Day 1: HOW TO NAVIGATE THE BRIGHT & QUIRKY JOURNEY
Growing up bright and quirky can be challenging and at times disheartening. By the end of today's talks, you may be seeing your child through a whole new lens, with new possibilities. Get heaps of inspiration from the journeys of Jack Horner and LeDerick Horne, both of whom were failing students, turned major success stories. Also learn revolutionary insights and tips from Stephen Porges, originator of the Polyvagal theory and Linda Silverman, clinical psychologist specializing in bright kids with learning challenges.
Growing up experiencing failure after failure due to undiagnosed Dyslexia, Jack Horner persisted in following his joy - digging holes and learning whatever he could about dinosaurs. Fast forward to today: he is a leading world expert on dinosaurs, and the professor on which the Jurassic Park movie character was based. Listen to Jack Horner's journey and come away inspired and determined to hold out space and time for your child to grow through the challenges. Learn his maxims for life and the Dyslexic's special gift. You'll also be awed by seeing the firsts he brought to the world. This talk is great to watch with teens!
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.
Every 2e child has a different constellation of strengths and challenges, and Dr. Linda Silverman is a champion of neuropsychological assessments that highlight strengths and optimal development plans. Dr. Silverman takes us on a deep dive of learning modalities - including visual and auditory processing - that helps us understand functioning and what effective paths of remediation might be. Learn the differences between an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and a 504 Plan, how to make sure strengths are included in your child's plan, and what to do before signing off on your child's plan.
This talk is a love letter to families who are feeling alone, hurt and excluded by systems and a society that focuses on their deficits. You are not alone! LeDerick describes how to work through the process of becoming a thriving human by embracing vulnerability in dark times, front-loading gifts over deficits, and building a supportive community. Learn how to talk to your child about their challenges in a way that leads them towards powerful self-determination and envisioning a positive future. Parents are encouraged to share LeDerick's inspiring personal story and with their children or invite them to watch along!
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