Center for Developing Minds
January, 2020

Happy new year! We hope your family is enjoying a good start to 2020 and that any back-to-school transitions for your children went smoothly!

This month our e-newsletter features:
  • Info about upcoming new classes and groups at the CDM,
  • A new job posting for the CDM cinical team.

Please read on for details about all of these items and more...
New Classes & Groups Starting Soon!
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 January 14, 2020. Please see the link for details:

Start Strong!
Academic Coaching designed to help students build academic habits and start the second semester strong.

 Students will set themselves up for a more successful semester by starting the quarter with new academic habits. This five week class is designed to help teens organize their schoolwork, build weekly plans, improve study habits, complete assignments, create a routine, identify resources and reach their academic potential. The class provides 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.

Classes meet Mondays at 4:00-6:00pm, and the next session begins January 27, 2020. Please see the link for details:

ADHD 101: Parent Coaching

Interactive group session for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with ADHD.
February 3, 7:00-8:00pm

Please join in a lively, interactive group session for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with ADHD. Research shows that the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD is better when the parents received educational training about the condition. To facilitate this, the CDM now offers “ADHD 101” for parents and caregivers every three months. The training will be facilitated by an experienced child and family therapist, Jennifer Rich, L.M.F.T. Examples of some of the topics to be covered at the sessions throughout the year will include:

  • Defining ADHD,
  • Tips for increasing attention, reducing impulsivity and distractions, channeling hyperactivity and developing organizational strategies,
  • Establishing rules with your ADHD child and teenager: the importance of consistency and setting expectations,
  • How to implement positive reward systems,
  • The importance of mindfulness, acceptance, and self-care.

For more information, please see more details here:

Train Your Brain
Individualized Mental Athletic Training for Aspiring Athletes
Many young athletes spend countless hours training their bodies to excel in athletics, yet they tend to ignore the mental preparation that is essential to improvement and growth. When the mind and body are equally prepared, athletes reach their full potential. Through specialized one-on-one meetings, young athletes will learn a variety of skills and strategies to address their individual needs and give them a mental edge in competition.

The Train Your Brain program consists of a two-part initial assessment, which includes a review of film (ideally) and pre-assessment questionnaires completed by the athlete, coach and parents. The instructor will then guide a discussion regarding goals and the development of a targeted plan for the athlete. Please see the link for specific program information.

CDM is Hiring!

The Center for Developing Minds is seeking a licensed educational psychologist or neuropsychologist to perform expert psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing.
The clinician should be available for testing clients during typical school hours in this flexible full or part-time position. For more details about the opportunity and how to apply, please see this link:
Raise an Organized Child in 2020

Haven't gotten a copy of Dr. Korb's new book yet? Purchase your copy today to start your family off on the right track in this new year. Use the 5 Steps in Raising an Organized Child to start building the executive functions and organized thinking skills that will help your children as they become young adults - and help save your sanity at home in the meantime!

Established in Los Gatos, California, more than fifteen years ago, the CDM clinical team includes experts in child behavior and development, psychology, education, therapy, and speech pathology. We provide the highest level of care to young children and students with autism, ADHD, behavioral struggles, learning disabilities, anxiety, speech and languag e delays, and depression.

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