"Dr. Lou"

A gifted special educator with a passion for young children and their families. An energetic and experienced professional who is compassionate, caring and creative.

infant toddler development consultant

Fostering school readiness through developmental play

Dr. Louise Boothby is a child development coach with more than 35 years experience observing, screening, evaluating and teaching children in their early learning environments.

A former special education teacher, Dr. Boothby completed her Ph.D. in 1989 at The Florida State University (FSU) and worked at The Creative Pre-School, an NAEYC accredited, nationally recognized model inclusion program in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon graduation she completed clinical/teaching appointments at the University of South Florida (USF)  between the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and College of Education, Department of Special Education. She also directed the Children’s Medical Services Early Steps Program at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Lou is Florida-certified as an Infant-Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS). She has taught ITDS courses for USF and earned training titles including the Ages and States Questionnaire (ASQ), Pediatric Enrichment Project, Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI), Healthy Steps, Circle of Security, the Erikson Institute’s Fussy Babies Network and recently infant touch from Dr. Tiffany Field at the Touch Research Institute in Miami.



 Dr. Lou directed a developmental screening project for Sarasota County, Florida and currently coaches with the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota on early identification, recognition and response for community child care programs with a focus on infants and toddlers.  She also developed their STAR Babies Training Certification Program, and teaches child care professionals on best practice for young children.

Dr. Lou also operates a private coaching business called Playtime 1-2-3 for parents and caregivers who want to understand how developmental play fits into their busy schedules, fast-paced lives, and contributes to school readiness and harmony at home and school. 

Finally! The book that Dr. Lou's many parents and caregivers have been waiting for! For the first time, Dr. Lou has gathered her best advice, best ideas and best practices in one easy-to-use reference.

Want to learn how to get your kids out the door in the morning without hassles? It's here!

Ever wondered why children love to play in water? Dr. Lou will explain and help you put that information to work in a variety of settings.

Interested in tips and techniques for the best ways to help children be "school ready"?

It's all in this book, which already has sold out its first printing. 




 Her new book, Playing on the Porch, is a treasure trove of ideas, suggestions  and guidance based on her work with families and caregivers. It clearly and helpfully demonstrates how different types of materials and their attractive arrangement matters to children’s engagement, persistence in play, and success in later academics and formal school experiences. 

Dr. Lou accepts contracts in the field of early childhood and special education as it relates to infants/toddlers, developmental screening, play and home visiting. 

She resides in Sarasota, Florida with her extended family.

Contact Dr. Lou

 PO Box 21033, Sarasota, FL 34276-4033
+1 941 266 8011