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Lami Tinam Gidado (SPEAKER)
Child Development Consultant and Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner

Lami Tinam Gidado is a passionate Child Development Consultant and Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner who has a vision to give every child an opportunity to reach their full potentials. She currently works with children ages 3 months to 19 years in different capacities.

She owns and runs a Learning Centre which includes a Vacation Club, a Pre-School, a Play Therapy Room and a Consulting Unit. She has been working with children for the past 19 years,
though studied Economics in ABU Zaria (1997) and acquired a Masters in International Law and
Diplomacy at the University of Lagos (2001). She started off her career as a Banker and then a Stock Broker’s Assistant. It was a wonderful experience which has proved valuable, and both degrees ignited an interest in Human Behaviour.

She moved to the UK in 2008 and became a Registered Child Minder, Swindon UK. She got the necessary training provided by the UK Government. This opportunity opened her mind to the exploits teachers and Child Care Providers can do when they are well trained. Because she is self-motivating, she went on to add a Diploma in Child Psychology, UK and another Diploma in Writing Children’s Literature, USA. She returned to Nigeria and immediately started training Teachers.

She has also become a Certified Therapeutic Play Practitioner (the First and only Nigerian-based Registrant and Member of the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, UK). As a Therapeutic Play Practitioner, she works with children with Behavioural, Emotional and other psychosocial issues, as well as children with learning difficulties. She works with Kids in Crisis Foundation, a Dutch NGO, as the Lead Trauma Counsellor, whose mission is to provide trauma counselling for children in schools and orphanages using play techniques, as well as train Care Givers to become trauma sensitive.

With experience in presenting at workshops and trainings, she was invited to the University of Portsmouth, UK to make a Presentation at their Annual Education Conference on the Perception of Play in Early Years in Nigeria in 2017. It was a great experience to present to Educators and Professors from Universities around the UK. Her centre also organises an annual Educator’s Conference in October.

She is married to a Medical Doctor who has been a Mentor and a Motivation. They have two boys.