Association of Child Development Specialists la

Association of Child Development Specialists la

The Association of Child Development Specialists is a professional organization for those who foster

12/03/2024

Thrilled to announce the 34th Annual RIE Conference 🌟✨. This year is extra special because our very own ACDS EC member, Karla Kuester, will be shining bright, sharing insights and innovations. Let's celebrate the brilliance she brings to our community! Karla holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Developmental Psychology, & Fine Art. She is currently a Behavior/ Early Interventionist for the Step By Step EDUTheraPlay Child Dev. Program in Santa Monica. Karla is also CD/ECE consultant and has served as a Private Tutor (enrichment/remediation) from 1988 to the present.

05/11/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS on Sunday, November 13, 2022, for Teasing Apart Symptoms and Behaviors in the Young Child presented by
Alessia de Paola Gottlieb, MD: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSEvent. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register. 

Dr. Alessia de Paola Gottlieb is a medical doctor specializing in developmental pediatric psychiatry. She is a
diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. de Paola attended college and medical
school at Columbia University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She attended pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and her adult residency and pediatric psychiatry fellowship at UCLA. She has been on faculty at New York Presbyterian Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, and the City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. de Paola Gottlieb is licensed to practice medicine in New York State and the State of California. Her approach to her patients and families encompasses both conventional as well as integrative approached for the treatment of childhood disorders.

CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE are available for this event. Certificates of Attendance is free for ACDS dues-paying members and $5 for all others. This fee is payable via Venmo to -LA or via PayPal to [email protected].

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT will be offered for this event. ACDS is pleased to offer continuing education credit for this presentation through the Child Development Institute (CDI). Attendees can receive two (2) hours of continuing education credit for a fee of $20. If you wish to receive CE credit, you can request that using the RSVP link for this invitation. Please note: requests for CEUs must be made no later than September 15, 2022.

The Child Development Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. The Child Development Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CEPA CE Provider # 128441.

22/08/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS on Sunday, September 18, 2022, for Making Our Way Through a Swamp of Destruction and Hate: A Therapeutic Journey with a Difficult Child REGISTRATION: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register. 

Early childhood therapists and interventionists can encounter a “hateful child” who fights the formation of a therapeutic alliance and derails therapeutic progress with incessant demands, verbal attacks and tantrums as well as provocative, manipulative and destructive behaviors. In 1949, D.W. Winnicott published “Hate in the Countertransference," a paper in which he describes his experience with a foster child in his own home. Working with one’s own "hate in the countertransference” can reveal much about the particular patient, interventionist and their dyadic relationship in the here-and-now. These experiences can guide technical shifts and adaptations with both the identified patient and their parents to new and different developmental and relational paths.

CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE (i.e., proof that you attended this event; often requested by non- board-licensed child development specialists) are available for this event. Certificates of Attendance is free for ACDS dues-paying members and $5 for all others. This fee is payable via Venmo to -LA or via PayPal to [email protected].

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT will be offered for this event. ACDS is pleased to offer continuing education credit for this presentation through the Child Development Institute (CDI). Attendees can receive two (2) hours of continuing education credit for a fee of $20. If you wish to receive CE credit, you can request that using the RSVP link for this invitation. Please note: requests for CEUs must be made no later than September 15, 2022.

The Child Development Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. The Child Development Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CEPA CE Provider # 128441.

26/06/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS on Sunday, July 17, 2022 for a Virtual Book Exchange: Bring Your Favorite Books for Children, Parents and Professionals to Show and Share over Zoom

REGISTRATION: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register. 

One of the resources that many of us use in our work with children and families is books. There is a wide range of children's picture books that introduce, expand and/or enrich children's experience, give permission for feelings, help them feel safe and understood and not alone, have wonderful illustrations and art, share silly sounds and songs, making the profound and complex feel safe and knowable. As early childhood professionals we share treasures with the children, and often with the parents to help them support their children through challenging situations and to look into new worlds. Many of us have also found parenting books that we have found particularly helpful to parents in understanding their children's behaviors, perspectives and reactions, and provide them with models for helpful words, responses and actions. In addition, many of us have found professional books that have enriched and deepened our understanding of the individuals, parents, children, families, communities and cultures that we interact and work with. 
Please join us in sharing and talking about your favorite books, old classics and new discoveries, and the meaning that they have for you. If possible we ask that you have the book or books with you so that we can see them in our Zoom meeting and you can show us a few pages, if you would like. We did this many years ago and those who attended have great memories of that meeting. 
We will use our chat function to compile a list of the books shared so that we can email it out to the participants and members, and post it on our website.

05/05/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS for our next presentation on Sunday, May 22, 2022, Promoting Family Resilience: The Intentional Inclusion of Fathers in Perinatal and Early Childhood Services presented by Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD.

Registration: This event is free; however, you must register via  http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

In this presentation, we will discuss the lack of father-inclusion in family-based policies and practices in perinatal and early childhood mental health and home visiting disadvantages mothers and children, and how it undermines the expansive role fathers can play in the promotion of family resilience. Research confirms the tremendous benefits of father involvement for families. Fathers can play a critical and unique role in promoting a child’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development, as well as support maternal wellbeing. Fathers are also susceptible to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders at rates comparable to mothers. When left untreated, these challenges leave a family vulnerable. This presentation will explore ways to expand perinatal and early childhood services to improve the health of families through the intentional inclusion of fathers.

This presentation will highlight the benefits of father involvement on young children and families; outline how fathers can struggle with mental health challenges during early fatherhood and how this affects families; and identify ways to expand your work to support whole families. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own work and to challenge certain assumptions that make it more difficult to engage fathers.

19/03/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS for our next presentation on Sunday, March 20, 2022, “The House that RIE® Built”An Introduction to the RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers) Philosophy by Karla Lee Kuester and Jill Getto Lee.

Registration: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

23/02/2022

Please join us next weekend for "Stop. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat." Slow down and re-center with child development professionals Taj Anders, Nada Ghaneian, and Rose Drmandjian as they share practical mindfulness exercises for use with children and adults. Topics for discussion include attentional awareness, emotional regulation, perspective taking, self-compassion, and gratitude. Please see the attached invitation for complete details.

This event is free; however, you must register at http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA to receive the Zoom link to this event.

We look forward to you joining us.

08/01/2022

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS for our next presentation on Sunday, January 16, 2022, Childhood Adversity: Vulnerability, Resiliency, and the Importance of Relationships presented by Michael Sherman, Psy.D.

Registration: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

In this presentation, we will discuss the seminal Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study (Felitti, et al., 1998) and the impact of childhood adversity, often under identified, on the functioning of children, family systems, community systems (e.g., schools, therapeutic practices, child welfare systems), and society at large. Through our discussion, attendees will be exposed to a nuanced understanding of how the ACEs study helps us identify negative childhood experiences and links them to behaviors we may be seeing in the classroom and other settings. This understanding empowers champions for children's health and development to engage in preventative practice and advocate for larger systems to support children's social, emotional, psychological, academic, and relational development long before problematic behavior or relational challenges begin to appear or have a lasting impact Whether you are an early childhood educator, infant and early childhood mental health provider, caregiver, or other professional or natural support for young children and their families, this presentation will provide applicable knowledge and resources which can be used to have positive impact on children early in their development.
In this presentation, attendees (1) will gain an understanding of how to understand and apply the research highlighted by the ACEs study, including issues related to vulnerability, resiliency, and the importance of healthy relational opportunity; (2) will be able to describe and utilize the tile & grout approach to tracking and adapting quality relational opportunities of young children in their care; and (3) will show increased ability to discuss aggregate research, specifically the ACEs study, and be apply this ability to direct practice and advocacy efforts.

06/11/2021

Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS for our next presentation on Sunday, November 14, 2021, Affect Regulation, Attunement and Educating in Early Intervention presented by Ruth Anne Hammond, MA.
Registration: This event is free; however, you must register via http://tiny.cc/ACDSLA. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

13/07/2021

Please join us on Sunday, July 18, 2021 for a presentation on "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)" with Dr. Kathryn Page.

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Please join the ASSOCIATION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS for our next virtual event on Sunday, April 18, 2021, Supporting Grieving Children & Families... Amidst the COVID 19 Pandemic presented by Talya Schlesinger, LCSW Clinical Coordinator of Camp and Children's Programs Our House Grief Support Center

This event is free, however, you must register via the link below. A Zoom link will be sent to all who register.

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15/02/2021

Please join us for our next virtual even on Sunday, February 21, 2020 to discuss how to engage with children remotely, expose young children to developmental language concepts during a quarantine, and model appropriate speech development in young children while wearing masks. With a presentation by LeeAnn Roca, M.Ed., CCC, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Founder & Executive Director of Speech by the Beach.

This event is free, however, you must register:

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15/02/2021

Meet Our Executive Committee Frances Barry: LMFT, Trauma Expert, Play Therapist

15/02/2021

Meet Our Executive Committee Gay Macdonald: ACDS Past President, MA Ed Psych Counseling, Management Trainer for Early Childhood Professionals,Preschool Director, Mindful Awareness Trainer, Cognitive Coach

15/02/2021

Meet Our Executive Committee Mike Sherman: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, NAPA/UC Davis IPMH Fellow, Professor, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist

25/10/2020

Please join us for our next virtual event on Sunday, November 15, 2020, "Constellation of Interventions: Part II," presented by Dr. Catherine Crowley, OTD, OTR/L and Amers Goff, MA, OTR/L. In

18/10/2020

Meet Our Executive Committee
Brianne Naiman: Early Childhood Specialist, Mentor, Curriculum Specialist, Preschool Director

18/10/2020

Meet our Executive Committee
Karla Lee Kuester- Montessori Certified, RIE Associate, Behaviorist, Social Skills and Early Interventionist

18/10/2020

Meet Our Executive Committee
Karen Dudley: Infant Mental Health, Child Development Specialist, Parenting Specialist, ACDS Past President

18/10/2020

Welcome to ACDS-LA

11/10/2020

Please don't forget to RSVP to our (Virtual) Annual Networking event on October 18, 2020 where Dr. Pat Levitt will present "The Science of Early Child Development."

11/10/2020

Anyone interested in learning more about trauma informed care? Check out the Collective Trauma Summit 2020. collectivetraumasummit.com

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