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Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrics


CLASSES & SUPPORT GROUPS

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
* Ask the Expert: Strategies to improve your child's behavior
* Let's Get Organized
* Dynamic Dyads


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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. Plus, pizza will be served for all the participants! 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:
Upcoming dates include October 29, November 26 and December 17, 2018.
Open to children ages 8 to 13 years old.


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Ask the Expert: Strategies to improve your child's behavior

Ask the Expert Flyer

Is taking your kids to the playground a struggle?
Do you have a battle in the back seat of every car ride?
Can’t get the kids to stop playing video games or put down their phone?

This new, once-a-month, interactive group is ideal for families who are experiencing difficulty managing some aspect of their children’s behavior. The discussion can address challenges like toilet training and sleep issues, to traveling with children – whether it’s a short car ride or a journey on a plane or train – and provide tips for making each of these challenges less of a struggle. For example, if “Fortnite” is taking over your child’s waking hours, the topic of how to moderate online gaming and media consumption and encourage alternative play could be discussed, or if getting your child to eat healthy foods is a problem, diet can be a focus.

Participants will bring their own behavior topics of concern and questions to address, and the moderator will help parents and caregivers:

• Recognize potentially triggering situations for disrupting behaviors,
• Apply behavioral strategies over the triggering situations,
• Use behavioral tools in their own specific family settings,
• Stabilize calmer routines, either at home or away.

The group is held on Wednesdays at the Center for Developing Minds, and the fee for each family is $50 per session, which includes take-home materials as appropriate. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact the front office staff to reserve a spot, because space is limited. For families experiencing a variety of, or more significant, behavior challenges, additional private sessions with our behavior experts can be scheduled.

Instructor: Victoria Tenenbaum, Pediatric Behavior Specialist

Upcoming class schedule:

October 24, 7:00-8:00 pm
November 7, 11:00 am-noon
November 28, 7:00-8:00 pm
December 5, 11:00 am-noon

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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.




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To register for any of these courses, or for more information,
please contact 408-358-1853 or info@devminds.com.

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