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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...

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Summer Movies and Books May Provide Parallels to Life’s Challenges For Your Kids, by Dr. Dan Peters

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 in Counseling, Creativity, Parenting

Summer Movies and Books May Provide Parallels to Life’s Challenges For Your Kids, by Dr. Dan Peters

Two of this summer’s most popular movies are stories of young people dealing with the harsher challenges of life both through illness and evil. In the popular film The Fault in Our Stars we see two teenagers fall in love while struggling with the chronic disease of cancer. In How to Train a Dragon 2 we see a young hero with a missing leg struggling to save his hometown from a terrifying villain. Both movies deal with very mature subjects and although there is redemption found in each film’s ending, it doesn’t make the journey...

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Family Matters for Father’s Day

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 in Parenting

Family Matters for Father’s Day

In his roles as Executive Director of Summit Center, author of books on creativity and worry, and national speaker on raising creative kids who can communicate and lead fruitful lives, Dr. Dan Peters finds himself writing a lot about his personal life. Not only is he an expert in these areas professionally but he also has many personal experiences that have led him to this field–experiences like many of us have as everyday human beings, family members and most importantly, parents. In honor of Father’s Day, we have collected a small...

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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...

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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...

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Reflections, Insights, Confessions, and Inspiration on Dyslexia and Talent

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Assessments, Counseling, Education, Parenting

This article first appeared on the Dyslexic Advantage website, a charitable organization founded by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, and dedicated to helping those with dyslexia thrive. By Dan Peters, PhD Sitting at the New York/Newark airport, I feel compelled to write. Something my mother and most of my teachers would have never thought I would feel “compelled” to do. Part of the reason is that I don’t need to “write” anymore – I can type or talk my words. But the main reason I feel compelled is to get my...

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Twice-Exceptional (2e) Youth: An Endangered Species

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 in Assessments, Education, Giftedness, Parenting

This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of A Word from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. By Dan Peters, Ph.D. Twice-exceptional individuals are both gifted (show advanced abilities) and also have significant learning or processing delays, as well as emotional and behavioral challenges. While our world has benefited greatly from the minds of 2e individuals such as Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Steve Jobs, and others, our educational system does not seem to understand the complexities and needs of these kids. Many 2e...

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Creativity Is for Everyone! A Message from Co-Founder Dr. Susan Daniels

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 in Creativity, Education, Parenting

Everyone has creative potential! Yes, that’s right. We are all born with the innate capacity for creative activity. Just think of young children ages two to five. They explore, question, wonder, experiment, test, investigate, combine, separate, dramatize, invent, try out, try on, play, imagine, visualize, dream, adapt, build, embellish, exaggerate, transform, personify, construct, pretend, improvise, revise, discover, express, decorate, elaborate, renovate, renew — and more — each and every day. Children approach their world...

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A Message from Dr. Dan Peters: How to Manage Your Child’s Back-to-School Worries

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

A parent might ask, “My child gets anxious at the start of a new school year. What can I do to support my child during this transition time?” Transitions are difficult for most people, and this is often particularly true for gifted children. There is a saying that “uncertainty breeds anxiety.” This definitely applies to the transition back to school. There are so many swirling questions – who will my teacher be? Will he/she be nice? Will I have any friends in my class? Will I get teased? Will I be bored? And the list...

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A Message from Dr. Susan Daniels: Get Creative With Your Kids This Summer

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 in Creativity, Giftedness, Parenting

Summer is here and with it brings more time for creativity, exploration and play. Kids love to draw paint, act, experiment, and design, and summer provides the opportunity to diverge from a structured school curriculum and allows time to delve into self-chosen projects that enrich and entertain. At our summer camp, Camp Summit, the emphasis is on having fun, observing nature, being with gifted peers, and playing in creative ways. We tie dye and doodle, draw from nature, plan skits, and create imaginary animals with mixed media. One high point...

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