Toddler Play Conference

Meet the expert speakers

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP Neuroscience and Play-Based Learning

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP

Cari is a pediatric speech-lanugage patholoigst, early childhood specialist, and defender of play-based learning.

Cindy Chuan, OT The Therapeutic Use of Self

Cindy Chuan, OT

Cindy is a registered occupational therapist practising in Sydney, Australia. She has two growing children who are a constant source of inspiration and learning. Cindy loves working creatively to help children to reach their potential, finding opportunities in everyday living and making learning fun. She is also addicted to making printables (even when they take a long time to complete). Cindy is the author of the Occupational Therapy blog Your Kids OT.

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Tera Sumpter, SLP-CCC Executive Function Development

Tera Sumpter,M.A., CCC-SLP

Tera Sumpter, M.A., CCC-SLP is an executive function specialist, author, international speaker, speech-language pathologist, and founder of Seeds of Learning®.

Katie Zelinski, OTRL Praxis and Motor Planning

Katie Zelinski, OTR/L 

Katie Zelinski is a pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in sensory integration, feeding, and regulation. She is the creator of The Well-Balanced OT, an online community providing mentorship and education to therapists and parents through webinars, resources, and one-on-one/group sessions. Katie believes that through using a play-based and child-led approach we can foster curiosity, connection, and skill development.  

Kokeb McDonald, OTRL Primitive Reflex Integration

Kokeb McDonald, OTR/L

Kokeb McDonald is a pediatric OT, best selling author, mentor, mother, and creator of Reflex Integration Through Play™️ program. 

Anna Dalziel, SLP Taking toys to a new level

Anna Dalziel, SLP

Anna is a Preschool SLP with over 15 years experience. She currently owns a Private Practice, hosts several online courses, and runs a TPT store. She has a passion for play in therapy  and empowering others to use the power of play to educate children.

Janis Leinfuss, OTR/L, Amanda Newchok, OTR/L, and Erin O’Hara, OTR/L

Dr. Janis Leinfuss, OTD, OTR/L is a specialist in Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder, certified in the evaluation and treatment of SPD by the Sensory Therapies and Research Institute, specializing in the treatment of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and neurodivergence. Dr. Leinfuss published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented professionally to local, national, and international audiences. She is an adjunct faculty member in the ppOTD program at Gannon University and in the MSOT program at Seton Hall University.  

Amanda Newchok, MS, OTR/L graduated from Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Health Care Management from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Amanda has placed an emphasis on treating the whole child and highlighting the importance of collaboration as part of a team in variety treatment settings and contexts including the school-based setting, clinic-based environment, and as an instructor for the STAR Institute.  

Erin O’Hara, MS OTR/L has been an accomplished occupational therapist for over 20 years.  She has received her training from Quinnipiac University, Johns Hopkins University and has a certification in Sensory Integration from the University of Southern California. As a practitioner she functions in a variety of roles such as a presenter, adjunct professor, co-creator of the Ready to Learn and Play framework and as an active clinician. Erin uses her ability to connect and create meaningful relationships to foster the development of skill sets in her clients, students, and professional colleagues.

Kelsie Olds, OTRL Child Led Play

Kelsie Olds, OTR/L

Kelsie Olds is an occupational therapist by day and The Occuplaytional Therapist the rest of the time. They spend their time advocating for trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming, child-led play in therapy and respect for children, their autonomy, and their persons in all walks of teaching, parenting, and life.

Adam Griffin, OTR Playful Parents How to teach others to be their child's perfect play partner

Adam Griffin, OTR

Adam is a father of 2 daughters and the Head of Occupational Therapy at Camali Clinic Dubai and has wealth of experience in supporting learning and development for children and their families.  Since coming to Dubai over 11 years ago Adam has helped establish several developmental and educational support services as well as providing the highest standard of care for countless families.   Adam frequently appears in the media in the UAE discussing learning, disability and healthcare related topics as well as a being regular speaker at professional panels, universities, international conferences and workshops.

Becky The SLT Scrapbook, BSc (Hons), CertMRCSLT, HCPC Reg, MASLTIP Coaching and collaborating with parents

Becky The SLT Scrapbook, BSc (Hons), CertMRCSLT, HCPC Reg, MASLTIP

Becky is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist from the UK. She specialises in Early Intervention and caregiver-coaching. Becky has a passion for supporting other Speech and Language Therapists to feel confident that they’re delivering effective, evidence-based interventions.

Melanie Batista, OTRL Supporting play through telehealth

Melanie Batista, OTR/L

With over two decades of expertise, Melanie Batista is a seasoned pediatric Occupational Therapist dedicated to nurturing young minds and supporting families across diverse environments. As the founder of Growing Little Brains, LLC, she empowers parents and fellow therapists through innovative online courses, insightful blogs, and personalized mentorship. She emphasizes self-care, connection, movement, and play to foster healthy brain development for children and caregivers. Melanie’s passion and proficiency make her a trusted early childhood growth and caregiver guide.

Claire Heffron, OTRL and Lauren Drobnjak, PT The power of playgroups

Claire Heffron, OTR/L and Lauren Drobnjak, PT

At The Inspired Treehouse, we believe that with a little help, kids can build strong, healthy bodies and minds through play.  We feature easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids.  We are pediatric occupational and physical therapists who are passionate about sharing information, tips, and strategies to help readers conquer common developmental challenges that come up for kids.  We believe that the more parents, teachers, and caregivers know about child development and wellness, the better off kids are! 

Brittni Winslow, OTRL Promoting Play in Private Practice

Brittni Winslow, OTR/L 

Brittni Winslow has been an pediatric occupational therapist for 12 years and is the owner of a  multi-location pediatric private practice delivering individualized and group occupational, speech and language, and physical therapy. She is also the owner of The Therapeutic Edge Collective, formerly The Pocket OT, an online continuing education and resource community for pediatric therapists. Brittni has a passion for helping caregivers and children develop their own “sensory lens” to better understand how to feel best in their bodies so that we can do the things we all love – including play!
Ashley Fairley, OTRL Amplifying play in Early Intervention

Ashley Fairley, OTR/L

Ashley Fairley is a dedicated Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for helping children reach their full potential. Ashley has 10 years of experience working with children and currently serves as an independent contractor with the Illinois Early Intervention program. Ashley is also the visionary behind AshtheOT. Through this initiative, she offers educational resources, consulting and coaching to fellow occupational therapists through online platforms including YouTube, IG and TikTok .

Abigail Long, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLPL Promoting Play in Preschools

Abigail Long, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP/L

Abby is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, currently residing in New York City where she services the Early Intervention through Early elementary population in the private practice setting. For the past 4 years, she has serviced solely preschool age students in their home, preschool settings, and daycares. Before that, Abby was a school-based SLP servicing preschool and elementary school students. She particularly enjoys a push-in model, servicing students directly in their classroom setting, in order to better collaborate with teachers and staff. Abby is a neurodiversity affirming therapist with a strength-based, child-centered focus. She believes strongly in utilizing clients’ interests, and often employs a play-based approach in her therapy sessions to combine evidence-based approaches with real-life strategies to help children reach their individualized goals (and have fun!).

Heather Greutman, COTA Messy play for children with sensory sensitivities

Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and owner of Growing Hands-On Kids. She uses her background in school-based services to share developmental tips, tools, and strategies for growing hands-on kids. Popular topics on her site include handwriting and pencil grasp, sensory processing, fine motor skills, visual-motor skills and hands-on activity ideas.

Bianca Mendonça, PT, DPT, PCS, CLC Increasing access to play for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities through positioning and environmental modifications

Bianca Mendonça, PT, DPT, PCS, CLC

Bianca is a passionate pediatric physical therapist and board-certified clinical specialist. She has been a practicing clinician for almost 10 years, and has experience in hospital-based settings (inpatient acute, rehab, and outpatient), early intervention, and now private practice. She is the co-founder of NeuroFit Institute.Bianca is a passionate pediatric physical therapist and board-certified clinical specialist. She has been a practicing clinician for almost 10 years, and has experience in hospital-based settings (inpatient acute, rehab, and outpatient), early intervention, and now private practice. She is the co-founder of NeuroFit Institute.

Amy Guttmann, OTRL and Evelyn Guttmann, OTRL Promoting play in ADHD and impulsivity

Amy Guttmann, OTR/L and Evelyn Guttmann, OTR/L 


Amy and Evelyn Guttmann, OTR/L, sister pediatric occupational therapists, have been treating families and children with over 50 years of experience between them.

They currently run Hands on OT Rehab in Brooklyn, NY, a private practice focused on treating children with anxiety and processing delays, Hands on Approaches, a continuing education company, as well as the HOPE Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to prevent anxiety and mental health challenges in children.  They have evaluated over 12,000 children and have been guest lecturers in some of the most prominent universities around the country.

Their specialty training include: Sensory Integration, NDT training, reflex integration, auditory processing specialization, and behavioral management. Their weekly talks, “Quiet the Noise”, have gathered a community of over 60K listeners each week.  Feel free to follow them on instagram @handsonapproaches to learn more.  

Joanne Cazeau, MS CCC-SLP- Defending access to play for Pre-verbal Kids

Joanne Cazeau, SLP

Joanne W. Cazeau is a multilingual speech-language pathologist with experience with therapeutically supporting babies and toddlers with diverse speech and language needs. Her child-centered approach employs evidence-based techniques while prioritizing inclusive, culturally, and linguistically responsive care. Joanne is the owner and founder of Koze Speech Therapy, a New-Jersey-based private speech therapy practice that takes a unique, “whole child” and multisensory approach to supporting early communication. When she is not working with clients, Joanne dedicates her free time to helping caregivers develop their child’s potential through her Instagram platform, @beyondbabbles.

Diamond Rashad, OTD, OTRL No more Hand- Over-Hand

Diamond Rashad, OTD, OTR/L

With A Dime of OT, Dr. Rashad aims to take up space to empower therapists and support families. Her experience includes working from a trauma-informed lens with children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory differences and supporting regulation, feeding & play.

2024 VIP Toddler Play Conference

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