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

Child Development Chat Next Week   

"Motivating, Engaging, and Empowering the Struggling Student"

 

On Monday evening, October 19, from 7:00-8:00pm, the CDM's Michael Slone will host an interactive session at the clinic that will focus on practical and proven tips and tricks to help your student find more enjoyment and success in school. The Chat will be held at the Center for Developing Minds and is free-of-charge. Please feel free to bring along a friend -- the chats are open to the public -- and your questions and concerns to share.

A Note From Dr. Korb   
Last week I traveled to Las Vegas for the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics.  In addition to being energized by the enthusiasm of developmental behavioral clinicians from around the world, and listening to too many jokes comparing gambling to inconsistent parenting strategies, I had the opportunity to hear some cutting-edge research and I look forward to sharing what I learn with my staff and patients  The following is a brief overview.
  • Children with genetic conditions (e.g. Down's syndrome, Noonan's syndrome) that put children at increased risk for heart defects showed no difference in heart rate, pulse, or cardiac problems, when given stimulant medication (e.g. Ritalin, Adderall) than did typical peers.  This data provides further support to the growing knowledge stimulants, when used properly, are among the safest medications provided to children.
  • Research presented by Frances Galscoe, Ph.D, demonstrated that screening for disabilities between the ages of 4-7 identified a dramatic increase in disabilities over those children identified before age 3.  Many insurance companies reimburse for developmental screening up to age 3, despite the fact that the prevalence of disabilities increases during each year of life up 'till adulthood.  Ongoing surveillance is needed.
  • Special blue lights can be used for 45 minutes in the morning to adjust sleep phase in children who have problems falling asleep at night.
  • In addition, we discussed the critical need to screen young children for autism, because early intervention has been shown to help.
Fall Classes and Groups - now enrolling!     

CDM Family Series Starts Thursday Night:
A Guide to Your Child's Social Cognitive Development

"A Guide to Your Child's Social Cognitive Development" is ideal for families with children who may be experiencing a range of social cognitive challenges, including executive function issues, behavioral concerns, and social challenges that may be related to autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing challenges, and others. This seminar incorporates current evidence-based treatments with practical suggestions. Parents will learn hands-on strategies for supporting and optimizing their child's social cognitive development. The group meets on Thursday evenings, beginning on October 15, please see the link for details:
Let's Play Together!
A Playgroup Supporting Social and Communication Development
A new early-learning program specifically for toddlers starts next month at the CDM. Designed to educate the whole family, the new playgroup is centered on teaching foundational social cognitive skills -- including joint attention, initiation and reciprocal communication -- through a shared experience with the child and the parents/caregivers.  Open registration begins on Thursday for the session that starts on November 3, please see the link for details:
Social Climbers Junior
Social-skills Group for Children
Social Climbers Junior is 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. Class sessions include circle-time (with choice-making and sharing), direct teaching and practice of social cognitive skills, expansion and modeling of social language, and facilitated cooperative play activities.  Designed for children ages three to ten years-old, there are five class times to chose from. Open registration begins on Thursday for the sessions that start the week of November 2, please see the link for details:
For more information about all CDM class offerings, including pricing and a complete schedule, please see the individual class links on our website: 
 

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!