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Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
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Psychology Today

"Our kids should not be worrying about which college they are going to go to." Read Dr. Dan Peters' latest post on Psychology Today, "Let's Release Our Youth From the College Anxiety Epidemic."

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Reid Day School Now Enrolling Grades 4-6

Summit Center is excited to collaborate with Reid Day School, a new school for twice-exceptional students in Costa Mesa. With support from Summit Center professionals, Reid Day School will be offering educational therapy services this summer. In addition, the school is enrolling twice-exceptional students who have demonstrated giftedness alongside learning challenges for grades 4-6 for Fall 2015.

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"There are a host of reasons why kids overflow emotionally."

- Dr. Paula Wilkes
Summit Center Update
June 2015

School is out and summer is here! Congratulations to all of our graduates. If you want to make a positive change for your child in the first part of the next school year, don't forget to schedule assessments or consultation appointments now.
Differentiated Educational Plans - Building on Student Strengths, One Child at a Time

by Susan Daniels, Ph.D.

Cofounder and Educational Director, Summit Center


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 intellectual abilities, the current level of knowledge the student has mastered, the social-emotional needs of the student, and his or her special interests and skills.

Summit Center Welcomes Dr. Lauren Stutman, Licensed Psychologist
Lauren Stutman, PhD.
Summit Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Lauren Stutman to our Los Angeles office.  Dr. Stutman will  provide therapy and consultation for children, teens, and adults, and offer her experience as a supervisor to our pre-licensed practitioners.


Dr. Stutman received a dual-doctorate in clinical and school psychology from the APA accredited program at Yeshiva University of Albert Einstein School of Medicine.  She specializes in working with gifted and 2e children. 

Dr. Stutman has extensive experience working with severe OCD, social anxiety and ADHD in outpatient clinics, private practice, hospitals and schools settings. She has been passionate about destigmatizing and treating issues related to pediatric anxiety for over a decade. As a former 2e child with severe anxiety and OCD she has a deep personal knowledge of how to overcome such obstacles. Dr. Stutman has transformed her experience into a unique way to connect with children who are going through their own journey.


Learn more about Dr. Stutman on our web site.  To schedule an appointment with her, please call (310) 478-6505 or email

2e Newsletter:  Helping 2e Children with Emotional and Behavioral Issues
Summit Center featured in article from 2e Newsletter


"Wilkes often prefers to use the term 'emotional dysregulation.' She says, 'There are a host of reasons why kids overflow emotionally.' And, as you'll see in this article, it's even possible for a child to be mislabeled as EBD when his or her behavior is simply a manifestation of gifted intensity."


Summit Center's Gifted Education Consultant Dr. Paula Wilkes and executive director Dr. Dan Peters are featured in Editor J. Mark Bade's piece on "Helping 2e Children with Emotional and Behavioral Issues" in the May/June 2015 issue of the 2e Newsletter.


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July 24-26:   SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) Conference in Denver
The annual national SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) Conference takes place July 24-26 in Denver, CO. Summit Center professionals will speak on a variety of topics, including " 
Recognizing Hidden Twice-Exceptionality (2E): Why the Role of Professionals and Parents is Critical." and " A+ Parenting: Setting Up Your Gifted / 2E Child for Success."    Learn More