Instructor Specialty: Special Needs

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!

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.  

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.

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,

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

Lara Zane

Lara lives on the London/Hertfordshire border with her husband and her two sparky, energetic children. Before becoming a parent, she was a primary teacher and was fascinated by neuroscience, child development and learning. When her

Louise Durrant

Louise is mother to two children, who were aged 7 and 4 when Louise was introduced to Hand in Hand Parenting in 2014. “Becoming a mother has been a profoundly life changing experience, which has

Sharon Ryder

Sharon and her family live in Perth, Western Australia. She is the mother of a primary school-aged boy. Sharon is a speech pathologist who works with young children who have a disability and their families.

Miranda Fairhall

I am a qualified psychotherapist, a Certified Parenting by Connection Instructor and among other things an ‘Aussie’ living in London with my English husband and our daughter. I discovered Parenting by Connection soon after we

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,

Kathy Gordon

Kathy came to parenting late in life.  She was single and in her 40s when she recognized her burning desire to be a Mom.  So 10 years ago, Kathy adopted a beautiful baby boy, who

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

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