October 18, 2020
Annual Networking Event
The Science of Early Child Development, presented by Pat Levitt, PhD
In the Science of Early Child Development, Dr. Levitt will provide a research-based framework of the ingredients contributing to healthy brain and child development, and the factors that promote resilience.
September 20, 2020
Meeting the Moment: Continuing Discussions on Supporting Ourselves, Our Children, Our Families, Our Staff, Roundtable faciliatated by Karen Dudley, MA, MFT
Our August 16 roundtable focused on examining how we center and find support for ourselves in this time of uncertainty and confusion brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we offer support to the children, families, and staff with whom we work. We spoke about different sources of anxiety and stress in this time, such as concerns for our personal safety and the safety of families, the changing warnings and guidelines from various sources, and the load of holding so many other anxieties and worries. We spoke about what we each do to create routines and experiences that bring us comfort and support. We also spoke about approaches and techniques that we can share with families and staff to help them feel supported and heard. At the end of that meeting many voices asked that we continue the discussions started and check in with each other about where we are in these processes. Our September 20 roundtable will be a continuing discussion on supporting ourselves and those we work with.
August 16, 2020
Meeting the Moment: Supporting Ourselves, Our Children, Our Families, Our Staff, facilitated by Karen Dudley, M.A., MFT
Please join us in this community discussion, an opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas and expertise, enhancing each other’s preparedness to serve children and families in person, as well as virtually.
These unprecedented times create feelings of uncertainty and anxiety that are made worse by conflicting and changing advice. We have deeply regretted the lack of immediate, physical presence with others. Now faced with the possibility that we may resume being physically present with others, we may feel conflicted and worried about the increased risk of exposure to infection that in-person interaction automatically brings. What should we do? Together we can address our fears. Together we can build internal resources and create practical strategies that will help us meet challenges even if they are new and unforeseen. We can help each other work toward the assurance that will steady us in the presence of other’s pain, faith that will help those who look to us for strength to feel confident we have the courage and the ability to stay resourceful and strong.
Within our professional community we have a wealth of experience and expertise. This Roundtable discussion is an opportunity for us to come together sharing our experience and knowledge, our hopes and our fears, learning from them together so that we feel heartened, as those belonging to a professional community are better equipped to go forward in support of children and families.
Please join us for a heartfelt discussion of how we can support ourselves, our children, our families and our staffs.
July 19, 2020
How Healthy Relationships and Attuned Interactions Support Child Development, presented by Dr. Mike Sherman
This course will focus on the importance of relationships with well regulated, attuned, caring adults for supporting social and emotional development, as well as life-long well-being. Join Dr. Sherman as he shares examples from his clinical practice and extensive experience working in therapeutic preschool settings and the child-welfare system. Techniques derived from cutting edge research on brain development will be discussed to enhance educators building supportive relationships with young children and how such meaningful relationships with well-regulated, reflective adults can contribute to healthy brain development. Objectives: (1) Discuss key aspects of healthy relationships that support development; (2) Describe how healthy relationships contribute to brain development; and (3) List strategies to enhance your relationships with children to support learning and social-emotional growth.
May 17, 2020
Everyday Freedom: Even in a Pandemic, presented by Susan Kaiser Greenland
Anxiety is contagious and so is being steady and grounded. The global pandemic has put our nervous systems on high alert. Some
of us are directly dealing with the loss of loved ones or jobs. Others are ill or afraid that they or their loved ones will become sick.
And all of us are affected by uncertainty. In this presentation, Susan Kaiser Greenland, a pioneer in the field of mindful education,
talks about how anxiety, fear, and other strong emotions function and offers mindfulness perspectives and practices to help you
settle in a time of uncertainty, allowing you to care for yourself and others with greater wisdom and compassion.
April 26, 2020
Supporting Families and Children Through “Virtual Contact,” facilitated by Karen Dudley, MA., MFT.
Within the current coronavirus epidemic, many of us as early childhood professionals- whether teachers, OTs, PTs or clinicians- are struggling with how to emotionally connect and engage with children, and their parents, in a “social distancing/on-line” environment. Please join us for a Zoom Roundtable discussion to share your experiences, thoughts, and developed practices for helping children feel “kept in mind,” cared about and connected to us
February 23, 2020
Constellation of Interventions: Holistic perspectives of pediatric occupational therapy, infant mental health, and trauma informed care, presented by Dr. Kate Crowley, OTD, OTR/L.
Dr. Crowley will present an overview of the general philosophy of mental health and occupational holistic thinking in her work with children and families. Topics to be covered include the differences between trauma-informed and non- trauma informed care in infants and children, how OT can be tailored to address the needs of children through consideration of factors including but not limited to sensory integration and processing disorders, sensory strategies (‘top down” and “bottom up”) for healing trauma, life style redesign, the impact of sleep, food sensitivities, the microbiome and how all affect physical and mental health and regulatory capacity
January 26, 2020
Could There be Meaning in Repetitive and Restrictive Behaviors? Psychoanalytical Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Preschool Child, presented by Susan Donner, MD.
A Dyadic (parent and child) play therapy can be an effective early intervention with children on the autistic spectrum since it can support the development of language, symbolic and imaginative play and emotional self-regulation as well as address separations, losses, even multi-generational traumatic themes that emerge in the treatment. Repetition in symbolic play as well as in enactments between the child, analyst and/or parent can help clarify and prioritize, not just the therapeutic interventions, but also the developmental aims among the family members and the larger treatment team.
November 17, 2019
Adoption, Adaption, & Associated Trauma, presented by Chantilly Wijayasinha, MSW, MPH, Supervisor of Domestic Adoptions, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.
Recent studies have shown that nearly 100 million Americans have adoption in their immediate family and 6 out of 10 Americans are touched by adoption in some way. Despite these numbers, the past stigma around adoption has muted the representation of this community and thus adoption informed care is not readily available to the appropriate degree. In the 1980’s there was a shift in the adoption landscape when open adoptions started to be recognized as best practice. Now, 95% of all adoptions have some degree of openness and there is research supporting that ongoing contact helps all members of the adoption triad (birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents). This presentation will discuss the research findings and anecdotal evidence that ongoing contact is beneficial for the entire adoption triad. Furthermore, adoption is a lifelong process for all members of the triad; specifically, the unique type of grief a birthmother experiences when placing a child for adoption. This presentation will also cover the special considerations in counseling a birthmother prior to adoptive placement, particularly anticipatory grief counseling and facilitating relationships with adoptive families.
October 20, 2019
Supporting Fathers to Grow with their Children and Family, presented by Kevin Gruenberg, PsyD
Research confirms that fathers play a critical and unique role in a child’s development. Fathers active in childcare promote a child’s social-emotional and cognitive development and lower the risk of developing emotional disturbance. Paternal involvement can also mitigate the effects of maternal stress beginning even in pregnancy. Though important, fathers are also vulnerable; they suffer from rates of perinatal depression comparable to those of mothers.
The last two decades have seen dramatic growth in support at-risk families with young children. These programs aspire to promote maternal health and optimal child development, while also reducing neglect and abuse. The vast majority of these approaches focus on mothers and even the programs that welcome dads are not grounded in the advantages of the benefits fathers can bring to the family.
In an effort to explore policies and practices oriented towards programs that are inclusive, the presenter will discuss a funded pilot Home Visiting with Dads. The presentation will include discussion or our findings and experiences and an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own programs and to plan for increasing father integration.
September 15, 2019
Playful Speech with Young Children, presented by LeeAnn Roca, M.Ed., CCC, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Founder & Executive Director of Speech by the Beach
“Speech Therapy: A Playful Approach” will discuss how playful interactions with children help increase a child’s ability to access and process language. Through creating language opportunities and experiences a child’s brain has an increased ability to connect language concepts and solidify the concepts needed to understand, produce, and problem solve. Typical and atypical language patterns with also be discussed to help generate techniques and strategies to recognize atypical development, support speech and language growth, and determine a need for therapeutic service recommendations.
9-15-19 Invitation FINAL
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
Zaid Gayle, Executive Director of Peace4Kids, whose presentation in May, FOSTER CARE: Creating Equity for Children Impacted by Trauma, was received with so much enthusiastic participation that he was unable to complete his presentation returns to ACDS! He will be joined by Executive Committee member Mike Sherman, a licensed clinical psychologist with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health serving a similar population of children in foster care. Executive Committee member Karen Dudley will moderate a lively discussion with these uniquely qualified and dedicated men interacting with ACDS membership. You will receive reliable information about systems and promising practices as well as shared stories about experiences with foster care services.
May 19, 2019
Foster Care: Creating Equity for Children Impacted by Trauma
Presented by Zaid Gayle, Executive Director Peace4kids
In honor of National Foster Care Month, Zaid will be sharing excerpts from his equity in the classroom training. Educators are tasked with the challenging responsibility of meeting the needs of a diverse group of learners. When these individual differences are combined with adverse childhood experiences, the classroom and the curriculum can feel unsafe and confusing for students. Trauma in childhood is common; every child likely experiences family, societal, and community events that negatively impact the lens through which they see the world. For the percentage of youth who experience highly intense or numerous experiences of trauma in childhood, research demonstrates that the impact of these events inhibit social and emotional function and contribute to a cascading effect of educational difficulties. Creating environments that are culturally responsive to childhood trauma experiences provides a safe space within which all students can achieve educational success. This is particularly essential for children who grow up in foster care and for whom few available services truly understand the trauma they have endured.
In this presentation, we will explore (1) the cognitive impact of trauma on children in foster care; (2) emerging community-based research on the perceptions of foster youth; (3) insights on the unique cultural assets and strengths that youth in foster care possess; and (4) establishing effective boundaries and communication strategies to manage developmental risks and vulnerability of all students.
May 19, 2019 Invitation
March 31, 2019
ACDS ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
Our Guest Speaker Dr. Suzanne Roberts, MD, distinguished pediatrician and member of the Harvard Center for the Developing Child and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles research team, is participating in a cutting edge research project exploring the development of brain architecture and identification of successful interventions for scaffolding resilience in infants and young children. Learn about the latest strategies and interventions for supporting the developing mind during the important early years.3-31-2019 Invitation
Sunday, February 24, 2019:
The “Sense” of Learning: Understanding the Importance and Use of Sensory Integration with Children with Diverse Needs
Presented by Karen Thompson, MA, OTRL
This presentation will focus on the understanding of “What is sensory integration?” and “Why do our senses play an improvement role in learning and development in children?” The presentation will also examine each of our senses and the unique properties that are enhanced in the brain from engaging these senses. Lastly, the presentation will provide examples and suggestions that can improve the success and development of a child with or without special needs.
January 20, 2019
PLAY MATTERS! In the Lives of Children and Adults!
Presented by Nicki Backlar, M.A.
The Play Matters! committee of the Southern California Chapter of California Association for the Education of Young Children” (SCC-CAAEYC) has a long history in Los Angeles and continues to advocate strongly for children through initiatives that support early childhood teachers and through events that bring renowned speakers presenting the latest thoughts and research on this critical topic. Come hear about ways you can join in advocating for the most natural and effective way that children learn – through play!
October 21, 2018
The Young Dual Language Learner: Pedagogical Practices, Competencies, and Current Crossroads
Presented by Marlene Zepeda, Ph.D.
Dr. Zepeda will address pedagogical practices and competencies—embracing the benefits of a multicultural and multilingual community in which children thrive. Statistics show us that in California 60% of children ages 0-8 speak a language at home other than English, and in the County of Los Angeles, more than 80 languages are spoken. Current crossroads emerge as the public starts to embrace dual language learning, reflecting extensive research and the simple fact that more than half of the world’s population speaks two or more languages!
September 16, 2018
“Who Am I Now?” Identity and Meaning in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of a Preschool Child with Developmental Delays
Presented by Susan L. Donner, MD
Children with developmental delays, deficits and disabilities are relatively neglected in mental health literature (psychiatric, psychoanalytic, 0-5, etc.). This case presentation describes the intensive therapeutic treatment of a 3 ½ year old girl with attentional difficulties, language and motor delays, learning issues and emotional dysregulation. The use of play therapy within a psychoanalytic framework can serve to organize memories, emotions and fantasies as well as provide support to evolving capacities to return this preschool child to a more typical developmental path.
Clinical focus: This presentation will focus on the shifting identities and roles for both the analyst and the patient during the first 2 ½ years of the still ongoing psychoanalytic treatment of a 3 ½ year old girl with marked developmental delays. The author suggests that the establishment of a psychoanalytic process within the dyadic relationship whereby the analyst can be used flexibly as a transference and developmental object can effectively help return a child to a more typical developmental path. In addition, the use of play therapy within a psychoanalytic framework can serve to rework and reorganize memories, affects and relationships, thereby lessening anxieties that have further complicated the clinical presentation with attentional difficulties, language deficits and learning issues. Rather than focus solely on behaviors or symptoms per se, it is suggested that a therapeutic emphasis on the translation and co-creation of meanings helps to untangle the complexity of developing body and mind issues.
July 15, 2018
Relationship-Based Approaches to Working with Children & Families
Facilitated by Karen Dudley, MFT, Vice-President, ACDS
Please join us in a Roundtable discussion in which we will continue to explore and define “relationship-based approaches” to working with families and children.
Does this look different in different settings? Are there different levels? Can different approaches lead to similar levels of trust? What are different elements of feeling seen and known?
And specifically, how do we build truly safe and trustworthy relationships with children and families? How do you know when it is working and when it isn’t?
Please bring your questions, feelings, thoughts and experiences (those that worked and those that didn’t).
May 20, 2018
LEARNING STORIES: Building Learner Identity
Presented by Leslie Voss
A ‘Learning Story’ is a formative assessment framework that moves far beyond the traditional assessment method, affirming and empowering individuals as they build their personal identities as powerful learners. Studied and adapted internationally, this narrative assessment format, first developed in New Zealand, moves the educational focus from the successful acquisition of skills and abilities to ‘learning about learning’ and how to become our best ‘learning selves’.
Learning Stories have been exciting educators world-wide as they create an avenue for families, practitioners and children to contribute -and expand- their expertise and knowledge in the process of building strong learners and learning communities. Please join us for this introduction.
April 15, 2018
ACDS ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
From Anxiety to Resilience in Young Children: Addressing Adverse Experiences & Trauma
With Guest Speaker Dr. Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D
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, unleashing exploration, play, and social engagement. Dr. Mona Delahooke, Ph.D., IMH specialist and Reflective Practice Mentor, will explain how affective neuroscience and the DIR model informs providers as to how and why attuned relationships and a respect for each child and caregiver’s individual differences form the backbone of all childhood interventions.
March 18, 2018
Children and Mindfulness
Presented by Nada Ghaneian, Karla Kuester and Gay Macdonald
Does life continue to feel like you are running a marathon? While a group of committed others are running across town (that won’t interfere with our workshop at all-see modified directions below), we will be sharing tools of mindfulness to use with ourselves and the children in our care, in order to take our attention back to our breathing and find ‘peace with what is’ in our lives.
February 25, 2018
The Importance and Influence of Home Visiting
Presented by Catriona Macdonald, Founder and President of The Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting
Early in the morning on February 9th, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) was reauthorized for five years. What does that mean for you? How does voluntary home visiting fit into a larger system of early care and education, and what can it contribute to the work you do to support children and their parents? Catriona Macdonald, founding Executive Director of the Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting, brings a local and national perspective on home visiting and its impact on young children and families. Directly from Washington, Ms. Macdonald will present up-to-date information on federal policy and funding, its importance for early childhood education and the ECE workforce. In the jockeying for federal dollars, MIECHV was a last-minute inclusion in the spending bill, signed by the President in the early morning hours of February 9th after a short federal government shut-down. This presentation will outline the part that Early Education advocates played in the larger drama of federal politics and the implications for California and across the nation. They are all our children. Whether or not you serve low income families directly, this public policy initiative will affect all of us.
January 28, 2018
A Relationship-Based Approach to Working with Children
Facilitated by Karen Dudley, MFT
“Relationship-based” is a phrase that we often use in the early childhood world but may knowingly or unknowingly have somewhat different ideas of specifically what it means. As a significant and fundamental aspect of our work in helping children feel competent, secure and valued, it is important to increase the depth and breadth of our understanding of this concept. This conversation will provide a shared perspective for future discussions. Please join us in exploring what is meant, why it matters and how we create this individual, unique and meaningful connection in our work with young children and families.
Karen Dudley will facilitate and executive committee members will participate in this exploration of the meaning of “relationship-based” as it may apply to various facets of our work. We look forward to building relationships among our members during the networking time and the conversation. Happy New Year!
Attendees Shared Notes – 1-28-2018
November 19, 2017
“Infant and Toddler Development with a Relational Context,” Presented by Mike Sherman, Psy.D.
October 15, 2017
“The Trauma Resiliency Model,” Presented by Lisa Cash, LMFT and Alicia Murray, LMFT
July 16, 2017
“Social Skills Groups for Young Children,” Presented by Jinous Berjis, LMFT
May 21, 2017
“Supporting Children in Times of High Community Anxiety,” Facilitated by Karen Dudley, MA, MFT, Vice-President, ACDS
April 23, 2017
ACDS ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“Understanding Dynamic Roles of Men in the Lives of Young Children; The Power Connection,” with Guest Speakers Tom Brauner, Ph.D., Howie Reinstein, MD, and Mike Sherman, Psy.D.
March 26, 2017
“Children and Divorce: The Effects on Children of Stress and Anxiety in the Family,” Presented by Eileen Paris, Ph.D., Psy.D., MFT
February 26, 2017
“Community Resources Supporting Young Children and Families,” Presented by Joshua Carroll, Robin Sheiner and Katrina Paulino
January 29, 2017
“Children’s Behavior as Communication,” Presented by Kate Crowley, OTD, OTR/L
October 16, 2016
SPECIAL EVENT: Screening of “Screenagers” and Discussion
September 18, 2016
“Attachment: What it means to us and how it influences our work with parents and children,” Facilitated by Karen Dudley, MFT and Child Development Specialist
July 17, 2016
“Identifying and Supporting Protective Factors with Young Children,” Facilitated by Karen Dudley.
April 17, 2016
ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“Understanding the Role and Impact of Digital Media in Early Childhood,” Presented by Elisheva Gross, Ph.D, UCLA.
March 13, 2016
” “Floortime” Roundtable: A Continued Discussion of the Presentation by Diane Cullinane.”
February 21, 2016
“Floortime” Presented by Dr. Diane Cullinane, MD
January 24, 2016
“Grief In Young Children,” Presented by Deborah Weisberg, LMFT.
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- Developmental Stages and Children’s responses to grief final
- OVERVIEW of OUR HOUSE Services 2015
- Seven Suggestions 2014…handout
- Supporting Grieving Children in a School Setting
- Young Children’s Natural Grief Responses and Ways to Cope 2015(group leaders)
November 15, 2015
“How to Measure a Relationship: A Practical Approach for Creating Developmentally Focused and Relationship-Based Intervention” Presented by Barbara Stroud, Ph.D. Invitation 20151115
October 18, 2015
“Mindfulness – An Everyday Practice: Working with Anxious Parents,” Presented by Ann D’Angelo, M.A.
September 20, 2015
“Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs,” Presented by Ellen Galinsky.
August 9, 2015
“Being Different is Normal,” Presented by New School-West Educators Cindy Nelsen, Atelierista, Adriana Olivera, Teacher, and Kirstin Sherman, Pedagogista
July 12, 2015
“Dual Language Acquisition,” Presented by Sally Durbin and Phil Bedel
May 17, 2015
“The Therapeutic Companion in the Classroom Setting,” Presented by Lisa Brauer, M.A., MFT
April 19, 2015
ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“Racism in Early Childhood Programs,” Presented by Tina Malka, Associate Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, San Diego
March 22, 2015
“STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): What are Teachers STEAMED Up About?” Presented by Gay Macdonald, M.A.
February 22, 2015
“Helping Children Learn to Make Friends,” Presented by Karla Kuester, B.A.
January 11, 2015
“Protective Urges” and viewing of a PITC Video
November 16, 2014
“Developmental Inventory,” Presented by Susan Schuster Bacon, MA., M.F.T., and Edie Bartnof, M.A.
October 19, 2014
“Experiencing a Learning Disability,” Presented by Susan Schuster Bacon, M.A., MFT, and Edie Bartnof, M.A.
September 7, 2014
“Observations from a Culturally Sensitive Lens,” Presented and Facilitated by Ziva Renan, MA., Child Development Specialist
July 13, 2014
“Preparing Children for Medical Procedures,” Presented by Judy Dubin, M.A.
May 17, 2014
“Robust Interactions with Children through Movement,” Presented by Kate Crowley, OTD, OTR.L, and Carla Poole, MA, M.Ed.
April 27, 2014
ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“Gender Development in Young Children,” Presented by Susan P. Landon, MA., LMFT
March 9, 2014
“How to Create Books to Help Children Deal with Big Feelings,” Presented and Facilitated by Ziva Renan, M.A., Child Development Specialist
February 9, 2014
“Using Children’s Picture Books to Support Emotional Development,” Facilitated by Karen Dudley, M.A., MFT
January 26, 2014
“Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs,” Presented by Cynthia A. Landes, M.P.H., M.A., E.T./P.
November 24, 2013
“Challenges of Balancing the Needs of Home and Work”
October 20, 2013
“Parents of Special Needs Children,” Presented by Dr. Stephanie Katzman, Psy.D.
September 15, 2013
July 21, 2013
“Parent and Child Anxiety in the Face of Major Crisis”
June 2, 2013
“Challenges to Families in Trying to Balance Work and Family,” Facilitated by Randi Abramowitz, MSW, and Alicia Murray, LMFT and Infant and Mental Health Specialist
May 4, 2013
“Identifying Children with Special Needs,” Presented by Wendy Parise, MA, Special Education
April 14, 2013
ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“The Mindful Child,” Presented by Susan Kaiser Greenland, JD
March 3, 2013
“Quiet/Shy/Introvert: That’s the Discussion,” Facilitated by Carol Waisman, PhD, LCSW
January 20, 2013
“Challenges to Families in Trying to Balance Work and Family,” Presented by Randi Abramowitz, MSW, and Alicia Murray, LMFT and Mental Health Specialist
July 22, 2012
“Challenging Cases” Roundtable Discussion
March 11, 2012
ANNUAL NETWORKING BRUNCH
“Young Children and Electronic Media,” Presented by Yalda T. Uhls, M.A., MBA
February 22, 2012
“When Children Grieve: Understanding the Needs of Grieving Children,” Presented by Lauren Schneider, LCSW
January 22, 2012
“The Development of Language and Literacy in Young Children,” Presented by Helen Sherman-Wade, MA, CCC-SLP
November 20, 2011
“Turn off Your Screen, Turn on Your Kids,” Presented by Dr. Howie Reinstein and Dr. Tom Brauner
October 11, 2009
“The Angry Child,” Presented by Phyllis Rothman