Center for Developing Minds
October, 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,
  • News about a new CDM therapist,
  • Update on the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Please read on for details about all of these items and more!
Dr. Korb's Appearance Rescheduled for October 14!

Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to catch author, Damon Korb, M.D., on the Today Show the morning of Monday, October 14! He'll be sharing developmentally appropriate tips for parents about how to raise an organized child during Today with Hoda and Jenna . In the meantime, you can see his interview that aired on the Today show in Australia earlier this week:

Welcome, Julie!
Please join us in welcoming Julie Tucker, L.M.F.T., a therapist providing counseling at the CDM for families and children, adolescents, and young adults, between the ages of 5 to 26, and their caregivers. She is experienced in helping with anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship issues, social struggles and behavioral challenges. Her training is in cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment based and play therapies, and she takes a holistic approach to build skills, help people get unstuck, and strengthen resilience.

Passionate about experiential learning, Julie often incorporates movement, story, play, expressive arts, and mindfulness in the structure of her practical skill sessions. She has developed the CDM’s first horticultural therapy (gardening) group, and all the details about this new offering are below.

If you would like to schedule a time to meet Ms. Tucker, please contact the clinic directly at 408-358-1853. For more details about all CDM staff and their experience, please see their full bios on our website.
Fall Classes & Groups
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Growing with Gardens - Last chance to enroll!
Parent and Child Support Group

Growing with Gardens is a new CDM therapy offering that is perfect for someone ready to “dig-in,” have fun, and build practical skills. New research has found that exposure to nature is associated with better mental health. To facilitate this concept, the Growing with Gardens class is held on the outdoor patio of the clinic, using raised garden beds, where a CDM therapist with a passion for gardening will guide the group through a series of helpful sessions designed to:

• Reduce stress, boost mood and help with self-esteem,
• Build sensory coping skills and learn ideas for handling disappointments,
• Practice self-care and encourage healthy living,
• Develop executive functioning skills,
• Provide a supportive environment for participants to connect with others and experience growth.

Two groups are available, one for adults only, and the other, a parent/caregiver and child group for children ages 5-10 years-old. Beginning October 10 , each gardening group will meet weekly for six classes. Please learn more details here:

Sprint to the Finish
Academic Coaching designed to help students get “back on track” and finish the first semester strong!

Many students find themselves in a hole at the end of the first semester and are unsure what to do to dig themselves out. This five week class is designed to help teens organize their academics, improve study habits, complete work, create a routine and prepare for finals. The class will provide 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.
 
The class will meet on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm, beginning November 7 through December 12, 2019. 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.

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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, October 28, at 6:00 and 7:00pm. Please learn more details here:

Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Update

This past year, CDM's Damon Korb, M.D., served as the President of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP), and is pictured here giving the annual president's address at the SDBP conference. The SDBP is an interprofessional organization dedicated to improving the developmental and behavioral health of vulnerable children by providing exceptional leadership and promoting research, education, advocacy, and practice. The membership is less than 1000, which is small for a medical society, but that number reflects that there are far too few developmental and behavioral specialists. In fact, there is about one developmental and behavioral pediatrician for every 25,000 children with a developmental or behavioral concern. Given this tremendous provider shortfall, Dr. Korb led the board to create a Workforce Action Plan that will help attract people to this field, and provide education to more abundant providers (e.g. pediatricians, educators, psychologists, nurse practioners) to better understand the developmental and behavioral needs of children.
This mission is just underway, but the following is a sample of what SDBP accomplished during the past year:
  • Offered a four-day course on developmental pediatrics for generalists, entitled DBPrep, and added a "primary care day" to the annual meeting.
  • Supported the development of a comprehensive response following recent episodes of mass violence, “Mass Violence in America: Causes, Impacts and Solutions.”
  • Increased the visibility of @SDBPeds on social media via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • 100 members lobbied on Capital Hill for the passage of the Autism Cares act (which passed the following week), as well as for common sense gun laws, and loan repayment for pediatricians that enter into under-represented specialties. 
  • Created the first national guidelines for the Management of Complex ADHD, which will be released in January, 2020.
  • Expanded its research network, DBPNET, beyond universities to include clinicians in private practice and in small hospitals.
  • Facilitated the first-ever grant funding for 26 pediatric residents to attend the annual meeting. 
Going forward, SDBP membership is united around the issue of workforce and will be represented on national committees that target the support of vulnerable children. The SDBP will expand its educational offerings, promote outcomes research, and embrace new and technology-enabled practice models that will allow its clinicians to serve more children. Dr. Korb will continue his involvement with SDBP, serving as the " Immediate Past-President" on the SDBP governing board for 2019-2020.
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