Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Contact: TEC Center,

Venue: Erikson Institute, Polk Bros. Lecture Hall, Room 201

Address: 451 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL, United States  Map


Join us on Erikson’s beautiful campus as we share how iPads can help nurture relationships with young children with special needs in school, home, and clinical settings.

Tamara Kaldor, developmental therapist and director of Chicago PLAY Project, and Jordan Sadler, speech-language pathologist and director of Communication Therapy, will discuss their experiences and tips for using iPads to enhance communication and social-emotional relationships for children with special needs.

This in-person conversation is hosted by Erikson’s TEC Center. The TEC Center empowers early childhood educators to thoughtfully and appropriately use technology in the classroom and other early childhood settings. The TEC Center was launched with the support of The Boeing Company.



About the presenters

Image: Tamara Kaldor

Tamara Kaldor

Tamara Kaldor, a developmental therapist and director of Chicago PLAY Project, has more than a decade of experience supporting families with children with special needs and developmental delays. She specializes in working with children and families to find success using the DIR®/Floortime™ model through The P.L.A.Y Project™. She provides in-home one-on-one therapy, facilitates peer playgroups, develops parent education and training programs, and provides inclusion support services in the classroom and in community programs. Her creativity, passion for social-emotional learning through play, and strong commitment to supporting families guides her work. She enjoys collaborating on multidisciplinary teams and developing treatment plans that support the individual needs of each family she works with.

Tamara is proud to be the only licensed provider of The P.L.A.Y. Project in Chicago and a trained advocate with The Family Support Network/Arc of Illinois. She partners and collaborates with parents to develop tools to help their child grow and move their family forward. This happens primarily through play—an effective and engaging tool for addressing developmental delays, PLAY IS WORK™.

Image: Jordan Sadler

Jordan Sadler

Jordan Sadler, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the director of Communication Therapy, in Chicago. Jordan enjoys helping each child develop to his or her full potential by working with the whole family within natural environments, and has been recognized for her work in private practice, public, and private schools.

In her clinical practice, Jordan draws from the SCERTS Model, DIR/Floortime™, and the Hanen program. Jordan is currently working on a variety of projects designed to improve the lives of those with communication disorders through the use of technology and media, including iPad workshops and creating curriculum for a new television show, Flummox & Friends, for kids who have social communication challenges.

More about children and technology

NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement:
Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 »

Chicago Metro AEYC:
Fast Facts: Technology Use with Young Children » [PDF, 2pg]