In This Issue
Executive Functioning Support Class for Parents Begins Feb. 19
Get your family back on track and more organized just in time for the new decade. Wednesdays, 12 noon in Walnut Creek, for parents of elementary school-aged children. Led by Dr. Ellena Chen, licensed psychologist, and Deanna Kim, M.Ed., educational therapist. Details at
Last chance! Gifted/2e Parent Support Group Begins Monday, Jan. 27
Last chance to register! Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children will be held in Walnut Creek on Monday mornings, beginning January 27. Group will discuss the unique challenges that gifted children bring to families, including their social emotional needs. Facilitated by Dr. Ellena Chen & Melanie Hayes. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Details at
Camp Summit Dates for 2020 Now Open
Camp Summit for the Gifted returns to the SF Bay Area and northern Maryland this summer! Camp dates are 
June 14-20 ( 6 nights) for Camp Summit WEST, and 
August 9-13 ( 4 nights) for Camp Summit EAST. Camp Summit  is a sleepover summer camp designed specifically for gifted students ages 9 through 14. Details at
"The problem is not in the person with differences, it is in the social context around them. Talking about this as a diversity issue is a way for us to reframe, reorient, and ultimately change environments and systems to be more inclusive for all people."

- Jonathan Mooney, talking to Dr. Dan on the Podcast
Summit Center Update
January 2020

We hope the new year is off to a great start for you and your family.  If you want to better understand your child's learning and development this year, give us a call.
Parent Footprint Podcast: Neurodiversity Advocate Jonathan Mooney and Financial Independence Expert Brad Barrett
Dr. Dan interviews two entrepreneurs on the podcast this month, and celebrates his 75th episode.
Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines with Jonathan Mooney

Dr. Dan welcomes back author, speaker, advocate, and entrepreneur Jonathan Mooney to the podcast. Jonathan Mooney reassures us all that Normal Sucks (his book title is inspired by his incredible mom). Jonathan says we need to stop thinking about deficits and instead support the fact that there are advantages and upshots to every type of brain and body. Jonathan has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, and other media, and he speaks across the nation about neurological and physical diversity.

As a neuro-diverse kid diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD who didn't learn to read until he was 12, the realization that that he wasn't the problem -- the system and the concept of normal were -- saved Mooney's life. Dr. Dan and Jonathan discuss some of Jonathan's challenges (including anxiety, dyslexia and suicidal thoughts) and have a moving discussion about how to support neurodiverse individuals.

More information at

Teaching Financial Independence to Your Children with Brad Barrett

Dr. Dan welcomes entrepreneur Brad Barrett to talk about kids and financial independence. Brad Barrett is the founder and host of ChooseFI, a personal finance podcast and community (a Top 50 Business Podcast on iTunes). His journey will inspire and motivate listeners to take charge of their savings, their future retirement and their dream life today. His financial teachings start with intention and awareness and values and will help parents show their children how to live a happy and independent life.

Brad Barrett went from being a full-time CPA to retiring with complete financial independence by the age of 35 through diligent savings and investing.  Brad suggests:
  • Talk about money with your children in an honest and open manner (that is age appropriate)
  • Teach your kids how to save their money and how to build a "savings habit" (Brad says he accomplishes this by giving his children an allowance)
  • Teach kids basic facts about the stock market and investing and compounding
Listen to the podcast

Subscribe to the Parent Footprint Podcast through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts (on your Android),TuneIn Radio , iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Android, or on the show page.
EdRev Mini-Conference on Attention and Learning Differences in San Jose, Sat., 2/8
EdRev presents: Supporting the 1 in 5: A mini-conference for educators and parents, on Saturday, February 8. Join EdRev for a day of conversation and discussion with expert advice about working with children and youth with learning and attention differences. Choose from sessions for both parents and educators. Go home with new understandings and practical tips for supporting your kids whether at home or in the classroom. At CHC's South Bay office in San Jose. Register at