The Association of Child Development Specialists is a professional organization for those who foster the adaptive development of children through creative programming, preventive intervention, and public advocacy.

ACDS joins together Child Development professionals whose focus is to facilitate the adaptive development of children in the various environments that constitute their life experiences, including home, school, play, and therapeutic settings.  The Child Development Specialist represents a discipline that uses a psycho-educational approach to therapy encompassing both prevention and intervention.  This specialty includes evaluating a child’s developmental status, planning and coordinating an intervention program, providing direct counseling for children and their families, advising parents, and collaborating and consulting with other child service providers.

2018 Events

February 25, 2018 – The Importance and Influence of Home Visiting

Catriona Macdonald, Founder and President of The Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting, will bring up-to-date information on federal policy and funding, in addition to discussing the national and local value of supporting families by providing this service.

March 18, 2018 – Children and Meditation

Executive Committee members Nada Ghaneian, Karla Kuester and Gay Macdonald will discuss practical ways to teach children Mindful Awareness Practices and to use meditation in working with them.

April 15, 2018 – ACDS Annual Networking Brunch: Anxiety

In this time of heightened tensions both nationally and locally, children as “canaries in the coal mine” are feeling more than usually vulnerable.  This presentation will focus on protective practices that give children a sense of safety, allowing them to explore and play in a developmentally appropriate way.

May 20, 2018 – Learning Stories

Leslie Voss, retired director of UC Santa Barbara Children’s Centers, has just returned from a study tour in New Zealand where the “learning stories” technique is used for gathering information and understanding children’s personal experiences. “Learning Stories” has been adopted in New Zealand’s

July 15, 2018 – Topic TBA

September 16, 2018 – Topic TBA

October 21, 2018 – Topic TBA

November 18, 2018 – Topic TBA

(ACDS will not meet in June or August)