Event Keynote

Meet Amy Nelson!

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Amy is a graduate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a master’s degree in Social Work in 2011. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Additionally, she is in the process of obtaining her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology.

Amy has served as a child and family therapist in a variety of professional settings including Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS school districts; private practice; and nonprofit community health centers. She specializes in the treatment of trauma and attachment, sensory processing differences, and emotional regulation disorders.


Amy considers herself to be fluent in two languages: Adult and Child. She founded Emotional Milestones in an effort to inspire passion and awareness in Early Childhood Professionals, leading them to the “ah-ha” moments that grow their capacity for supporting students with mental and behavioral health challenges.

2020 Annual Conference

I am the out of sync child. The quirky kid. The offbeat - - all grown up.

My personal experiences have lead me on a professional mission. I am fluent in two languages - - adult and child. I use this fluency to translate, educate and advocate for kids like me. I am passionate about motivating and inspiring teachers because I know there is no way that I could heal all of the hurt by myself. I have experienced the power of a good teacher and I believe if there is a small chance that I can unlock, activate and extend the reach of a good teacher -- then I have done good work.