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 Summit Center  

March  2015
Summit Center Update
If your child suffers from anxiety about school, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Read on for Dr. Dan Peters' article on what to do about school avoidance, plus new articles and links of interest.
My Child Won't Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do
by Dr. Dan Peters, Executive Director


This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Dr. Dan Peters
Dr. Dan Peters


"I am not sure what has changed. Things were fine last year and now he wakes up with a stomachache and says he doesn't want to go to school. It takes me forever to get him out the door. We are often late. He ends up screaming at me and telling me I am the worst parent ever! I end up yelling at him and almost have to pull him out of the car. He leaves upset and I feel upset, worried, and angry. Why is this happening!?"
If it sounds like I was in your car this morning, that is because this situation is very common with children -- both with those I work and those I parent. On the outside, a child's life can seem so simple -- they go to school, play, and have most things done for them. However, on the inside, a child's life can be very complex. This complexity can result in a range of thoughts and feelings that go from "School is hard"... "I don't want to go to school"..."I hate school"..."I am not going to school", to "I wish I was never born" and "I wish I was dead." The latter statements are more alarming to parents for sure, yet all suggest something is going on.
New "Because I'm Dyslexic" Video from Dyslexic Advantage

Have you seen the YouTube sensation "Because I'm Dyslexic"? It features prominent entrepreneurs, filmmakers, venture capitalists, and our own Dr. Dan Peters (at 2 minutes 40 seconds) talking about how their dyslexia contributed to their success. 


The video was created by friends and colleagues at Dyslexic Advantage.  Dyslexic Advantage is a non-profit group founded by Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide to help increase awareness of the positive side of dyslexia. Learn more at


Camp Summit - Space Still Available for Girls
Camp Summit
One Week Residential Program for Gifted Youth June 21-27


Camp Summit is our one-week residential summer program for gifted, talented, and creative kids and teens. Camp this year takes place June 21-27, 2015, at the Marin Headlands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Camp is almost full, but there are a few spaces still available for girls. 

Learn More and Register

Summit Center Articles and Links

Psychology Today:  " For our anxious,  gifted twice-exceptional (2e) , and special needs children, many daily activities and experiences like getting ready for school, going to the doctor, having a play date and celebrating birthdays are very challenging.  The good news:  these events can become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social and emotional behavior." Dr. Dan Peters interviews Elizabeth Sautter of Communication Works about her new book,
"Make Social Learning Stick!" for Psychology Today.   Read the Article

2e: Twice Exceptional, a new documentary by Bay Area filmmaker Thomas Ropelewski, follows the personal journeys of a unique group of high school students at Bridges Academy in Los Angeles who have been identified as "twice exceptional" - gifted or highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. If your school or organization is interested in hosting a screening, let us know.
Do you like pinning and sharing ideas and content? Dr. Dan Peters is on Pinterest

Is your bright child having trouble at school, home, or with peers? We offer psychological & educational services for children, adolescents, families, and adults. Our assessments and counseling can help make your child happier, more successful, and moving in the right direction. Offices in Northern and Southern California.


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