April News & Notes
Center for Developing Minds
The CDM clinical team includes experts in child behavior and development, educational psychology, therapy, and speech pathology. We continue to provide the highest level of care to young children and students with autism, ADHD, behavioral struggles, learning disabilities, anxiety, speech and language delays, and depression.

Please read below for more details about new staff and upcoming clinic events, including a new spring class that starts this month for struggling high school students, "Sprint to the Finish." Be sure to watch for future emails and check our social media pages for updates about all of these offerings and more.
Child Development Chats
The next chat topic is " Child communication difficulties: Tips to help your struggling young reader/writer, " and features Carlin Graveline, M.S., CCC-SLP. Parents, teachers and other professionals, please join in the interactive discussion at the clinic on Wednesday, May 1, from noon to 1:00pm.

The topics for upcoming CDM Child Development Chats can be viewed in the link below. All chats are free-of-charge.
Welcome, Danny!

The CDM is pleased to announce that Danny Arias, M.A., has joined the clinical staff, bringing nearly ten years of counseling experience to the CDM. Danny enjoys working with preteens, teens and young adults and he has experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, self-regulating, attention, communication skills, stress, bullying, social media, academic and college planning. Danny will also moderate new classes at the CDM, including “ Sprint to the Finish: Academic Coaching designed to help students get 'back on track' and finish the school year strong .” and “ Train Your Mind: Mental Skills for the young athlete. ” If you would like more information about his group sessions or to schedule a time for your student to meet with Danny, please contact the clinic!

New Classes & Groups






Sprint to the Finish
Academic Coaching designed to help students get “back on track” and finish the school year strong.

Many students find themselves in a hole at the end of the school year and are unsure what to do to dig themselves out. This four-week, eight session, class is designed to help teens organize their academics, improve study habits, complete work, create a routine and prepare for finals. The class will provide students with a structured and supportive environment to improve their academic standing, while learning skills that will benefit them in the future.

The class sessions will consist of short overviews of academic skills, time for organizing homework, individual meetings and academic planning. In addition, the instructor will follow up individually with each student using email reminders and “check-ins,” and will be available via email throughout the program. The program begins April 22 , please learn more details here:
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Supportive Siblings
For brothers and sisters of a child with special needs.

The siblings of a child with special needs face situations and deal with issues unique to many families. This monthly group will provide these sibs with a safe and supportive environment for them to communicate their concerns, share their stresses, and learn how other families handle difficult situations related to having a special needs child.
 
Facilitated by a CDM therapist, siblings ages 8-18 years old will be able to address issues related to their specific family situation, while participating in fun, age-appropriate, group activities. Discussion will focus on how to communicate any feelings of resentment or jealousy, suggestions on what to do during embarrassing moments, and recognition of the siblings' important role in their family. 
 
The groups meet the last Monday of the month and pizza is served for participants too! Next session will be April 29 at 6:00 and 7:00pm. Please learn more details here:

Parenting Class:
Strategies to improve your child's behavior

Is taking your kids to the playground a struggle?
Do you have a battle in the back seat of every car ride?
Can't get the kids to stop playing video games or put down their phone?
 
This affordable interactive group is ideal for families who are experiencing difficulty managing some aspect of their children's behavior. The discussion can address challenges like toilet training and sleep issues, to traveling with children - whether it's a short car ride or a journey on a plane or train - and provide tips for making each of these challenges less of a struggle. For example, if "Fortnite" is taking over your child's waking hours, the topic of how to moderate online gaming and media consumption and encourage alternative play could be discussed, or if getting your child to eat healthy foods is a problem, diet can be a focus. The parenting class will meet next on:
April 11, noon to 1:00pm.

Train Your Brain
Individualized Mental Athletic Training for Aspiring Athletes
Many young athletes spend countless hours training their bodies to excel in athletics, yet they tend to ignore the mental preparation that is essential to improvement and growth. When the mind and body are equally prepared, athletes reach their full potential. Through specialized one-on-one meetings, young athletes will learn a variety of skills and strategies to address their individual needs and give them a mental edge in competition.

The Train Your Brain program consists of a two-part initial assessment, which includes a review of film (ideally) and pre-assessment questionnaires completed by the athlete, coach and parents. The instructor will then guide a discussion regarding goals and the development of a targeted plan for the athlete. Please see the link for specific program information.

CDM Contributed Blog Posts

Please check out these links for the latest articles from CDM clinicians:

Damon Korb, M.D. recently posted in Minds in Bloom, from the Children's Discovery Museum, about Delivering Difficult News to Young Children.

Michael Slone, Psy.D. writes in the Stratford Schools blog about Setting Expectations and Limits for Appropriate Technology Use.
CDM is now on Twitter!
For the latest tweets about child developmental milestones, parenting and behavior tips, pediatric research, and more, please follow us on Twitter @devminds! We recently started to actively post and we hope you find the information helpful. In addition, we continue to highlight news and clinic information on our Facebook page.

Check it out using the links below!
Friendly Reminder for CDM Clients
Please remember to plan ahead and allow at least three days for the processing of any prescription medication refills. If travel plans are on the horizon, be sure to discuss refill needs with your clinician at your next appointment.
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