Play for Life Conference to Feature Leading Play Experts

Certified play experts Ahren Hoffman, CTRS, and Jean Bailey will be featured presenters at the upcoming Play for Life conference, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced.


Hoffman, who has an extensive background in child development and toy evaluation, leads ASTRA’s effort to provide evidence-based education and training to independent retailers, manufacturers, and sales representatives.


Bailey, a leading author and speaker on the role of play in healthy child development, works closely with ASTRA to deliver top quality education about the importance of play over the life span.


Hoffman and Bailey will lead two seminars, Play Risks: Exploring Research and Interventions and Incorporating Play into Your Workplace.


“ASTRA is delighted to see increased attention on the importance of play by all the audiences participating in the Play for Life conference: play researchers, park and recreation professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the country,” says Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA. “We share the US Play Coalition’s commitment to promoting the value of play throughout life, and we are pleased that ASTRA experts will be at the conference both to share the best research about this topic and to provide some fun how-to tips for getting more play in your daily routine at work.”


The conference—a program of the US Play Coalition, of which ASTRA is a partner—will be held March 31 to April 3, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. For more information, visit the US Play Coalition website.