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Our experts - child-development

It's hard to know whose opinion to trust, especially when it comes to our kids. So we’ve brought together a rich variety of experts from the worlds of education, gaming, child development, online safety, technology, family therapy and more to add professional knowledge and experience to the conversation.

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Erika Brodnock

Child development London, GB
Erika Brodnock is one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject of raising happy, successful children. Offering her unique insight into techniques she uses to bring up her own five children, Erika’s mission is to ensure every parent has the chance to learn skills that will allow them to raise their children to be happy and emotionally-balanced, as well as helping them through childhood ups and downs to ensure they emerge as contented, confident young people ready to deal with life on their own. Erika also coaches children through their problems, helping them to learn to manage and counter any difficulties they are facing or having to deal with.

Maureen Weinhardt

Child development North Attleborough, US
My name is Maureen, and I've been teaching for almost 10 years. I am a life-long learner who is interested in just about everything! I have a deep love of reading, writing, traveling, hiking, yoga, music, teaching, exploring and much more. I'm a published author and experienced educator who has worked with students ranging in age from 2-18 through classroom instruction, tutoring, mentoring and as an in-home care provider. This has given me a unique and comprehensive understanding of child development. I now share my knowledge and experiences regarding real-life applications of child development, behavior management, mindfulness and more through my workshops and website, GrowingWithYourChild.com.

Maria Sibireva

Child development Saint Petersburg, Russia
am a PhD in Sociology, senior lecturer at the North-West Institute of Management of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. I am the member of International Sociological Association (Research Commitee 53 "Sociology of Childhood") and I am also the member of European Sociological Association (Research Network 4 "Sociology of Children and Childhood"). I conduct sociological researches with children who are 4-7 years old and I try to do everything to make adults hear the "voice of children". I use special methods (quantitative and qualitative) and now I have more than 300 small respondents.

Alexandra Mercer

Child development GB
I'm a devoted wife and mother of six. I home educate, thoroughly enjoy baking, love taking my children to the park in the sunshine and can't wait to get started on my long awaited allotment. I've just started running and my initial goal is to complete five miles without stopping. I have a degree in child development, I'm an optimist, eat organic but can't resist the odd takeaway. My tipple of choice is an extremely cool gin and tonic.

Dr Michael Levine

Child development New York, US
Expert on early learning, parenting and interactive media. I lead an innovation -oriented research organization named for the founder of Sesame Street.

Shah Hussain

Child development PK
Program manager of Children First. Responsible for overall program management which includes implementation and the scope of programs.

Paula Tarver

Child development Valrico, US
Paula Tarver is an Occupational Therapist with over eighteen years of multi-faceted experience in pediatric home health, hospital (including acute and sub-acute rehab), and long-term rehab settings. She has educational training in cutting-edge treatment approaches which include: Sensory Integration, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, Core Concepts, NeuroNet, Balametrics, RDI, Floor-time, MNRI, and Handwriting Without Tears. She has been employed by the Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services for 14 years. She resides in Valrico, FL with her husband Hewett and daughter Kayla. She feels truly blessed to be able to serve the children and families in her surrounding area. She is the co-author of Advance My Baby Manual, The Ultimate Secrets of Healthy Development for Your Baby - Birth to 3 years.

Nena Bush

Child development Chicago, US

Dr. Catherine Murungi

Child development KE
Catherine was born and brought up in Meru-Kenya; she is a Lecturer at Kenyatta University in the Department of Early Childhood Studies. She holds a PhD in Education, M.Ed and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Studies all from Kenyatta University. She is currently an editorial board member and peer reviewer to many international journals. Catherine is a mentor, academic advisor, e-learning trainer and facilitator, as well as a supervisor to several undergraduate and graduate students in the university. She is a passionate researcher in the field of developmental psychology and she is published widely. She has a keen interest in community education and development, in particular basic education. Besides being an academician, she is married and a proud mother of two adorable children, Ethan and Valerie.

Randi Albertsen

Child development Woodstock, US
I have worked in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. I have been a kindergarten teacher, family childcare provider, nanny, and consultant/ trainer. My company provides support to early childhood programs in a variety of realms, including accreditation and curriculum support. We also offer professional development for educators on all matters related to quality care and child development. We offer parent workshops with a focus on understanding and supporting school readiness in your child. I am also an adjunct professor at Howard Community College.

Dr Amanda Gummer

Child development Kimpton, GB
I’m an authority on child development, play (esp toys) and parenting. I have a PhD in Psychology, teaching qualifications and nearly 20 years of experience working with families and children. I’m a member of a number of professional bodies including the British Psychological Society and the National Toy Council and I deliver training, seminars, consultancy & research to companies including Mattel, PWC & BBC. I also run Good Toy Guide Ltd, which champions the benefits of play in healthy child development. I am a proficient media spokesperson and am regularly consulted by the media for comment on issues relating to play and parenting. I have two daughters and realise there's often a big gap between theory and practice! I therefore bring a down-to-earth approach to psychology and child development research.

Kaveri Subrahmanyam

Child development Los Angeles, US
I have been studying children and technology for over 20 years. In the late 80's I conducted a training study that showed that playing the video game marble madness improved spatial skills. Currently I am studying youth use of digital communication and its relation to well-being. I am also studying the cognitive implication of reading text on screens as well as reading while multitasking.

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