Diane Goyette is a trainer, consultant and speaker. As owner of Early Childhood Specialties, she educates the adults who care for and work with young children. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, national and international conferences and has recently has begun delivering keynote addresses. Diane holds a master’s degree in Child Development and has over has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education. She has been a teacher of young children in many settings, including public school kindergarten, university lab schools, faith-based preschools and child care programs. She has served as an adjunct professor in universities as well.
Diane has always believed that play is absolutely the best means by which young children develop in all areas and learn about themselves, others and the world. She encourages adults to value play, to provide ample time for free choice play, and to guide young children’s early play experiences with other children. She has more recently learned to appreciate the value of play throughout the lifespan and now advocates for more play for adults in the workplace as well as for children at school.
During most of her career, Diane has been raising a child with challenges that include autism, ADHD and sensory processing issues. This experience has heightened her awareness of and empathy for challenges other parents and teachers may be facing and has drawn her to help them. She is passionate about sharing what she has learned through her decades-long parenting journey, her experience in early childhood education, and her own professional development: the important role of relationships in children’s lives, how to foster all children’s social and emotional development – and, of course, how to help children learn and develop through play!
You may contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.EarlyChildhoodSpecialties.com to learn more.