Crucial Conversations About Cognitive Diversity | Season 4 Archives


Episode 5: Rachel Kapp
May 18, 2022

Rachel Kapp graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor of arts with honors in sociology and minored in Jewish studies. Rachel began tutoring students in high school, eventually choosing to pursue a career in education. For over six years, Rachel was a lead preschool teacher, where she gained a firm foundation in explicit teaching. Rachel has been a tutor in private practice since 2004, working with students in a variety of subjects areas. After working with so many types of students over the years and realizing she was passionate about building relationships with and helping students who learn differently, Rachel decided to become an educational therapist completing her master’s degree at the California State University, Northridge.

She met Stephanie Pitts in graduate school, and they decided to start the podcast as they would frequently chat about their goals for clients, problem-solve and strategize on approach, and celebrate victories together. They are excited to provide resources, ideas, and tips for students everywhere.

Rachel is a Board Certified Member of the Association of Educational Therapists, an active participant in ongoing education through the International Dyslexia Association, and a member of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).

Episode 4: Dr. Karen Wilson
Aired April 27, 2022


Dr. Karen Wilson is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Director of West LA Neuropsychology, PC, and the founder of, a digital platform that connects parents whose children struggle with learning or social-emotional issues with professionals who provide psychological and educational support services. Dr. Wilson is also the host of the Diverse Thinking · Different Learning podcast. She is a sought-after expert speaker and has been invited to share her expertise in a broad range of media outlets and to a multitude of audiences, including parenting groups, educators, and professionals attending national conferences.




Episode 3: Nicole Kaplan & Nicolette Hoffman
Aired March 16, 2022


Nicole Kaplan received her undergraduate degree in English Literature, with an emphasis in Education, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Educational Therapy from California State University Northridge. She is also an active member of the Association of Educational Therapists. For over two decades, Nicole has seen clients in a private practice setting collaborating with students, parents, teachers, learning specialists, psychologists, and neuropsychologists creating game plans tailored to her client’s specific academic and social/emotional needs. She works from a strengths-based perspective, helping students overcome or compensate for learning challenges. Nicolette Hoffman was a gifted child that needed to be challenged. Being brought up in the public school system presented limitations: frustrations in learning, poor communication with teachers, and being misunderstood constantly. It became apparent in high school that Nicolette needed more support and was given an ADHD diagnosis and stimulant medication. She went on to become a chef and ultimately left to begin working for an LA-based raw food, supplement, and wellness company. This is where she began her herbal education. Now, Nicolette is a private wellness chef and nutritionist and continues her learning in San Miguel de Allende with midwives, herbalists, and wise women.



Episode 2: Debbie Reber
Aired February 16, 2022

Debbie Reber, MA, is a parenting activist, bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker who moved her career in a more personal direction in 2016 when she founded TiLT Parenting, a resource for parents like her who are raising differently wired children. The TiLT Parenting Podcast has grown to be a top podcast in Kids & Family, with nearly 4 million downloads and a slate of guests that includes high-profile thought leaders across the parenting and education space. A certified Positive Discipline trainer and a regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s most recent book is “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World.” In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk entitled Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired. In the summer of 2020, she co-created the Parenting in Place Masterclass series. Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent more than fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens, and ten years working in video production and children’s television. In 2019, her husband, and 17-year-old twice-exceptional child relocated to Brooklyn, NY after living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years.

Episode 1: Jaxon Kramer
Aired January 19, 2022


The Bridges 2e Center for Research and Professional Development is delighted to bring you a fourth season of Crucial Conversations about Cognitive Diversity! Formerly known as Critical Conversations about Cognitive Diversity, this monthly webcast features in-depth conversations with the top minds in gifted and twice-exceptional education.

This episode featured Jaxon Kramer, who is an accredited high-intensity cognitive behavioural psychotherapist specialising in the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders and is currently completing fully-funded doctoral training in clinical psychology at the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme at Bangor University which was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Jaxon has worked in various healthcare settings such as, IAPT, Adult Learning Disabilities and Adult Community Mental Health services. Currently, Jaxon works in both paediatric health and child mental health settings within the Welsh National Health Service. Across these services Jaxon has provided complex psychological assessments and formulations whilst delivering a range of evidence-based interventions such as; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. Importantly, Jaxon is also neurodiverse and has lived experience with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and ADHD. Since his early teens he has been a passionate advocate and speaker for the Tourette Association of America. Unsurprisingly, Jaxon has chosen to focus his doctoral specialisation in neurodevelopmental conditions and is currently involved in multiple working groups set up by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) aimed at creating evidence-based clinical guidelines for the treatment of TS and other Tic Disorders in the United Kingdom.

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