Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
Dr. Ginny Ritchey Now in Corte Madera
Dr. Ginny Ritchey now offers therapy services at Summit Center's Corte Madera office. Dr. Ritchey, a licensed clinical psychologist, provides counseling to children, adolescents, and their families, as well as parent and educational consultation. Dr. Ritchey's areas of interest include ADHD, anxiety, Autism, and childhood depression; social skills development; parent and school consultation; and academic and intrinsic motivation. For an appointment, please call (925) 939-7500 or email .
2 Days of 2e Virtual Conference, presented by With Understanding Comes Calm, launches Oct. 26-27 and remains on-demand through April 2019.
Speakers include Dr. Joe Renzulli, Dr. Jim Delisle, Dr. Susan Baum, Dr. Edward Amend, and Jonathan Mooney. Summit Center's Dr. Dan Peters will speak on Anxiety and Dr. Stephen Chou will speak on Identification. Designed for parents, educators, adults, and clinicians, each session will be presented sequentially followed by a real-time Q&A. 
Early registration discount until 9/27. Learn more and register
Using the WISC-V for Gifted and 2e Identification
The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is a popular cognitive assessment tool. Summit Center collaborated with colleagues around the country to help create an NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) Position Statement about best practices for use of the WISC-V. In short, the statement says that the Full Scale IQ may underestimate a child's intelligence and keep them from qualifying for gifted programs. Use of expanded and ancillary index scores are recommended to document giftedness, intellectual ability, and patterns within twice-exceptional children.  Read the statement
" Now the newest visualization technologies provide us with a 'fat pipe' to the brain. I am grateful to Dr. Daniels for providing a pathway to help prepare students for new worlds of work and understanding."

- Thomas G. West, Author, on Dr. Daniels book "Visual Learning"
Summit Center Update
September 2018

School for many kids is underway! What does school mean for your child? If you want to better understand your child's learning and development, give us a call.
New Parent Footprint Podcasts
Parenting in the Real World with Dr. Stephanie O'Leary
and Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots with Jeremy Schneider

Dr. Dan Peters welcomed two new guests to the Parent Footprint Podcast last month, to talk about their personal experience with parenting, as well as balance with their professional lives.
First, Dr. Dan welcomes Stephanie O'Leary, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of Parenting in the Real World to the show today. Dr. O'Leary specializes in neuropsychology and is a mom of two. She has been in practice for over a decade providing parents with her no-nonsense approach to navigating the daily grind while preparing kids for the challenges they will face in the real world.  Listen
Next, Dr. Dan interviews Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT, about his book Fatherhood in 40-Minute Snapshots . The book is a collection of his articles about being a dad that were written on his daily commute to work in New York City. Dr. Dan and Jeremy discuss the importance of Dads in their children's lives among other topics. Jeremy and his wife have twin boy/girl teenagers in high school.  Listen
Summit Center Announces Expanded Doctoral Training Program in Walnut Creek
The 2018-2019 Training year has begun with new and returning post-doctoral fellows, Ellena Chen, Psy.D. , Rupa Robbins, Ph.D. , and Brennan Whitley, Psy.D. , psychology intern  Cyrell Roberson , and Marriage-Family intern  Megan O'Donnell , who have joined the Summit Center team at our Walnut Creek and Burlingame offices. Summit Center's training program allows more clients to access high-quality assessment and counseling services at reduced fees. All trainees work under the close supervision of Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Stephen Chou, Director of Training and Research, Dr. Michelle Freeman, Director of Assessments, Dr. Lisa White, and Dr. Gabriela Bronson-Castain.
Trainees provide intellectual, neuroeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations and counseling/therapy for children and adolescents. To schedule an appointment with any of our trainees, please call (925) 939-7500 or email
Last Chance to Register for Upcoming Groups -- for Parents or Gifted Adults
Did you know that bright people often exhibit social or emotional challenges, such as unusual sensitivity, over-excitability, or anxiety?  These discussion groups allow participants to share concerns and gain support from others who have similar experiences. Learn more

Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children, facilitated by Dr. Ellena Chen & Dr. Brennan Whitley, meets Tuesday evenings, in Berkeley, CA, beginning October 2. Parents learn about the social emotional needs of gifted, unique parenting challenges, and available resources.

Kathleen Crombie, MA, MEd.
Advanced Parent Discussion Group For Parents of Gifted and 2e Children
, facilitated by Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed., meets monthly through the Zoom video platform on Tuesday afternoons (Pacific) beginning September 25. Recommended for past group participants or those who have read A Parents Guide to Gifted Children.

Gifted Adult: The Intensity of Life, monthly discussion group facilitated by Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed., meets Monday mornings (Pacific Time), beginning September 24. Join other adults to discuss over-excitability challenges and learn coping skills. Groups are held "virtually" through the Zoom Video Meeting Platform.
Visual Learning & Teaching - New Book by  Dr. Susan Daniels
Dr. Susan Daniels' new book, Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K-8, is now available! A resource for educators, Dr. Daniels' book promotes visual literacy across the curriculum and offers interactive activities to encourage visual learning and communication in all students. One reviewer said, "In the past our schools have relied mainly on the 'thin pipe' to the brain of words and numbers. Now the newest visualization technologies provide us with a 'fat pipe' to the brain. I am enormously grateful to Dr. Daniels for providing a comprehensive and practical step-by-step pathway for teachers to help prepare students well for new worlds of work and understanding." (from Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind's Eye, Thinking Like Einstein, and Seeing What Others Cannot See). Dr. Daniels is Summit Center's co-Founder and Director of Educational Services.