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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.


Please join us for our next event:

July 21, 2019

Roundtable Discussion – Foster Care: Creating Equity for Children Impacted by Trauma, with Zaid Gayle, Executive Director Peace4kids, and Mike Sherman Psy.D, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  Facilitated by Karen Dudley, MFT, ACDS Vice-President
7-21-19 Invitation

September 15, 2019

Playful Speech Therapy With Young Children

Presented by LeeAnn Roca, PhD

9-15-19 Invitation FLYER

October 20, 2019

Child Therapy Case Presentation

Presented by Dr. Susan Donner

November 17, 2019

Adoption, Adaptation, Associated Trauma

If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, please email us at ACDSLosAngeles@gmail.com to be added to our email list.

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