Does your youngster struggle with impulsivity, focus, or social relationships? 

Is your child a little quirky or differently-wired?

Does anxiety limit your child’s ability to enjoy life?

Do you have a youngster with a physical or learning disability? 

Does she struggle with heightened sensitivity or sensory overload?

Is your son or daughter on the Asperger’s/ Autism spectrum?

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Raising Children
With Challenges
A free online telesummit
March 20 – 22, 2018

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Join Susan and an exceptional team of experts as we discover:

• New insights into Asperger’s and Autism
• Supporting children with sensory overload
• Reframing ADHD and learning difficulties
• Using Mindfulness when parenting children on the spectrum
• Supporting kids who struggle with anxiety and depression
• Parenting highly sensitive children
• Understanding Multiple Intelligences
• Self-care and keeping your own bucket full
• Fascinating developments for children with dyslexia
• Helping siblings address questions like, “What’s wrong with your brother?
• Helping “quirky kids” flourish
• and much more!

Susan’s guests include:

Dr. Elaine Aron, author, The Highly Sensitive Child

Dr. Dr. Aron earned her M.A. from York University in Toronto in clinical psychology and her Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute in clinical depth psychology as well as interning at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco. Besides beginning the study of the innate temperament trait of high sensitivity in 1991, she, along with her husband Dr. Arthur Aron, are two of the leading scientists studying the psychology of love and close relationships. They are also pioneers in studying both sensitivity and love using functional magnetic resonance imaging. She maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Mill Valley, CA. and

Dr. Temple Grandin, animal rights advocate and author

An expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. In 2010, Time Magazine listed her as one of its most Important People of the Year. Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world’s understanding of the condition.

Dr. Ross Greene, Author, The Explosive Child

Dr. Ross Greene is the originator of Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. He has appeared in a wide range of media, including The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, National Public Radio, Mother Jones magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe.

Dr. Dan Siegel: Author, Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child

Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Siegel pioneered the field of interpersonal neurobiology and and the concept of Mindsight. He is the author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline and Parenting from the Inside Out. Dr. Siegel has lectured for many distinguished audiences including the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts.

Helen Irlen, author and creator, The Irlen Revolution

Helen L. Irlen is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, therapist, scholar, and expert in the area of visual-perceptual problems. Over 20 years ago, research directed by Ms Irlen found that certain individuals with learning disabilities showed a marked improvement in their reading ability by using colored acetate sheet overlays. Ms. Irlen has developing diagnostic testing instruments and patenting a set of colored filters. The Irlen Method has been featured on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC Worldwide News with Peter Jennings, NBC News, and more. Her books include Reading By The Colors, The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life, and Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game … of Life

Dr. Edward Hallowell, author, Driven To Distraction

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of ADHD, the host of Distraction podcast – strategies for thriving in this CrazyBusy world – and the founder of The Hallowell Diagnostic and Treatment Centers for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Boston MetroWest, NYC, San Francisco and Seattle.

Billy Mann, music producer and board member, Autism Speaks

Over a 25-year period, Mann has built his career from street musician to recording artist to entrepreneur and music industry executive. In the process he has written songs and/or produced records for/with an array of artists including Pink, John Legend, Celine Dion, Cher, and Sting. Mr. Mann has two sons on the autism spectrum and is a national board member of Autism Speaks and in 2007, helped draft the autism policy for the Obama/Biden presidential campaign (also securing a dedicated “autism” destination on their digital platform). He later had the honor of watching his oldest son, Jasper, receive the first pen in the Oval Office from President Obama after he signed H.R. 2005, the Combatting Autism Reauthorization Act in 2011.

Dr. Laura Markham, Author, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Dr. Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist, earned her PhD from Columbia University. She translates proven science into practical solutions for families. Dr. Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life and What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. The founding editor of, Dr. Markham serves as a parenting expert for, Psychology Today, The Natural Parent Magazine,, Girlie Girl Army and She appears on TV and radio, and has been interviewed for The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Newsday, Men’s Health, Redbook and Parents Magazine.

Ted Tannenbaum, executive coach and parent of a child with autism

Ted Tannenbaum has a long-standing consulting practice in Executive Development. He divides his time between coaching senior level execs in the art of leadership and self-awareness and working with executive teams on building high performance cultures. His work draws from his background as both a corporate executive and seasoned meditation practitioner/teacher. Ted and Danise Lehrer are parents of a charming young man with autism, intellectual disability and complex health and behavioral issues.


Danise Lehrer, mindfulness-based psychotherapist and parent of a child with autism

Danise Lehrer, LCSW, LAc, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Acupuncturist with executive level experience in nonprofit management. She has a private practice in Los Angeles offering individual & group mindfulness-based psychotherapy as well as online support with a focus on caregiver stress, challenging life transitions, and the navigation of complex systems of care. Danise and Ted Tannenbaum are parents of a charming young man with autism, intellectual disability and complex health and behavioral issues.


Katie Hurley, author, No More Mean Girls
Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is also the author of The Happy Kid Handbook, and her work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report. She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.
Carol Stock Kranowitz, author, The Out-of-Sync Child

As a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years, Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides fun and functional techniques for addressing them at home and school. She is best-known for her book, The Out-of-Sync Child, which has sold about 1 million copies.

Elaine Taylor Klaus, author, Parenting ADHD Now!

Elaine Taylor-Klaus PCC is a certified coach, author, and co-Founder of ImpactADHD®. An adult educator, Elaine provides online training, coaching and support for parents of “complex” kids internationally. A lifelong advocate for public health, Elaine served on Georgia’s Governor’s Council for Maternal and Infant Health, as a parent advisor for American Academy of Pediatrics, and as an expert for Pfizer’s Making Moments campaign. She is the author of Parenting ADHD Now!, a volunteer on the national Board of Directors of CHADD and the mother of 3 complex “kids.” Elaine writes for and

Marcy Axness, author, Parenting For Peace

Dr. Marcy Axness is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at and is featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education. Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress, and considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world — Ian and Eve, both in their twenties.

Patty Wipfler, author, Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

Patty Wipfler teaches basic listening, parenting, and leadership skills to parents. As Founder and Program Director of Hand In Hand Parenrting, Patty writes, speaks, trains parent leaders, and develops resources for parents to help them lift difficulties from their children’s lives and their own. She directs the training of Parenting by Connection Instructors from all parts of the U.S. and abroad. Her focus is on building parents’ emotional understanding and helping parents to build networks of mutual support that benefit their families and communities.

Maggie Dent, Parenting Author and Educator

Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favorite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counseling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is the author of ten books, several e-books and a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers, educators and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Lawrence Cohen, author, Playful Parenting

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children’s play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. Dr. Cohen is also the co-author, with Anthony DeBenedet, of The Art of Roughhousing. He wrote two books about children’s friendships and peer relationships with Michael Thompson and Catherine O’Neill Grace: Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Mom, They’re Teasing Me.

Dr. Mark Bertin, author, Mindful Parenting For ADHD

Dr. Mark Bertin, a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College, is on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and is a frequent lecturer for parents, teachers and professionals on topics related to child development including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, parenting and mindfulness. Dr. Bertin also leads mindfulness classes, having attended trainings at Jon Kabat Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine among others, and he incorporates mindfulness into sessions on an individual basis for interested families.   Dr. Bertin’s books The Family ADHD Solution and Mindful Parenting for ADHD integrate mindfulness into evidence-based ADHD care.

Dr. Thomas Armstrong, author, The Myth of the ADHD Child

Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for over forty years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Good Housekeeping, and more. He has appeared on “The Today Show,” “CBS This Morning,” “CNN,” the “BBC” and “The Voice of America.” Dr. Armstrong has given keynotes, workshop presentations, and lectures clients such as Sesame Street, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the European Council of International Schools, the Republic of Singapore, and several state departments of education.

Dr. Charlotte Reznick, author, The Power of Your Child's Imagination

Charlotte Reznick PhD specializes in helping children and adolescents develop the emotional skills necessary for a happy and successful life by using mindfulness, meditation, and imagination. She is author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success and is the creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program. She blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children’s imagination.

Debbie Reber, founder, TiLT Parenting

Debbie Reber is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, life coach, and speaker. When Debbie learned that her son Asher was differently-wired, she spent years figuring out how to best support him in school and in life, recognizing how incredibly difficult it was to find solid, reliable, useful, and optimistic information for parents like her. She created TiLT so parents can figure out what their child needs in a way that feels positive and hopeful for the whole family.

Jennifer Cook O'Toole, creator, Asperkids

Jennifer O’Toole is the author of ASA’s 2014 Outstanding Literary Work and bestselling Asperkids series. One of Tony Attwood’s “Top Aspie Mentors” and winner of the Temple Grandin Award, Jennifer has advised the President’s Council on Disabilities and keynotes internationally. She is an Aspie and proud mom of three Asperkids. She is also a motivational speaker and host of the YouTube series and podcast, “Speaking Geek.”

Linda Nargi, Communications Director, International Down Syndrome Coalition

Linda Nargi and her husband live in Delaware with their four children, including daughters Lila,11, and Lexi, 7. Lila and Lexi were both born with Down syndrome. Lila is their biological daughter and Lexi joined their family when she was 6 months old. Linda spends her free time volunteering with the International Down Syndrome Coalition where she currently serves as the Director of Communications. She is a passionate disability advocate and she is currently taking an IEP Coach/Facilitator course so she can more effectively advocate for her daughters and the disability community.

Rachel Macy Stafford: Author, Hands Free Mama, and Only Love Today

Rachel Macy Stafford is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hands Free Mama and the books Hands Free Life and Only Love Today. Rachel is a certified special education teacher who founded The Hands Free Revolution online community, helping people overcome distraction and perfection to live better and love more. Rachel’s post “The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up” ignited conversations with hundreds of thousands of parents about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas.

Susan Kaiser Greenland, author, The Mindful Child

Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices. She speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad.

Cara Koscinski, The Pocket OT

Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience. She specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder, trauma-informed care, behavior, advocacy, and autism. She is the mother of two children with autism and has published six books which are sold globally. Cara obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University and is currently attending university to obtain her doctorate degree in occupational therapy.

Dr. Michael Postma, Executive Director of SENG

Dr. Michael Postma is a consultant, speaker, and author dedicated to the holistic development of both gifted and twice-exceptional children through his company Agility Educational Solutions. Dr. Postma is the executive director of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) and was the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program (MN), a magnet school for highly and profoundly gifted students. He was also the Executive Director at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, a charter school for gifted children in Charlotte, NC. He is also the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional.

Peggy O'Neill, Diversity & Empowerment Speaker & Author

From the soaring height of 3 feet 8 inches tall, Peggy has triumphed over many challenges. She celebrates her successes as a prosperous business woman, adventurer, and advocate for positive living, and, gratefully, aims to help others do the same. Over the past 13 years, Peggy has presented in organizations such as FEMA, Chase Bank, Diversity Works, and Texaco, helping them empower women, embrace diversity and elevate performance. She also has taught over 100,000 young students anti-bullying practices, inspiring them to celebrate their uniqueness. She has authored 3 books, and savors her daily life in Ojai, CA.

Kerry Magro, author and advocate

Kerry Magro knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerry was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) a form of autism, at age 4. Growing up Kerry’s future was very uncertain. Today however, after countless hours of therapy and the support of a loving family, Kerry has conquered many of his challenges. Now as an adult Kerry is a professional speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and non-profit founder.

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Wow, Susan Stiffelman, you have really outdone yourself with this years speakers! I nearly missed your summit, and immedately headed over to register. I could have cried when I want through the speakers and found all of my most favorite parenting coaches! Thank you!

Your telesummits have been life-changing for me! Thank you for sharing so generously?

…from the talks I listened to I managed to glean 43 pages of notes!! (Felt like being back at school ?!) Some of the talks literally blew my mind while others had me in tears…

WOW!! I’ve participated in *many* different parenting summits, but this is truly the best. Thank you so very much. Everything I have heard so far today speaks to me so deeply. I feel like I’m not alone, and maybe I’m not messing up quite as bad as it often seems and feels. Parenting a child with challenges isn’t an easy road. It’s lonely and draining most days. I am feeling more uplifted now, and I can’t wait to keep watching and finding new inspiration from you and all of the other experts who are sharing their wisdom. 💗 Sarah S

Thank you so much for organizing this summit!! Wow, I am experiencing so much clarity, understanding and joy!!

I was so excited to see a parenting summit like this- I have 2 challenging kids and this is perfect for us. I have a lot of these speakers books so I feel like I’m on the right track with my parenting! Ann W

Susan, I just want you to know that you are literally saving my relationship with my 14 year old son… It is life changing! I always felt there was a better way and now have the tools to make it happen. You are empowering us as parents which will in turn empower our kids to come from a place of love instead of fear.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this summit. I hope many people will see this and I shared this summit with the moms of my kid’s whole class!

This series was so awesome!  You had some truly amazing guests and my husband and I got SOOO much out of it!  I feel like I have some more tools in my parenting tool box for my 17, 15 and 10 year old:)

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