210: Unlocking the World of Twice-Exceptionality with Debbie Steinberg Kuntz

Today’s guest launched into the world of twice-exceptionality because of the unique strengths and challenges that came with parenting her two sons, now teenagers. Her work now meets the needs of kids like her sons, along with helping other parents and educators through her therapy practice, support groups, and parenting programs. Join us to learn more!

Debbie Steinberg Kuntz is the founder of the Bright & Quirky Summit, which features fantastic guest speakers and leading experts on “everything twice-exceptional” for parents and educators. Debbie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in twice-exceptional (2E) kids and families.  Her annual Bright & Quirky Child Online Summit attracts over 15,000 people from 95 countries, and the 2021 version is coming up in just a few days. It’s a free resource, and you can sign up now by using the link in our Resources section below.

Debbie Steinberg Kuntz

Show Highlights:

  • Why Debbie is intensely passionate about unlocking the world of twice-exceptionality

  • Why Debbie’s relationship with intensity borders on workaholism and being “tenacious to the point of imbalance”

  • How intensity affected her family as she grew up, and why she readily recognizes the strengths and challenges of twice-exceptionality in parenting her two children

  • As a parent, Debbie looks for teachers who have raised boys before

  • How Debbie wants to empower parents in the way they view their child against our cookie-cutter educational system

  • How Debbie learned to embrace uniquely wired people as a Jew growing up in America

  • How parents can talk to their kids about being 2E

  • What Debbie has discovered about the line between asynchronous development and twice-exceptionality

  • Why Debbie is a huge fan of neuropsychological assessments

  • Her advice for parents about finding professional help

  • How Debbie harnesses the power of her intensity through the polyvagal theory and asks, “Why?” and “Why now?”

  • Debbie’s best advice about parenting comes from Kristin Neff, who says, “Talk to yourself like you would talk to a best friend.”

  • How Debbie helps others use their fire by teaching them to pursue the intersection of what they are good at and what they enjoy

  • The Bright & Quirky Summit 2021, coming in a few days; it features 29 experts tackling the timely theme of “Taming the Overwhelm”


Debbie’s website:  Bright And Quirky

Sign up for the March 8-12, 2021 summit

Find out about last year’s summit:  Bright And Quirky

My mantra has become “Build strengths and support challenges.” ~ Debbie Steinberg Kuntz
Unlocking the World of Twice-Exceptionality with Debbie Steinberg Kuntz
We need to get really clear on what the problem is before we start diving into solutions. ~ Debbie Steinberg Kuntz