Bright & Quirky Child Summit

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


When we see misbehavior in our bright and quirky kids, what's often lurking under the surface is stress or a sense of threat. Learn how to effectively de-escalate and process these situations, how to artfully ride the emotional waves, give your kids (and yourself) helpful tools and strategies for emotional and behavioral intelligence, and get your family back to calm.

Session 1: Misbehaving or Misunderstood: How Heightened Sensitivities Can Affect 2e Kids

Stuart Shanker, D.Phil

Ready to learn the most important factors to help children with meltdowns, acting out and self-regulation? Dr. Stuart Shanker teaches us the difference between misbehavior and stress behavior, how to recognize a child's unique and subtle signs of overstress, and most importantly, what powerful and restorative responses will help. Understand the types of cycles bright and quirky kids run on that affect their stress, and how we can become a nurturing source for our child with effective soothing strategies. Dr. Shanker's talk is highly recommended for both parents and educators.

Session 2: Playing Detective to Find the Root Cause of Quirky Behaviors

Mona Delahooke, PhD

Ready for a mindshift about how to reframe and respond to a child's challenging behavior? Dr. Mona Delahooke believes that when we see a child's behavior not as "good" or "bad," but as useful information about a child's underlying physiological state, effective and compassionate interventions emerge. Dr. Mona explains how to decode the signals our child's behavior is sending, how to play detective, build an individualized toolkit, and communicate information to schools and IEP teams. Dr. Mona provides valuable ideas for problem solving, uncovering root causes of behavior, and helping kids get to calm. Dr. Mona also talks about resources to share with schools about harmful behavior interventions, as well as how parents can increase their capacity for healthy co-regulation. In this talk, Debbie and Dr. Mona discuss self-care in a new light that is brain-based and imperative, transcending our current attitudes.

Session 3: Learning the Secret Language for Bright Kids' Emotional Health

Marc A. Brackett, PhD

There's a secret language hiding in plain sight that most of us were never taught; the language of emotions. Learn why Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, believes we have a moral obligation to give our kids, and ourselves, permission to feel and name what's going on underneath the surface at an emotional level. Learn how to use the Mood Meter to open a whole new, healing dialogue in your family to lead to greater health, happiness, achievement and creativity. Marc's RULER program empowers kids' emotional intelligence and is used in over 2,300 schools all over the world.

Session 4: Practical Strategies for Bright Kids with Anxiety

Kendra Read, PhD

The need for resilience in the face of anxiety and fear is a life skill we all need. Kendra Read, clinical psychologist, director of anxiety programs at Seattle Children's Hospital, and the director of psychotherapy training at the University of Washington gives us so much food for thought about what best serves our children, and us, in our approach to anxiety and fear. There are so many different flavors of anxiety, such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, picky eating, OCD, perfectionism, and more. Kendra Read helps us understand the differences, and shares the proven approaches that put anxiety and fear in their rightful place. Learn why she doesn't teach relaxation strategies and what approach is more effective.

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  1. Suzy Stapleton on March 14, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Thank you so much – i particularly enjoyed Dr Brackett’s talk on understanding and expressing emotions – this is so lacking in education in South Africa. It was extremely helpful for my family’s context, where i have 3 2e sons and a 2e husband, who all struggle with emotional expression and regulation.
    Thank you

  2. Marcia on March 13, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Hi, I just watched the first session and am overjoyed to hear that you are “in it to win i”t, talking about future possibilities for teacher education and expanding around access to your project around the world. There are no limits to the benefits of any person who gains an understanding of the concepts of 2e and why this learning is so exciting. It is a key to unlock the possibilities for a better tomorrow for everyone.

    Thank you!

  3. Angelica on March 13, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Hi there, excited to dig in! Signed up for unlimited access but can’t access first talks? Can you help? I didn’t get anything special indicating different access. Should I have?

    • Lauren on March 14, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      You may need to log in. Just below the big orange ‘Access Day 3 Talks’ rectangular button is a login for All Access Pass or IdeaLab members. Log in there instead of clicking the orange button. If that doesn’t work, please reach out to Our concierge Lisa will help you access all of the videos. So glad you can relax and watch them in your own time!

  4. Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz on March 13, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Good morning everyone! Very excited to share Day 2 talks with you. I really enjoyed interviewing all of today’s experts. Enjoy!

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