July, 2018
NEWS & NOTES
Happy Summer!        

The CDM clinic team hopes that your family is having a nice break and taking some time in your summer schedule to enjoy doing activities together with friends and family. It is a great time of year to catch-up on projects and a good opportunity to practice parenting skills that may need some fine tuning.  While our staff will be spending extra time with our families this summer too, the clinic remains open to support our clients. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any developmental or parenting concerns, and especially take note of a new "Ask the Expert" session for families experiencing difficulty with some aspect of their child's behavior. More details are included below.
Welcome, Susie!      

We are very happy to have a new administrative assistant -- Susie Todd -- managing contracts, billing, and providing insurance support at the clinic! Susie's background includes a master's in education, with an emphasis in human development and psychology. Be sure to tell her "hello" the next time you're at the front desk, and please see her bio on the CDM website.   
   
Congrats, Dr. Slone!       

Congratulations to CDM's Dr. Michael Slone for recently completing his doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) with a concentration a in neuropsychology! To learn more about the broad background of experience Dr. Slone brings to the CDM team, please see his full bio on our website.      Dr. Slone's Biography
   
Summer Classes and Groups Available
 
In addition to the new once-per-month group (see below), ongoing or occasional therapy sessions for siblings are now offered at the clinic. Other summer CDM classes designed to boost reading and executive function skills are also accepting registrations. See more information below and please contact the CDM office for further information or to enroll in a group.   
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. Please learn more details here:
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Reading Tips & Tricks
This unique summer group is designed to help children in early-elementary school grades who want to get a "jump-start" in reading and pre-reading skills before the new school year begins.  The instructor will be focusing intently on each child's individual reading breakdowns to build stronger foundational competence, which should assist in an easier acquisition of future skills.
The classes will be held the week of August 6 and 13. More details can be found on our website and the link below. If interested in this summer session, please contact the clinic.
Let's Get Organized
Summer Support for Students Who Have Executive Function Difficulties

Use your student's summer break to build new executive functioning skills essential for good organization. Organization problems are common among students who struggle with school. Even the most motivated of these children may find it hard to adapt to the increasing load of expectations as they grow older. By working with an education specialist, one-on-one, in a supportive environment, the sessions will also help to improve a student's self-esteem.

Sessions are individually scheduled on weekdays and held at the Center for Developing Minds. There are just a few summer slots left - please contact the clinic for more information!

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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! Please learn more details here: