This episode is a special “reverse interview,” featuring a conversation between myself and Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, founder of Bright & Quirky, and host of the Bright & Quirky Summit. Debbie invited me to be a part of the summit to do a deep dive on the topic of education, specifically the challenges surrounding finding and accessing an appropriate education for bright and quirky and 2e learners. This conversation will be featured in the upcoming Bright and Quirky Summit, and as a perk for Tilt listeners, we decided to release it as a special Tilt Parenting podcast episode as well.

In our conversation, Debbie and I talk about the challenges for bright and quirky kids in schools today, the importance of talking openly about our kids’ neurodivergence with potential schools, and I share a bit about how we transitioned from a negative school fit to a positive homeschooling experience, and more. For more information about the 2020 Bright & Quirky Summit, check out the links below!

 

About Debbie Stienberg Kuntz: Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist, parent coach, speaker, and co-chair of parent education for the Issaquah School District in WA State. She’s been in private practice for almost a decade and specializes in bright and quirky kids whose parents often work in Seattle’s high tech industry. She runs the Bright and Quirky Child Online Summit and loves bringing the latest information to parents raising differently wired kids, who may struggle with symptoms of ADHD, high functioning autism, learning challenges, anxiety, or oppositional defiant disorder.

Debbie’s work is based on the idea that empowering parents and kids with positive mindsets, tools and strategies creates a powerful positive ripple effect in the world and in future generations. Every family can become a positive impact family. Debbie earned a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Masters in Child, Couple and Family Counseling from Antioch University. She lives in WA with her husband of twenty years and two sons.

 

THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • What factors play into a poor school experience and what it might look like for a child
  • Debbie’s experience with Asher and school and what she learned from homeschooling
  • What is meant by the “shut-down stage” and how does it relate to negative school experieces
  • Why Debbie feels it’s so important to question your own expectations and idea about school for your child
  • Debbie’s advice for parents considering or starting out with homeschooling, including her best go-to resources
  • All about the new Tilt School Directory!
  • How to go about vetting schools and finding a best-fit school, including what questions parents should be asking about a school’s behavior and curriculum policies
  • How to approach relationships with school administrators and teachers as an alliance instead of adversarial 
  • How to “compassionately educate” the people who work with your child

 

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