Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
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Parenting Workshop in Los Angeles

"Time outs" for our toddlers or "taking privileges away" from our teens may stop the unwanted behavior...BUT at what cost? Connect with your kids and fill your toolbox with understanding, knowledge and positive parenting tools at this Summit Center Workshop led by Melanie Prager, JD, CPE, on Wed., January 31, 7:00 pm, in Mar Vista, CA.
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"If we can assist that child in being able to shift their level of attention and so they can participate in learning, then that just snowballs.  We want the child to develop an understanding of their own learning style, and to make space for that and honor that - within reason."

- Suzanne Cresswell, on the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan
Summit Center Update
December 2017

Happy Holidays to you and yours from everyone at the Summit Center.   We are grateful for your support and commitment to raising healthy and engaged children.
Parent Footprint Podcasts:  Learning Dis-"Abilities" with Suzanne Cresswell and the Power of Online Parenting Communities with Joel Manzer
Dr. Dan delves into support systems for all kinds of learners with two more new podcast interviews this month:
Unique Learner Solutions: Discover the Ability in Learning Disability with Suzanne Cresswell

Dr. Dan welcomes author and occupational and physical therapist Suzanne Cresswell
 in this informative episode which will benefit both children and adults. Suzanne Cresswell has worked with patients in her clinic and in the school system for over three decades. She blends her background in rehabilitation medicine with principles of neuroplasticity to provide novel and effective intervention strategies. Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger's, sensory integration disorder, and other learning disabilities all benefit from Suzanne's unique approach to brain and body wellness.

When children struggle in school they often feel shame that they are not what they "should" be; not "normal." In fact, the term learning disability  seems to reinforce their belief and suggests that they are unable to learn. Nothing could be further from the truth. They just learn in unique  ways. The capabilities and talents of this population are frequently overlooked because their skills and abilities are often 
not relevant to the requirements of traditional education.

Dr. Dan and Suzanne discuss her new book  Unique Learner Solutions  because it provides strategies that are targeted to what is really happening in the brains and bodies of unique learners. Listeners  will be fascinated by the neuroscience discussion surrounding brains, emotions, neuropsychology, and yes, LOVE!  
It Takes a Village: The Power of Online Parenting Communities with Joel Manzer

Dr. Dan welcomes Dad blogger Joel Manzer, the founder/lead editor of, an online community that connects people who want to tackle the puzzle of Autism. Joel is a special needs parent and a  podcast host himself with a passion for writing and connecting.

The focus of today's show is community -  it really does take a village (real and online) to raise happy and healthy children today.  Community benefits everyone - parents and children.  Joel describes himself as "just one person among the thousands sharing their stories online" and he is celebrated as an Autism Light for his dedication as an autism father and for his vision in leading Autisable to be a helpful resource on the voices of the diverse autism community.

Online parenting communities and websites can help all parents and for the many parents facing challenge this virtual world is a game-changer in parenting today for so many reasons-
  • Having a community gives you connection to life-savers and life changers
  • You are not alone
  • Sharing struggles as well as sharing triumphs in a safe space
  • Truth sharing and discussion
  • Practicing listening and respectful disagreeing