UPCOMING EVENTS

Emergent Literacy, It's Never Too Early To Start: Meaningful Ideas for Children with Multi-sensory Needs

Thursday December 16, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual Event
with Julie Maier, Educational Specialist California Deafblind Services &
Tracey Tasker, M.A., CCC-SLP

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Did you know that emergent literacy starts right after birth? Join us to learn all about emergent literacy and add some tools to your therapy toolbox. We will share research about how emergent literacy develops and provide ideas and resources that you can implement tomorrow with your families. Find out specifically how to introduce emergent literacy to children with mulit-sensory impairments.

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Can We Coach? Yes We Can!

2 Day Event
Friday, January 14 & Friday, January 28, 2022
12:30am - 2:00pm
with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP

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As professionals working in early intervention, we strive to provide high quality and individualized, family-centered services. “Embedded Coaching” makes that possible, but it takes practice, competence, and confidence! We all benefit from community dialogue and support in order to refine and enhance our work with families (be it in-person, virtual, or hybrid)! Wherever you find yourself along the coaching continuum (new/green, highly skilled, or somewhere in the middle), this course provides a platform for attendees to identify their strengths and also to collectively hone skills for effective and fulfilling work in early intervention.

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Dora Acosta


Dora Acosta - Member of the Month

IDA is so happy to honor Dora Acosta as our November Member of the Month.

Dora Acosta grew up in Ensenada, Mexico and in 1980 moved to San Diego. Here in San Diego, she worked in different venues and started community college. She eventually transferred to UCSD to complete a BA in Psychology, and then went on to SDSU for a Master´s in Early Childhood Special Education and at the same time completed an Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention.

Dora worked with several researchers in both UCSD (University of California San Diego) and SDSU (San Diego State University). In 1993-94 Dora founded beginnings Infant Program. Dora has experienced a great learning curve all these years.

At beginnings, they have been providing services to many children in the larger San Diego area for close to 30 years. Dora pushes each person at the office to become the best EI (Early Interventionist) around and beyond town.

Dora is looking forward to the year that a credential for EI will be necessary to work with all these children and families. She questions why ST, OT, PT, teachers, etc. need a credential and why Early Interventionists don't? Dora feels that Early Interventionists will become stronger as a group if we all have a credential, and that we will then be able to ask for better pay, and we will belong to a group in which we all create and follow certain expectations.

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