November, 2018
NEWS & NOTES
The Holiday Season Begins...

 
With Thanksgiving happening this week in the U.S., we are suddenly back into the end-of-the-year holiday season. It is a wonderful time of year to enjoy extra special moments with family and friends, taking part in meaningful celebrations and get-togethers. Without a doubt, it can be the most hectic time of year for parents, so be sure to step back and try to remember the "big-picture" this holiday season. Your children will remember how the holidays felt to them -- all the exciting anticipation, warm and cozy times in their pajamas, cuddling with books or movies, yummy treats and hot cocoa with buddies, memorable events and visits. Will they remember every gift they received, if the floor was vacuumed and the kitchen spotless, if holiday cards were sent on time? No. Prioritize the time with your family, enjoy or start new annual traditions, and don't sweat the details. Find some peace and realize that you, and all you do, are enough!

Welcome New Staff!
 
Please join us in welcoming two new clinicians to the CDM this month. Tara Arnaiz, L.M.F.T., is a therapist providing counseling for children and adolescents, between the ages of 2 to 21, and their families. She uses a variety of approaches to work with children experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship issues and behavioral challenges for young children.  Her training is in trauma focused cognitive behavioral, parent children interaction therapy (PCIT), attachment based and play therapies.
 
In addition, Dr. Suzanne Roepke, comes to CDM with more than 35 years of experience in combined disciplines of psychology and special education. At the CDM, Dr. Roepke will conduct cognitive/neuropsychological, behavioral, social-emotional and academic assessments and planning interventions for students of all ages (preschool through college).
   
 
If you would like to schedule a time to meet Dr. Roepke or Ms. Arnaiz, please contact the clinic directly at 408-358-1853. For more details about all CDM staff and their experience, please see their full bios on our website. 
Upcoming Classes & Groups

New Parent 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 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:
 
November 28, 7:00-8:00 pm 
December 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. For more details, see the link here: Ask the Expert Session

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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 November 26 at 6:00pm. Please learn more details here:
Work at the CDM!
Employment opportunities currently available at the clinic include:

Educational Specialist
Educational Psychologist or Neuropsychologist
     
Please see the link below for more specific information about each position. To apply, contact info@devminds.com. Join the CDM interdisciplinary team and help families to better understand and navigate any child/adolescent behavioral and developmental concerns.