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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
* Ask the Expert: Strategies to improve your child's behavior
* Let's Get Organized
* Be Kind and Real: A Group for Girls
* 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. 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:
Last Monday of each month.
Upcoming dates include July 30, August 27 and September 24.
Open to children ages 8 to 13 years old.


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:

August 29, 7:00-8:00 pm
September 26, 7:00-8:00 pm
October 3, 11:00 am-noon.


Let's Get Organized

Let's Get Organized Flyer

Use your student’s summer break to build new executive functioning skills essential for good organization. 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. By working with an education specialist, one-on-one, in a supportive environment, the sessions will also help to improve a student’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
• Strategies for annotating
• Support for summer reading projects and assignments
• Use of Kindle/audio books
• Developing higher-order thinking

Instructor: Josie Porcella, Education Specialist

Class schedule
Please contact the clinic for more details. Sessions are individually scheduled on weekdays and held at the Center for Developing Minds.


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 also be held.

Instructor: Erin Crowley, Child and Adolescent Therapist

Class schedule
Please contact the clinic to be placed on a waiting list for the next session.


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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