Summit 2019


Friday, February 1, 2019. Begins at 10 am ET/7 am PT

SESSION 1: Ned Hallowell MD | Ferrari Engine/Bicycle Brakes: Helping Your Bright Child with ADHD Thrive

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Dr. Hallowell treats us to his personal journey from a young boy with ADHD and several Adverse Childhood Experiences, to becoming a wildly successful husband, father, psychiatrist, author, and speaker. He shows us the keys to unlocking confidence, connection, strength, and community for our bright kids with ADHD. He speaks to the challenges of raising these bright and quirky kids, and offers supportive strategies for thriving as their parents.

Ned HallowellEdward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, a thought leader, a NY Times bestselling author, a world-renowned keynote speaker and a leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is the Founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. Dr. Hallowell now devotes his full professional attention to his clinical practice at the Hallowell Centers, speaking to audiences around the world, writing books and hosting the Distraction podcast. He has authored 20 books on various psychological topics, including ADHD (and the 1994 Driven to Distraction that sparked a revolution in our understanding of ADHD), the power of human connection, the childhood roots of adult happiness, how to help your people SHINE, forgiveness, managing worry and managing your “crazy busy” lives. His Memoir, Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A Psychiatrist was released June 12, 2018.



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SESSION 2: Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Bright Kids with ADHD: Where To Take Aim and Build Skills

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Elaine understands that parents of bright kids with ADHD often feel chaos, frustration, and overwhelm. She shows us her proven strategies for handling any challenging situation with ease, and how to take aim to reach specific goals with realistic expectations. She shows us how to include our 2e child in this process to guarantee success while building their self-management and decision making skills. Elaine gets us asking the right kinds of questions that will shift the family dynamic from chaos to calm, meeting our 2e kids where they are at and creating lasting change for the whole family.

Elaine Taylor-KlausElaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC -- certified coach, author, co-Founder of ImpactADHD®, and co-creator of Sanity School®. A sought after speaker for parents and educators, Elaine provides training, coaching and support for parents and teachers of “complex” kids -- around the globe, online and on the phone. A lifelong advocate for public health, Elaine has served on Georgia’s Governor’s Council for Maternal and Infant Health and as a parent advisor for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Regularly featured in ADDitude and Attention magazines, she is the co-author of Parenting ADHD Now! Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD, and the mother of 3 young adults an ADHD Family of 5. Find a wealth of resources on her award-winning blog at



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SESSION 3: Seth Perler | The Sunday Night Overhaul - Executive Function in the Real World

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Seth Perler’s upbeat, solution oriented talk is packed with easy to implement strategies to help your struggling student overcome disorganization, incomplete and late work, resistance, and lack of motivation. He explains how to implement his signature program called the Sunday Night Overhaul, and how to tackle the resistance that we so commonly face when trying to help our 2e learners. He shows parents how to find the sweet spot of providing challenge just beyond their comfort zone, without pushing them over the edge. Seth Perler’s strategies have time and time again shifted the trajectory of kids on the path to failure, and re-aligned them with success, motivation, and confidence.

Seth PerlerSeth Perler is an Executive Function & 2e Coach in Boulder, CO, who helps make life easier for students who struggle with homework, motivation, underachievement, organization, grades, focus, study skills, time management, emotions, overwhelm & resistance. He empowers these complicated, misunderstood, outside-the-box, neurodiverse learners to turn it around in a baffling system, so they can launch a successful future. His blog gives parents and teachers game-changing answers in a sea of misguided educational fluff.


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SESSION 4: Ashanti Branch M.Ed. |What’s Behind Your Child’s Mask?: Creating a Safe Space for Boys

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In his talk, Ashanti Branch drills to the heart of the human experience that we can all relate with - not feeling seen, valued, or understood. He understands the challenges kids of color, often young boys, as well as many of our bright and quirky kids face when they are viewed from a deficit lens. He shares tools, strategies, exercises, and community involvement ideas that all aim to:

  • Get even your most shut down or reluctant kids to open up
  • Increase self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Get them more involved in things they are interested in
  • Elevate strengths and naturally raise self-confidence
  • Find their path and become alive!

Ashanti BranchAshanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching. In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started The Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving to their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school, and 93% of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges, military or trade school.



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  1. Kara on February 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Well, my little apples don’t fall far from the tree. I came to the summit looking for solutions for them, but I can use these strategies in my own life as well!

  2. Allison Pennal on February 5, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Seth’s talk was so practical! I plan on using his Sunday Night Overhaul for myself and daughter who suffer from extreme EF difficultiies, as well as the Special Ed students I support as an Integration Teacher. Even Seth’s simple car metaphor for explaining executive functioning just made it easy to understand. Thank you so much!

  3. Renuka Coghlan on February 5, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Thank you so much for the extra day. I have replayed some of the talks and listened to Seth Palmer. Truly amazing and I have learnt so much. Now to share with my family who are faced with these challenges.

  4. Carla Read on February 4, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Seth Perler’s Sunday Night Overhaul was great! I wish that I had that information when my kids were growing up. It was always such chaos in my house after the weekend. I liked the practical worksheets and tips available that I plan to use with some of my gifted students that are having problems with executive functioning.

  5. Katy on February 4, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you! Loved this! All of today’s talks fit our EF challenged family!

    It is all especially very relevant to my teen son, Ashanti Branch’s talk most of all, which I would have missed if this extra day hadn’t been added (So thanks for giving this extra day Bright and Quirky.)

    Much seems relevant to Several generations inour family.

    I wish my son could have Ashanti Branch as an advisor. Seth Perler as tutor. I wish I could have Elaine Taylor-Klaus as my own coach, and that our whole family could have Ned Hallowell as adhd doctor and wise mentor.

  6. Stacey on February 4, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Seth: You reminded me I’m not alone in the struggle and also that I’m not crazy! Your examples sound as if you’ve met my son and describing him!. In short, you have renewed my hope. Can’t wait to try the Sunday Night Overhaul. I’d love to also send this to the teachers at our school who just don’t understand that my son doesn’t fit in the box that everyone else does!

  7. Kristin on February 4, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Thank you sooo much for the extra day to view the summit. Seth Perler is my new guru! Each year I warn teachers of the times of year to expect issues bu tit seems to fall on deaf ears! When he defined “The Dip” in last year’s summit, I cried. It’s a real thing, it has a name, and there’s something we can do about it! Taking notes on the Sunday Night Overhaul, and realizing, I’m an overhauler! Gah! I’ve been teaching my kids that this is how to run a household.

  8. on February 2, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Seth’s talk was incredible! He packed so much practical advice in there, and it’s so systematic. Please have him back as I would love to learn more:

    • Seth on February 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Check out the bq page on my site for the support materials, i added great stuff. And i try hard to be practical!!

  9. Melissa on February 2, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Thank you for today’s sessions! I loved seth’s Sunday night overhaul systematic breakdown approach to managing school work and responsibilities, along with his emphasis on consistency and connection. It resonates strongly as an OT and a mum of a 6 year old who seems to be heading down the 2e path – very bright and managing at school well, but struggling with anxiety, sensory processing, attention and executive functioning skills especially at home. Ned comments about the daily battle to get ready for school resonate strongly too. I also had an aha moment with Elaine’s talk, in that parent coaching with these kids and parents is kind of the way I may need to go with my clients as I am only working 2 days a week now due to my own young family, and so setting goals and checking in with parents regularly may be more successful – it was something I had been thinking about, but suddenly seemed really clear. Also keeping notes / diary to look for patterns… my daughter needs to drink more (and is also a fussy eater), and it’s so clear when she needs to (and won’t)

    • Seth on February 3, 2019 at 6:37 pm

      I’m glad it resonated Melissa – I hope it helps.

  10. Miriam on February 2, 2019 at 5:28 am

    There’s been a lot of big picture info over the days which has been helpful on a macro level but I have really appreciated how Seth has zeroed in on the practicalities of the nitty gritty details, helping our kids break cycles that feed into poor executive functioning and helping parents know how to intervene. Fabulous!

    • Seth on February 3, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Miriam, I’m glad to hear it. I hope it helps a lot. Seth

  11. Laura on February 2, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Watching th summit for the second year from Israel. I would love more awareness here in Israel too. There are a lot of bright and quirky kids here too! I have two of them myself.

  12. Anna Giblin on February 2, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Really enjoying this summit! Was particularly taken today with Dr. Hallowell’s talk. I have ordered his book “because I come from a crazy family” and look forward to reading it.
    I also checked out the ACES score sheet. One thing I notice (because of personal experience) it asks if as a child you experienced violence towards your mother, but does not ask if you experienced violence towards your father. Is This because it seems to be less common?

    Thank you

  13. Marlene Pienaar on February 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Really enjoyed

  14. Jason & Janelle Sorley on February 1, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Great job, we see some positive things we can take and use with our daughter!

  15. Laurie Banfell on February 1, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I am truly enjoying your Bright and Quirky online summit. I am a kindergarten teacher and I first met Ned Hallowell in Cape Cod during a conference in 2008. It was life changing for me and I still talk about how much I enjoyed my time there. I attended with some of my co-workers and administration. Little did I know that I had ADD myself. Everything started to make sense to me and I cannot read enough, learn, and understand ways to help my students. There is so much information available today. I asked my principal to check into having Ned attend our school as inservice but he was a “little” over our budget. I have been picking and choosing 1-2 speakers to listen to each night. I thank you for allowing interested participants to take part in such an outstanding panel of expert speakers.
    Thanks again,
    Laurie Banfell

  16. Cathryn Bjarnesen on February 1, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    After listening to Dr Hallowell’s great insights and reflections on his childhood, I wonder whether the challenges he experienced & struggles to overcome these hurdles have built his resilience and contributed to his successes….. therefore is there a risk in making life too easy for our Bright & Quirky students?

  17. Julie Johndreau on February 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I can’t tell you how comforting it is to me & my daughter that brushing teeth and hanging up towels is the most common parent complaint that session 2 speaker hears. We laughed hard about that! We are not alone! There is hope!

  18. Corey & Kristy fielding on February 1, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you!

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  20. on February 1, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Well worth my time, thank you for doing these!

  21. Lomiah on February 1, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Loved Ned Hallowell and Seth Perler! My son and I listened together. He is 15, has high learning potential (gifted) and I very much suspect ADD although I have never sought a diagnosis for this for fear of discrimination mainly. He really related to the discussions of ADHD traits, quirks and challenges. It was great for him to normalise himself and his behaviours and to recognise there are strategies which can help him. He also realised that I am trying to help him to help himself. I feel empowered to advocate and support him with these new insights. I can’t wait for the forthcoming talks!

    • Seth on February 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      That’s so cool that you listened together!

  22. Aloka on February 1, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Absolutely loving the summit. Have heard each and every talk so far and loving day 4.
    I live in mumbai india and I have a bright and quirky amazing 6 year old boy.

    I was really looking forward to the day which was talks on schools but unfortunately the talks didn’t work for me As we are in the process of figuring out how to switch schools and where to put our son but here in mumbai we have almost zero choices or awareness with regards to differences and I can’t go with most of the jargon used by some of your speakers as they are very US specific and the US is miles and miles ahead when it comes to embracing and celebrating differences . In india we are still more focused on putting basics in place so catering to individuality is not on the agenda for the ministries and people in charge of education.

    I was wondering if you can share some other Indian or mumbai based parents that have registered to the summit, it may be a long shot but to start a local community would be amazing as our struggles are very different .
    Not only is there no awareness but also many parents hide and do not openly discuss quirks as there is a lot of stigma attached to differences . Even worse is getting proper evaluations is also next to impossible because or lack of awareness and people not sharing as openly as you do over there .
    If you can help me with a location based group I can take this movement forward with people facing the same issues as me !
    Would really help. Over all the talks have been amazing.

    • on February 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Aloka, I live in the US, but totally understand what you are saying, having come from Hyderabad. Please feel free to email me.. I may have some ideas for you.

  23. Carlene on February 1, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Yet another fantastic day! I was so very impressed with what Seth had to say made a lot of sense, I always thought that one day my son would just learn how to pack his backpack on his own and get organized, that I’d have to keep reminding him of things until then. We got him a whiteboard for his room on which he would write down assignments and other things he needed to do but then he grew bored with doing that. I think Seth’s method will be a fresh new start in our journey to developing executive function skills. A step in the right direction. Really appreciated him sharing. Loved hearing Dr Hallowell and Elaine love their websites and Dr Hallowell’s podcast. Ashanti also made a vital contribution he spoke of many things I do with my son and they work great.

    • Seth on February 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      I really hope it helps. Babysteps are everything!

  24. Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on February 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Hi everyone, welcome to Day 5! We’re getting a number of emails and comments from folks saying how they wished there was more help and acknowledgement of bright and quirky kids in their countries — specifically in Sweden, India and Australia. I am so excited about this and would love to help fuel these global movements with the BQ tribe in the IdeaLab. So cool!

  25. Harriet on February 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Maybe I missed it, and I’ve rewatched today’s Session 2 video a couple of times, but I didn’t catch the four steps to escape the stress cycle. I’ve looked through the website and couldn’t find it. The all-knowing Google doesn’t know either, apparently. Can anyone share those four steps with me? I think the first two are to take aim, and gather data…?

    • Elaine Taylor-Klaus on February 1, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Hi there Harriet — sorry for the confusion! The four steps to escape the stress cycle are 1) recognized that you’re triggered in the first place (amygdala hijack!) 2) reclaim the brain and get back to your frontal lobe 3) make up a new story that WORKS for you — choose a perspective that is helpful, and that you can believe and 4) take action based on the new story. Let me know if this is clearer, or more clarification is needed!

      • Harriet on February 4, 2019 at 10:19 am

        Thank you so much! Fantastic information and I appreciate it!

  26. Carolyn on February 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Ashanti Branch! Wow, wow wow!!!! I connect with you notnonly because of my 2e but also my gifted, dyslexic but very social sporty kid that wears that mask too, I have to totally different boys 17 months apart at different schools in the district we live in. The 2e attend a title 1 that has more resources he needs and good work is being done. The other attends a different demographic where the pressure to be the “best” is ramapant. Excellent work you are doing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and excellent articulation of describing intent vs perception a big issue with our 2e boy. We were recently in our transition ARD with him and his teacher pointed out he is verbally self deprecating to himself in front of peers. He explained he does it on purpose because he feels his peers would relate better. He didn’t realize it actually pushes them away. So excellent view to point out. I’m going to mention your program to our counselors and pta. Good stuff! I shared it in my social media for all parents of teenage boys. I have always felt many of the tools we use for my 2e apply to anyone. In fact if implemented universally in a classroom what it would do it bring out those other kids that pick up skills in these areas quickly and allow them to lead and help others.

  27. Christina on February 1, 2019 at 8:52 am

    You are very support and wonderful – thank you. Yes, it can be very lonely. I have a very bright 26 yr old daughter. And a husband who is basically in denial of his own. Both are very bright. We have learned there is a major difference in female and male processing = a much neglected area, Socially, emotionally particularly need to be addressed. A large majority of the studies have been geared strictly for boys. Dr. Patricia Quinn, out of DC and Ellen Littman, phd in the NY area are 2 women who would be helpful for your wonderful mission. I image you have your own connections. I will join and support the bright & quirky when I am financially able. I do wish you lived in NYC! Take care and be well, Chris

  28. Kim on February 1, 2019 at 8:10 am

    There has been a lot of ADD 2e information but not much for 2e children with the opposite brain on the OCD spectrum. I think it’s great to offer help for 2e ADD kids and parents but I feel we are ignoring all those 2e kids who have overactive ACG and Basil Ganglia instead of underactive. How about information and help for parents facing kids who obsessively worry, get stuck in negative loops, have Opositional Defiant Disorder, etcetra. You take a 2e kid eith obsession, worry, Anxiety, and ODD and add the 5 Over Excitabilites and we are fighting a big fight. I can’t be the only one here who has a kid who is the opposite of ADD and drowning in it.

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on February 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      Kimberley, you’re in luck! Tomorrow our focus is Stress, Anxiety and Perfectionism. Lots more great talks coming tomorrow…

      • Priscilla on February 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm

        Harriet, I think the 3rd step was look for a pattern after you gather the info (# 2) , 4th – then discuss solutions

  29. on February 1, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Would it ever be possible to open access to others by providing captioning? I had difficulty at times hearing everything clearly, and rely on Captioning to fill in the holes when I have them. I know there are many others in our fields who are hard of hearing or Deaf who are left out of such important training.

    • Susanne VetteMoseley on February 2, 2019 at 9:54 am

      there is a transcript that is printable

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on February 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Elizabeth, We do have captioning!! Just click on the CC on the video playbar and voila, captions! Enjoy, Debbie

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