CHADRON – The 29th annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference Friday and Saturday in Chadron State College’s Student Center, will feature keynote speaker Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, author and the founder of TimberNook, an award-winning nature-based program.
Friday's sessions for CSC students, child care providers and other professionals who work with infants and toddlers will include Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines, Safe with You Training and Introduction to Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale.
Hanscom’s day-long session Saturday will address the decline of outdoor play, the therapeutic potential of outdoor play and inspiring children to play independently.
Hanscom’s book, “Balanced & Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children,” discusses the effects of restricted movement and lack of outdoor playtime on overall sensory and motor development in children.
She has given keynote speeches and workshops worldwide and was named a “Hometown Hero” by Glamour magazine for her work with TimberNook. She has also been a contributor to “The Washington Post”, NPR, “Times of India,” Children & Nature Network, “Jerusalem Post,” “Huffington Post,” DIY Network and Johnson & Johnson TEDx.
—CSC College Relations