June, 2015
NEWS & NOTES
What's happening at the Center for Developing Minds...

Welcome our new education specialist, Paula Ramos!     

We are happy to introduce a new member of the CDM clinic team, education specialist, Paula Ramos! With more than fourteen years of experience educating children in pre-kindergarten through elementary school, Paula combines technology, multisensory and differentiated learning to help her clients find success in achieving their learning goals. Paula has trained at and worked with a number of educational programs, including: Lindamood Bell, the Slingerland Institute, Wilson Reading Program, Singapore Math Models, Marilyn Burn's Do the Math and Step-Up to Writing, enabling her to create appropriate intervention programs that address specific learning differences and help close a student's gap in reading, writing or math. If you would like to meet with Paula to discuss how she may help work with your child, please give the clinic a call to schedule an appointment.
 

Q & A

 

Can my child stop his medication during the summer? 

I am frequently asked this question by patients taking stimulant medication to help their child's attention.  The origin of their asking usually stems from two thoughts: 1) the medication is for school, and 2) it could give a break from side effects.  I base my treatment recommendations on research, but my conclusions can differ from one individual to the next.


Research has shown that children with ADHD who take stimulant medication daily perform better.  Remember that the medication not only helps with self-control, but it also supports initiation, organization, and social engagement.  One very large research study blinded parents, teachers, and patients, which means that the observers and the patient did not know if the child was taking the medication or which dose he was taking.  Each week the medication was secretly changed and the parents, teachers, and students rated behavior.  The results were overwhelmingly positive that all observers notice a difference on and off the medication and this finding is consistent whether or not a student is in school.  So, while the benefits may be subtle outside the classroom, they certainly exist.


Some parents want to give their child a break from side effects.  Early studies suggested that stimulant medication usage results in a loss in height potential by about ½ to 1 inch.  However, a more recent, very large study that followed kids over a 10-year period disputed that finding and reported no loss in height.  On the other hand, other potential side-effects, like appetite suppression and irritability exist, and those need to be taken into consideration.


There are also things about these medications we do not know, and the information is not necessarily what you might think.  We have a tremendous number of studies on the use of medication, but very little information on the effects of prolonged breaks.  Given that the brain thrives on rhythm and regularity (e.g. sleep, nutrition, exercise), it is possible that breaks from the medication could actually be a negative.  So, while it is tempting to jump to the conclusion that less is better, it may not actually be the case.


Ultimately, the decision comes down to whether the pros outweigh the cons.  In general, I support the regular use of medication for children that need it, but I take every decision individually and seriously. Be sure to mention this possibility at your child's next appointment if you are considering making any changes to their medication plan -- and enjoy a terrific summer! ~ Dr. Korb

 

Client Photos

 

If you have not already had a photo added to your child's records at the CDM within the last year, please forward a recent digital photograph of your child to Rosalie at info@devminds.com -- we are updating all of our files and hope to include more current images of our clients to assist our clinicians. Thank you!


Summer Class: Social Climbers Junior     

There are just a couple of openings still available for the next session of Social Climbers Junior, a developmentally appropriate, play-based group that allows children to practice skills such as initiating and maintaining social interactions, staying engaged in small group activities, emotional regulation, and self-monitoring. The summer session begins the week of June 15, so if you are interested in enrolling, please contact the Center for Developing Minds as soon as possible so an instructor can contact you to determine the appropriate class for your child. The age range for participants is generally three years-old to third-grade students.

  

Summer Class Schedule:
Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10:30-12:00 or 1:00-2:30 pm, 
Wednesday at 3:00-4:30 pm, or Thursdays from 3:30-5:00pm. 

Parent Classes: Monday, June 15, and Thursday, July 16, from 6:00-7:30pm.
June-July session: The six-week series of classes begin on June 16, 2015.

Click here for Social Climbers Summer Class info.
 

For more information about all CDM class offerings, including pricing and a complete schedule, please see the individual class links on our website: 
 

The CDM is Hiring

 

The Center for Developing Minds currently has positions available for:

* Speech & Language Pathologist

* Occupational Therapist

* Part-time (afternoon) Receptionist

 

Full or part-time opportunities are available in a comfortable and flexible work environment. For more information about these opportunities, please see our website.