February 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 upcoming clinic events. The topics for our Child Development Chats are posted for the first half of the year, the popular "Meltdowns to Shutdowns" class is back on the calendar this spring, and the "Supportive Siblings" group has expanded to include teenagers. Be sure to watch for future emails and check our social media pages for updates about all of these offerings and more.
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!
Child Development Chats
A healthy marriage is an important foundation for a healthy family. If you and your spouse are struggling to get along, you find yourself being critical of your partner, or just feel like your relationship is suffering and/or too stressful, take an evening to assess your situation. This month, the chat focus is " Happily Ever-After: Keeping your marriage working well," and features Jennifer Rich, L.M.F.T., who will offer some helpful tips for working through common "ruts" and other complications that can sideline partners. Please join in the interactive discussion on February 26 at 7:00pm.

The topics for the upcoming CDM Child Development Chats can be viewed in the link below.
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 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. The group is held once-a-month on a Thursday, and upcoming meeting dates include:
 
February 14 and March 14, noon to 1:00pm.

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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 usually meet the last Monday of the month and pizza is served for participants too! Next sessions will be February 25 at 6:00 and 7:00pm. Please learn more details here:

Meltdowns to Shutdowns
Emotional Regulation and Stress Management Group

Many children struggle to cope with the stress created by the fast pace of their lives. Children with low thresholds for frustration, tendencies toward negativism, or difficulties tolerating losing or not getting their way, demonstrate this stress with an extreme emotional reaction (meltdown) or a closed emotional reaction (shutdown). This class will help children to learn to recognize their feelings before becoming overwhelmed by them.

A collaborative approach to the group will provide parents with a better understanding of how the concepts relate to the entire family and gives them an opportunity to participate in weekly parent trainings. Classes meet twice per week and the next session begins March 5. Please see the link for details:

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