January, 2018
NEWS & NOTES
2018 Child Development Chat Schedule   

The 2018 series of free Child Development Chats have been finalized and the schedule is available on our website via the link below.  Topics this year include popular favorites and a few new sessions.  First up will be, "From Manager to Consultant: Shifting our parenting style to help our teens launch," featuring Cassandra Harms, M.A., L.M.F.T. and Damon Korb, M.D., which will take place on Thursday, February 8, from 7:00-8:00pm. Please check the full schedule and mark your calendars - we hope you will join in the discussion. 
 
New Classes and Groups Available
 
Please see the links below to learn more details about upcoming CDM classes available. Contact the CDM office to register for any of the class offerings.  
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Be Kind and Real:  
A Group for Girls
 Practicing the art of assertive communication and friendship.

Girls, are you ready to stop the drama and get real? Have you longed for consistently kind relationships? Would you like to know how to deal with conflict in a way that can make you closer to your friends? This new class will help students practice all of these skills and more, during fun and interactive sessions.

The group will engage in activities and role-plays that deal with familiar friendship issues.  The girls will learn how to share and listen with kindness, as well as practice how to work through conflict. Most of all, we will be enjoying a safe space to be real and nurture healthy connections with other girls. The next session begins Jan 17, so please contact the clinic to see if there is still availability! We do keep a waiting list for future classes. Learn more details about the group here:
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, 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 meets the last Monday of the month. Please learn more details here:

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Reading Tips & Tricks
This unique new group is designed to help children in early-elementary school grades who are falling behind their classmates in reading and pre-reading skills. 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.
More class details can be found on our website. If interested in a future session, please call the clinic to be place on our waiting list.
New Patient Orientation Days  
 
Center for Developing Minds hosts informal "CDM Orientation" days once a month at the clinic.  The short sessions are designed to give prospective clients a chance to see the facility and meet with some of our staff. Each orientation will be hosted by one of our behavioral and developmental pediatricians, and will give your family the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our multi-disciplinary team of expert clinicians and the services they provide. 

The next CDM orientation will be on Thursday, February 8, at 9:00am.  If you know a family that has been considering working with the CDM, please feel free to pass along this information!