Day 1: UNDERSTANDING YOUR UNIQUELY WIRED CHILD
Monday, January 28, 2019. Begins at 10 am ET/7 am PT
SESSION 1: Dan Peters PhD | Bright & Quirky Kids: From Big Picture to Next Steps
Ever wonder how to explain your bright & quirky child to a teacher, grandparent or other person in your child's village? Dr. Dan Peters shares a concise way to explain it. He also shares pearls of wisdom on raising twice exceptional (2e) kids and what to do in the heat of the moment when emotions run hot. Dr. Dan also talks in depth about what a neuropsych assessment is and what to do if you don't live near a clinician who 'gets' bright & quirky kids or if an assessment is out of the budget. He talks about how to run problem-solving experiments for your child's particular challenge and how to keep hopeful when life gets challenging.
Dan Peters, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment, consultation and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in learning differences, anxiety, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center in California, and co-founder of Parent Footprint, an online interactive parent training program. He hosts the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan, available on iTunes, Stitcher, Libsyn, and elsewhere. He is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears, and other books. Dr. Peters blogs for Huffington Post and Psychology Today and writes and speaks on topics related to parenting, learning differences, and education.
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SESSION 2: Laura Kastner PhD | Getting to Calm - Bright & Quirky Style
According to Dr. Laura Kastner, the best parenting style for our bright and quirky kids features an ingenious blend of challenge and support. Easier said than done! Learn from Dr. Kastner how to adapt your parenting style to fit your child, including how to calibrate support with gentle “nudges,” especially when we have started to habituate to some of our child’s less-than-desirable behaviors. Dr. Kastner talks about how to:
- Use her C-A-L-M model to keep your cool and build a positive relationship with your child
- Replace being “right” as a parent with being “effective”
- Get more compliance from your 2e child by turning off the lectures and engaging them with the key skill of empathy
Dr. Kastner received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia. Currently a clinical professor in the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education. Dr. Kastner is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and forums on adolescent development and family relationships. She is an author of five books written for parents on child development and parenting. In her clinical practice, she sees children, adolescents, couples and families.
- Getting to Calm, The Early Years: Cool-headed Strategies for Raising Caring, Happy, and Independent 3-7 Year Olds
- Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens
- Wise Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens + Teens
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SESSION 3: Devon MacEachron PhD | Neurodiversity & The Video That Got 23 Million Views
There's a reason Dr. Devon's recent video on Neurodiversity is going viral with over 23 million views. She offers a timely paradigm shift away from the deficit model and towards a universal acceptance and appreciation of neurodiversity as an evolutionary and societal advantage that is as critical to human existence as biodiversity. She unpacks the question so many of us ask - do we change our bright and quirky children to fit their environment, or do we change the environment to fit our child? Dr. Devon offers a poignant and fresh perspective that leaves parents feeling a sigh of relief, excited, and empowered to re-focus our efforts in ways that more closely reflect our individual family values, including what feels right for our 2e kids. The result is greater ease, fewer battles, and happier kids moving towards their greatest potential. If ever there was a talk to share with a friend or family member who you wish could understand your child a bit better, this is it!
Devon MacEachron, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She conducts psychoed and neuropsych assessments focused on uncovering the student’s complete profile of strengths and weaknesses as a learner in order to provide an action plan to families that simultaneously further develops strengths and interests while remediating and accommodating weaker skill areas. She is especially knowledgeable about twice-exceptional and gifted learners whose strengths often camouflage their weaknesses, resulting in unexpected performance below the student’s potential. She works with school-age students through young adults. She has an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs on giftedness, twice-exceptionality, being wired differently, the strengths associated with learning disabilities, achievement, and success.
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SESSION 4: Dan Siegel MD | A Different Approach to 2e: School, Peers, Medication, and More
Dr. Dan Siegel shares a profound and fascinating approach to helping all 2e children, and especially those exhibiting symptoms of depression. Grounded in Interpersonal Neurobiology, Dr. Siegel shares concepts and strategies that impact a child's relational world, with both parents and peers, that have a significant effect on well-being through neurotransmitter functioning. Dr. Siegel discusses:
- The imperative of doing the "inside work" of parenting, including understanding your own expectations and childhood experiences, so you can be fully present and responsive to your child's needs
- How the boredom and disconnection many 2e students experience can promote depressive symptoms
- The significance of a child's sense of "belonging" with environments and like-minded humans, and how a parent can promote this (including evaluating current learning environments)
- To medicate or not? Dr. Siegel shares a few ideas on what to consider first before medicating your child's symptoms of depression.
(Look for Dr. Siegel's fascinating 'Prequel' on the science behind this subject in a separate talk called 'Deep Mechanisms of the 2e Brain' on Day 7, Session #5)
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities. Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D:The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind(2ndEd.), Mindsight,The Mindful Brain, andThe Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D).
- Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice
- The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child
- Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive: 10th Anniversary
- The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
- Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)
- No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
- Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain
- The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are
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