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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What Happened To YouSummer Book Club

Saturday, August 27, 2022
9:00am - 10:00am | NO FEE

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, June 25, 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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Man and WomenHow to Manage the Intensity of Early Intervention Work

with Stephanie Gomez LCSW, IFECMHS
Friday, September 23, 2022
12:00am-1:30pm (PDT) | Virtual Event

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"Nobody ever told me it was going to be this hard!" This is a common phrase we hear from new home visitors once they enter the field of Early Intervention. Yes, it is true that this work can be incredibly fun and rewarding at times. It is also true that when we are engaged in an empathic relationship with a child and family, that it can feel challenging to "be with" others if we witness their suffering such as pain, grief, toxic stress, trauma and racism.

In this brief workshop, we will review the symptoms and risk factors for Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Trauma. We will have time to reflect on how our work may be impacting our own wellness while learning concrete strategies and developing a self-care plan to sustain our work.

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Mixed CoupleVivian Weinstein Leadership Event

Exploring, Growing and Creating through Reflective Practice
with Mary Claire Heffron, Ph.D.
Friday October 7, 2022 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm (PDT)
Saturday October 8, 2022 | 9:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
Virtual Event

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Please join us as we highlight the importance of nurturing relationships for those of us in early intervention. We will look at ways to open space for all of us to reflect upon our practices with families and their young children. In this two half-day training format, participants will practice how to use reflective supervision in their current setting and then apply diversity-informed reflective practice in supporting caregivers of young children.

We will think about the role of race, culture, and diversity of all kinds and how it impacts our work. Reflective practice allows for critical self-reflection, perspective taking and interactions which support self awareness and ways to move forward with important conversations that hold critical differences in mind.

  • Day 1 focuses on how reflective supervision can be used to support staff, reduce burnout, increase retention, and unleash creativity.
  • Day 2 delves into how reflective supervision leads to reflective practice, as co-regulation between supervisor and staff leads to co-regulation between staff and families in a parallel process.We will explore how staff can use reflective practice to support parents/caregivers while providing early intervention services. 

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Continuing Education

IDA is an approved Continuing Education (CE) Provider for the following California Licensing Boards:
Board of Registered Nursing

Physical Therapy Board of California Continuing competency courses

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board

Note:  We do not send CEUs to the ASHA registry. In order to receive ASHA CEUs, SLPs can submit a Certification Maintenance Compliance form by December 31 of their certification maintenance interval, forms can be found here.  Participants should retain their certificates of attendance which are necessary if you are chosen for a random audit.


IDA Appreciates CDI for its Many Years of Support!

Child Development Institute (CDI) has been a leading expert in early child development for more than 25 years.  They help children reach their full potential by focusing on strengthening families and communities in the San Fernando Valley.  Using an integrated, “whole child” approach, CDI considers all factors in a child’s development – relationships, environments and communities.  CDI’s primary focus is the child’s family.  Families are the most important providers of loving relationships and nurturing environments, which provide the foundation for a child’s healthy development.  CDI believes all families should have access to quality developmental screenings, safe play-based environments and innovative, effective intervention services.  CDI has been a strong supporter of IDA for many years.  For more information about CDI, please visit www.cdikids.org.

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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$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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