Bright & Quirky Child Summit

Help bright kids thrive, even with learning, social and/or emotional challenges

Bonus Talk

By popular demand, we're bringing you bonus footage from the 2020 summit. Many of you have told us how impactful the Stephen Porges, PhD talk is, so we're releasing the full unedited edition of the interview. Please enjoy below!

Session 2: A Revolutionary Science-Based Lens for Understanding Bright & Quirky Kids (Extended Talk)

Stephen Porges, PhD

A special extended version: With a fascinating blend of personal experience grounded in the science of polyvagal theory, Dr. Stephen Porges explains how our kids want to do the right thing, but their bodies are often in states that do not support that. This results in behavior that gets labeled "bad" or "uncooperative." In this powerful talk you will learn how physiological and behavioral states are linked, why timeouts and isolation have the opposite effect on self-regulation, and how to be a calming presence in your child's life. Dr. Porges discusses his Safe and Sound Protocol that helps retune accoustical pathways in the brain to be able to process and appreciate cues of safety, providing the necessary platform for learning and social engagement. Dr. Porges drills down simply and beautifully to what matters most in supporting our children, and you especially won't want to miss this talk if your child has anxiety, gut issues, auditory sensitivities, a history of chronic ear infections, or food selectivity issues.

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  1. Terri on March 18, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Dr. Porges interview was exceptional……many thanks

  2. Tiffany Redd on March 18, 2020 at 12:19 am

    I am the mother of four boys with different blends of bright and quirkiness. I have been considering going back to school and pursuing my doctorate in psychology. I am very interested in both the research aspect as well as doing direct therapy with youth. I would really like to be able to learn about some of the specifics that you mentioned in this interview and I was wondering where is the best university that would give me the educational tools to pursue this? I’m not sure if anyone will be able to respond to this directly but I would be very interested in finding that information as I’m figuring out my next steps in life

    I really enjoyed this interview

    • Sana Malik on March 18, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      I’ve been thinking the same thing. Interested too and hoping someone will respond with something helpful

  3. Mary Ann on March 17, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you Debbie for another incredible B&Q Summit! I have to say that Stephen Porges talk was a highlight and that one interview alone made it worth investing in the All Access Pass. Many thanks for all you do!

  4. Jennie on March 17, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I want to download the audio but can’t see the button – can you help?

    • Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on March 17, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Hi Jennie, The buttons for downloads should magically appear if you have paid access through the Access Pass or IdeaLab and are logged in. If you need to upgrade from free access, you can do so here: If you have other tech questions, please contact Thanks!

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