Watching Your Baby Grow

Matters on My Mind.

January 2018 - Happy New Year! Hope your new year is starting out great! Here at Mind Matters we have had two staff members with new additions to their families, a grand-daughter and a great-nephew arrived in early January. Although, of course, they are both adorable and perfect, it got me thinking about some of the developmental milestones as they each grow and learn new things. Because every child develops at his or her own pace, your child may be right on schedule or he/she may reach these milestones a little earlier or a little later than other children of the same age. The following are just some guidelines to pay attention to and, if concerned, talk with your child’s doctor or nurse. At seven months children often can turn their head when their name is called. They will smile back at you [a truly joyful moment for the one receiving the smile!]. They may enjoy a game of peek-a-boo and respond to a sound with their own sound.

At twelve months children may wave bye –bye and will often imitate your actions, such as clapping when you do. A child may start saying ma, ma or da, da [another joyful day for the parents!]. At this age a child should understand and respond when you say no. At eighteen months children start pretending and love to “talk” on a toy phone. Your child may start pointing at things and look when you point at an object. Two year olds, we all know can be quite challenging, but, they also may start using 2-4 word phrases and be able to identify an object or picture. Two year olds start becoming more interested in other children. At 3, your pre-schooler will be using 4 to 5 word sentences. They will enjoy make-believe, as well as imitating other adults and children and, for example, run when they run. They will be happy playing with other children and often show affection for playmates. When your child is 4 he/she is able to use 5-6 words in a sentence and follow 3-step instructions such as brush your teeth, wash your face and put on your shoes. These are typical stages of development, but remember each child is unique and will fall within a range for each developmental level.

If you are interested in more information about your child and want to make an appointment at Mind Matters, you can always call me, Trudy Lackey, Executive Director at 728-2184. Contact us if you would like to donate to help us serve our clients.

December Gifts

Matters on My Mind.

December 2017 – gifts, parties, school vacations, religious celebrations, hustle and bustle. But, December is also the end of the year, a time to reflect on what has happened in 2017. Mind Matters has had a good year, serving between 250-300 clients. Our Board of Directors remains stable, skilled, and dedicated. Our staff remains professional and compassionate. Our clients remain our heroes.

Mind Matters serves those individuals and families affected with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities. We provide a comprehensive array of services and treatments including diagnosis, treatment plan and treatment, assessment and evaluation, individual and family counseling, educational assessments and a variety of educational programs, social skills groups and dietary and supplemental interventions. We are with our patients all the way, but, they do the work every day, day after day. Along the way, we, together, strive for each person to reach his/her maximum potential.

Donors and grantors are the final part of our team. Without them, we couldn’t survive. 66% of our funding comes from donors and grants, with the remaining 34% coming from patients and insurance.

So amid all the business of the season, I would like to take a moment to thank each team member. We couldn’t do anything without you! Remember, as one lovely lady told me, take a moment and step outside your door and look up at the heavens and enjoy the beauty of the stars and the moon and the sky available to us all.

For more information and/or to make a donation, visit our website, call us at 209-728-2184, or email us at

Happy Holidays to All and Thank You

The Journey of an ASD Diagnosis

Matters on My Mind.

July 2017 - Have you ever received a medical diagnosis that shook you to the core? Well then you know that often you must go through several stages before you come to some peace of mind or at least some resolution. This is often what goes on with a family who has just received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder [ASD]. Although each family member may react differently, many will initially feel disbelief, sadness, a feeling of loss and worry. Although the diagnosis can often bring a sense of relief because now there is a reason for your child’s difficulties, it is usually also overwhelming.

Time is essential in allowing all to fully grasp the diagnosis and what it means for the child and family. Stress can be added as more and more medical appointments, lengthy assessments, and tests are carried out. All of this is emotionally draining and overwhelming. You may fear the unknown and have great uncertainty about the future. Each person will cope differently; beliefs, experiences, and understanding about ASD will influence how each person reacts.

Early intervention is usually stressed by health care professionals, and, while excellent advice, it can cause pressure for the family to find the needed treatments quickly.

Feeling inundated just reading this? Well, help is on the way! Mind Matters has a free service for all families who have just received an ASD diagnosis. Our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Sarah Krutsinger, provides a Family Needs Assessment [FNA]. Sarah listens, counsels, and provides local and other resources to help. Often Sarah can help with counseling sessions and/or she can make a referral to one of our other professionals to provide service and treatment. Mind Matters, as a comprehensive treatment center, can often help the child and family further when diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, or other learning disability.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an overwhelming diagnosis, please call Mind Matters at 209-728-2184 to find out more and make an appointment. Visit our website

If you are interested in donating to Mind Matters to help keep the FNA free for whoever needs it, please consider donating on-line, by mail, or in person. Mind Matters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To a Successful New Year!

Matters on My Mind. 

January 2017 - January, the beginning of a new year, seems like a great time to think about success. What does success mean to you? What successes have you had in the past? What goals/successes lie ahead for you? We, at Mind Matters, find success when our clients find success. I'd like to share two examples of recent successes here at Mind Matters:

One is from a mom about her son who has been diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. He has been taking our Fast ForWord class for about two weeks. Fast ForWord is a computer-based, scientifically proven program developed by Scientific Learning ( The program is a reading and language intervention program that improves auditory/visual processing skills which leads to academic achievement, while building self-confidence along the way. We offer Fast ForWord here at the Clinic, at home with professional guidance, and at a Sonora location. Please call the office at 728-2184 for more information and assessment. Bob [not his real name] is also taking our recommended supplements daily. Mom and his teachers have already noticed a change! Bob has been communicating more understandably at school. He is not repeating and repeating another person's words while not making any sense [called echolalia and a symptom of his disorder]. Bob is more focused on his homework and doing the work willingly - wow! Math and reading have both significantly improved. Mom is thrilled!

The second success is reported from a dad about his son, Marty [not his real name]. Marty has been doing Cogmed, a program that helps improve attention, planning, and organization by improving working memory. Marty has completed 12 sessions of Cogmed and the change has been remarkable. Marty is now keeping his room clean, getting out of bed and ready for school the very first time he is called, and generally being more responsible for his own actions. His grades are all A's and B's and assignments are all handed in! The family and Marty are very happy!

Please see our website ( for more information about these classes and call us to sign up.

We hope this is just the start of successes for our clients and through our comprehensive services we can help more clients to achieve their maximum potential. If you would like to be a part of someone's success, please consider giving a one-time and/or monthly donation to Mind Matters. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards and more. See our website for easy ways to give or mail us a donation. 

Thank you and we are grateful for the support we get from community and beyond.


Matters on My Mind: Cool Classes for the Fall

Matters on My Mind. 

September 2016 - Cooler days and nights, school in session, and the start of new classes at Mind Matters!

Fast ForWord for Success:

Is your child struggling to read at grade level? He/she is not alone; not being able to read at grade level is one of the most troubling problems facing young students. Mind Matters can help! Using the innovative approach of Fast ForWord, a proven online intervention that dramatically improves language and reading achievement, key pathways to the brain are strengthened and your child starts to experiencesuccess at school, often reading at or above grade level in just one eight-week session. 

Fast ForWord starts September 19th and runs through November 11th, Monday-Friday, from 4:00-5:00pm at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to sign up now.

Mind Builder moving to Achieve:

Want to play fun, highly motivating games and activities that target and strengthen areas of the brain affecting learning efficiency at the same time? Join us in a 30 minute private session and engage in Mind Builder, a unique learning system that treats Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and reading challenges.

Mind Builder's one-on-one half hour sessions begin on October 4th and go through October 27th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to reserve your time now.

Social Skills Groups promoting Social Success:

Social skills help us determine which behaviors to display in order to help us achieve our social goals. Learn self-awareness, perspective taking, and social management in order to relate to others, how to maintain friendships, and work effectively as part of a team. The Groups are open to children between the ages of 6-14 years. Parent Support is an integral part of our program.

Social Skills Classes begin on October 3rd and run through October 27th for ages 9-14. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays with ages 9-11 at 4:15 and ages 12-14 at 5:30pm at Mind Matters in Murphys. Call us at 209-728-2184 to sign up now.

Want to make some positive changes in your life with the change of the season? Questions? Contact us for more information or to sign up for classes. Financial aid may be available.

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Remember that you can sign up for a Community Card/Electronic Scrip program through Sierra Hills & Natural Food Market, and Angels Food Market, and choose us as your beneficiary. Mind Matters will receive a percentage of your purchases as a donation!

"Off the Beaten Path" A Success!

We want to thank all of our sponsors and runners for making the 5th annual Off the Beaten Path, walk/run for Autism Awareness a success! More than $4,500 was raised to provide financial aid for families who could not otherwise receive our services. Thank you for your support.