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In This Issue
"Giftedness has always been a part of my life"
Summit Center's Lisa Hancock contributed an essay on giftedness to the January SENGvine newsletter. Check it out!   Read more
Grit & Growing Up 2e
Author Scott Barry Kaufman reviews the book "Grit," by Susana Duckworth, and in the process, tells his own story of perseverance, the importance of effort, growing up with auditory processing disorder, and how he learned he was twice-exceptional (meaning both gifted and learning disabled). Read more
Space Still Available at Camp Summit East
We still have space for campers ages 9-15 at Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative on the *East* coast in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, August 7-13.  Learn more
"When your child is not 'working to their potential,' it may be because they have legitimate learning issues." 

- Dr. Dan Peters
Summit Center Update
May 2016

As we approach the end of the school year, now is a good time to schedule a comprehensive evaluation for your child. Call our office to make an appointment.
What's up with all the Dys'? And what you can do about it
Dr. Dan Peters
By Dr. Dan Peters
There are many types of learning disorders that can affect our children. The good news is that learning differences and disabilities are getting more press and attention. However, it can get confusing when trying to understand what they mean and how they are similar and different from each other. Children may have one or more learning disorders, regardless of their strong thinking and problem-solving abilities. When your child is not "working to their potential" it may be because they have legitimate learning issues. Here are a few of the most common learning issues or "Dys"orders and what you can do about them.
Dylexia is a common condition, impacting 1 in 5 people, that affects involves the way a person's brain processes written and spoken language. Warning signs look different at different ages, but can include trouble recognizing the letters of the alphabet, difficulty reading out loud, problems understanding reading material, and difficulty with rote memorization.   In bright students, dyslexia can be hard to diagnose, due to their ability to compensate and achieve reading milestones despite a learning disability. This is called Stealth Dyslexia.

Assessments and Counseling Available in Costa Mesa and Torrance
Hancock, Evaluator
Reg. Psychological Asst.
Lisa Hancock is rejoining our team of professionals as a Registered Psychological Assistant, providing assessments, counseling, and consultations at our Summit Center locations in both Torrance and Costa Mesa.  We are also pleased to welcome Nicole Messuri, LMFT, BCBA, who will provide therapy services and consultations in Costa Mesa.
In addition, Lisa and Nicole are providing counseling services to students at  Reid Day School in Costa Mesa, and will be seeing clients by appointment there as well.
Summit Center's Torrance office is located at 3510 Fashion Way, Suite 100, Torrance, CA. Summit Center's Costa Mesa office is co-located with Reid Day School at 151 Kalmus Drive, Suite H9, Costa Mesa, CA.
To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 478-6505 or email
Parent Education: Webinar Recordings Available on a Variety of Topics
Check out our past webinars! Available recordings include:
  • Navigating the Parent-Teen Relationship with Dr. Dan Peters
  • Math Difficulties with Dr. Nancy Knop
  • Living With Intensity with Dr. Susan Daniels
  • Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children - Webinar with Dr. Stephen Chou
  • Spiritual Lives of Gifted Children with Dr. Paula Wilkes
  • Organizing Chaos in a Gifted Family with Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.