Giftedness

The Evolution of 2e, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Oct 16, 2018 in Counseling, Creativity, Giftedness, Parenting

The Evolution of 2e, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece first appeared in the October 2018 issue of the 2e Newsletter. Dr. Dan Peters, and other past and current 2e Newsletter Advisory Board members, reflected on 15 years of 2e as the 2e Newsletter founders J. Mark Bade and Linda Neumann transition the publication to a new editor and publisher, Bridges Media. Learn more and subscribe at 2e News. I am sitting in Camp Summit, watching kids making sock puppets, engaging in LARP (live action role play), playing Dungeons & Dragons, and building a Rube Goldberg contraption. They are all gifted and twice-exceptional children and...

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The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Assessments, Counseling, Giftedness, Parenting

The Twice-Exceptional Adult, by Dr. Dan Peters

This piece originally appeared on Psychology Today. Many gifted 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, career, and more. Summit Center provides a broad range of services for gifted adults, including consultation, testing, counseling, and more. Although the word “gifted” has been used to describe people of higher levels of intelligence for decades, the term twice-exceptional, often abbreviated as 2e,...

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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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Developing Self Esteem in Gifted Teens, by Melanie Brown Kroon, LMFT

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 in Counseling, Giftedness, Parenting

Developing Self Esteem in Gifted Teens, by Melanie Brown Kroon, LMFT

Melanie Brown Kroon, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, provides therapy and consultations at Summit Center’s Encino office. Melanie works with individuals, couples and families specializing in the emotional needs of gifted and creative adults, adolescents and children. She has written for MSN Health and Fitness and THE THERAPIST Magazine, and she has lectured on topics such as “Talking and Listening to Your Kids” and “How to Teach Self Discipline to Children.” Adolescence is difficult for everyone, but it can be incredibly difficult for gifted kids. To understand why,...

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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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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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Summit Center Announces New Locations in SF Bay Area and Los Angeles

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Giftedness, Parenting

Summit Center is pleased to announce the opening of three satellite offices to help meet the needs of families with gifted and twice-exceptional children in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles areas. In Cupertino, where Dr. Aileen Mosig will provide comprehensive neuropsychological and educational assessments and counseling to children, adolescents, and families. The Cupertino office, located on Stevens Creek Boulevard, shares space with Mika Gustavson, MFT, of Gifted Matters. Said Executive Director Dr. Dan Peters, “Our new office presents a great opportunity for families in the...

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Living 2e Comes Full Circle at SENG Conference, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Education, Giftedness, Parenting

Living 2e Comes Full Circle at SENG Conference, by Dr. Dan Peters

Last month, I gave the opening keynote address on “2e 360: Lessons Learned From Working With 2e Youth, Raising 2e Kids, and Living 2e” at the annual SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my profession, this annual conference becomes a lifeline to parents the world round who are dealing with the particular challenges of raising gifted and 2e children. Those of us who spend our days working in such specialized areas such as this can sometimes forget that likeminded individuals do not always surround parents and siblings living with...

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Dr. Dan Peters on Parenting a 2e Child

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 in Education, Giftedness, Parenting

Dr. Dan Peters on Parenting a 2e Child

The annual SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) national conference is coming to San Jose, July 18-20, 2014 – in the Bay Area for the first time ever. Summit Center is taking part as a sponsor and Executive Director Dr. Dan Peters will be presenting the opening keynote speech “2E 360: Lessons Learned From Working with 2E Youth, Raising 2E Kids, and Living 2E.” Many Summit Center staff members will also be speaking and Dr. Peters will present on a few other topics as well. We asked Dr. Peters to give us a little insight on being the parent of a twice-exceptional (2E) child...

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A Parent’s Point of View: The 2e Journey, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 in Assessments, Education, Giftedness, Parenting

Even though I work with children and families as a professional psychologist, I am first and foremost a father to three children. My experiences in raising them has informed my work greatly. Some people may not know that and for this very reason, I decided to share an article about my own experience as not only a psychologist, but also a dad. This piece originally ran in the 2e Newsletter. I am sitting at my oldest child’s pre-school, attending the last teacher conference. Her kind and veteran teacher is telling my wife and me that our daughter is not picking up her numbers and letters...

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