Da Vinci Center for Gifted Children


Finding Support for Gifted Children and Their Families 

     At Da Vinci Center we know how difficult it can be to try and find highly knowledgeable professionals who understand the world of gifted and are able to provide caring support for gifted children and their families.  In addition to our own highly skilled and experienced team members, below are some folks within the Bay Area we feel are terrific in supporting the needs of gifted children and their families.

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The Summit Center

Is your bright child having trouble at school, home, or with peers? We offer psychological & educational services for gifted children, adolescents, and families. Our assessments and counseling can help your child to be happier and more successful.

Dr. Dan Peters is co-founder and Clinical Director of the Summit Center, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families with special emphasis on gifted, talented, and creative individuals and families. He presents at state, national, and international conferences on a variety of gifted topics. Dr. Peters serves on CAG Advisory Board, the SENG Editorial Board, and consults frequently with GATE and Special Education Departments. He is also Co-Chair of the Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group for the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). Dr. Peters is co-author (with Dr. Susan Daniels) of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013), and many other articles on gifted topics. Dr. Peters’ clinical interests include the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of gifted and twice-exceptional (2e) individuals, overcoming anxiety, and helping individuals achieve their developmental potential.

San Francisco Bay Area
Marin, Napa, Millbrae,
and Walnut Creek
925.939.7500
http://summitcenter.us/
 

Anne Beneventi

childrenevolving@aol.com

510-672-0418

 

Anne Beneventi has had a passion for working with gifted children throughout her career.   She taught for over 20 years, including 7 years at Nueva School for the Gifted.  During that time, she co-founded Kaumeya International School for high achievers in Alexandria, Egypt and Roeper West School for the Gifted in Berkeley, CA.

In 1989, she met Annemarie Roeper who became her mentor for over a decade.  She worked closely with Annemarie, evaluating children for giftedness at Roeper Consultation Service.

In 2000, she worked with a core group of leading professionals to develop a certification program to train practitioners in the Annemarie Roeper Method of Qualitative Assessment (QA) and became the first Certified Master Practitioner.

 

In 2002, she founded, Children Evolving, a private consultation service for the gifted where she continues to evaluate children for giftedness using QA, offers teacher training and parent advocacy and support groups.

Anne is also an associate of the Gifted Development Center, organizes the Bay Area Testing Clinic and conducts Needs Assessments for their clients.

In addition, she serves as the Professional Outreach Coordinator for the Gifted Homeschooler Forum, is a Community Advisor for the Summit Summer Camp for the Gifted and is a Certified Parent Group Facilitator for SENG (Supporting the Needs of the Gifted). 

 

Dr. Lloyd Takao, MD  (Pediatrician)

Address:15 Altarinda Road, Suite 100, Orinda, CA 94563

Office Phone: 925-253-1199

Lloyd Takao, M.D., was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After studying architecture at the University of Cincinnati, he moved west and graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Zoology and Design. He earned his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He completed an internal medicine internship and worked in the emergency room at Kaiser Oakland before finishing his pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Oakland.

He began private practice in 1979 with Drs. Seymour Harris and Philip Chamberlain and helped open Summit Pediatric Medical Group in Orinda in 1985. He has been in private practice in the greater East Bay area for over 30 years. He practices general pediatrics and has extensive experience with pediatric asthma.

Dr. Takao has hospital staff privileges at Children’s Hospital Oakland, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center, and John Muir Medical Center.

From 2007 to the present, Dr. Takao has served on the senior medical staff leadership team at Children’s Hospital Oakland, including being President of the Medical Staff in 2008. Currently, Dr. Takao is working closely with the medical staff on the hospital's key initiatives of quality care and patient safety.

For 8 years, Dr. Takao has taught third and fourth year medical students as part of the “Foundations of Medical Care” program through the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. For over 20 years, he mentored pediatric interns and residents at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Dr. Takao served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association for 20 years and received the association's Bernard Gregory Award in 2005 for advancing cultural diversity. For 27 years, he volunteered as a camp physician every summer at the University of California Alumni Family Camp (Lair of the Bear).

Dr. Takao and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Moraga and have three children. He is an avid skier, rock climber, and cyclist. He enjoys music and plays the ukulele.



Occupational Therapists

Full Circle Developmental Center
4101 NW 122nd Street, Suite C
OKC,OK 73120 

(405) 562-9260 

Occupational Therapy Team 

Our occupational therapists provide fun, enriching activities through individually-designed programs to help children develop visual, fine and gross motor coordination, perceptual motor and self-help skills, including eating, dressing and toileting, attention to task and task completion skills, play and social skills, to achieve sensory integration and emotional regulation, to improve their ability to function in their home, school and community, and work toward independence in all areas of their lives. 

 

Some helpful resources:

Gifted Development Center, Colorado

http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/

 

SENG (Supporting the Needs of the Gifted)

http://www.sengifted.org/

 

MENSA International

http://www.mensa.org/

 

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/schools.htm#uca

 

BayNVC (Nonviolent Communication)

http://www.baynvc.org/nvc_in_schools.php