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Guidelines for Safe Early Intervention: Supporting Families and Providers during Face-to-face Services
Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT
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Guidelines for Safe Early Intervention: Supporting Families and Providers during Face-to-face Services.

START AND END TIME OF EVENT: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Deborah Allen ScD, Deputy Director, Health Promotion Bureau, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Diane Cullinane, MD, Developmental Pediatrician

Presenters will address the following questions early intervention providers and families are facing since COVID-19: How do we provide in-person services in a manner that is safe for everyone? How do we support early intervention and child development while following public health guidelines? How can we empower families to make informed decisions about their child’s service delivery? Hear two experts in their fields on how to best face these challenges created by the pandemic.  

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and understand the risks of spreading COVID-19.
  2. Based on public health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, all disciplines in the field of early intervention will implement safe practices when providing services.
  3. Understand the impact of COVID-19 on high risk populations including young children with special needs.
  4. Describe 4 ways of providing intervention while maintaining social distancing.
  5. Convey a range of emotional affective communication while wearing a mask.
  6. Engage caregivers in a discussion about the pandemic while maintaining professional role and boundaries.

Deborah Allen, ScDDeborah Allen, ScD
Deborah is the Deputy Director of the LA County Department of Public Health (DPH) and Director of DPH’s Health Promotion Bureau.
Dr. Allen has been fighting for social justice, reproductive rights, and support for children with special healthcare needs for many years. Most recently, she led the Bureau of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health at the Boston Public Health Commission. For nearly 10 years, she was the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Title V Children with Special Health Needs Director, the lead agency for Part C.

Between those positions, she held an associate professorship in Maternal and Child Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Allen earned a Doctor of Science in Maternal and Child Health and holds master’s degrees in Health Policy and Management and Maternal and Child Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Diane Cullinane, MD, Developmental PediatricianDiane Cullinane, MD
Diane is a developmental pediatrician, board certified in pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, and co-founder of Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA). Recently retired as Executive Director of PCDA, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 1,000 children each year, PCDA provides a range of therapeutic services to children and young adults, from birth to 21 years of age with autism and other developmental challenges.

Dr. Cullinane received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1976 and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980. She then completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Kaiser, San Francisco, and was a fellow in child development at UCLA. Dr. Cullinane has worked in a variety of settings providing care to children with developmental delays and disabilities, including a managed care medical practice, LA Unified School District, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, California Children’s Services and Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.

IDA Member $25.00
IDA Nonmember $40.00

IDA CEs (PT, Nursing, Speech and Language) $15
CDI 1.5 CE hours for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP (you will be invoiced)

ADA Requests: Deadline by July 19
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