Toddler Play Conference

Meet the expert speakers

Mandisa Watts

Spring themed sensory bins

Mandisa is a CPA/ MBA, mother of 3 (including twins and founder of Happy Toddler Playtime,  an online resource for parents, teachers and  caregivers showcasing open-ended, and child-led activities and crafts. Mandisa  shares her toddler-approved, colorful playtime activities that involve art, sensory play and construction. Mandisa is also soon to be a published author with  her book “Exciting  Sensory Bins for Curious Kids” and “Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids” coming out June 2021. You can find more tips and play ideas for toddlers here and activity ideas on her Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok pages.

Dr. Cindy Hovington

How to empower littles to play independently 

Dr. Cindy Hovington is the founder of Curious Neuron. This is a resource for parents that is backed by science. As a mom of 3 and a neuroscientist, she sifts through scientific literature to find articles related to child development and parenting then summarizes it in practical bite-sized pieces. Curious Neuron offers parents many ways to learn through their blog posts, podcast, free weekly parenting support groups, membership, parenting programs and online courses. Visit curiousneuron.com for more info.

Ashley, Hapa Family vlog

Curating a montessori shelf that invites play

My name is Ashley and I am a mother of two girls, ages 4 and 2. I am certified Montessori guide for infants and toddlers through the North American Montessori Center, as well as a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator with the Positive Discipline Association. I am also the content creator behind the Hapa Family YouTube channel!

Dr. An Louise Lockart

Play as a powerful tool for connection and emotional regulation

Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart is a wife of 22 years, a mom of 2 kids, and has over 15 years of experience as a pediatric psychologist and parent coach. She is the President and Owner of A New Day Pediatric Psychology in San Antonio, TX.

Junnifa Uzodike 

Embracing montessori in the home

Junnifa Uzodike is an AMI trained Montessori guide for the 0-3, 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She is the founder and head of school at Fruitful Orchard Montessori in Abuja, Nigeria. Since discovering Montessori in 2011, Junnifa has continued to build her knowledge and experience in child development using Montessori principles. She has three children whom she has raised using Montessori principles from birth. Junnifa’s Montessori work includes guiding children at Fruitful Orchard, Mentoring teachers and closest to her heart is supporting parents in implementing Montessori from birth. She nspires parents around the world to bring Montessori into their lives by sharing her Montessori journey and offering courses and other resources via her blog www.nduoma.com and her instagram page @montessori_nduoma. Junnifa is currently writing two books, “The Montessori Baby” and “The Montessori Child” with Simone Davies Junnifa serves on the board of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Kim John Payne

The overwhelm of boys

Kim John Payne, M.ED., is the best-selling author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline. He is the found­ing director of the Simplicity Parenting Institute and the Center for Social Sustainability. He has served as a school and family counselor and consultant for over thirty years. Together with his team he has trained over one thousand Simplicity Parenting coaches and group lead­ers all around the world. His books have been translated into over thirty languages. He regu­larly gives the keynote address to conferences both in North America and internationally. 

Tots on Target

The powerful role of movement in the little years

Allison and Mary are a PT/OT team that shares information and strategies to help parents understand child development on their Instagram page @totsontarget. They believe that open play and lots of floor time is the best way to help our children reach their milestones.

Saranya Raghavan

Instilling a love for reading one book at a time

Hi, I’m Saranya! I’m known as “Mommy” to Ishaan, who is four years old, and as a patent litigator at a large law firm in Chicago. I run @toddlers.who.read on Instagram as a way to share our love for reading. The goal of the account is to recommend a diverse range of books for young children and provide tips for how to incorporate a reading routine into your already busy lives. I also sprinkle in my thoughts on being a working mom, how to address race and racism with your kids, how to develop literacy skills, and other related topics.

Heather Greutman

Fine motor development in the early years

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with school-based experience for ages 3-18. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies to help you encourage your child or students to reach their fullest potential through hands-on play and developmentally appropriate activities

Yasmeen Sallam

Growing creative kids using loose parts play

Administrator of three preschools in California. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources & Marketing, a minor in Human Development specializing in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. I have 20 years of combined experience in the classroom and administration. I believe children thrive in an environment filled with intention, beauty, curiosity, and wonder and my goal with this new platform is to provide resources to educators, parents, and anyone for all things Early Childhood.

Amirra Johnson

Sensory development and Early Intervention for toddlers

Amirra is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Certified Newborn Care Specialist and Early Interventionist currently practicing in Phoenix, AZ. Amirra is the founder of Marvelous Mirracles, a platform designed to empower and equip therapists and families with the tools and resources to help little miracles fulfill big dream. In her free time, Amirra enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with family.

Dr. Kailee Noland

Toy rotation to uplevel independent play

Kailee aka The Movement Mama is a Doctor of Pediatric Physical Therapy and Mama of 2. She seeks to empower parents toward purposeful play and encourage Mamas in all things motherhood and motor milestones.

Beverly Beck

Spring inspired art play for littles

Beverly is passionate about play, creativity and wellbeing. As a qualified teacher with 20 years experience, a mum of 3 littles and a advocate for inclusivity she has founded Happy Little Humans to help grown ups consciously raise happy little humans through art and play.

The Childhood Collective

Play that builds the brain 

The Childhood Collective is a team of 3 moms and professionals, Dr. Lori Long (child psychologist), Dr. Mallory Yee (child psychologist), and Katie Severson (speech language pathologist). Their mission is to empower parents raising kids with ADHD, anxiety, learning differences, and language delays through research-backed tips, strategies, and online courses.


Mama Psychologists

Small, intentional steps towards feeling like playful parent in the little years

We are Caitlin & Chelsea, both registered psychologists in Alberta, Canada. We created this community as a way to share resources & support on all things motherhood and raising littles!

Anandé Ferreira 

Understanding children’s play preferences with a sensory pintegration lense

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 (to be released end March 2021).

Emily Cohen

Play and speech development for toddlers

Emily Cohen is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and the owner of Tandem Speech Therapy in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about helping parents learn how play can benefit their child’s language development. She self-published the book Playing With Purpose in 2018 to support this mission.

Holly Peretz

Inviting our children into play

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.

Walk Talk Play

Choosing the best toys for developing kids

We are pediatric speech, occupational, and physical therapists with a passion for enhancing motor skills, language, and sensory processing through play. We hope to inspire families, teachers, and therapists through activities and products we love, as well as share resources and research for preschool aged children (2 years-5 years).

Sarah R. Moore

Playful parenting

Sarah R. Moore is the founder of Dandelion Seeds Positive Parenting. As a certified gentle parenting coach and play expert, she’s a regular contributor to international parenting magazines, as well as being an eternal optimist and recovering perfectionist. She’s currently writing two books that will be released this year.


Alene Villaneda

Primitive reflexes: a powerful cornerstone for early childhood development

Alene has worked with children for more than 25 years. Her primary goal is to help children reach their fullest academic potential. She is the founder of Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) and course creator of the Integrate with Success – How to Integrate Retained Primitive Reflexes with Ease and No-Stress. Her methods and strategies have helped hundreds of kids excel in many areas of development, including behavioral, emotional, physical and academic. Alene is not an Occupational Therapist or Pediatric Therapist, but has received several trainings and certifications over the past 25 years. She began her training in movement therapy, brain integration, music therapy and is certified in many other programs. She is also an Orofacial Myofunctional (OFM), Certified Natural Health Practitioner (CNHP), Brain Integration Therapist (BIT) and has a Bachelor of Science degree. She now has Occupational Therapists and other professionals on staff to help you achieve your retained primitive reflex goals with your children and students.

Grace Wong

Raising bilingual kids and play

Grace is a certified speech language pathologist and bilingual mom. She has been practicing for 4 years and worked with a wide variety of populations, including children from 0 – 10 years of age. Grace has also worked with bilingual families all over the world to provide guidance in setting up language-rich environments.

Danielle LaFee

Play and the development of personality for toddlers

Danielle LaFee, the founder of Piece of Cake Parenting, spends her days helping baby and toddler parents around the world use attachment parenting and baby-led and provides support to help you feel more confident and more connected with your little one from playtime to naptime and every time in between.

Crystal, a playful day

Using nature’s treasures in open ended play

Crystal is the mum behind a.playful.day, an Instagram account designed to give parents the tools to setup fun, engaging but simple play setups for their children. She uses natural elements to engage children in play, stimulate their imaginations, invigorate their senses and reconnect them with their outdoor surroundings.

Suchot Sunday

Managing toy clutter

Suchot is the owner of the The Curious Frugal – a personal finance site for moms. She is a frugal living mama who still loves her Starbucks lattes. With side hustles and frugal living (and NOT large incomes), Suchot and her husband paid off their mortgage and are completely debt-free. Suchot can help you work toward a debt-free life.

Karen Lock Kolp

Setting realistic expectations on ourselves as parents

Karen Lock Kolp, M.Ed. teaches parents how to get good behavior from their kids, feel seen and cared for in their lives, and feel happy inside. Karen is the host of the acclaimed We Turned Out Okay podcast, author of 3 parenting books and a subscription-only monthly publication for parents, a speaker, and a coach. Karen lives in Massachusetts with her husband, sons, and a delightful 11-year-old chicken; connect with her at weturnedoutokay.com.

Maria Yakimchuk

Social development and play

Maria is a mom of 2 rambunctious boys. She hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology (MFT Concentration) and loves using her knowledge in psychology to help families to live more joyful and connected lives.

Suzanne Tucker 

Soft toys for play and emotional development 

Generation Mindful was founded by Suzanne Tucker, a mom of four who has been a physical therapist and parent educator for over 27 years. While teaching positive discipline classes, Suzanne saw a need for tangible, evidence-based tools and toys to help parents and educators apply the science of positive discipline into their everyday lives, particularly when they were feeling stressed or their children were acting out.

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