About Tamara Kaldor, M.S.
TAMARA KALDOR, M.S. is a Developmental Therapist and the Director of Play is Work™, with over a decade of experience supporting families with children with special needs and developmental delays. Tamara specializes in working with children and families to find success at home and in school. She has a big toolbox to create effective therapy programs for each child. The DIR®/Floortime™ model, The Zones of Regulation® programs, executive functioning, facilitated peer playdates and iPad apps are just some of her areas of expertise. Tamara partners and collaborates with parents and teachers to develop tools to help their children grow and move families forward. This happens primarily through play—an effective and engaging tool for addressing developmental delays, PLAY IS WORK™.
Tamara is proud to be trained in the P.L.A.Y. Project Model using the DIR®/Foortime therapy model and a trained advocate with The Family Support Network/Arc of IL. She has an MS in Child Development from Erikson Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her creativity, passion for social-emotional learning (SEL) through play, and strong commitment to supporting families guides her work. She enjoys collaborating on multi-disciplinary teams and developing treatment plans that support the individual needs of each family she works with.
Tamara’s prior design career focused on “kidcentric” design for clients such as Nickelodeon and The Cartoon Network. When she is not “on the floor” you can find her dreaming, drawing, traveling far and near, and playing with her own family, including their pup, Daffodil. In addition, she gives her time and energy to several non-profits that advocate for families with special needs. She enjoys furthering her own professional development through collaborations, trainings,
workshops, and research.