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January, 2014
What's happening at the Center for Developing Minds...

CDM Speakers
A Personalized Approach to ADHD: 
Developing/Updating a Treatment Program for your Child

Damon Korb, M.D, will be presenting this session for the Parents Education Network next week, on January 22, 2015, at the Sobrato Center in Redwood City from 9:00-11:00am. For more details, please see the event link:
Welcome New Staff!

The CDM is very pleased to announce the addition of MFT-intern, Efrat Shahar, to the clinic team. Efrat is an experienced therapist providing counseling for children and adolescents and their families. She uses a psychodynamic approach to working with youth and young adults dealing with learning disabilities, social difficulties, trauma, illness, physical disabilities, loss and grief.

Prior to joining the CDM, Efrat worked as a professional licensed psychologist in a private practice in Israel. In her practice she offered therapy for children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities and social-emotional or behavioral issues, as well as parenting counselling and family therapy. In addition, she performed diagnostic assessments (psychological, cognitive, neuropsychological, processing, and academic strengths and weaknesses) in individuals from school-age through adulthood. For further background information, please see the staff pages on the CDM website.


New Classes and Groups          Call the office to enroll!

Meltdowns to Shutdowns


Meltdowns to Shutdowns Overview 


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. In addition, this group will: 
  • Discuss how kids can cognitively manage their emotions by realizing when they may be vulnerable to a stressful situation,
  • Teach relaxation techniques, improving the children's ability to calm themselves, so they can make better choices about how to react in different settings,
  •  Practice communicating about feelings, in a way that increases the chance of others hearing them,
  • Recommend problem solving skills for the students to use in group situations. 
Class schedule:

Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm (for children ages 11-13 years old)
Meeting dates:  Classes begin Feb. 25 through April 22, 2015.
No class the week of April 8.
Parent orientation: Monday, February 23, 6:00-7:00 pm.
Parent wrap-up session April 29, 6:15-7:15 pm.

Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm (for children ages 8-10 years old)
Meeting dates: Classes begin the week of Jan. 19 through March 20, 2015.
No classes the week of February 16.
Parent orientation: Wednesday, January 14, 7:15-8:15 pm.
Parent wrap-up sessions the week of March 23.

CDM Family Series:
A Guide to Your Child's Social Cognitive Development



Family Series Class Overview

The latest in the CDM Family Series of classes is ideal for families with children who may be experiencing a range of social cognitive challenges, including executive function issues, behavioral concerns, and social challenges that may be related to autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing challenges, and others. This seminar incorporates current evidence-based treatments with practical suggestions. Parents will learn hands-on strategies for supporting and optimizing their child's social cognitive development. Topics to be addressed in this session include:

  • Understanding how your child is interpreting, experiencing and functioning in their social world.
  • Emotional regulation: what is it, why is it important, and what can you do to support your child's regulation?
  • Tools and behavior plans to help organize and motivate children with social cognitive challenges.
  • Understanding and working with community resources -- building a strong team.
Classes are held Wednesday evenings, from 7:30-9:00 pm.
The next session begins on February 25, 2015.

Social Climbers Junior


Social Climbers Junior is a developmentally appropriate, play-based group that allows children to practice skills such as initiating and maintaining social interactions, staying engaged in small group activities, emotional regulation, and self-monitoring. The playgroups incorporate developmentally appropriate songs, books and toys to teach, practice, and generalize foundational social thinking skills, including joint attention, perspective taking, and social communication. Class sessions include circle-time (with choice-making and sharing), direct teaching and practice of social cognitive skills, expansion and modeling of social language, and facilitated cooperative play activities. 

The class utilizes concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner's "I LAUGH Curriculum" and the new "Incredible Flexible You Curriculum," as well as efficacy-based strategies such as visual schedules, emotional regulation tools, and Whole Body Listening. 

If you are interested in enrolling, please contact the Center for Developing Minds and an instructor will contact you to determine the appropriate class for your child. The age range for participants is generally three years-old to third-grade students. In order to design balanced groups, each child is individually screened and placed into a group with a maximum of six children. 

Classes are held Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm or 3:00-4:30 pm, Wednesday from 5:00-6:30 pm, and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30 pm. The next session begins the week of February 23, 2015.

For more information about all CDM class offerings, including pricing and a complete schedule, please see the individual class links on our website:

The CDM is Hiring
The Center for Developing Minds currently has positions available for a:
  • Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Educational Therapist

For more information about these opportunities, please see our website:


Full or part-time opportunities are available in a comfortable and flexible work environment.  

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