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Upcoming events: monthly board meetings are held once a month, time and dates subject to change based on the board availabilty

    • Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online (please note this is Central Standard Time)
    • 94
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    IDTA members- we invite you to join us for our quarterly virtual Coffee Clutch with your IDTA President, Jen Crick, and various other esteemed IDTA Board members. Jen, IDTA Board members, and Committee Chairs,  will be available to answer questions, provide updates, and gather suggestions from our wonderful IDTA community!

    We rise by lifting others! #IDTAstrong

    Please note this event is for IDTA members only. Once you register for this event you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a unique Zoom link for this event. 

     DO NOT delete your confirmation e-mail. 

    *The hosting platform for this meeting is Zoom.

    * As a reminder, EI credits are NOT available for  the Coffee Clutch.

     

    I look forward to seeing you all there

    ~Jen Crick

    IDTA President 





    • Wednesday, June 05, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online Webinar (please note this is Central Standard Time)
    • 74
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    Please join us as Amy Cocorikis presents her webinar entitled:


    Changes to the Child Outcomes in Illinois and the Role

    of the DT

    More CFCs have begun the process of making changes to the way teams discuss and rate the three Child Outcomes. This training will provide an overview of what these changes will look like to increase awareness, improve our understanding of why these changes are happening and outline the benefits to families. We will also discuss the important role DTs can play as teams navigate changes to the child outcome summary ratings process.

    Illinois EI Credit has been approved in the following areas:

    1.0 Intervention

    .5 Working with families

    (please note credit is currently unavailable for states outside of Illinois)

    This training is open to all  Developmental Therapists.

    Please note, a strict no cancellation policy will be enforced for all IDTA webinars

    • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online Webinar (please note this is Central Standard Time)
    • 90
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    Please join us as Elizabeth Kroster presents her webinar entitled:

    Rigid, Emotion, and Brilliant, oh my!  A Conversation About Toddler Anxiety

    When adults think about anxiety, they often think about excessive overthinking and worrying, perhaps they even think of the term “intrusive thoughts”. Because our brains are designed to help us survive, all of us have experienced the feelings of anxiety at some point of time or another. I believe because we are all so familiar with feeling anxious at some point, it can be tricky to identify toddler anxiety because it can look so different than our own experience of the word.

    Toddler anxiety can look like what we expect it to be: separation anxiety, phobias / fears, and excessive worry; but it can also look like rigid behaviors, laughing at “inappropriate times”, sensitivity and emotional outbursts / meltdowns. During this conversation, we will cover why toddler anxiety doesn't often look like "worry," what toddler anxiety does look like, how to conceptualize anxiety to parents, and finally some strategies to help parents with their anxious toddlers. You will walk away hopefully having a look into your own nervous system and how we can use ourselves as a tool to help parents and children alike.

     More about Elizabeth:

    Elizabeth Krotser is a proud mama to three children, ages 10, 12 and 14, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in that order. She loves the color orange, the seashore, brain science, and karaoke, in no particular order this time. Elizabeth considers herself lucky to have found a career that matches her passion and has over 20 years of experience working with children and their families.

    Because most bio’s include this kinda stuff, Elizabeth would be remiss if she didn’t list that she earned her Masters of Social Work at the Jane Addams College of Social Work (UIC) and her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her career working in the public school system and then, seeking to work more alongside families, Elizabeth began working in the Early Intervention system (birth to three) in 2014. Her current practice, Nurturing Village, opened in 2017. Elizabeth is the proud owner, supervisor, and therapist as well as the most important snack-purchaser at the Village.

    Elizabeth currently specializes in working with children ages birth through elementary school who struggle with family relationships, emotional regulation, social skills, and behavioral challenges. A Certified Theraplay Therapist with additional training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Elizabeth works from an attachment and polyvagal lens, nurturing relationships with children and their caregivers. Elizabeth studied under Jake Greenspan to learn the Greenspan Floortime Method, has additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy, and she is a certified Safe and Sound Protocol provider (a polyvagal neural exercise).

    The most important part of Elizabeth’s work is her commitment to joyful connections with her families. She describes her collaboration with children and families as a team approach that is gender and neurodiverse affirming, using parents’ and children's strengths as a part of their journey together. Elizabeth works hard at listening to her own lectures and believes Dan Siegel when he states, “when we begin to know ourselves in an open and self-supportive way, we take the first step in encouraging our children to know themselves.”

    Early Intervention Credit approved for 1.5 intervention -(.5 Atypical Development; .5 Intervention; .5 Working with Families)

    (please note credit is currently unavailable for states outside of Illinois)

    This training is open to all Early Intervention Providers and Service Coordinators

    There will be a free reflective practice session offered after the webinar for all IDTA Members ONLY. This will require a separate registration. 

    Please note, a strict no cancellation policy will be enforced for all IDTA webinars




    • Wednesday, July 24, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online Webinar (please note this is Central Standard Time)
    • 42
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    Reflective Practice Session directly after Webinar.  Separate registration required. 

    "Rigid, Emotional, and Brilliant, Oh My!": A Conversation about Toddler Anxiety

    This interactive and self-reflective webinar will help practitioners review information from the webinar together with our fellow DT's. We will reflect on the webinar and discuss various ways that we can implement this new found knowledge into our daily work with families. 

    This webinar will directly follow the webinar.

    This event is only open to IDTA members who attended the webinar !  

    Early Intervention 1 Credit- (.5 Atypical Development; .25 Intervention; .25 Working with Families)

    (please note credit is currently unavailable for states outside of Illinois)

    This is a closed training and is only open to IDTA Members who attended the Webinar. Please note, a strict no cancellation policy will be enforced for all IDTA webinars.




 

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