Instructor Specialty: Eating

Indira Raja

Indira Raja, Certified Hand in Hand Instructor Welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here! I came across Hand in Hand Parenting in 2014 when I was looking for ways to help my boys with issues they were struggling with, both at home and in school. None of the conventional tricks and

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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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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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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. She has been using the Hand in Hand Parenting, Parenting by Connection approach and listening tools since 2013. Sharon finds

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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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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 is now, as tall as she!  More than anything Kathy wanted her son to experience the unconditional love that she

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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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