Wishing you peace, joy and healthy good times in 2019.
The clinicians and staff at the Center for Developing Minds hope you enjoyed pleasant holidays with your friends and family.

The team at Center for Developing Minds is looking forward to continuing their care and sharing new strategies, treatments and parenting and student programing with CDM families in the new year. Our clinical staff features experienced experts in their respective fields, with a singular goal -- to help your children struggle less at school and at home.

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 is expanding 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.
Child Development Chats
The topics for the upcoming CDM Child Development Chats can be viewed in the link below. This month, the chat focus is " Diverse Minds: A better way to prevent bullying," and features Damon Korb, M.D., discussing a new anti-bullying program that is soon to be available for parents and schools. Please join in the interactive discussion on January 24 at 7:00pm.

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:
 
January 10 and February 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 group usually meets the last Monday of the month and pizza is served for participants too! Next sessions will be January 28 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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