Center for Developing Minds
November, 2019

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 language delays, and depression.

This month our e-newsletter features:
  • Info about upcoming classes and groups at the CDM,
  • Updates about Dr. Korb's Raising an Organized Child speaking events,
  • Links to the latest blog contributions from the CDM team.

Please read on for details about all of these items and more!
CDM Speakers
You can catch Dr. Korb presenting topics from his newly acclaimed book "Raising an Organized Child" in Sunnyvale this week. He is the featured speaker for a consortium of school districts and the event is Wednesday, November 13, 7:00pm . The talk is free-of-charge at the FUHSD Professional Learning Center, 589 W. Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Details on link here:
CDM Writers
During this past year, clinicians from the CDM were selected to contribute articles related to child behavior and development to a variety of family/parenting blogs. Please take a read of these recent pieces authored by CDM staff:

Congratulations to Dr. Slone
The Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists recently bestowed its most distinguished award, the Mike Goodman Lifetime Achievement Award, to CDM's Michael Slone, Psy.D. He received the award in recognition for his long-term service to children, the community, and the profession of school psychology.

CDM's Damon Korb, M.D. thoroughly enjoyed sharing some parenting tips on the Today Show last month! He gave the hosts, Hoda Kotb and Andy Cohen, advice about how to encourage the development of organized thinking in children, based on many suggestions from his new book, Raising an Organized Child . You can watch the clip of the live segment here:

Fall & Winter Classes & Groups
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:

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.

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, November 18, at 6:00 and 7:00pm. Please learn more details here:

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