Why is my child struggling?

Nobody knows your child better than you do. Do you think that something is going on for your child? Are you wondering whether what your child is experiencing is “normal” or is a cause for concern? Children are complex beings, developing at many levels at once. They…

How Do I Know If My Child Needs An Evaluation?

A comprehensive evaluation looks at a child’s cognitive abilities (verbal and visual), academic skills (reading, writing, math), executive-functioning, processing, memory (visual and verbal), personality, over-excitabilities, creativity, mood and behavior. Evaluations are…

Is My Child Gifted and/or Twice-Exceptional (2E)?

You might notice that your child has advanced vocabulary, verbal expression, or an excellent memory. Your child might have heightened emotional depth and sensitivity. They may demonstrate early or unusual mathematics ability. It is common for gifted children to be “too…

Are you feeling misunderstood at work or in your relationships?

Many adults may find that they are still suffering from experiences and challenges that affected them as children. Others find they are experiencing new challenges related to finding their passion, identity, parenting, relationships, or …

 

Assessment | Consultation | Counseling

Helping Children, Teens, Adults, and Families Realize Their Potential

Summit Center can provide the answers to your questions. We offer psychological and educational services for children, adolescents, adults, and families, including assessments, consultation, and counseling.

Our team of psychologists, consultants, and educators use a collaborative, strengths-based approach to work with our clients. Our goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the individual and provide a roadmap for making personal, parenting, school, and life decisions. Better understanding the “why” of a person’s behavior can provide relief to parents, teachers, and the individual, and is often the first key step toward maximizing potential.

Are you or your child having trouble at school, home, at work, or with peers?

We offer psychological & educational services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Our assessments and counseling can help you find more meaning and help your child be more successful.

Assessments
Summit Center offers various evaluations, also known as assessments. These may be narrow in scope (i.e., IQ testing) or comprehensive, assessing a child’s multiple levels of functioning (i.e., intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, social, emotional, and behavioral). Each evaluation is tailored based on the goals and questions to be answered.
Counseling

The Summit Center offers individual, family, and group counseling (also known as psychotherapy) utilizing a strength-based approach to problem-solving and optimizing growth potential through a developmental lens. Our counseling services can help clients address a wide variety of issues.

Educational Therapy

Our trained professionals combine educational and therapeutic approaches to assist students whose learning challenges at school are not resolving.  Some issues that we address include dyslexia, dyscalculia, test-taking difficulties, and problems with organization and managing time. Educational therapy is not the same as tutoring. Our work is remedial, designed to fill gaps in background, understanding, and learning strategies in order to develop independent learners. 

Parent Education & Support

Summit Center offers occasional workshops, classes, and discussion groups for parents, led by one of our experienced professionals. Groups for parents or gifted adults allow participants to share concerns and gain support from others who have similar experiences.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior

With this award-winning book by Dr. Dan Peters, parents can team up with their children or teens to help them conquer the Worry Monster. ORDER NOW

Visual Learning Teacher Guide

Dr. Susan Daniels helps K-8 teachers to integrate and support visual learning in their classrooms. ORDER NOW

Parent Footprint Awareness Training

Dr. Dan’s interactive training program for parents is based on the fact that the most important predictor of how we parent is how we were parented as a child. LEARN MORE & SAVE

Latest Newsletter

Life Lessons for Our Children, new evaluator, two podcasts on home schooling and life lessons, research survey, and more. READ OUR NEWSLETTER

 

Our Expertise

Summit Center’s team of professionals offers a wide array of expertise to help children, teens, adults, or families deal with these issues:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Asynchronous development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Executive-functioning issues

 

Summit Center Blog 

Taking Time Out from Tech

by Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the importance of setting limits.  I also discussed how sticking to them is the stickiest part.  As a mother of three teens, I can assure you that I have experienced plenty of challenges...

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Parent Footprint

Podcast with Dr. Dan

Dr. Dan Peters’s online talk show teaches parents, families, and caregivers how to leave their best footprint for the next generation. Dr. Dan interviews a top parenting expert in each episode, including doctors, therapists, authors, and educators, to discuss diverse and timely parenting topics. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts (for Android), Spotify, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Android, RSS, or the show page.

Upcoming Events

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November

Setting Limits & Sticking To Them Parent Workshop

Leo Baeck Temple Early Childhood Center, Los Angeles

Event Info

Join Melanie Soloway to learn how to implement tools that make sticking to limits easy! You will learn why limits are critical for your child’s emotional well being, how your child’s age determines which method to use, how doing so teaches trust, and much more! Melanie Soloway is the Founder and Director of Raising Enlightened Children. She believes that learning positive parenting tools, and how to apply them, creates loving relationships for life. This workshop takes place in the Leo Baeck Temple ECC and parents with children of all ages are welcome!

More info at http://www.leobaecktemple.org/events/setting-limits-and-sticking-to-them/

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January (2020)

Raising Enlightened Children 5-Week Course in Los Angeles with Melanie Soloway, J.D., CPE

Event Info
Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E., Summit Center’s Parent Educator, is presenting her Raising Enlightened Children 5-week Course on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 – 11:15 am, January 21 through February 18, 2020, at St. Martin of Tours School in Los Angeles. Melanie explains that “Time Outs” for toddlers or “Taking Privileges Away” from teens may stop unwanted behaviors, but at what cost? The key to connecting with your kids and growing healthy relationships is to fill your toolbox with understanding, knowledge, and positive parenting tools. Melanie will provide you with strategies using a brain-based approach to strengthen your bonds with your children.  More info at https://conta.cc/2NVtxdl.

7-10

November

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Conference

Albuquerque, NM

Event Info
Join us as a community of K-12 and university professionals, parents, advocates, and others learn best practices for educating and nurturing gifted children from all backgrounds. Gain both valuable information and inspiration through 200+ content rich sessions. Visit the Exhibit Hall and learn about leading resources.

Dr. Dan Peters will speak on “Stress and Anxiety in Gifted Children: An Increasing Challenge for Parents and Educators” and “Staying Evergreen in the Winter Moments of Life: Building Gifted Photosynthesis Resilience.”  Learn more at https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/NAGC/.