Summit Center
Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
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Appointments Now Available in Pasadena
Dr. Maria Paasivirta, Licensed Psychologist, provides assessments and consultations at Summit Center's new Pasadena office,  located at 30 N. Raymond Ave., Ste. 801, Pasadena, CA 91103.
To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 478-6505 or email
Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 23: Gifted Research & Outreach (GRO) presentation on The Gifted Brain, South Pasadena or Culver City. More info .

Friday, April 29: Dr. Dan Peters will join a panel discussion on "Auditory/Central Auditory Processing Disorders" with Dr. Deborah Swain and others at the California Speech-Language and Hearing Association Annual Convention, Anaheim, California.

"Individuals with higher IQ have increased grey matter volume in various regions of the brain."

- Gifted Research & Outreach
Summit Center Update
April 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.
GRO Presents Paper on The Gifted Brain
Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO) was founded to further the world's understanding of giftedness through scientific research and to promote a comprehensive and accurate understanding through outreach. The GRO team includes Summit Center consultant Sharon Duncan.
GRO has prepared an initial literature review of the neuroanatomical and physiological differences in the brains of gifted individuals. Titled "The Gifted Brain," the paper was prepared by Dr. Nicole Tetreault, Dr. Joanna Haase, and Sharon Duncan. Here is an excerpt from the paper:
"Individuals with higher IQ have increased grey matter volume in various regions of the brain. The regions with increased volume include the frontal lobes (complex decision making and hypothesis testing), temporal lobes (auditory processing and language interpretation), parietal lobes (taste, temperature, touch sensation), and occipital lobes (visual information). These increased regional brain volumes may account for the ability of gifted individuals to make decisions quickly, especially decisions involving large volumes of information. The increase may also explain the greater sensitivity to sensory stimuli noted by many in the gifted population."

Space Still Available at Camp Summit East or West - Register Now to Guarantee Spot
Camp Summit - West, Marin Headlands, CA:  June 19 - 25, 2016
Camp Summit EAST, Newland, NC: August 7-13

Parent Conference, Newland, NC: Aug 13-14
We still have space for campers ages 9-15 at Camp Summit for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, either East or West coast.
Camp Summit prides itself in the vast variety of activities specifically designed to pique the interests of gifted, talented, and creative students. Activities are available in three general categories: daily destinations, free-time activities, and designated evening activities.
"I wanted to say Thank you for all that you and the Camp Summit Team did for my camper during her week with you guys. She loved her time spent there and keeps popping up with new accounts of adventures and activities that sparked her spirit. She is counting the days until next summer's camp." -- Parent of Camper
SPECIAL pricing for Camp Summit EAST, only $1,125 for a limited time (next 20 that sign up).