Many gifted individuals suffer from anxiety. Learn the truths behind the myths about this common affliction in my piece (with Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T.) “The Anxiety Myth: 5 Lies We Believe About Anxiety” for the American MENSA Bulletin, February 2016.
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“I am inspired daily by the love and kindness of my grandmother and the life and messages of Wayne Dyer. When you have a choice of being right or wrong, choose kind. Lead with kindness and love. Imagine what our world would be like if we all did this.” Read more in my new article on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY “Choosing Kindness.”
As we professionals / educators / therapists / parents navigate the #gifted and #2e worlds for our children and students, we must not forget the twice-exceptional adults. Read Dr. Dan Peters’ interview with Summit Center colleague Dr. Paula Wilkes on “The Twice-Exceptional Adult” in this post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Our kids are not learning how to handle disappointment and that a primary parenting goal should be helping our kids learn to handle adversity and the inevitable disappointment of life. Welcome to over-parenting. Read more about “When Overparenting Goes Too Far” in Dr. Dan Peters’ post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY.
Dr. Dan Peters writes that “”The concept of dyslexia seems to be getting some traction, but we are far from seeing changes in schools and the work place. The dyslexic mind is not yet seen as a valuable resource, and the dyslexic child and adult are still marginalized.” Read the rest in “The Dyslexic Advantage: Our Hidden Revolution” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan Peters lists fun things kids can do to bring them back into the mind frame of reading, writing, learning, being curious, critically thinking, engaging in dialogue and just plain moving the body. In “5 Back-to-School Brain Boosters” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Students with real and legitimate diagnoses for learning disabilities (like ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, sensory processing disorders, or autistic spectrum disorder) won’t qualify for additional help at school if they are meeting minimum grade level requirements. This means that bright and gifted kids may never receive treatment for their disorder. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ new piece “Smart-Shaming: Sorry But Your Child Is Too Bright To Qualify for Help” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Many children with learning and processing challenges find the process of taking tests hard. Particularly long tests with lots of work and words can create massive worry and anxiety. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ article “Managing Test Anxiety in Today’s High Stakes Testing Era” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan’s newest post for PSYCHOLOGY TODAY “A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children” encourages parents and educators to ask “What’s Right” instead of “What’s Wrong”; read the post to learn more about one of Summit Center’s important philosophies for working with children and families.
The popular show Parenthood — which recently ended its successful five year run on NBC — was beloved for its heartwarming renditions of life as part of a large family — and for the portrayal of a character with autism spectrum disorder. Read Dr. Dan Peters’ reflections on Parenthood on HUFFINGTON POST and have one last visit with The Bravermans.
“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!” Read Dr. Dan Peters’ new piece about school avoidance and anxiety on HUFFINGTON POST Parents and learn what you can do to help your child.
Dr. Dan Peters talks about how to live purposely in the new year on The HUFFINGTON POST. What will you bring into your life in 2015? We hope his words inspire you as you journey into this new year. Here is a great way to begin: • Accept reality • Make conscious choices • Live intentionally and purposely.
It can be very difficult to understand what is driving your child’s behavior. Why is she acting that way? Why is he always melting down? Why does she avoid doing anything that does not come easily to her? Learn more about how to help your child this year in Dr. Dan Peters’ guest blog post on Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
“All we really have is the present moment — where you are right now and with whom you are with. Give yourself time to think and reflect. Live purposefully. Be in the now and take it all in. Be brave. Have gratitude for what you have. Accept reality. It is all we have.” From “Living Life Now, Even If It Is Temporary,” by Dr.
It’s that time of year! Children are thinking about real monsters, imaginary monsters and yes, The Worry Monster. Worrying can be about anything: about Halloween itself, costumes, confusing social skills — will I be invited with my friends? — to doorbells ringing without warning and over-the-top spooky neighborhoods. Read more about ways to fight holiday fears in Dr. Dan Peters’ piece “This Halloween, Banish The Boo and Conquer The (Worry) Monster!” on HUFFINGTON POST.
Dr. Dan Peters’ “Life Elsewhere” interview on NPR / Tampa’s WMNF with Norman B is now available on Stitcher. We hope this discussion of worry, fear, and Ebola (based on Dr. Dan’s HUFFPOST Parents blog) helps your family deal with the fears of the disease spreading.
Whether it is nuclear attack, killer bees, SARS, economic collapse, war or Ebola, there will always be something that can cause worry in young people. Our job as parents is to help our children deal with worrisome information by understanding how they think and process information at this formative time in their lives, and by giving them information they need to manage their thoughts and worries.
How can our children learn to handle these challenges if we constantly protect them, solve their problems, and always focus on their happiness and finding their passion? Read Dr. Dan Peters’ piece “Are We Missing the Mark If We Support Our Children’s Passions?” on HUFFINGTON POST.
In his practice, Dr. Dan Peters often discusses technology and media and teaches the need to monitor it for parents and for children. If you or your child is prone towards anxiety and worry (The Worry Monster), the news and media will only serve to grease the tracks for worry and anxiety and fear about all the bad things that “may” happen and “could” happen in the future.
During the teen years, successful parenting means letting your teenagers know that you have empathy for their experience, that you’ve been there yourself, and that the anxieties and issues that arise are a normal part of growing and being human. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ post on PSYCHOLOGY TODAY is on “Taming Normal Teen Anxiety.”
“Lately, I have been waking up several times a night and ruminating about my digital life. Sometimes my heart is beating fast. Sometimes I’m drenched in sweat.” Dr. Dan Peters has “Inboxitis” — and you might have it too. Read about this “condition” and how he is conquering it on HUFFINGTON POST’s Third Metric.
Two of this summer’s most popular movies are stories of young people dealing with the harsher challenges of life both through illness and evil. Read about “How Summer Movies and Books Can Provide Parallels to Real Life’s Challenges For Your Kids” by Dr. Dan Peters on HUFFINGTON POST’s Parents.
It’s here — the moment your kids have been waiting for: summer vacation. You have been waiting for it, too — a break from all the homework, lunches, after-school activities, sports, enrichment classes, and more. To learn about how to make the most of this summer, read Dr. Dan Peters’ newest piece on HUFFINGTON POST.
Kids may be better able to learn from or deal with challenges when a character from their favorite movie or book has gone through the same thing. Learn more in Dr. Dan Peters’ latest post “Summer Movies and Books May Provide Parallels to Life’s Challenges” on http://summitcenter.us/. Read the Review
Dr. Dan Peters shares another personal and moving story about his own fears and worries in our new world of school shootings. Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ blog “What Do I Tell My Children? Parenting in Scary and Unthinkable Times,” on Huffington Post Parents.
“I know each generation has its own challenges, but I feel the current generation of fatherhood is extremely challenging. Today’s dads must balance making a living and spending the necessary time improving and perfecting their craft, being an engaged spouse, being a present father and finding time for himself (rarely).” Read more in Dr. Dan Peters’ new blog “Dad Guilt,” on Huffington Post Parents.
In honor of Mental Health Month, Dr. Dan Peters interviewed Stephen Shore for his latest blog on Psychology Today. Stephen travels internationally lecturing about autism and education most recently to Russia and Morocco. He also does impactful work with autism and music. This piece will discuss his work, his role as an Autism Ambassador, and his thoughts about Anxiety and Mental Health.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Dr. Dan Peters interviewed Dr. Catharine Alvarez so that she could share her perspective on autism and anxiety as an adult on the autism spectrum. Catharine is a mathematician and founder of Math Wizard, student of psychology, blogger, and homeschooling parent of two. Read more in “A First-Person Perspective on Anxiety and Autism,” Dr. Dan Peters latest blog post on Psychology Today.
It is customary for gifted children to be advanced in their thinking, have strong imaginative and creative abilities, and oftentimes, to be highly sensitive. However, the combination of these characteristics can give rise to experiences of worry and anxiety. Learn more in “Help Gifted Kids Cope with and Conquer their Fear and Anxiety,” by Dr. Dan Peters on Expert Beacon.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities just released an article citing new data from the U.S. Department of Education, which states that “students with learning and attention issues are shut out of gifted and AP programs, held back in grade level and suspended from school at higher rates than other students.” Learn more at “Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study,” Dr.