Vardit Kindler

Vardit Kindler is a pediatric Occupational Therapist since 1975. She has focused her clinical work with children with developmental delays mainly Cerebral Palsy since 1991. She graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem Israel with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1980 and a Master degree in Special Education in 1991. Vardit has an extensive educational background that is relevant to her clinical work. This includes ongoing participation in courses, workshops and conferences directed at mainstream and state of the art theoretical and clinical models, that focus on recent and various researches on children with cerebral palsy such as Developmental Neurology, Orthopedics, Education, Communication, Emotional and last but not least these children’s human occupation. Vardit is considered a “Knowledge Broker” where by presenting her work in various national and international conferences, courses and workshops with a special emphasis on the value and importance of collaborative and multidisciplinary team (including families) work. Vardit is a member of European Bobath Tutors Association and as a senior tutor teaches the Occupational Therapy contexts as they manifest in play and playfulness of children with Cerebral Palsy and their therapists. She is part of a team that by translating recent cerebral palsy classifications from English into Hebrew , made this valuable knowledge accessible to all Hebrew speaking clinicians. In 2002 Vardit contributed a section on adaptive play in the Encyclopedia of Play. By Rodney Carlisle. In 2006, Vardit Received the Award of Excellence from the Israeli Association of Occupational Therapy. In 2008 she contributed to the book The Intentional Relationship. Occupational Therapy and Use of Self. by R., Taylor, F.A. Davis Co. 2008. In 2017 she contributed to the book Play development in children with disabilities by Besio, Bulgarelli, StanchevaPopkostadinova (Eds.) .In 2018 she contributed to the book Evaluation of Children’s Play. Tools and methods by Besio, Bulgarelli, StanchevaPopkostadinova (Eds.) Vardit is an expert on combining the use of Assistive Technology for children with severe motor, visual limitations and/or with complex communication needs. Vardit lives in Jerusalem Israel.