Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
Last Chance! Spots Still Available at Camp Summit for Gifted
We still have room for your child at Camp Summit this summer! Our multi-night sleepover summer camp for gifted students ages 9 through 14 offers loads of indoor and outdoor fun. Coming to the SF Bay Area (Marin Headlands) June 16-22, and to Northeast, Maryland in August. Register now to guarantee your spot!
Mindful Parenting of High Needs Kids
"Happily Family" Online Conference Starts Thursday

Please join Dr. Dan Peters for the Happily Family Online Conference for parents and professionals about Mindful Parenting of High Needs Kids! This is a FREE global online event from May 16-20, bringing together over 25 speakers, including Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Christine Carter, to talk about how to raise kids who are spirited, sensitive, or strong willed. You'll hear inspirational ideas and practical tools to help kids to do their best, make and keep friends, be confident and self-motivated. Let's make parenting less work and more fun! Register for the FREE conference
Summer Institute for 2e Education
The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy is proud to host the 2nd annual Study with the Masters: A summer institute in 2e Education. The Institute will be held on the Bridges Academy campus in Studio City, CA , July 21 - July 26. This opportunity is designed for teachers, administrators, and support professionals who desire to expand and refine their expertise in understanding and providing a strength-based, talent focused program for complex, cognitively diverse learners.
" Wikipedia has a pretty good definition for neurodiversity: The idea that atypical neurological development is a normal human difference, and it is to be recognized and respected . "

- Dr. Devon MacEachron on the Parent Footprint Podcast
Summit Center Update
May 2019

As we approach the end of the school year and look forward to summer, now is a good time to schedule a consultation appointment to review your child's growth and challenge areas to plan for a successful new school year.
Parent Footprint Podcast: Neurodiversity with Dr. Devon MacEachron, and 
Clutter-Free Parenting with Laura Carlin

Dr. Dan Peters posted two new episodes of the Parent Footprint Podcast:

Neurodiversity, Strategic Learning and Reaching Your Child's Potential with Dr. Devon MacEachron

Dr. Dan w elcomes his friend and colleague, psychologist  Dr. Devon MacEachron , to the podcast. Dr. Devon's lifelong work hel ps families as they navigate neurodiversity, learning, and education on their parenting journeys. Dr. Dan embraces Dr. Devon's method of framing neurodiversity as a super-power (and not a weakness) and agrees this shift is life-changing for children and families.

Recently, Dr. Devon's inspiring  video about neurodiversity went viral with over 26 millions views. As a parent of neurodiverse children herself and a specialist in  twice-exceptional and gifted learners, listen to Dr. Devon as she debunks neuromyths, shares some of her favorite blogs, gives her top three tips to parents of neurodiverse children.

Clutter-free Parenting with Laura Carlin

Dr. Dan welcomes  Laura Carlin to the Parent Footprint podcast today, to talk about the ideas in her new

Laura Carlin talks to Dr. Dan about the role that decluttering can play in parenting and in our children's lives.  Laura explains how clearing clutter can help raise confident, compassionate children who have the space to discover their passions, learn, grow, and have fun - undistracted by an endless stream of "things" they don't need and really don't want.

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New Definition of Giftedness
The NAGC Giftedness Definition Task Force has created a new definition of giftedness that can be used by schools, professionals, policy makers, etc. to help understand, identify, and serve gifted students and individuals. Dr. Dan Peters, executive director and co-founder of Summit Center, served on the task force along with 11 others.

What is unique about this definition is that there is no percentage to define giftedness. The previous definition (from 2010) stated top 10%, and the field often used top 2%. "I initially argued for a number or some kind of qualifier," said Dr. Peters, "Although I was conflicted about the number as we know many of our 2e clients underperform due to their learning and processing issues."

The task force learned that the United States has a large problem under-identification due to low SES, second language learners, lack of proper identification methods, twice-exceptionality, etc. Continued Dr. Peters, "I learned that over-identification is not a problem at all in our country, and that our definition needed to capture as many young gifted minds as possible." Without a number, it is up to the individual professional, or school, to use as many methods as possible, or decided upon, to determine who qualifies based on the broad definition.

The definition states:

Students with gifts and talents perform-or have the capability to perform-at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential. Student with gifts and talents:
  • Come from all racial, ethnic, and cultural populations, as well as all economic strata.
  • Require sufficient access to appropriate learning opportunities to realize their potential.
  • Can have learning and processing disorders that require specialized intervention and accommodation.
  • Need support and guidance to develop socially and emotionally as well as in their areas of talent.
  • Require varied services based on their changing needs. 
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Concluded Dr. Peters, "I believe it is our challenge and mission to identify all gifted and twice-exceptional individuals even when they don't fit nicely into our test scores."