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Executive Functioning Support
Course: Raising an Organized Kid
facilitated by Dr. Ellena Chen & Deanna Kim
Wednesdays, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
February 19 through March 18 (5 weeks)
Walnut Creek, CA


Wednesdays, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
February 19 through March 18
(5 weeks)

Course meetings are weekly: Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 4, Mar. 11, Mar. 18


Summit Center Walnut Creek
700 Ygnacio Valley Road
Suite 320
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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Dr. Ellena Chen or Deanna Kim              Summit Center
phone (925) 939-7500

Do you feel overwhelmed by your family's ever-growing list of after school activities? Are you up late at night helping your child finish a project that's due tomorrow? While many of us with elementary school-aged children struggle with planning, organization, and time management, developing a family system can be the key to overcoming these challenges.

This workshop will offer parents the unique opportunity to work with our staff to develop their own family system, and learn more about executive functioning and how it impacts our day-to-day lives. Sessions will focus on planning through the use of a family calendar, time management, routines, sustaining attention, how to work through the homework frustrations, and emotional regulation. Each participant will leave with the tools they need to help their family get back on track and more organized just in time for the new decade. 

Led by Dr. Ellena Chen, licensed psychologist, and Deanna Kim, M.Ed., educational therapist. Topics include:

  • Planning: How to fill out a family calendar, backward planning
  • Time Management: How to establish routines, visualize the passage of time
  • Emotional regulation: how to express stress, calming tools
  • Sustaining Attention: how to maximize focus and handle distractions
  • Common Pitfalls
  • Answers to your questions

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Group participation costs $350 for one person or $599 per couple for the 5 classes. Pre-registration is required. Register early as space is limited.

Ellena Chen, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in collaborative strength-based work with children and their families. She provides a range of services, including individual and family counseling, psychological assessments, and consultations. Dr. Chen is passionate about twice-exceptionality, parenting, and helping children and families who are struggling with learning differences, ADHD, and anxiety. As a parent of two young children, Dr. Chen has an in-depth understanding of the rollercoaster of emotions that can come with raising a child, and partners with parents to provide a continuity of care. 

Deanna M. Kim, M.Ed., is an Educational Therapist specializing in academic coaching and math interventions. Currently she provides her services at Summit Center, Walnut Creek and at The Athenian School in Danville, CA. Deanna’s passion is to empower children to grow in executive functioning skills through collaborating with parents, for which she coined the term T.O.P.S. skills (Time Management, Organization, Planning, and Self-Understanding). Prior to joining Summit Center, she worked as a classroom teacher and learning specialist. Deanna is the blessed mother of twin boys.

Summit Center offers psychological and educational assessments and counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. We specialize in those who may be gifted, creative, or twice-exceptional (both gifted and with learning differences). Summit Center offers additional support groups virtually and in Torrance, CA. Learn more at