Toddler Play Conference

Meet the expert speakers

Dr. Brenna Hicks

Anxiety & overscheduling: What happens when we take play out of childhood

Brenna is a licensed private-practice play therapist, author, speaker, and parenting coach. Brenna has been featured in The New York Times, and on CNN and iVillage. A native Floridian, she loves the beach, the sun, and Rays baseball. She lives in the Tampa Bay Area with her husband and son.

Lelia Schott, Synergy Parenting

Transforming power struggles with Playful Parenting

Lelia Schott is the founder of Synergy Parenting the online advocacy and consulting group. She is a certified parent coach with a special interest in interpersonal neurobiology, neuro diversity, nonviolent communication, nervous system regulation and inner child work. Lelia lives in Cape Town South Africa with her family and is a grateful mommy to 4 sons and 2 daughters who are the catalyst for her personal development.

Laura Brown, mommy & me milestones

Playing your way to the first 50 words

Laura M.A., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in early intervention. She owns a private practice in Marietta, GA, where she lives with her husband and two little boys. Laura is the founder of Mommy & Me Milestones, a community created for parents and therapists to support the development of early communication skills

Carine Robin

Play as a powerful tool for connection and emotional regulation

I am a qualified Montessori teacher with a Masters degree in Psychology. After many years working as a child psychologist and in the classroom, I founded The Montessori family to support parents and children at home. I’m a mother of 2 children, now 8 and 12 and we have been raising them with the Montessori principles from the start. I believe that parents are their child’s first teacher. Therefore, you deserve the best support you can have to understand and follow your child.

Ginny Yurich

 1000 hours outside

Ginny is a Michigan mother of five and the founder of 1000 Hours Outside. She is a thought-leader in the world of nature-based play and its benefits for children. One of her top priorities is to inspire parents to invest in spending time in nature with their children.

Denaye Barahona

Embracing simplicity for richer play

Denaye Barahona Ph.D. is the founder of Simple Families. She’s a coach, author, and host of a top-ranked podcast. Denaye offers solutions for overwhelmed parents with a focus on positive parenting, family wellness, and decreasing the mental load.

Sami Carrick M.Ed

Reading with toddlers: a whole child approach to early literacy

Sami is a certified reading specialist and elementary teacher, and founder of Sunnyseed, an online platform to help educate parents on the importance of nursing the whole child during the most foundational years of their life (0-5). She is the mother of two girls, with another due this May and wife to a military officer. You can connect with her at sunnyseedco.com

Rae Pica

Giving your child a running start in life

Rae is an internationally known early childhood education consultant, whose mission is to ensure that children can be children and that child development guides all of our practices with them. She’s the award-winning author of 21 books, including What If Everybody Understood Child Development?, an online course creator, and consultant for such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, Mattel, and Chicago Children’s Museum

Joy Marilie Jackson

Infusion music and sound exploration into our home Montessori style

Joy Marilie Jackson is a former early childhood music teacher, singer-songwriter, curriculum developer and Arts administrator. She is currently an arts education consultant, instructional and parenting coach and is Loveevery’s music expert.

Dr. Kailee Noland

Milestones and play after the first steps

Kailee is a Doctor of Pediatric Physical Therapy and a Mama of 2. She is passionate about empowering parents to play with their children with a purpose through daily routines and rhythms that support development.

Jennifer Anderson

Putting the fun back into feeding your toddler

Jennifer Anderson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has a masters of science in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In 2019, she founded Kids Eat in Color, LLC, a social impact company dedicated to improving family and child nutrition and health. Prior to starting Kids Eat in Color she coordinated youth nutrition programs at a food bank, performed research in inner-city food deserts, and consulted for the USDA national office SNAP-Ed program.

Kaila Diaz

Supporting bilingual language development through play

Kaila Diaz is a sociolinguist specializing in childhood bilingualism and family language dynamics. She works with families who desire to gift of bilingualism to their children. Through her company Bilingüitos, Kaila walks this journey alongside families by providing research-based strategies and tips PLUS encouragement and community to make the path to bilingualism walkable and enjoyable.

Marlene Spence 

Simple routines to prevent tantrums and diffucse power struggles

Marlene is a Child Behaviour Specialist, Parent Coach and the the Creator of Reward’um™visual schedules. She uses her 22 years experience and extensive knowledge of behaviour to help shift parents from feeling overwhelmed and hopeless about their child’s challenging behaviours to feeling relieved and hopeful. She shows parents how to shift their homes from chaotic to calm.

Grace Bernales

Supporting speech & language development through play 

Grace Bernales is a licensed pediatric speech-language pathologist and owner of Graceful Expression, located in Pasadena, CA. She primarily works with the early intervention population and enjoys working closely with parents, assisting them in increasing their child’s speech and language skills through play!

Tom Piccirilli

Emotional regualtion and connecting through play from a dad’s perspective

Providing a dad’s perspective on positive parenting. Opening the conversation about topics that traditionally dads haven’t discussed.

Anandé Ferreira 

Investing in deep play in the little years

Anandé Ferreira is a pediatric occupational therapist based in private practice with a special interest in playfulness and sensory integration, guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town for the Occupational Therapy Department and author of Born to Play.

Tosha Schore

Wild Play with our sweet boys

Tosha Schore is on a mission to create a more peaceful world, one sweet boy at a time by supporting you to care for yourself, connect with your boy deeply, set limits lovingly, and play wildly!

She brings a burst of energy and optimism to parenting, and is an expert at simple solutions to what feel like overwhelmingly complicated problems. Through her online communities, Tosha helps break the isolation of modern parenting and lifts your confidence so you’re better equipped to face the challenges of raising young boys.

Tosha is a trainer of Hand in Hand Parenting, co-author of “Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Challenges,” and the creator of all things Parenting Boys Peacefully, including “Parenting Boys Peacefully: A 10-Day Reconnect,” an online group experience shared by over 15,000 parents worldwide.” Tosha is also a frequent guest expert on podcasts and online and in-person conferences.

Holly Daniel

Montessori materials

I’m Holly, an education consultant for modern day parents, using step by step guides to bring Montessori into more homes. I’ve been featured in Motherly and Montessori Rocks where I share my love for Montessori. Over the past 5 years I’ve helped thousands of parents bring Montessori into their homes by providing the support and training to get started quickly and easily.

Adam Griffin

Supporting fine motor skills through play

Adam is the Head of Occupational Therapy at Camali Clinic CAMHS Dubai. Since coming to Dubai over 9 years ago Adam has been instrumental in establishing several developmental, educational, and vocational support services here in the UAE as well as providing the highest standard of care for countless families. Adam frequently appears in the media in the UAE discussing disability and healthcare related topics as well as a being regular speaker at professional panels, international conferences and workshops. In 2020 he started the AdamtheOT YouTube channel to provide those affected by covid with fun and functional motor skills activities they can do in their own home.

Dr Jenny Rose

Siblings and play: building strong bonds

Dr Jenny Rose is a clinical psychologist and parent-child specialist. She has her PhD in attachment based parenting. Jenny co-ordinates the masters training program at a university in South Africa, and has her own private practice.

Sivanne Lieber

Investing in deep play in the little years

Sivanne Lieber is a parent coach, progressive educator, mama and early childhood specialist. But most of all, she is a PLAY enabler. Following nearly two decades in the classroom she now supports children through her work as The Joyous Parent, Sivanne helps parents move from struggle, isolation, and winging it to feeling supported, confident and self compassionate so that they can model for their children who they hope for them to become.

Check out her work and join the Joyous Journey on @thejoyousparent on FB and Instagram and check out her website at www.thejoyousparent.com to sign up for a FREE Playful Parent Connect Call. Get ready to join the play revolution!

Andrea Davis

Setting up a good foundation for healthy screen families in the little years

Andrea Davis is a former secondary ed teacher turned screen-time-navigator. She is the founder of Better Screen Time where she shares family-tested ideas from the (tech) trenches as a mom of five. She is on a mission to help parents worry less about tech, and connect more with their kids. Andrea and her husband, Tyler, live in beautiful Hood River, Oregon where they love spending time outdoors as a family.

Dr. Amy Webb

Viewing behaviour and play through the lens of temperament

Amy is a mom of two boys and has been a parenting blogger and freelance writer for 12 years. With a background in child development, she brings a knowledge of research as well as real-life experience to parenting topics.

Teva Johnstone

Play and neurodiversity

Teva Johnstone is a licensed therapist and parenting coach who supports neurodiverse children and families. She is passionate about children’s mental health and helping parents grow in their understanding and courage to parent in a way that is respectful of their child’s nervous system differences.

Hila Bahari

Organizing a play space that invites deep independent play

Hila Bahari, a mama of 2 and the founder of mamaguide. My goal was to help empower new parents through their new journey and provide them with various tools. After having kids I become very passionate about independent play and dedicated much of my time to learn about it and help parents create the best play space for their little ones

Holly Peretz

Process art for toddlers

Holly Peretz, OTR/L, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, toddler mom and the founder of otholly.com. Through her blog, online conference and membership she aims to make early child development accessible and easy to understand for toddler parents.

Holly is passionate about making the little years fun, lighter and more colorful for families.

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