March 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 just for 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
This month the chat topic is " Should I have my child tested?" and features Jana Parker, L.E.P., who will provide an overview of the process and the options available to families, comparing public and private psychoeducational assessments. Please join in the free-of-charge, interactive discussion at the clinic on March 27 at 7:00pm.

The topics for the upcoming CDM Child Development Chats can be viewed in the link below.
Welcome, Cheri!

The CDM is pleased to announce that educational psychologist, Cheri Nistler, L.E.P., has joined the clinical staff. Cheri brings many years of experience to the CDM, conducting psycho-educational evaluations that help uncover strengths and weaknesses in cognitive functioning, information processing, executive functioning and academic skills. She is passionate about clearly communicating assessment results and recommendations to parents so that they have a much better understanding of their child’s learning style and needs. particularly enjoys working with elementary school aged children who have learning disabilities and academic challenges. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with Cheri for a psycho-educational consultation or evaluation, 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 March 25 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.

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 this month 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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