I am a Pediatrician and a mother of 4 children ages 1 – 8 yr. We live in Hamilton, ON, Canada.

  165. on January 28, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    I am a pediatrician and I see A LOT of bright and quirky kids in my practice. I also have a 4 year old who is…well..bright and quirky in his own little ways!

  166. on January 28, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Homeschooling mom of three (one in college, 15yr old and 14yr old at home). 15yr old is HFA and diagnosed at age 7. She’s very smart but has learning disabilities. She’s very much into her own thing and pretty non-compliant in most aspects. Loves animals. She’s been seeing the same therapist since diagnosed and the one thing we continually work on is for her to grasp the concept of how her actions affect others. Looking forward to watching some of these talks online and gaining new knowledge.

  167. Dafna on January 28, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Head of students success in the study academy -toronto

  168. on January 28, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hello from frozen Iowa. I am a teacher of K-5 gifted students.

    • on January 28, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Wow – wish such a thing existed in North Vancouver, BC! Lucky kids 🙂

    • on January 28, 2019 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Frozen Iowa! I’m from Frozen Maine! I also teach gifted and talented kiddos in grade K-12.

      • Melody on January 29, 2019 at 6:05 pm

        Where in Maine? I used to live in Bangor.

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