Summit Center Blog

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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Balancing Social Media and Screen Time, by Dr. John Aldava

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in Counseling, Parenting

Balancing Social Media and Screen Time, by Dr. John Aldava

by John Aldava, PhD. Licensed Psychologist Dr. John Aldava joins Summit Center after over 13 years at Kaiser Walnut Creek working on the Child & Adolescent Family team as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Aldava has past experience with Contra Costa County’s Children’s Mental Health department, and as an instructor at JFK University in graduate psychology. Dr. Aldava is now available to provide counseling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families at Summit Center Walnut Creek. Call (925) 939-7500 or...

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Media and Technology: The Worry Monster’s Biggest Ally, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Counseling, Parenting

Media and Technology: The Worry Monster’s Biggest Ally, by Dr. Dan Peters

Media and technology have changed our lives in many positive ways. Radio brought local and world news, and entertainment to our family rooms. Television brought these things to life, and in color. You no longer needed to go to a show or a movie theatre, as television brought nightly shows, as well as news programs. And then television evolved more with the inception of cable – more channels, more shows, more movies, and more news – all day long. All of a sudden, you could watch the stock market in real time, while listening to analysts...

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Taming Normal Teen Anxiety, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 in Counseling, Parenting

Taming Normal Teen Anxiety, by Dr. Dan Peters

The teenage years increase fears and nerves for both parent and teens. This piece originally appeared on Psychologytoday.com. During childhood, young people typically remember the stages of their lives in time stamps of school years and summer vacations. There is always that one year when summer break ends and the boys come back with deeper “frogs” in their voices having grown a few lengths and the girls come back looking more like women. The onset of the teenage years not only tweaks fears and nerves within parents, but also in teens...

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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...

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