Preschool Mindfulness Summit 2021 Speaker Info

Speakers Info

Dr. Helen Maffini •



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Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the Annual Preschool Mindfulness Summit and Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.

Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a traveling snail who lives in different countries

Bob Stahl •

Bob Stahl, Ph.D., has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital, El Camino Hospitals in Los Gatos, and Mt. View, and Good Samaritan Hospital.  He serves as a Senior Teacher for Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teaches MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Mindfulness Meditation retreats worldwide and is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is co-author of 5 books:  A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

Freebie: Opening to Change, Forgiveness, and Lovingkindness

Session Title: Mindfulness and Sovereignty

Book: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

Sophie Kirby •

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Sophie is a freelance television journalist and the creator and host of Sophie and Friends, a show that lays the foundations for a kinder world by nurturing preschoolers’ hearts, minds, and spirits. She produced the first episodes thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and has just finished further developing the concept with the Germany-based Academy for Children’s Media. She is currently training as a mindfulness instructor with the AVE Institute, which strives to make mindfulness and empathy part of school culture.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In an age of tablet computers and apps, there’s no shortage of media for children. But much of it is backed by very little educational and developmental research. In this talk, Helen speaks to Sophie Kirby, a broadcast journalist who has made it her mission to create a preschool show that prioritizes viewers’ wellbeing above all.

Free Learning Resources: Sophie and Friends’ first series

Session Title: Sophie and Friends

David Treleaven •

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David Treleaven, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and trauma professional working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. A visiting scholar at Brown University, he is the author of the acclaimed book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community—a group of practitioners committed to setting a standard of care through mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs. David focuses on offering anyone practicing mindfulness the knowledge and tools they require to work skillfully with trauma. Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, he is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices. His work has been adapted into multiple training programs around the world, including UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, the Oxford Mindfulness Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
What we will learn in this presentation or interview
In this session, you’ll be introduced to the principles of trauma-sensitive mindfulness. Through lecture, case study, and experiential practice, you will leave:
Understanding why meditation can create dysregulation for people who’ve experienced trauma, and specific ways you can prevent this (in your own practice, and as a parent)
Prepared to recognize symptoms of trauma in mindfulness practice
Equipped with tools and modifications to help you work skillfully with nervous system dysregulation and trauma
Whether you’re a beginning or veteran practitioner, anyone engaged in offering contemplative practices will benefit from this webinar, including therapists, coaches, and meditation, classroom, yoga, or religious teachers.

Freebie: The Truth About Mindfulness and Trauma

Session Title: Becoming Trauma-Sensitive: Making Mindfulness and Meditation Safe and Effective for Trauma

Book: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing (Norton, 2019)

Carin Winter​ •

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Carin Winter founded Mission Be, Mindful Education in 2014 and had brought their program to hundreds of schools in New York and California, trained thousands of educators, and impacted over 100,000 students. Carin is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She has extensive clinical experience working with youth in schools, foster care, and the juvenile justice system. Carin has presented at The White House, The PaloAlto VA Hospital, Singularity, Facebook, Tiger 21, Americorp, CIIS, The NY Open Center, The Omega Institute, Wisdom 2.0, the Assemblage, Santa Clara University, Menlo College, St. Joseph’s College, and Long Island University.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview 

The audience will learn about mindfulness-based self-care practices, digital detox, and mindful listening with our children and teens.

Session Title: Mindfulness, Self-care, and Digital Detox

Free Learning Resources: The Mindful Teacher and Parent Summit, a 21-day summit with 37 speakers from 2020. It is free until the end of 2021 with the code “mindBE2021”

Dr. Anthony Pantaleno •

I am a retired NYS Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist who has worked with adolescents and young adults for 43 years. My professional training includes working with Dr. Albert Ellis in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, as well as ongoing training in DBT and ACT. I am a certified instructor in Koru Mindfulness and maintain a private practice in Commack, Long Island, NY

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Participants will learn a collaborative approach to managing challenging child behaviors as well as how best to manage their own stress level while facing the very real challenges of parenting.

Session Title: The Mindful Way To Effective Parenting

Sue DeCaro •

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Sue is a heart-centered life and parent coach, educator, motivational speaker, and International Bestselling Author, working with individuals, corporations, and families around the globe to navigate life’s daily challenges. While integrating education, consciousness, and coaching, Sue helps individuals grow and thrive. She is deeply committed to helping people connect to themselves, to their children, and of course, to the world around them, creating a brighter future.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Emotional intelligence is one of the most effective tools for strengthening our relationship with ourselves and with others.

In these unprecedented and challenging times, we are all working extra hard to manage our emotions. Join us for this presentation and learn how to cultivate, embody, and sustain an emotionally intelligent culture within your family. You will gain more self-awareness as well as learn how to recognize and support your children’s emotions. Ultimately, this helps our children become independent thinkers, feelers, and resilient problem-solvers.

Free Learning Resources: Mindfulness e-book

Session Title: Cultivating Social and Emotional Intelligence in Our Children

Book: bLU Talke – Business, Life and the Universe – Volume 3

Chris Ludlow​ •

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Chris has worked as a teacher, lecturer, and leader in education for nearly two decades. He was introduced to meditation at a challenging time in his life when his wife and mother of their two young children became seriously ill. Having seen the enormous difference that meditation had made to his own life, Chris became interested in developing a programme that introduced families and children to meditation in a way that was simple and easy to access.

A passionate runner and sports fan, Chris lives with his wife, two children, and three dogs in the West Midlands

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

This talk will focus on the latest research and developments about the potential benefits of practicing mindfulness for children, parents, and families. It will discuss the different ways in which mindfulness can be approached and integrated into daily life and the philosophy behind it.

Session Title: The Benefits of Mindfulness for Children, Parents and Families


Janet Philbin •

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Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Hypnotherapist, and Certified Conscious Parenting Coach. Janet helps adults heal from the emotional pain and trauma of their past. She is the owner of Janet Philbin, ACSW a private psychotherapy and hypnotherapy practice. For 21 years Janet has been successfully helping people recover from their emotional wounds and change their lives with the power of transformational healing and hypnotherapy.

She’s the author of, Show Up For Yourself: A Guide to Inner Awareness and Growth. Her book offers readers a framework to heal their emotional wounds and become emotionally whole once again.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Janet will be sharing ways for you to understand yourself better so you can begin to heal the patterns in your life which are keeping you stuck. You will learn what a trigger really is and how to understand what is happening within you when you get triggered. We will discuss why, as parents, we react and reenact to and with our children instead of responding. You will understand how the power of pausing is empowering. She will teach you the difference between feelings and emotions and why knowing the difference is important in developing a healthy relationship with yourself. This will be tied together as we understand why the stories we tell ourselves are connected to the beliefs we carry.

Free Learning Resources: Show up as a conscious parent- e-book

Session Title: How to Develop a Healthy Relationship to Yourself

Book: Show Up For Yourself- A Guide to Inner Awareness and Growth

Dr. Christopher Willard •

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Dr. Christopher Willard, (Psy. D.) is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant and father based in Massachusetts. He has been invited to more than two dozen countries to speak, and has presented at two TEDx events. He is the author of eighteen books, including Alphabreaths (2019), Growing Up Mindful (2016), and The In-Between Book. (2021) His thoughts on mental health have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post,,, and elsewhere. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Mindfulness, creativity, and post-traumatic growth.

Freebie: Free Alphabreaths Cards

Session Title: Post Pandemic Post Traumatic Growth


Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing

 Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

New Book: The In Between Book

Ruth Whiteside •

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I was a teacher and senior leader in UK primary education for 20 years. I am now a freelance consultant and coach, working in the field of Emotional Intelligence. Using and applying one’s own EQ is a useful strategy for parents, children, and professionals.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

This session will share ideas and strategies for developing your own Emotional Intelligence so that you can manage your well-being more effectively – and that of your child.

Session Title: Well-Being for the Stressed Out Parent!

Free Learning Resources: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences Part 1, Part 2

Miles Kessler •

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What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this session on the “Aikido Koan” with Miles Kessler (meditation teacher, Aikido Sensei, and father of 2) you will explore what it means to find the “developmental zone” of our children and to align with their growth and an emergent phenomenon.

Session Title: Parenting And The “Aikido Koan”

Free Resources: Foundations Of Mindfulness Meditation – Free Training w/ Miles Kessler

Dr. Laura Markham

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Dr. Laura Markham is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting.

Dr. Laura Markham earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Columbia University and has worked as a parenting coach with countless families across the world. Over 160,000 moms and dads enjoy Dr. Laura’s free weekly coaching posts via email. You can sign up on any page of her website,, which serves up Aha! Moments for parents of babies through teens. Dr. Laura’s aspiration is to change the world, one child at a time, by supporting parents. The proud mother of two thriving young adults who were raised with her peaceful parenting approach, she lives with her husband in New York.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this interview, Dr. Laura Markham shares practical strategies for parents to support their child’s social-emotional well-being and happiness, as well as how parents can heal the baggage from this past stressful year. Learn tools to increase connection, decrease stress, and decrease sibling rivalry. Bonus: How to intervene in a sibling fight!

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Session Title: Parenting Through the Pandemic 

Books: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook

Rae Pica •

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Rae is an early childhood education consultant and the author of 21 books. Known worldwide as a speaker, blogger, and online course creator, Rae has shared her expertise with the Sesame Street Research Department, Hasbro, Mattel, Gymboree, and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, among others. Rae’s mission is to ensure children have the opportunity to be children and that child development guides all of our practices with children.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

I’ve spent four decades in the field of early childhood education, learning all about how kids grow, learn, play, and reach their fullest potential. I’ve done a lot of reading, reviewed a lot of research, and listened to a lot of stories from teachers and parents. I can tell you that never in history has parenting been more challenging – or so much information been available to sort through and try to understand. Sadly, in my professional opinion, much of the advice many parents are getting is just plain false. I know what the research tells us, and I know what child development dictates. I’d like to help you understand what you really should and shouldn’t do as a parent to help your child grow and thrive!

Free Learning Resource: Why Your Child Needs to Play

Session Title: The Truth About Children: Debunking the Myths That Keep Your Child from Thriving

Book: Monthly membership program for parents: The Truth About Children: Who Says Kids Don’t Come with a Handbook?

Amanda Frolich •

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Amanda Frolich is an award-winning celebrity children’s entertainer/ educator and CEO of Amanda’s Action Club, the world’s most fun, physical development concept teaching preschool children how to be healthy and active from an early age.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Children need at least 180 minutes of physical activity per day. Let’s build resilience after the pandemic and encourage children to move whilst learning at the same time.

Free Learning Resource: Tackling childhood obesity with Amanda Frolich

Session Title: The Importance of Physical Activity for the Under 5’s

Book: The Law of Brand Attraction

Kristina Sargent •


Kristina obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 2012 at the University of Cincinnati. She currently works as a mental health therapist in a rural mountain town in Colorado. She primarily works with children and families who have experienced trauma.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this presentation parents and caretakers will learn how to support children in recognizing their emotions as visitors. A tangible emotion check-in will be taught to also help children make safer choices with their emotions.

Free Learning Resources: Feel and choose

Session Title: Helping Children Recognize Emotions\

Book: Ursula Unwinds Her Anger

Jennifer Miller •

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For twenty-five years, Jennifer Miller has worked with educators and families to help them become more effective with children through social and emotional learning (SEL). She is the author and illustrator of the book “Confident Parents, Confident Kids: Raising Emotional Intelligence In Ourselves and Our Kids” and her blog has more than 23,000 followers in 152 countries worldwide. She writes for popular publications, conducts research, and speaks with families through school districts and communities nationally. She is a mother of a 13-year-old and lives in Columbus, Ohio.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

There may be no better time to examine how you want to reenter the world and deepen your intimacy as a family than in this period of a shake-up in which so much of our daily lives have changed. As we re-enter schools, workplaces, camps, and travel, we have an opportunity to examine how this time of trial has altered the way we view the world and ourselves. After all, crisis precedes transformation. In this conversation, we’ll discuss how we might consider our deepest values as a family and how we can align our words, actions, and decisions with the ways in which we interact and contribute. As we begin to remove our masks, we can face our community and the larger world with clarity about our own identity and belonging and also the agency that we are capable of contributing to positive change.

Free Learning Resources: Breaking Free of Destructive Family Patterns and Carving your Own Path Forward

Session Title: Reinventing our Family Values and Priorities in a New Normal

Book: Confident Parents, Confident Kids; Raising Emotional Intelligence In Ourselves and Our Kids from Toddlers to Teenagers

Allison Morgan •

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Pediatric Occupational Therapist and the CEO of Zensational Kids – Supporting children, educators, and families in developing inner resources to thrive. Working with children, schools, and families for over 30 years. Integrating ancient practices with modern science and research to help every human tap into their potential for managing their mind and body.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

In this session, you will be introduced to sensory processing, a skill we all have and greatly impacts how we as humans function each day in our life. You will discover how to help your child use their sensory strengths to develop their inner resources to calm, focus and cope with life’s everyday challenges as well as those situations that pose greater difficulty.

Free Learning Resources: Ready to regulate toolbox

Session Title: Creating Sensory-Safe Settings to Support Your Child’s Ability to Calm and Focus

Book: Educate 2B: Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning

Hector Montenegro • 


Dr. Hector Montenegro is the President of Montenegro Consulting Group, is a Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and works with districts throughout the country and the world on systemic implementation of SEL. He is also a Senior Associate for Margarita Calderon and Associates (MC&A) and provides training on instructional strategies for ELLs, leadership development for administrators, language and literacy, instructional coaching, and parent engagement.

Dr. Montenegro has been a math teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas. He is an internationally recognized motivational speaker and presenter of 100s of workshops, leadership development seminars, and keynote speeches at conferences, universities, schools, and businesses in the US and in 30 countries. He has been invited through the Ministries of Education in cooperation with US Embassies as a special education advisor and trainer to Chile, Peru and Saudi Arabia, and many other countries. He serves as a volunteer for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and has planted fruit trees in Brazil, El Salvador, Uganda, and Hawaii.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Participants will explore the critical connection between adult mastery of SEL competencies and the leading, guiding, and modeling for children to also become self-aware and become motivated to strengthen their SEL skills as well. We will also visit the recent research on the critical role of leadership to further expand the practice of SEL within the classroom, throughout the school and district, and with parents and families.

Free Learning Resources: Videos on SEL for Parents English Spanish 

Session Title: Adult SEL Competencies Translate to Children’s SEL Skills

Book: Empowering Long-Term ELs

Michaela Thomas •

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Michaela is a Clinical Psychologist, Couples Therapist, speaker, and author of the book The Lasting Connection – on developing compassion for yourself and your partner. Michaela also specializes in perfectionism and perinatal mental health, helping stressed busy people let go of the pressure of perfection, to follow their ambition without drowning in it. You can find her on Instagram @the_thomas_connection and Facebook @TheThomasConnection, as well as on her podcast Pause Purpose Play with Michaela Thomas.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

Becoming parents changes your relationship with your partner, and is a common reason for relationship distress. Instead of waiting for your relationship connection to dwindle, being reactive and resentful with each other, take action to build a relationship foundation that can weather a storm more effectively in the hard times and facilitate joy, love, compassion, and connection in the good times.

Free Learning Resources: Calm the overwhelm – free worksheet

Balance your relationship – free workbook

Session Title: Compassion for Couples – Being Kinder to Yourself and Your Parenting Partner

Book: The Lasting Connection

Natalie Costa •

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NATALIE COSTA is an award-winning coach, speaker, author, and founder of Power Thoughts – a coaching service designed to give children ‘power’ over their own thoughts! Through her private practice and workshops, Natalie has helped thousands of children worldwide discover the tools to help them feel calmer, happier, and more empowered!

With a background in psychology and has spent 12 years within the educational sector as well as becoming an accredited Performance Coach, Power Thoughts was born – which blends her past experience and deep understanding of children and their needs, now providing them with the tools to cope and thrive in the modern world.

Natalie has been featured in the national press and TV, such as Stella Magazine, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and is one Super Tutors for BBC Bitesize.
Her intention is to always be focused on helping one child at a time, to be as happy as they can be.

What we will learn in this presentation or interview

An informative interview designed to help you support your child to develop their emotional awareness and ability to cope with the challenges faced.

Deeper insights will be shared so that you are specifically able to help your child navigate their ‘big emotions’ (e.g, worry, anger, frustration, etc) in a more resourceful manner and also have the tools in place so that they are better able to cope with setbacks and challenges that occur.

Free Learning Resources: 5 Steps to help your child navigate big feelings 

Session Title: Helping Children Navigate Big Feelings

Book: Know your Feelings; Stretch your Confidence; Find your Power (3 activity books for children)

Dr. Becky Bailey •

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Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She touches thousands of lives each year through live events. Over 2.5M of her top-selling books are in circulation, and Conscious Discipline has impacted an estimated 20M children. A pioneer in social and emotional learning, Dr. Bailey has a proven track record of success spanning more than 30 years.

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Session Title: Conscious Discipline

Book: Conscious Discipline

Sara Campin •

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Sara Campin is a mum of 2, personal development coach, and founder & CEO of Nourish, a mental wellness app for mothers. Sara is on a mission to transform the well-being of families across the globe, by empowering mothers to safeguard their mental health. The Nourish app is a multidisciplinary self-care toolkit and compassionate, empathetic, real-mum-expert support team in mums’ pockets, making self-care accessible, acceptable, and relevant for mums. The app helps mums create and embed positive, life-changing habits to support their mental health and find more love, joy, balance & calm in the chaos, pressures, and turmoil of modern mum -life. The Nourish app is available for iOS and Android and is FREE to download and explore.

Session Title: The Nourish App: Bite-Sized Calm & Wellbeing in Mum’s Pocket

App: The Nourish App

Yaffa Maritz •

Yaffa is the founder and director of the Community of Mindful Parenting and The Community of Mindful Families. , a co-founder of Listening Mothers and Finding Calm Mindful Self Compassion inspired programs for parents and a clinical director, Yaffa was born and trained in Israel as a clinical psychologist. She is also a licensed mental health counselor with advanced training in infant mental health. She is an advocate for the well-being of children and their families and served on several local and national boards that promote this agenda, including the Governor’s Commission for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention. Yaffa believes that by supporting parents and creating nurturing communities for them, we can set the foundation for the positive growth of children’s social, emotional, and mental health. What we will learn in this presentation or interview The presentation will address the inquiry of how can we provide an optimal environment at home so children can thrive by using Mindful Self Compassion skills.

Session Title: How do we as parents find C.A. L. M.?

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