Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
New Book: " An Inconvenient Student" by Dr. Mike Postma

Dr. Dan Peters contributed a piece on dyslexia for this new book by Dr. Michael Postma, colleague and acting executive director of SENG. "An Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students" explores the problem of identifying gifted kids who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing or other disorders, ADD, autism or Asperger's, ODD, OCD, anxiety, and/or depression. Dr. Postma explains in detail what these children are like and how to accommodate their needs in the regular classroom so that they can strengthen their weaknesses and maximize their strengths.  Learn more
Upcoming Event
Oct 13-14, Bridges Academy "Vision & Leadership in 2e Education" Symposium, N. Hollywood, CA. Presented by Bridges'  2e Center for Research and Professional Development.  Dr. Dan Peters will be leading two panels.
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"Remember that your relationship with your child is more important than their GPA. "

- Dr. Dan
Summit Center Update
September 2017

School for many kids is underway! What does school mean for your child? If you want to better understand your child's learning and development, give us a call.
Homework 101
Dr. Dan Peters Co-Founder & Executive Director
by Dr. Dan Peters
 
"Why do I need to do more work after I have been at school all day?"

"I never get any free time! I have school all day then homework when I get home!"
 
"Why do we have to do the same thing over and over when I already know it?"
 
Do these questions and pleas sound familiar?
 
I am guessing they do!  Many parents don't remember having the amount of homework our children have today, and most do not remember homework starting in kindergarten! Homework has been become a regular parenting topic in my practice, and a primary cause of family arguments and stress.
Announcing Therapist Intern Megan O'Donnell
Megan O'Donnell
We are p leased to welcome Megan O'Donnell, M.A., Associate Marriage and Family Therapist intern, to Summit Center's  Walnut Creek office. Megan will provide psychotherapy using a strengths-based, humanistic, attachment-focused approach, with children, adolescents, adults and couples.
 
Megan has been working with children for over a decade. She has spent the past three years working at part of the Family Service Agency of Marin. Previously, Megan worked for San Francisco Unified School district, helping middle school students develop healthy coping skills and learn new ways of reducing anxiety and worry. In her therapy practice, Megan focuses on the individuals' strengths and strives to create a safe non-judgmental space to alleviate their struggles and difficulties.
 
Megan joins Ellena Chen and Charlotte Beard in Summit Center's training program, which allows more clients to access high-quality counseling and assessment services at reduced fees. All trainees work under the close supervision of Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Stephen Chou, Director of Training and Research.
 
You can learn more about Megan hereTo schedule an appointment, please call (925) 939-7500 or email info@summitcenter.us .
Parent Footprint Podcast: Oasis Time with Dr. Marilyn Paul
Dr. Marilyn Paul
Dr. Dan interviews Dr. Marilyn Paul, 
author, parent, and well-being expert, in the latest episode of the Parent Footprint Podcast. Marilyn's new book for parent s and families, An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest Can Save Your Life (Rodale, August 2017),  shows us how a day of rest can transform and save us from our hurried, busy lives.

Listen as Dr. Dan and Dr. Paul talk about how we are passing these connected 24/7 habits on to our children. Dr. Paul encourages us to make small changes to make big life changes - such as spending meaningful time in nature or attending a family dinner. Taking a day of rest is a gift we can give ourselves and our children. Listeners will learn that there are practical strategies for creating their own modern-day "Sabbath" or day of rest, whatever their religious beliefs. Scheduled rest time is life-affirming and can create an oasis for both parent and family.

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