Brittany Cheng MS, OTR/L
Founder, Mother, &
After giving birth to my daughter, Rylan, in January 2020, my life quickly turned upside down. As I entered the world of motherhood during a global pandemic, nothing could prepare me for what was to come- not even my 10 years experience in working with children. Fortunately, fate stepped in to help. I reconnected with a special individual in my life, who gave me one of the most wonderful gifts a new mom could ask for- a community I could depend on during these wild times as a new parent. She welcomed me to her Mommy and Me classes where I found an amazing group of mamas whom I will cherish for a lifetime.
Helping each other through sleepless nights, developmental leaps, and even blowouts, I came to realize that my knowledge as a pediatric occupational therapist helped to ease some of the concerns we were all having. It was then that I decided that I wanted to share my knowledge and experiences with other parents like us.
Over the course of my career, I’ve noticed that many parents seek to understand what they can do to help their children’s development, but are overwhelmed by the vast amount of information thrown at them after a simple web search. During a period of isolation and unimaginable obstacles with a pandemic, these questions oftentimes spiral into “mommy guilt.” “Am I doing enough?” “Will my child be okay being cooped up so long during this pandemic?” “How will I know if she’s being challenged and entertained?”
In addition, when trying to find parent-support services that go beyond medical necessity, I noticed a lack in programs that serve to proactively educate and empower new parents. I quickly came to realize that I had the opportunity to combine my love for being a mom and my passion for all things “OT” to create a valuable resource for new parents. And so began my journey to create Wayz To Play.
Having a community of other parents to lean on and knowledge about child development have been paramount to feeling reassured that I’m doing everything I can to help my daughter grow into the happy and beautiful little person she is becoming. With a newfound confidence, I take Rylan on far away adventures through the jungle and oceans, using playtime as a means of enriching her little brain and body with the skills she needs to succeed. In a time of uncertainty, the one thing I am certain of is the value in having people to lean on and the power of play.
My goal with Wayz To Play is to make sure every parent has a supportive community and is left feeling empowered in parenthood. I want to support parents like myself who have ever wondered if they are doing “enough.” Despite any challenges you might be facing as new parents, we hope to reassure you that you can set your children up for success with a little love, patience, and play. We’re so excited that you’ve discovered Wayz To Play and would be thrilled if we could be a part of your parenting journey.