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

Dr. Korb Elected to SDBP Board of Directors
At the annual conference of the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics last month, the CDM's founder, Damon Korb, M.D., was elected to the board of directors for the Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SDBP) -- an international organization dedicated to improving the health of infants, children, and adolescents by promoting research, teaching and clinical practice in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Congratulations, Dr. Korb!
The CDM Welcomes a New Staff!
Our administrative staff has recently added two new professionals, and we have contracted with another educational psychologist to handle some of the student assessments. Please read on to find out more about these new team-members.
Rosalie Cardenas - Front Office Coordinator
Rosalie serves as the office coordinator who oversees many of the administrative duties at the CDM, including managing the reception desk, billing, new patient inquiries, group enrollment, and scheduling. Rosalie earned her B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Conservation and Resource Studies, with an area of interest in Cultural and Environmental Anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.  

Sue Landaiche - Office Administrator
Sue has joined the administrative team at the CDM, working part-time on a variety of special projects. In addition, she prepares reports for the clinicians and provides support to the front office.  Sue has a B.S. in Business Administration and has experience in community relations, corporate marketing, and business management.  She also coaches youth soccer in Los Gatos and teaches horsemanship at CCC Horse Training.

Jana Parker - Educational Psychologist
Jana is an educational psychologist for the Center for Developing Minds, assessing cognitive, processing, and academic strengths and weaknesses in individuals from preschool through adulthood.  Her goal through each evaluation is to understand the interplay of neurocognitive processes and its impact on educational performance, ultimately leading to accurate diagnoses and supportive recommendations and interventions. 

Jana has worked for eight years as a school psychologist in the public school system, and continues to do so currently. Jana received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in school psychology from San Francisco State University. She continued her education in school neuropsychology in a post-graduate certification program through Texas Women's University and is certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology to conduct school neuropsychological evaluations. 
Free Child Development Chat:  
"The Disorganized Student"
The next Child Development Chat, "The Disorganized Student," will be held Wednesday, October 22, from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Center for Developing Minds.  The CDM's Damon Korb, M.D, will be moderating this chat that will highlight methods to develop children's organization and planning skills.  Please bring your questions and topics of concern to share. 
New Classes and Groups          Call the office to enroll!

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A Guide to Your Child's Social Cognitive Development

"A Guide to Your Child's Social Cognitive Development" 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.

Open to parents or caregivers. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:30pm, on November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 17, 2014.

Social Climbers Junior:

Open Enrollment Begins October 20


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, and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30 pm. The next session begins November 4.

Setting the Stage for Social Success

Develop Better Social Skills Through Dramatic Activities


Does your child struggle with understanding the non-verbal aspects of communication? Do they have difficulty understanding the perspective of others? Do they struggle having back-and-forth conversations with their peers? This new course will explore the use of drama and theatrical games to help children develop these types of communication and social skills. Additionally, this group will help children improve their ability to understand other perspectives, while working in a group setting. Each week, participants will enjoy a variety of dramatic activities and skits, designed build their social-skill set.

The instructor, Nicole Kristal, has many years of experience working with children with social-cognitive challenges and has facilitated the drama and theater activities at Camp Altitude since 2010. In addition, she has performed in an improvisational comedy troop for the past several years. She is a quick-witted teacher that will engage and entertain your child, while helping them discover the many hidden rules of social cues and communication skills.


Open to children, age 9-12 years old. Classes will be held on Mondays and Fridays, beginning the week of November 17.

Organized Bodies, Organized Minds

Improving self-regulation and executive functions in children and young teens.


Does your child struggle to do school work in a timely manner and then forget to turn it in? Is it impossible for them to keep their room clean? Students who struggle with their executive functions have challenges with planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, and a variety of other issues. 

This group will teach children and teens about how to be in control of their bodies and minds by helping them to be organized - internally and externally. A variety of techniques will be practiced to enable them to be more self-aware and to better self-regulate their sensory systems, so they can stay on track when they are studying, doing chores or playing with friends. The class will draw from the "Zones of Regulation" curriculum and will educate the students about how to control their response to unexpected circumstances. In addition, each class the students will participate in a group task which will focus on specific executive functioning skills. 

Open to children, age 9-12 years old. Classes will be held on Tuesdays  and Thursdays, beginning the week of November 18.

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
  • Educational Therapist
  • Child or Adolescent 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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