Mixed CoupleVivian Weinstein Leadership Event

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

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Additional Expert Speaker Added!
We are excited to add Elvia Cortes to the first day of the VW Leadership Event. Mary Claire and Elvia are working together to bring you an outstanding experience highlighting reflective practice! Elvia will be presenting on Friday, October 7th and Mary Claire on Saturday, October 8th.
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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Saturday, October 15, 2022
8:30am - 9:30am | NO FEE

You will receive your NEW ZOOM Link in your confirmation once you register.

Join us for a morning chat on Saturday, October 15 from 8:30-9:30. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and have an hour to talk about current issues in Early Start and give input for future sessions.

This is open to anyone interested and there is no cost. We all need this time to connect!! 

We all have busy lives and IDA hopes to provide a time when you can join in whatever way works for you. Past attendees to Sat Morning Chats have joined from their cars, while hiking, and having quiet time on the couch in your favorite comfy clothes. 

We hope you can join us. Any questions, feel free to email board member Michelle Oliver at [email protected]

We do ask that you register in advance and this will allow us to send you the link.

Aratani FoundationFuture Dates for Saturday Morning Listen are:
November 19 & December 17
You can register for 1 or all 3!

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Session 17

Elevating Our Client Services Through Inter-Professional Collaborations

Session 17 - Thursday, October 27, 2022
9:00am to 5:30pm (6.25 PDUs)
Advance registration closes October 14, 2022. Seating is limited. Register now to ensure a seat.
Members - $109 | Nonmembers $139

Join us for this day of inter-professional collaborations brought to you by the California Association of Education for Young Children (CAAEYC), Infant Development Association (IDA), and Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC).

The members of these three professional associations provide services that are significantly important in the health, education, and well-being of the youngest citizens of the state of California. There is no more critical time than now for us to learn together, share knowledge, and identify more effective ways to collaborate for the benefit of our young clients and their families. Lunch is included in the fee for this session.

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Girls sitting on benchCurrent Research and Clinical Insights about Autism in Girls

with Christine Wu Nordahl Ph.D.
Wednesday. November 9, 2022
11:30am-1:00pm (PT) | Virtual Event

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This presentation will provide an overview of current research focused on understanding autism in girls and women. Topics will include biological and clinical theories about the difference in the sex ratio of autism as well as current insights into sex differences in autism and unique challenges faced by autistic girls and women.

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IDA 8th Annual Policy 2023 Update

Monday, January 23, 2023
8:30am-12:30pm | Virtual Event
Presenters: Maricris Acon, January Crane, Sharon Walsh, and James Moses

Join us to hear and discuss current policies and regulations that providers need to know in 2023 at the Federal, State and Local Levels
Aratani FoundationTopics to be addressed

  • CA Early Start - Part C - What's ahead for 2023?
  • Rate adjustment, Eligibility change, Child Find, and Transition, New Lanterman 3-4 ages services, Virtual services,   
  • The New Congress: Federal Update and What We Can Expect for Young Children and their Families
  • Implementation of CA Master Plan on Early Learning and Care
  • CA Budget- Department of Developmental Services, California Department of Education, California Department of Social Services and relevant legislation

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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*

*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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