Gina WermuthGina Wermuth - Member of the Month

IDA is so happy to honor Gina Wermuth as our member of the month. We appreciate her membership, her voice and participation in our events committee, and her dedication to all the early start families she serves. IDA interviewed Gina to hear more about her journey and current work in early intervention.

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Implementing Neurodiversity-Affirming Care for the 0-3 Population ~ 2 Day Event

with Hillary Crow, M.A., CCC-SLP
Tuesday July 12, 2022
Thursday July 14, 2022
1:00pm-3:00pm (PDT) | Virtual Event

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InfinityPart 1:
Title: Implementing Neurodiversity-Affirming Care for the 0-3 Population Part 1: The Foundations
Hillary will use her unique perspective as both an Autistic individual and a professional speech-language pathologist to shed light on the foundational elements of neurodiversity. Attendees will learn about neurodiversity both as a paradigm and a social justice movement, the importance of developing cultural competence in neurodiversity to provide client-centered care, the influence of gender on autism diagnoses, the harms of promoting Autistic masking, and the importance of supporting Autistic neurology in children 0-3 years old.

Mom and BabyPart 2:
Title: Implementing Neurodiversity-Affirming Care for the 0-3 Population Part 2: Clinical Applications
Building on the topics of Part 1, Hillary will continue to use her unique perspective as both an Autistic individual and a professional speech-language pathologist to guide attendees through clinical applications of neurodiversity-affirming care. Attendees will learn strategies to implement a strengths-based approach, systems to help them deconstruct traditional goals that may encourage Autistic masking, how to develop neurodiversity-affirming goals, and how to design neurodiversity-affirming therapy activities for the 0-3 population. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other to review case studies and practice neurodiversity-affirming goal writing and therapy design.

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What Happened To You

Summer Book Club

Saturday, July 23, 2022
9:00am - 10:00am | NO FEE
Join live as the book club will not be recorded

Saturday Morning Listen will be taking a summer break… but we still want our members to have an opportunity to make connections.

Join us instead for our first virtual book club!
We will be meeting on the fourth Saturday morning, July 23, and August 27, from 9:00 to 10:00 am to discuss the book What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing by Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey.

As we come out of the COVID 19 Pandemic, it is a perfect time to discuss Perry and Winfrey's insights on shifting our approach to trauma and understanding how adversity in children affects the brain and behavior. We will explore how to use this information to promote resiliency and healing for the early intervention families we serve.

This will be a free event. A limited number of scholarships will be available for purchasing the book. After signing up we will send you the zoom link and book club instructions in your confirmation notice.

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Baby and ToysChaos and Instability in the Lives of Children

with Stacey N. Doan, PhD
Tuesday, July 26, 2022

11:00am-12:30pm (PDT) | Virtual Event

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Early intervention providers often have a unique opportunity to provide support to parents who are facing multiple challenges that can result in a more chaotic home environment. Chaos can have a significant negative impact on a child’s development. In the current talk, I will discuss the dimensions of chaos, analyze it at multiple levels, and provide strategies that early intervention providers can consider to mitigate the impact of chaos.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of multiple dimensions of children’s environment.
  2. Understand components of chaos and instability and its theoretical and empirical basis.
  3. Apply dimensions of chaos and instability to children’s lives.

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HeartBeing a Welcome Guest in Prismatic Homes: Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ+ and Other Marginalized Families

with Linda Banks and Jill Stansbury
Wednesday August 3, 2022
1:00pm-2:30pm (PDT)  | Virtual Event

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Prismatic is a descriptor coined by the artist and healer Michaela Harrison to speak to the varied experience of parents in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Asexual, and Intersex (LGBTQ+) community. Early care service providers may be working to create welcoming environments for prismatic families and youth but perhaps struggle due to the conscious and unconscious negative messages they received about LGBTQ+ and other marginalized people.

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Women and BabyThe Importance of Parent/Child Attachment in the Latino Community

with Edgar Sierra, LMFT &
Leslie Manriquez-Jimenez, LMFT
Monday August 15, 2022
12:00pm-1:30pm (PDT) | Virtual Event

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Session will describe the basic concepts of attachment theory. Attachment theory emphasizes the importance of having a healthy early attachment between a child and their main caregiver(s) during the first five years of life. We will also discuss the overall negative ramifications on the child’s behavioral health due to poor attachment patterns.
Presenters will characterize how healthy attachments look within the Hispanic/Latino community. Lastly, we will present examples of how to incorporate cultural factors while implementing attachment theory as a therapeutic approach with Hispanic and Latino families.

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Mom Feeding BabyEmergent Feeding Strategies: Equity in Feeding Approaches for Early Intervention

with Cindy Esquivias MS, CCC-SLP
Friday August 26, 2022

12:00pm-1:30pm (PDT) | Virtual Event
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This presentation will discuss ways to increase equitable feeding strategies in early intervention. We will cover common western feeding practices as they compare and differ from other cultural practices. No two children are the same, and every family has their own cultural values for feeding and mealtimes that need to be considered. Therefore, a critical component to each plan of care should address the values and goals each family has for their child’s feeding.

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$50,000 Aratani Foundation Gift

Aratani Foundation

The Infant Development Association of California’s Board of Directors is pleased and honored to announce an extremely generous gift of $50,000 from the Aratani Foundation.  
The gift will support three of IDA’s goals of special interest to the Aratani Foundation –

  • Child Find, especially in underserved communities.
  • Programs on Adverse Childhood Experiences and how to provide trauma informed care.
  • Trainings on culturally competent home visiting, especially among Hispanic, Black, Asian and Indigenous families and their young children with disabilities.

It will also support IDA’s policy advocacy initiatives and programs.

The IDA Board and I are so very pleased with this gift”, says Doug Erber, executive director of IDA.  Doug adds, “This generous donation will significantly support our outreach to underserved communities, as well as IDA’s mission of promoting family-based, quality early intervention for California’s infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.”   
The IDA Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Aratani Foundation for its generous support.

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