Bright & Quirky Child Summit

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

Session 4: Dare to Dream, Better Days Are Coming!

LeDerick Horne

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!

[accessally_has_any_tag tag_id='662974,1303794' comment='IdeaLab_Has_Access,Summit_2020_Has_Access']



Now we'd love to hear from you. What's bubbling up for you after hearing the talk? Let us know in the comments section below.

[accessally_missing_all_tag tag_id='1303794,662974' comment='Summit_2020_Has_Access,IdeaLab_Has_Access']

Would you like downloadable audio, video and transcripts for this talk? Upgrade to the summit access pass to get 24/7 permanent access to all 22 talks, over 10 hours of streaming content, downloadable audio and video to watch on the go, and printable transcripts. Also get 4 amazing bonus talks and a very special invitation to join the renowned IdeaLab parent learning and support community.



(If you are a Summit 2020 Access Pass holder or Idealab member, sign in here for access to downloads, transcripts, and bonus talks)



  1. Susan on March 18, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Excellent, I really liked how he gave his perspective on importance of opening up the communication with the child
    regarding their diagnosis. and piece about having an LD community. Thank you!

  2. Pamela on March 13, 2020 at 8:19 am

    LeDerick is so wise and inspiring. I loved listening to this one!

  3. Robyn on March 13, 2020 at 5:14 am

    Love the central Jersey pride (it DOES exist)! LeDerick, thanks for sharing!

  4. Meredith on March 13, 2020 at 12:14 am

    Oh I loved this! LeDerick’s poem at the beginning moved me so much. What a great spirit and advocate for our youth, so encouraging and inspiring! Thanks Debbie & the BQ Team for introducing me LeDerick! I’m loving this year’s summit, another great one!

    • Riah on March 13, 2020 at 8:00 am

      I watched all 4 talks. This one drew my son in immediately and was so amazing and heartfelt. Thank you!!!

  5. Mary Frook on March 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Hope for the future of our kids!
    Funny how we tell people to think outside the box, but when our kids come pre-built already doing just that, we have school districts that still “script” our kids. Meaning we try to force them in a mold and if they can’t fit the mold, we label them, separate them and criticize their parents.
    Thank you.

  6. Gloria Gallardo-Walker on March 12, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I was transfixed by LeDerick Horne and really took away his message of community. I totally see the benefit now to coming together as a group and just talking about our experiences, strengths and challenges to not feel alone, as well as to build and boost ourselves up with validation of our strengths. Thank you Mr. Horne.

  7. Tami on March 12, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    My daughter was delighted when she found out that ADD was caused by a mutated gene. She proclaimed herself a mutant, just like the X-Men – and decided she should be in Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters.. 😀

    • Lauren on March 12, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Love this, Tami! It is indeed a great club of superheroes with superpowers to be in 🙂
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  8. Dafna on March 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    Thank you Debbie. All speakers today were knowledgeable and inspiring and provided many takeaways.

    • Catherine on March 13, 2020 at 2:37 am

      Wow all the speakers today really made me reolise how hard it is for those are 2e. It also made me reolise that I maybe am 2e myself because although I have Dyslexia I am infact very intelligent and am able to see the whole picture.

  9. Signe on March 12, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    I LOVE “front load the gifts”.

  10. Denise Horley on March 12, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Wow. I was totally transfixed. So many things to take from this. As a DP that works with students and families with all sorts of diagnoses it is really empowering top hear this message. I have a list of ‘takeaways’ that I want to get embedded into the school.

    Thank you so much for the time and the inspiring message!

    • Lauren on March 12, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Denise, thank you for taking these important messages out into the community! We need that heartfelt advocacy to change the hearts and minds within schools.
      -Lauren with the B&Q Team

  11. Jennifer R Armerding on March 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I cried. I wish so many of my friends and family would hear your message. Our own family struggle is with mental health, not LD in particular. And with it comes stigma. And making other people uncomfortable. And exhausted. And we get in the way of mentally healthy children doing their learning and growing. So, exclusion is constant.

    It is so painful and scary to try envisioning a future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for those beautiful poems and real human honest inspiring words.

    • Janine on March 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      My daughter who is really passionate about art has mental illness. There’re times we wonder how she can live independently in the future. I understand how you feel. When things are going well for my daughter, it is when we see glimpse of hope and hold tight on it.

    • Lauren on March 12, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      Jennifer and Janine, I hope LeDerick’s words brought comfort to the pain that can surround mental illness. The stigma is indeed real, and you are not alone with this struggle. I am grateful for LeDerick’s vulnerability in sharing his personal story so others can see hope on those dark days. I hope for many better days ahead for you and your families.
      Lauren with the B&Q Team

Leave a Comment