Dr. Louise Boothby is a Sarasota-based, developmental specialist/early interventionist who has 32 years experience observing, 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). She worked at The Creative Pre-School, an NAEYC accredited, nationally recognized model inclusion program in Tallahassee, Florida. For 20 years, she was actively involved with Creative Pre-School's early childhood consulting and training efforts through The Creative Center for Childhood Research and Training, Inc. (CCCRT).
During this time, she and colleagues at FSU received a three-year directed research project to continue studies on instructional early interventions and outcomes for children with and without disabilities. They also received a collaborative grant sponsored by The School Readiness Quality Initiative located at The Florida Children’s Forum in Tallahassee with the Florida Partnership for School Readiness to conduct State-wide training for improving the quality of early childhood environments.
Through CCCRT's week-long institutes and subsequent creation of "Beyond Centers and Circle Time: Scaffolding and Assessing the Play of Young Children," an integrated conceptualization of play was developed from the Creative Pre-School Model Program Curriculum. This curriculum emphasized the importance of play in the lives of young children as we prepare them for familiarity with print, literacy and success in school.
- University of South Florida, College of Education, Department of Special Education where she taught early childhood development/special education classes and conducted early intervention research
- A concurrent clinical appointment was held for these seven years with the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development and Neurology where she evaluated children at pediatric developmental clinics, practiced play-oriented, strengths-based assessment for infants, toddlers & counseled their families about play strategies
- Worked in partnership with local developmental pediatricians, clinicians and therapists
- Directed a large early intervention program for Florida’s Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services based at All Children’s Hospital.
- Extensive consulting experience with various private schools in Sarasota, school systems in the State of Florida and has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Iowa and Colorado for national consulting projects and presentations on behalf of young children and their development
- Co-authored a book chapter
- Contributed to various professional journals:
Early Education and Care,
The American Journal of Family Therapy
The Encyclopedia of Special Education
Communications in Statistics
- State newsletters for infants/toddlers in Florida:
Children Our Concern
Florida Consortiuum of Advocates
- Collaborated on a Maternal and Child Services Workforce Development Program and wrote a curriculum guide for working with families in the early childhood period
- Developed specialty track courses for community colleges through the University of South Florida Health Sciences Center, The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies
- Past-president of the Florida Consortium of Advocates for Infants and Toddlers, and remains current with national organizations, policy and advocacy news related to young children and their families including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Zero-to-Three