September 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 enjoyed a nice summertime this year! The clinic is busy, helping families get ready for the start of the new school year. We are also excited about two new hires, a therapist and an educational psychologist, who have joined our team to fill the shoes of CDM clinicians, Tara and Lara, who recently relocated to other parts of California with their families.

Please read below for more clinic news, including recently posted dates for a new session of the popular group class, "Meltdowns to Shutdowns."
Welcome Shelley!

We are very happy to welcome Shelley Sinclair, Ms.Ed, LEP, ABSNP , to the clinical staff at the CDM! Shelley is an educational psychologist who provides psycho-educational and school neuropsychological assessments for school-aged children and teens. For more information about her background, please see Shelley's bio on our website, and contact the clinic if you'd like to schedule an appointment for your student.
Our Clinicians are Leaders in Child Development
Currently, the CDM has three clinicians who have been elected to local or national positions in their area of expertise. Congratulations on each of these appointments, the organizations will benefit greatly from your leadership.
  • Michael Slone, Psy.D., recently served as President of the California Association of School Psychologists local affiliate, SCCASP.
  • Makenzie Wesner, P.N.P., is the chair of the Developmental, Behavorial, and Mental Health special interest group of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
  • Damon Korb, M.D., is the current president of the national Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Dr. Korb to be on the Today Show!
Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to catch the CDM's Damon Korb, M.D., on the Today Show! He'll be sharing developmentally appropriate tips for parents about how to raise an organized child on the morning of Tuesday, September 17!
Fall 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 October 1, 2019. Please see the link for details:
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, September 30, 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.

Thank you, Lara!

One of the first clinicians to join the CDM team (more than 12 years ago!), educational psychologist, Lara Zawacki, has recently relocated out of the bay area. While at the CDM, Lara helped assess hundreds of students, providing their families with accommodation suggestions and recommendations so that their children could thrive. We will all miss her presence at the clinic, but we are very happy for her and her family in their new home.
Available Now!

Dr. Korb's book, "Raising an Organized Child," is now available! 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. For more information, please see the website:
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.

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