Qualified nurse and midwife Ann Richardson, the sense-able baby and toddler expert, has worked in the midwifery and paediatric fields for 30 years. Most of this has been in private practice, after she introduced the first private well-baby clinics, now a well-known phenomenon at Doctors' rooms and pharmacies across the country. Passionate about her work and dedicated to ensuring that parents have the necessary knowledge to enjoy and rejoice in their children, she regularly lectures to both professionals and parents on various baby and childcare issues, in particular the effects of the sensory system on infant behaviour, and the management of sleeping disorders. Her specialisation is the treatment of "difficult babies and toddlers", in particular those with feeding and sleeping disorders. She is a regular contributor to nursing journals, internet sites, childcare publications, TV shows and magazines. Ann is married to Ken, and has 2 daughters, Ellen and Maeve, and lives and practices in Johannesburg. She also co-authored Baby Sense and Sleep Sense.
"Consulting with Ann Richardson on Toddler sense has enriched a friendship born from common interests. Our shared mission was to empower parents through knowledge in understanding their children's sensory system and its impact on their development." Kerry Wallace (Occupational therapist) "With a most relevant chapter of sensory profiling, as well as other additions, Ann Richardson has managed to improve on an already amazingly comprehensive book, which now covers any possible subject any parent may have. It is written in a style that every parent will understand. I very highly recommend this as the number one toddler parenting bible." Lynette van Wyk, early childhood development specialist, owner of Toddlers' Workshop, Port Elizabeth "... an infinitely useful guide that'll help you through the tricky toddler years. You will find out everything you need to know about managing the toddler years, including nutrition, potty training, sleep, behaviour and discipline." Child Magazine "An invaluable resource for parents. " True Love Magazine "... an excellent source for parents, grandparents and caregivers to help them to understand their toddlers better. I recommend Ann's Toddler Sense to all our clients as a manual for positive parenting in the toddler years." Liz Victor, early childhood development specialist and owner of TOPTOTS Early Learning franchise. "As an educationalist, I am so impressed with Ann's revised edition of Toddler Sense. The book is written in such a wonderfully informal, yet very informative way - excellent teaching at it's best! Any parent who reads it will learn to understand their young child in a very "sensible" way ... Invest in your child's future and educate yourself in the world of Toddler Sense. Jayne Eurelle, Headmistress Cedarwood School, Johannesburg, South Africa "This book is a must have for all parents who want to facilitate healthy sensory development in their child. Ann makes the complex concept of the sensory world easy to understand. She shares her wisdom and deep understanding of toddlers and offers practical solutions to common problems. She provides valuable tools to promote healthy attachment. As a mother of a toddler, this book has a permanent spot on my bedside table." Justine Loewenthal, Neurotherapist, Bella Vida Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.