July 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.

We hope your family is enjoying a nice summertime this year. The clinic is busy with students doing some extra work with our educational and speech therapists over their school break and families are scheduling "check-ins" with our clinicians before classes begin again in the fall.

Please read below for more clinic news, including an article highlighting the value of theraputic sessions for the siblings of children with special needs and a posting about a new child therapist position available immediately at the CDM.
Available Now!

Dr. Korb's book, "Raising an Organized Child," is now available nationwide! Check it out and please let us know your thoughts - we hope every family will be able to learn some helpful tips and suggestions for children of all ages.

Organized children are raised, not born.

That’s the philosophy behind Dr. Korb's confidence-building, sanity-saving new book. Parents who despair at the thought of another morning spent helping their child look for a shoe's mate or dread another teacher note about homework completed but never turned in will find hope here!

Raising an Organized Child will help parents develop their children's organized thinking skills and executive function. These skills are tied to developmental milestones, so whether a child is an infant or a teenager, it's never too late (or too early!) to foster organization in him or her and harmony in the whole family.
Register for free Webinar!
This week, please join Dr. Korb in a free webinar on Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 am PT , where he will be sharing advice about fostering organized thinking and executive function in children and teens . Sign up in advance at this link:

Now Hiring!

The CDM has an immediate need for a therapist ( Licensed Clinical Psychologist or LMFT) that specializes in young children (under 12 years old). There will be opportunity for individual counseling as well as parent coaching. The therapist can carve out their own niche focusing on personal areas of counseling expertise. There will also be opportunities to run existing groups or develop new programs. This position is part-time, but has the potential to develop into a full-time practice. If you would like to pursue this available position, please send a resume and a letter describing interest and experience to info@devminds.com.
Remember the Siblings
~ Jennifer Rich, LMFT

Many research studies emphasize that the siblings of a child with special needs face situations and deal with issues unique to many families (both positive and negative):
  • Siblings demonstrate greater compassion.
  • Increased care-taking requirements at a younger age.
  • Higher levels of depression.
  • More frequent internalizing thoughts including anxiety and depression.
Research has also shown that sibling support groups enhance children’s psychological state, their knowledge of disabilities, and their understanding of the family situation. 
I have structured the CDM’s Supportive Siblings Group to be fun and caring. Many of these children have spent hours waiting in the CDM lobby (and countless other appointments) for their sibling. Now it is their time to get some attention – and I make it entertaining. We eat pizza, do art, play games, decorate cookies, and share prizes. We also do activities that foster sharing like journal writing and answering questions on the white board. It amazes me how much compassion they have for one another – they all feel welcome. They just "get" what each other is going through and they provide comfort to one another. 
Two sessions are offered based on age groups: 8-12 years old and 13-18 years old. The groups are structured differently, but the topics are the same because they share in common similar struggles. 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. This monthly group provides 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.
Please share this with any families who have children who may benefit from this unique group. Class information is included below.
Classes & Groups
asian-sisters-portrait.jpg
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 meet once per month and pizza is served for participants too! Next session will be Monday, July 29 at 6:00 and 7:00pm. Please learn 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.

Summer PsychoEd Testing Review and Plan

Remember, summer break is a great time to review your student's prior psychoeducational testing results and determine a plan for the upcoming school year. We have expert educational psychologists available to consult with your family, helping you interpret the report and implement any recommendations. Contact the clinic for more information.
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!
Friendly Reminder for CDM Clients
Please remember to plan ahead and allow at least three days for the processing of any prescription medication refills. If travel plans are on the horizon, be sure to discuss refill needs with your clinician at your next appointment.
CDM Logo