Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
In Memoriam: Dr. Jim Webb, 1939-2018
Dr. Jim Webb was a psychologist, professor, and author of "A Parents Guide to Gifted Children," among many other books. He founded Great Potential Press and the nonprofit Supporting Emotional Needs for Gifted Children (SENG). "Jim Webb was a pioneer in our field," said Dr. Dan Peters. "He spent decades advocating for the importance of the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, and prioritizing their mental health. He was a friend and mentor to many of us at Summit Center. We will carry on his legacy."  
Memorial website
Dr. Dan's Column in Diablo Gazette
Dr. Dan Peters contributes a monthly column.
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" Everybody wants to be understood. Whether you are 2e or not, whether you are a kid or not. It's the human condition, wanting to be understood . "

- Julie Skolnick, MA, JD, on the Parent Footprint Podcast
Summit Center Update
August 2018

We hope your child has a great first day at school! If you'd like to discuss any topics in person with one of our professionals, give us a call.
New Virtual Discussion Groups with Kathleen Crombie for Parents and Adults
Summit Center facilitator Kathleen Crombie, MA, M.Ed., is presenting two new discussion groups on gifted and twice-exceptional issues this fall. Both groups will meet monthly online through the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Advanced Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted & 2e Children: Have you participated in a SENG Model Parent Group in the past and want to continue the conversation? Join Kathleen's new "virtual" group to discuss the unique challenges that gifted or 2e children bring to families. Monthly meetings are held online Tuesday afternoons (9/25, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11), 1pm-2:30pm.
Gifted Adult Discussion Group - "The Intensity of Life": Do you experience life differently? Join other adults to discuss over-excitability challenges while learning coping skills. (Will refer to the book "Living with Intensity" by Daniels and Piechowski, 2008.) Monthly meetings are held online Monday mornings (9/24, 10/15, 11/12, 12/10), 11am-12:30pm.    Learn more and register

Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed., provides coaching, consultation and advocacy services for gifted adults, children, and families. She works at Summit Center in Walnut Creek, CA, Chicago, IL and virtually.
New Parent Footprint Podcasts: Amy Laurent and Julie Skolnick
On the Parent Footprint podcast this month, Dr. Dan speaks with two different moms on their individual strategies for working with their children.
Making Meaningful Differences for Individuals with Autism with Amy Laurent (Episode 41)
First, Dr. Dan interviews Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L, a developmental psychologist, a registered pediatric occupational therapist, and co-author of the SCERTS model for autism intervention. Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities.
Hearing this episode will inspire many families as Dr. Dan and Amy explore language, social skills, sensory systems, transitions, executive functioning and more.  Amy's work involves collaborating with and supporting early intervention teams, school teams, and families with the creation of educational programs and environments that facilitate children's active engagement and learning at home, in schools, and throughout their communities.
With Understanding Comes Calm with Julie Skolnick (Episode 42)
Dr. Dan welcomes colleague and friend Julie F. Skolnick, M.A., J.D., the founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC a community for gifted/2e families, children, adults, and educators, and the upcoming event

Julie guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, and collaborates with educators and professionals on bringing out the best in their students and clients. During the show, Julie describes her process to Dr. Dan which includes three parts and a "cycle for success" as well as her P.R.A.I.S.E. method.
In Julie's words, "With understanding comes calm. Through the lenses of giftedness and distractibility, I will help you understand your child's perplexing behaviors, complicated feelings and challenging attitudes and the responses of others toward them...When we understand why our children feel what they feel we can respond to their behavior in a calm and productive way."