Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
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Learn Positive Parenting Tools
To Connect with Kids
Melanie Prager, J.D., CPE, is pleased to renew her 5 week course for spring. Melanie will teach proven positive parenting tools that will build strong relationships with your children. Parents will also share their experiences and gain support in a discussion group format. Open to continuing or new parents. This class will appeal to parents of children with all types of learning styles including those who are gifted and 2e.  Learn more and register
Dr. Dan Peters Joins GHF Board
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) welcomes Dr. Dan Peters to their Board of Directors. GHF is a non-profit, volunteer organization that works to support, educate and advocate for families of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) children around the world. We support individualized learning and are working to change the way the world views neurodiversity and education.
How Do We Talk About School Shootings?
A parent inspired Dr. Dan's new post on Psychology Today. It's about gifted/2e children and how to manage their fear and worry and talk about school shootings.
Camp Summit West June 17-23 in Marin
Camp Summit "West" for gifted and twice-exceptional kids will take place this summer at the Marin Headlands in Northern California, June 17-23, 2018.
Summit Center Update
March 2018

If you would like to understand more about your child's learning profile, how to gain coping skills for your child, or how to help your child reach their full potential, give us a call.
The "Morning Bucket": Creating a Habit for Appreciation
By Deanna Kim, M.Ed./ET/P 
Educational Therapist/Academic Life Coach

If someone were to sneak into my house and eavesdrop on words weekday mornings, they would likely hear...
"You still have boogers in one of your eyes." 
"Put socks on your toesies. It's cold." 
"My brother is taking too long in the bathroom."
"Can you help me zip up my jacket?" 
"I need you to walk into the car now."
"Are you saving omelette on your shirt for later?"
The words of morning easily turn into directions, corrections, requests, and complaints rather than encouragement, appreciation, and compliments. 
One day my twin boys dashed home from school and exclaimed, "Mom, everyone has a bucket inside of us. You can be a bucket dipper or a bucket filler." 

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Parent Footprint Podcasts: Supporting 2e Students with Scott Barry Kaufman & The Self-Reg View with Dr. Stuart Shanker
Dr. Dan welcomes author and colleague Scott Barry Kaufman to the Parent Footprint Podcast to discuss Scott's newest book Twice Exceptional (to which Dr. Dan is also a contributor).  Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, is a professor of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and author and/or editor of 7 other books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and Wired to Create (with Carolyn Gregoire). He writes a blog at Scientific American called Beautiful Minds, and hosts his own The Psychology Podcast.
Dr. Dan and Dr. Kaufman talk about how twice-exceptional (2e) children (those who have extraordinary strengths coupled with learning difficulties) may have trouble in educational settings. The big takeaway is that when we bring greater flexibility to education, we open up a wider notion of what it means to be academically successful for all students.
In another episode, Dr. Dan welcomes back listener favorite Dr. Stuart Shanker. international parenting expert and bestselling author. Dr. Shanker has helped countless children and families learn about (and break) the stress cycle with his professional work and his paradigm-shifting book, SELF-REG: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life (now available in paperback).
Today Dr. Dan and Dr. Shanker discuss ways to tackle the ever present topic of craving and The Hook Model and how it detrimentally affects many kids today (and their parents). Listeners will recognize the fascinating science behind what happens when dopamine is triggered and how it creates stress and anxiety. Young people are especially susceptible to cravings (dopamine triggerings). The solution will be eye opening for parents - Dr. Shanker gives parents the exact language to have this discussion with their child(ren) and how to conquer it.
"Every morning I start our day by ringing the bucket and making some public affirmations."

- Deanna Kim, M.Ed/ET/P