August, 2018
Back-to-School Time!   
As summer break comes to an end, now is the time to get your students ready for a new school year! Take a moment to make a transition plan and help your family prepare for the upcoming classes and extracurricular activities.  
Here are a few tips: 
1. Develop a Back-to-School Sleep Routine
For many students, the end of summer means the end of sleeping in late. To get your kids ready to wake up earlier for school:
  • Make their bedtimes a little earlier each night for a week or two before school begins,
  • Eliminate any daytime naps,
  • Keep their room dark, quiet and at the right temperature.
2. Establish Daily Regular Meals
  • Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better, have improved concentration and more energy,
  • If your child packs a lunch, plan and shop for good healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and lean protein and have them available,
  • If your child takes any medications, reinforce to them the importance of eating their lunch,
  • Try to eat dinners together as a family whenever possible. It is a great time to catch-up with your child about their experiences that day and share yours.
3. Agree on an Electronics Plan
  • Limit screen time to less than two hours per day,
  • Set a curfew on phone/tablet/computer/television use, and have that time be at least an hour before bedtime,
  • No smartphones in bedrooms during sleep time. 
4. Developing Good Study Habits
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:
  • Create a quiet, consistent environment conducive for doing homework,
  • Schedule a regular time for homework,
  • Establish a rule that the television and other electronic devices are off during homework,
  • Be available to answer questions or offer assistance to your child,
  • Schedule breaks during homework time. It may be helpful to close the book and get up and stretch,
  • If your child is struggling in a subject, meet with the teacher or counselor to determine a solution.
5.  Manage School Stress
  • Give them time to relax and wind down after school,
  • Listen to your children, let them talk openly about their day without prodding for information and results from classroom assignments/tests,
  • Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques,
  • Try not to overload family schedules and be sure to plan downtime with friends and family.
As the school year progresses, please don't hesitate to reach out to our clinicians with any developmental or behavioral concerns. In particular, please take advantage of our new, affordable, "Ask the Expert," sessions for families experiencing difficulty with some aspect of their child's behavior. More details are included below.
September Child Development Chat
Child Development Milestones Makenzie
Concerned that your child isn't talking yet?  
Noticing your child is having trouble reading?  
Worried because your student doesn't have many playmates? 
If you have questions like these - or others - our next chat will address these concerns and provide parents with an overview of specific critical milestones for child development, with a focus on cognitive, language and social-emotional domains. Please join us on Thursday, September 13 at noon, and share your questions and thoughts with CDM's Makenzie Wesner, P.N.P.

Our Child Development Chats are informal and interactive sessions where topics in child behavior, development concerns and parenting questions can be discussed. The chats are open to the public and free-of-charge. Adults only, please.
New Offering!
Ask the Expert:
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 new, affordable once-a-month, 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.

Participants will bring their own behavior topics of concern and questions to address, and the moderator will help parents and caregivers. The group is held on Wednesdays at the Center for Developing Minds and upcoming meeting times include:
August 29, 7:00-8:00 pm  
September 5, 11:00 am-noon 
For families experiencing a variety of, or more significant, behavior challenges, additional private sessions with our behavior experts can be scheduled. To register, please contact the clinic. To learn more details, see the link here:
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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, the siblings will be able to address issues related to their specific family situation, while participating in fun 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 group usually meets the last Monday of the month and pizza is served for participants too! Next session will be August 27 at 6:00pm. Please learn more details here: