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The following courses are currently enrolling participants or are ongoing at the Center for Developing Minds in Los Gatos. Please click on the course title for more detailed information.

* Supportive Siblings
* Be Kind and Real: A Group for Girls
* Reading Tips and Tricks: Intensive Help for the Struggling New Reader
* Let's Get Organized
* Dynamic Dyads


Supportive Siblings
For brothers and sisters of a child with special needs.

Supportive Siblings Flyer

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, the siblings will be able to address issues related to their specific family situation, while participating in fun 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 group will meet at the Center for Developing Minds and the class size is limited to provide participants with personalized attention. Fee for each session is $100 per family.

Instructor: Jennifer Rich, Marriage & Family Therapist

Class schedule
Monday evenings, 6:00-7:00 pm.

Meeting dates:
Last Monday of each month.
Upcoming dates include January 29, February 26, March 26.
Open to children ages 8 to 13 years old.


Be Kind and Real: A Group for Girls
Practicing the art of assertive communication and friendship.

Be Kind and Real Flyer

Girls, are you ready to stop the drama and get real? Have you longed for consistently kind relationships? Would you like to know how to deal with conflict in a way that can make you closer to your friends? This new class will help students practice all of these skills and more, during fun and interactive sessions.

The group will engage in activities and role-plays that deal with familiar friendship issues, empowering participants to:
• Identify barriers to feeling good about themselves and how to overcome them,
• Utilize communication skills that will sustain good feelings about themselves,
• Differentiate between positive and negative social interactions and feel more connected with other girls in and outside of the group.
• Develop insight into their emotional world and how it is linked to their behavior.
The girls will learn how to share and listen with kindness, as well as practice how to work through conflict. Most of all, we will be enjoying a safe space to be real and nurture healthy connections with other girls.

Classes are held at the Center for Developing Minds. Course fee is $450 for six class sessions. Class size is limited to provide participants with personal attention. Parent orientation session will be held the evening of January 16 at 7:00pm.

Instructor: Erin Crowley, Child and Adolescent Therapist

Class schedule
Wednesdays: 3:00-3:50 pm

Meeting dates: January 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 2018.
Open to girls 8 to 10 years-old.


Reading Tips and Tricks: Intensive Help for the Struggling New Reader

Reading Tips and Tricks Flyer

This unique new group is designed to help children in early-elementary school grades who are falling behind their classmates in reading and pre-reading skills. The instructor will be focusing intently on each child’s individual reading breakdowns to build stronger foundational competence, which should assist in an easier acquisition of future skills. By using a variety of multisensory and multimodal approaches, students will learn or solidify letter/sound correspondence, and practice foundational phonological and phonemic awareness skills (such as rhyming and identifying sounds in words), which are the fundamental building blocks needed to be successful and fluent readers.

Based on the needs of the students, other skills to be practiced may include:
• Appropriate articulation of sounds, while reading and writing basic
• Learning orthographic patterns to help improve decoding and encoding skills and aid the storage of word and letter formations into memory,
• Discriminating between similar sounds ( children might spell pit instead of pet),
• Increasing awareness of non-salient sounds (children might spell stop instead of stomp),
• Improving morphological awareness (children might spell mist instead of missed).

Class size is very limited to provide participants with personal attention with our specialist, who will be on the lookout for risk factors of dyslexia, signs of any underlying language difficulty that may be impacting their reading skills, and how any speech delays may also be affecting their reading progress. Classes are held at the Center for Developing Minds. Course fee is $900 for the ten class sessions and the pre-test meeting.

Instructor: Carlin Graveline, M.S., CCC-SLP

Class schedule
Please contact the clinic to be placed on a waiting list for future sessions.


Let's Get Organized

Let's Get Organized Flyer

Organization problems are common among students who struggle with school. Even the most motivated of these children may find it hard to adapt to the increasing load of expectations as they grow older. This fun and encouraging group will help home-schooled students build new executive functioning skills essential for good organization. By working in a supportive environment among students that face similar challenges, the classes may also help to improve individual’s self-esteem.

This six-week support group will specifically address:
• Cognitive Flexibility
• Planning and Goal Setting
• Time/Homework Management
• Self-Monitoring and Mindfulness
• Organizing Ideas, Information and Your Stuff
• Memory
• Metacognition

Classes are held at the Center for Developing Minds. Class size is limited to provide participants with personal attention with our education specialist.

Instructor: Josie Porcella, Education Specialist

Class schedule
Please contact the clinic for more information and to be placed on a waiting list for future sessions.


Dynamic Dyads

Dynamic Dyads Flyer

Dynamic Dyads is a new parallel and complimentary service to the Meltdowns to Shutdowns groups that are held at the Center for Developing Minds. This smaller-sized group – just two children – is an ideal option for children who may need additional practice and generalization of their emotional modulation, stress management and social abilities. Each dyad is designed and led by a child and adolescent therapist, and children will work together in a casual classroom setting. Individualized skills to be worked on may include relaxation techniques, social rules and expectations, problem solving, and practice communicating about feelings -- while participating in games and leisure activities.

The instructor will design specific curriculum for participants, and dyads will be formed based on children's current abilities. If you are interested in dyad work for your child, please contact the Center for Developing Minds and our instructor will contact you to determine an appropriate classmate match for your child. Once a dyad is formed, one or multiple sessions will be scheduled. Classes will be 50 minutes with a 10-minute write-up period. At the end of each class, parents will be given an individualized note that includes a session summary, homework, and specific teacher comments and observations. The cost of each session is $80 per student.

Instructor: Cassandra Harms, Child and Adolescent Therapist
The age range for participants is generally 9-14 years old.

Class schedule
Based on each participant’s availability.

To register for any of these courses, or for more information,
please contact 408-358-1853 or

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