Books & Articles

Summit Center recommends these books and articles. The publications listed below include books by Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels, books required for Summit Center Parent Discussion Groups, articles by Summit Center staff, and other recent articles on gifted issues. You can read Dr. Dan Peter’s writings on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Patch.com.


Books by Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels


Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears– by Dan Peters, Ph.D. With this book, parents can team up with their children or teens to help them do the most courageous thing they will ever have to do: conquer their Worry Monster. Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing “toolbox” to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents will find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties. Be sure to check out From Worrier to Warrior, which is the companion book written directly for children, tweens, and teens.
Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Great Potential Press, or your local independent book store. Learn more at http://drdanpeters.com/.


From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears– by Dan Peters, Ph.D., a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior, is designed to teach your child how to conquer the Worry Monster. This book shows your child how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. Children and teens can read the book and learn the strategies themselves, or read along with a parent or other adult. From Worrier to Warrior will teach your child how to create their very own “toolbox” of ways to combat fear and anxiety to carry with them and conquer the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, your child will be able to overcome whatever challenges come their way!
Available through AmazonBarnes & NobleGreat Potential Press or your local independent book store. Learn more at http://drdanpeters.com/.


Raising Creative Kids– by Susan Daniels, Ph.D. and Dan Peters, Ph.D. How can you nurture creativity? Written for parents and teachers, Raising Creative Kids is a guide to fostering creativity and sustaining the creative spirit in children both at home and at school. Creativity is both a capacity we are born with and a skill that we can further develop. In addition to describing various theories of creativity, the authors describe personality traits, programs, processes, and products that foster creativity. Filled with examples and practical suggestions, this exciting book describes parenting for creativity, teaching organizational skills, and ways to preserve and enhance one’s own creativity. Available through Amazon.


Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents and Adults– by Susan Daniels, Ph.D. and Michael M. Piechowski, Ph.D. – provides a wonderful exploration of the multi-faceted sensitivities and intensities of the gifted. It will assist parents, teachers, and clinicians in understanding and nurturing the complex combination of intellectual advancement, overexcitabilities, and developmental potential… [while] avoiding tragic misperceptions and misdiagnoses. (Comments by Barbara Jackson Gilman, M.S. from back jacket of book.) Available at the Summit Center and through www.amazon.com.


Handbook for Counselors Serving Students With Gifts and Talents
Edited by Tracy Cross, Ph.D., and Jennifer Riedl Cross, Ph.D. (Prufrock Press, 2012). Dr. Dan Peters and Ed Amend, PsyD., co-authored the chapter on “Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis of Gifted Children: The Importance of Accurate Assessment.” The handbook provides the definitive overview of research on the general knowledge that has been amassed regarding the psychology of gifted students, introducing the reader to the varied conceptions of giftedness, issues specific to gifted children, and various intervention methods. With chapters authored by leading experts in the field, the handbook offers a place for professionals to turn for answers to a wide variety of questions about gifted children. Available through www.amazon.com.


Articles by Summit Center Staff


Dr. Dan Peters, Summit Center “Stealth Dyslexia in Gifted Students: What Can Teachers Do?” By Bobbie Gilman and Dan Peters, NAGC Early Childhood Network Newsletter, February 2014. Click to read the article.

“Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students With Co-Existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional,” peer-reviewed article published by SAGE Open, co-authored by Dr. Dan Peters. Click to read the article.

Pathologizing the Human Condition By Dr. Dan Peters, The Health Care Blog, September 1, 2013. The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) used by doctors has expanded the number of possible diagnoses for some common human conditions. What does this mean for us and our children? Click to read the article.

Reflections, New Insights, Confessions, and Inspiration on Dyslexia and Talent By Dr. Dan Peters, Dyslexic Advantage, May 8, 2013. Dr. Dan Peters discusses the strengths of the dyslexic mind and shares his personal story of growing up with dyslexia. Click to read the article.

Coping 101 – Building Persistence and Resilience in Gifted Children By Dr. Dan Peters, Gifted Education Communicator, Winter 2012-2013. Click to read the article (PDF), or join the California Association for Gifted to see the entire issue.

What Is This Gifted Thing Anyway? By Dr. Dan Peters, Gifted Education Communicator, Fall 2012. Click to read the article (PDF).

Twice Exceptional Students: An Endangered Species By Dr. Dan Peters, Barbara Gilman, Mike Postma, and Kathi Kearney, Gifted Education Communicator, Summer 2012. Click to read the article (PDF).

Gifted and Bullied By Dr. Dan Peters, Gifted Education Communicator, Spring 2012. Click to read the article (PDF).


RtI and the Gifted Child: What Every Parent Should Know By Michael Postma, Dr. Daniel Peters, Barbara (Bobbie) Gilman, & Kathi Kearney. Parenting for High Potential (PHP), June 2011.
Reprints and Permissions for all NAGC publications.

November/December 2013: The 2e Journey from a Parent’s Point of View- by Dan Peters, Ph.D.

Screaming and No One Listening: Advocating for a 2e Child- by Dan Peters, Ph.D. and Julie Mills, LCSW

Summer Camp Success- by Dan Peters, Ph.D.

2e Newsletter – The Clinical Psychologist- by Linda Neuman, Editor and Dan Peters, Ph.D.

Anxiety in 2e kids - by Pat Schuler, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, and Dan Peters, Ph.D., Linda Neuman, Editor.

World Conference for the Gifted – Gifted Children on the Edge – At Risk and At Promise – by Dan Peters, Ph.D. and Susan Daniels, Ph.D., Linda Neuman, Editor.


Talking about Text: Engaging Children in Conversations with Depth and Complexity By Paula Wilkes, Ph.D., and Karren M. Timmermans, Teaching for High Potential, Spring 2012, published by NAGC.

Talent Development in the Middle School- by Jane Piirto, Geri Cassone, and Paula Wilkes, Ph.D.

Amplified & Misunderstood: Positive Gifted Identity Development & the Role of Parents, By Paula Wilkes, Ph.D., and Mark Szymanski, Ph.D.,
from Talent, the Center for Talent Development newsletter, Summer 2009.

Tapestry of Words with Many Voices, by Paula Wilkes, Ph.D., Parenting for High Potential, December 2007.


Recommended Books


A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children By James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl, Janet L. Gore, M.A., M.Ed., Edward R. Amend, Psy.D., and Arlene R. DeVries, M.S.E. Great Potential Press, 2007. “An indispensable guide,” this book is required for participation in Summit Center SENG Model parent groups. Available at the Summit Center and through www.amazon.com.

Recent Articles About Gifted Issues


“Beyond the GATE” By Kelly St. John Regier, from OC Family Magazine, October 2012. Featuring insight from Dr. Dan Peters. Read the article or see the entire issue.