About Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz
Licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Bright & Quirky
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College Transition For Kids With Executive Function Challenges
Hi, I’m Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Bright & Quirky. I’m really glad you’ve found us! When I started my family counseling practice a decade ago, I had no idea this would be my specialty. But my sons, now teenagers, had some unique strengths and challenges that I dove deeply into understanding.
I learned that they were ‘2e’ or ‘twice exceptional,’ meaning they are smart and also have unique brain wiring that makes accessing those smarts at times challenging. As I researched and found solutions for them, I started to share the learning with families in my private practice near Seattle. You may know that in the Seattle area, we have many highly skilled, uniquely wired people working for nearby high tech companies (i.e. Amazon, Microsoft). My practice includes many such families, eager for information on raising 2e kids.
To meet the need, I created in-person support groups for parents raising 2e kids. Their kids are very bright and struggle with learning, executive function, social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Some have diagnoses such as ADHD, autism/Aspergers, anxiety, depression and learning disabilities like dyslexia.
In the winter of 2018, I decided to try an experiment and run a similar 2e parenting program online. I made my dream team list of 25 experts, thinking maybe a handful would agree to speak. In the end, almost all agreed to speak, and it became the Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit, attracting over 15,000 people from 95 countries..