Amanda has a PhD in neuropsychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years experience working with children and families. Widely considered the UK’s go to expert on play, toys and child development, she combines her theoretical knowledge with a pragmatic approach to family life, that resonates both with parents and professionals. Her book ‘Play’, published in May 2105 and has been translated into 2 languages with extracts being published in the USA’s Toy Industry Association’s Genius of Play.
Internationally, as well as being the US Toy Association’s Expert Ambassador for the Genius of Play, Amanda spoke at the European Parliament in Sept on child development and play and was in Dallas in October discussing her research. Amanda is regularly in the media, continues to take an active role in research, and is often involved in government policy around children’s issues – currently as a member of two All Party Parliamentary Groups on child-related matters.