Education

How Are You Living Out The 3 P’s? Planning, Proactive, Prioritizing, By Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

How Are You Living Out The 3 P’s? Planning, Proactive, Prioritizing,  By Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Lights flickering. Pitch black room. A moment of silence. A flood of thoughts go through my brain like lightning as the hustle and bustle of the evening activities is interrupted. ‘How long will this blackout last?’ ‘Was there something important I was supposed to do tonight?’ If you have ever experienced an energy blackout, you might have encountered an abrupt change of pace in a house lit up with flashlights and candles. For some people, it might be more than, “oh well, now that my phone battery is dead, I guess I’ll have to go to bed early.” It could mean a loss of...

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How Anxiety Affects Your Child’s Self-Esteem, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

How Anxiety Affects Your Child’s Self-Esteem, by Dr. Dan Peters

As parents, we want our children to go into the world of school, peers and friendships, and life feeling happy, confident and valued. We do our best to fortify their self-confidence within the home so that they are equipped to be strong and successful in the rest of the world. But what happens when they experience real issues that create obstacles to maintaining a good self-esteem? One issue that can affect self-esteem is anxiety. Anxiety is common in young people’s lives, especially in the school arena where they are under constant pressure to get good grades and perform. A little stress...

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What’s Up With All the Dys’? And What You Can Do About It, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on May 16, 2016 in Assessments, Education, Parenting

What’s Up With All the Dys’? And What You Can Do About It, by Dr. Dan Peters

There are many types of learning disorders that can affect our children. The good news is that learning differences and disabilities are getting more press and attention. However, it can get confusing when trying to understand what they mean and how they are similar and different from each other. Children may have one or more learning disorders, regardless of their strong thinking and problem-solving abilities. When your child is not “working to their potential” it may be because they have a legitimate learning issue. Here are a few of the most common learning issues or “Dys”orders...

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Outside the Box Learning for Outside the Box Thinkers, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Education, Giftedness, Parenting

Outside the Box Learning for Outside the Box Thinkers, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Psychology Today. Summit Center can help you learn more about your child’s learning strengths plus any potential issues, and can help you find an alternative learning environment if needed. I am sitting with a small group of students who are describing their school experiences. They are talking about worry, fear and anxiety (aka “The Worry Monster”). They are saying… “I got nervous when I had to take timed tests. I could never finish.” “I was always in trouble for talking.” “I was bullied. The class bully only picked on me. I don’t...

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Summer is a Great Time to Develop Your Superpower, by Dana Cope, M.Ed., Educational Consultant

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 in Education, Parenting

Summer is a Great Time to Develop Your Superpower, by Dana Cope, M.Ed., Educational Consultant

For some children their strength or superpower is easy to see at school. For other children their superpower is hidden and reveals itself outside of the formal schooling experience. Summer is a wonderful time to identify, explore, and nurture strengths and passions. Summer also offers the opportunity to take an indirect route to practice an area of challenge while engaged in a preferred activity. How can you help your child build his/her superpower? 1) Take an interest survey with your child and talk about your similarities and differences. 2) Enroll your child in a class or summer camp...

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Differentiated Educational Plans – Building on Student Strengths, One Child at a Time, by Dr. Susan Daniels

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in Assessments, Education, Giftedness

Differentiated Educational Plans – Building on Student Strengths, One Child at a Time, by Dr. Susan Daniels

Do you hear from your child how bored they are in school? Do you feel your child is not being challenged appropriately? When a regular classroom curriculum is not meeting a gifted child’s intellectual and academic needs, that child may need a Differentiated Education Plan (DEP). The DEP may be initiated by a caring teacher, or requested by a parent, gifted program coordinator, or qualified educational consultant. Our professionals identify the child’s learning needs and appropriate differentiation for an individual gifted child by establishing an understanding of a student’s...

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Eyes, Ears, and Learning – by Nancy Knop, Ph.D., ET/P

Posted on May 18, 2015 in Assessments, Education

Eyes, Ears, and Learning – by Nancy Knop, Ph.D., ET/P

If you can’t see, or if you can’t hear, you will have trouble learning. As obvious as that seems, the fact is that problems with seeing and hearing are NOT obvious. Many children have seeing and hearing difficulty and we don’t know it. We aren’t born with mature seeing and hearing. Our brains develop for these – except when they don’t. Children are commonly farsighted, and the ability to focus and track across a line of text and jump efficiently to the beginning of the next line is a skill that has to be developed. But what if focus and tracking don’t develop in...

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A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Education, Giftedness, Parenting

A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children, by Dr. Dan Peters

Learn to ask “What’s Right” instead of “What’s Wrong” When it comes to helping our children learn and develop academically, socially, and emotionally, we want them to feel confident about who they are. At Summit Center, we use a strengths-based approach for assessments, counseling, and treatment versus a more traditional pathologizing model. If we look at the medical model of disease as a metaphor we can see that it is grounded in finding pathology, and getting rid of that pathogen to regain physical or mental health. This model is also used when learning problems...

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My Child Won’t Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Education, Parenting

My Child Won’t Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post. “I am not sure what has changed. Things were fine last year and now he wakes up with a stomachache and says he doesn’t want to go to school. It takes me forever to get him out the door. We are often late. He ends up screaming at me and telling me I am the worst parent ever! I end up yelling at him and almost have to pull him out of the car. He leaves upset and I feel upset, worried, and angry. Why is this happening!?” If it sounds like I was in your car this morning, that is because this situation is very common with...

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Just Like Flossing: 5 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Counseling, Education, Parenting

Just Like Flossing: 5 Ways to Improve Your Study Habits, by Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Deanna Kim is an educational therapist at Summit Center Walnut Creek and at the Athenian School in Danville, where she coaches students in executive functioning to improve T.O.P. skills (Time Management, Organization, and Planning). Deanna is offering a Summit Center webinar on Time Management on August 30. Register Here If you would like more in-depth and personalized coaching with Deanna, please call (925) 939-7500 or email info@summitcenter.us to schedule an appointment. Have you ever crammed the day before seeing a dental hygienist? Most people dread going to the dentist’s...

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