Summit Center
Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
Sorry But Your Child Is Too Bright
Dr. Dan Peters describes how students with real and legitimate diagnoses for learning disabilities (like ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing disorders, etc.) won't qualify for additional help at school if they are meeting minimum grade level requirements. This means that bright and gifted kids may never receive treatment for their disorder.  Read the article on Huffington Post
Managing Test Anxiety
Many children with learning and processing challenges find the process of taking tests hard. Particularly long tests with lots of work and words can create massive worry and anxiety. Dr. Dan Peters writes about what parents can do. Read More on Huffington Post
"Delayed seeing and hearing means delayed learning and all the academic, emotional, and social problems that can go along with it."

- Dr. Nancy Knop
Summit Center Update
May 2015

As the school year winds down, you may be seeking insight and answers into your child's development, behavior, and/or learning strengths and challenges. Give us a call to schedule a consultation or assessment this summer.
Introducing Dr. Maria Paasivirta
Licensed Psychologist To Offer Assessments at Summit Center Los Angeles Dr. Maria Paasavirta


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maria Paasivirta to Summit Center. Dr. Paasivirta will provide comprehensive assessments at our Los Angeles office, including evaluations for giftedness, learning differences, developmental functioning, and psychological functioning.  "Through my own life experiences and my work in the field of clinical psychology, I have always been drawn to assessment," said Dr. Paasivirta. "I've found my extensive curiosity to be an asset when working to understand psychological and learning differences."


Dr. Paasivirta has broad experience working with complex, intense, and sensitive children and teens. She received her Ph.D. from Hofstra University in New York. She completed an internship at Pacific Clinics in Pasadena, and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA TIES For Families, providing evaluations and interventions to children who were adopted or in foster care through LA County Department of Children and Family Services. Learn More about Dr. Paasivirta


"Some of my most rewarding experiences as a psychologist have involved helping families develop and support the unique strengths and needs of bright children," said Dr. Paasivirta. "I am very excited to be able to continue developing this interest at Summit Center. I look forward to joining the team of outstanding professionals, as well as collaborating with families in helping children access their potential."


To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 478-6505 or email

Eyes, Ears, and Learning - by Dr. Nancy Knop, Educational Therapist
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. But what if focus and tracking don't develop in time for school? Eyes must be the right shape to allow focus, and eye muscles must be coordinated to work together efficiently. But that's just the beginning, because after images are focused on the retina in the back of the eye there are complex brain pathways and processes that allow actually seeing and understanding what that image means. Both eye mechanics and visual brain processing are involved. Many glitches are possible. Early focusing problems certainly interfere with the development of efficient brain processing.


Click Here to Read the Rest: "Eyes, Ears, and Learning"

Summit Center Offers Services with Reid Day School in Costa Mesa
Summit Center is pleased to join a new collaboration with Reid Day School, a new school for twice-exceptional students in Costa Mesa. In conjunction with Summit Center professionals, Reid Day School will be offering educational therapy services this summer. The school is also enrolling twice-exceptional students who have demonstrated giftedness alongside learning challenges in grades 4-6 for Fall 2015.

Dr. Dan Peters will speak at the school's Grand Opening and Informational Open House this Thursday, May 21. Learn More


Reid Day School and Center for Brain Based Excellence is located at 151 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 680-9592, or email Director Lisa Reid at