May, 2018
NEWS & NOTES
Next Child Development Chat is May 15:  "Parenting in the Digital Age"     

Our next chat is all about "Parenting in the Digital Age," featuring behavioral and developmental pediatrician, Damon Korb, M.D, which will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 7:00-8:00pm. This free chat will provide practical tips and suggestions for parents to use with their family regarding phones and other electronic devices, social media, and gaming concerns. 

Please check the full 2018 chat schedule, available on our website via the link below, and mark your calendars - we hope you will join in the discussions.
 
Welcome, Makenzie!      

Makenzie
We are excited to announce that Makenzie Wesner, N.P., has recently joined the clinical team at CDM! Makenzie is a behavioral and developmental pediatric nurse practitioner, with a background in pediatric neurodevelopment, which includes the evaluation and treatment of children with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning differences among various intellectual and genetic backdrops. In addition to her P.N.P. training at U.C.S.F., she has worked with families as a behavior technician and was also a teacher at a school for children with autism spectrum disorders. Makenzie will be providing assessments, handling medication management and creating action plans for clients with a variety of behavioral and developmental issues. Please see her full biography on our website and contact the clinic if you would like to schedule a new session with Ms. Wesner.  

CDM Staff Changes
We want to inform you about some important changes to the clinic and our efforts to ensure that the care of our clients remains constant. At the end of May, after nearly four years working at Center for Developing Minds, Dr. Govindappa and her family will be relocating to Portland. We are excited for Kushma, as she is looking forward to many new personal and professional opportunities up in Oregon.
 
As mentioned above, we are pleased that Makenzie Wesner, N.P., has  joined the CDM team.  Patients who have been working with Dr. Govindappa can now be seen by Damon Korb, M.D. or Makenzie Wesner, N.P. We want to make sure you have the opportunity to have your care maintained as seamlessly as possible. Dr. Govindappa will be communicating about all of her current patient treatment plans to Dr. Korb and Ms. Wesner before the transition. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call.
 
In addition, our lead administrator, Rosalie Cardenas, will also have her last day at the CDM in a few weeks, as she will be pursuing new opportunities for her, soon-to-be-complete, Master's degree in Health Care Administration. We have included a brief note from Rosalie below.
 
We wish both Dr. Govindappa and Rosalie well as they embark on the next step in their careers.  We will continue to strive to provide you with the very best of care at the CDM.
~ Damon Korb, M.D.

A Goodbye From Rosalie
There will be an upcoming administrative team transition and I would like to share some personal thoughts about my time at the CDM. I will no longer be working as the office manager at the CDM as of May 31st and we will be welcoming Susie Todd, who will be the new office administrator. Susie brings an enthusiastic attitude and a myriad of experience in the field of adolescent mental health. We are excited to have her join us! 
 
As office manager for the CDM for the past three years, I have made many connections and have worked closely with many families regarding administrative issues. My early experience at the CDM propelled me to pursue a Master's degree in Health Care Administration as I found that navigating the different health care systems can be an extra stressor for parents and families seeking care for their children and families. With that, I will be completing this degree this month and will transition out of my position at the CDM. I seek to utilize my experiences along with my degree to improve upon systems, processes, and care within the local and national health care landscapes. 
 
I have sincerely enjoyed all that I've learned and partook in during these past three years and I pass my baton to Susie so that she may continue to provide quality administrative care to all our families. I am grateful to have met and worked with so many different families from all over the world.
 
Kindly, 
Rosalie
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.   
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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:
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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. Contact the clinic for more information!