Instructor Specialty: Age 0-1

Ali Tepper

Ali is the mama of three tender-hearted and imaginative children. She is the founder of Raising You and Me LLC: Parent Coaching and Education. She brings a Masters degree in elementary education and over a decade of experience working with families and children as a classroom teacher and Director of Curriculum with special focus on

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Sophie Menard

Facebook and the magic of its famous algorithm: this is how everything started for Sophie on her journey to becoming a Hand in Hand parenting instructor.  While frantically scrolling on social media, looking desperately for parenting tips, Sophie came across a few quotes from Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand founder, that felt just right.   The

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Adrianne Kmet

Adrianne is a trauma-informed Registered Nurse working with neurodivergent individuals and their families. As a wife and mother of two (soon to be three) children in a neurodivergent family, she deeply understands the importance of acceptance and connection as a safe base from which growth can occur. Adrianne and her husband Martin have used the Hand-in-Hand Parenting tools since their children were young and it has changed their lives!

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Alison Kemi

Alison is passionate about seeing the goodness in children and their parents, no matter how tough things seem to be, and supporting them to find what works for their own unique situation. Before becoming a parent, Alison had worked for over 10 years as a primary teacher and holds Post Graduate Certificates in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development and Physical Education. Connecting with children through play and listening to what is most important to them has opened up many opportunities for joy, fun and learning with family, friends and at school.  

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Alice Ritch

As I filtered through the noise of all the parenting advice out there I kept finding my way back to Hand in Hand Parenting. Here was an approach so rich and deep in its scope, so ahead of its time in terms of trauma informed, embodied practice AND it was based on the real authentic experiences of parents from all over the world.

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Vera Braghiroli

Vera is mother, wife, Home Education Consultant and certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor. Originally from Italy, she studied and worked in Milan, and there met her partner. They moved to London together in 2007, for an adventure that is still ongoing. After 12 years as a promo producer and director for big international television

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Summer Sheldon

Summer Sheldon lives in beautiful rural Oregon with her husband, three kiddos, a dog, two cats, and a very fluffy rabbit. She started using Hand in Hand tools with her young children in 2010 when she heard Patty speak at a conference on the importance of LISTENING to her child’s emotions and CONNECTING through hard

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Steffi Weh

Steffi was born and raised in Germany. She became mum of a wonderful baby girl in 2009 and in 2013 of a beautiful boy. They live together with her husband in the very south of Germany near the Alps in Sonthofen, Bavaria. As a conductive educator, she was used to working with disabled and mentally

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Chloé Saint Guilhem

Chloé Saint Guilhem

Chloé vit au Pays Basque, dans le Sud-Ouest de la France, avec son mari et leurs deux garçons. Elle est psychologue et psychothérapeute et a découvert l’approche parentale Hand in Hand alors qu’elle a commencé à intervenir dans plusieurs crèches, auprès des professionnelles. En 2012, lorsqu’elle est devenue maman de jumeaux, les outils d’écoute proposés

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Emily Murray

I’m a mom of two, Co-Moderator of the Hand in Hand Parent Club, Founder of Birth Roots Center for Community Supported Parenting in Portland, Maine, and creator of Facilitating Community, a unique training for those who facilitate small groups. I’m glad you’ve found your way to Hand in Hand Parenting as I did when my

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Sareli Beltran

Sareli has over a decade of experience supporting families through various culturally sensitive tools. It was through her work as a positive parenting educator, that Sareli was first introduced to the wonderful world behind the Parenting by Connection approach. Being a natural skeptic, she decided to take Hand in Hand’s Professionals Intensive first and began

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Helena Mooney

“Helena helps me to be the Mom I want to be” (Michelle, USA) There’s no doubt about it, parenting is hard work.  It’s relentless, sometimes boring and brings out the best and worst in us.  It’s also the best job in the world….when things are going well! I have a teenage daughter and primary school

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Patty Wipfler, Founder

Patty Wipfler was born, raised, and educated in California, graduating from Occidental College in 1968, and is the mother of two sons. The focus of her work since 1974 has been teaching basic listening, parenting, and leadership skills to parents. She directed The School, a non-profit parent co-operative preschool in Palo Alto, and later directed

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Ravid Aisenman Abramsohn

Ravid began by bringing Parenting by Connection to the Israeli community in Silicon Valley, California, and is now providing services in Israel. She has two girls and has been using listening tools since 2008. Through her work with Hand in Hand she has taught different classes, workshops, play trainings, and parent consultations in Hebrew and

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Rachel Schofield

Rachel Schofield has been involved with Hand in Hand Parenting 2007. She’s a Professional Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mum to two boys. Rachel says, “So many parents I work with want to raise their child in loving respectful ways but find it hard to do.” “They feel like failures – and

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Maya Coleman, PhD Clinical Psychology, MA Special Education

Maya Coleman is the Executive Director of Hand in Hand Parenting and leads an international staff and cohort of 180+ Certified Instructors to offer Hand in Hand’s unique social-emotional learning approach to parents and professionals worldwide. For the previous decade, Maya worked as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice with families of young children who

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