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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Edmonton Catholic Schools Casual OT Positions

Occupational Therapist
(Casual positions)

Edmonton Catholic Schools is a large urban school district whose mission is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another.  The District is comprised of over 42,000 students and 5,000 employees in 96 schools and other sites.

Edmonton Catholic Schools requires Occupational Therapists to provide Occupational Therapy services to children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten who are eligible for Program Unit Funding through Alberta Learning. The incumbent is primarily responsible for the assessment, treatment and consultation services required as part of the Early Education program in the District.
The job identifies and addresses fine motor and gross motor, visual perception, sensory processing and self-help issues that have been impacting the child’s performance at school.

These are casual, Out of Scope, Level 7 positions with a salary range of $44.51 - $55.64 per hour to commence as soon as possible. The successful applicant’s starting salary will be based on the individual’s education, qualifications and directly related experience.

Primary Responsibilities:
Ø  Liaise closely with teachers, educational and therapeutic assistants, therapists, social workers, specialists and parents who participate as part of each child’s program planning team;
Ø  Administer, score and interpret standardized pediatric occupational therapy assessments;
Ø  Identify difficulties in fine motor, visual motor, self-regulation and sensory integration/processing;
Ø  Write assessment and treatment reports (year-end summaries, etc.) to share with parents and professionals within and outside of the Edmonton Catholic School system;
Ø  Monitor children’s progress by providing ongoing observation of development in the areas of self-help skills, fine motor skills, gross motor development, socialization/play skills and behavior, in conjunction with other members of the inter-disciplinary team;
Ø  Provide occupational therapy intervention within the context of typical classroom activities (circle time, snack time, fine motor project time, gym time, etc.);
Ø  Generalize intervention strategies to all natural environments, which include programming for generalization in the classroom, home and new environments;
Ø  Devise and train parents to implement home programs to permit carry-over of learning to home (provide strategies to facilitate their child’s development).

Ø  Master of Science in Occupational Therapy or equivalent, with course work in assessment and treatment of fine motor, visual motor and perceptual difficulties;
Ø  Registered with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapy (ACOT) is mandatory;
Ø  Knowledge of developmental milestones, developmental diagnoses, neurological conditions and sensory processing is strongly recommended, preferably with students in an educational setting;
Ø  Knowledge of facilitation, consultation and instructional techniques and principles;
Ø  Advanced problem solving, assessment and analytical skills;
Ø  Written, demonstration and oral presentation skills;
Ø  Ability to establish rapport and trust in working relationships with administration, teachers, families and community agencies;
Ø  Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

For further information on this job opportunity, please contact Shamala Manilall

To apply, please email a letter of interest
and resume to:

Shamala Manilall, Manager,
Occupational/Physical Therapy

These positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Prior to employment, successful candidates will be required to submit Police Information Check and Intervention Record Check documents.

We thank all candidates for their interest. Only applicants considered for the position will be contacted.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

SPD Research Mentorship

Is anyone interested in  partnering for the SPD research mentorship  April 30 to May 2

WestJet has return flights there for $188  at that time and there are Airbnb nearby for $35 a night. 

If so, please contact:

Charlene Wright 

Monday, 12 February 2018

I'm For Kids OT Full Time Maternity Leave Postition

Occupational Therapist
Full-Time Maternity Leave Position

I’m For Kids Team is a Community-Based Early Intervention Program for children 2 ½ to 6 years with an inclusive, play-based approach to developmentally appropriate programming. Each child/ family becomes part of a Multi-Disciplinary Instructional Team consisting SLP, OT, PT, Psychologist, Educational Behaviour Specialist (EBS),  Program Support Assistant (PSA) and Education Coordinator (EC).

Our program offers a variety of programming options including individualized and small group programming, as well as opportunities for coaching parents and team collaboration. All Occupational Therapists work collaboratively in planning and delivering programming.

Responsibilities Include:
      Working with a supportive, progressive multi-disciplinary team
      Assessment and programming for preschool-aged children with a variety of needs
      Participation in the development of Individualized Program Plans (IPPs)
      Work collaboratively in community preschools and small groups settings with all team members including families, Preschool teachers, and Program Support Assistants (PSAs)
      Assist families in designing as appropriate educational program and sharing goals and progress throughout the year
      Contributing to ongoing Program Support Assistant training

We Offer:
    Competitive salary (comparable to AHS and CBE)
    Benefits package included
    Paid vacation
    Laptop and supplies/materials provided
    Professional Development Opportunities

The ideal candidate will be:
    Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skill
    Able to work independently AND as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    Excellent time management skills
    Experience working with preschool-aged children is an asset
    Ability to meet the physical demands of the children and learning environment

- Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
- Registration with ACOT (Alberta College of Occupational Therapists) and proof of professional insurance
- Minimum of 2 years experience as an OT working with pediatric population
- Have a valid driver's license, reliable vehicle, and willingness to travel
- Current Police Information Check (Vulnerable sector, must be within the last 6 months)

Please submit your resume to:
Dallas Garrison, Director of Human Resources
I’m for Kids Team
201, 20 Inverness Square SE Calgary, AB T2Z 0M2
Phone: 403-236-8919 Ext. 222
Fax 403-257-0403

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

SAOT Annual General Meeting

SAOT Annual General Meeting held Feb 13th 2018 in person and via teleconference. Click here for more information.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Fine Motor Spring Camp - Edmonton

         Creating Confident Printers

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Spring Camp
April 2018

A four week fun and interactive camp for children in Kindergarten and grades 1 - 3 who find printing or other fine motor activities challenging. The camp is run by an experienced pediatric occupational therapist. A multi-sensory approach will be used along with co-operative games and crafts to practice the skills needed for hand functioning. This camp is designed for children who may be experiencing mild to moderate delays in fine motor development or who would benefit from extra practice.

The camp places an emphasis on grasp development, formation of lower case letters, legible printing, copying shapes and letters, using school tools (pencils, scissors, glue), in hand manipulation skills, eye hand coordination and strength. This includes a summary report identifying individual children's strengths, areas of need, and suggestions for further skill development will be provided.
This camp will use a multi-sensory approach combining fine and gross motor movement to enhance learning. Parents are encouraged to attend the first of the four sessions in order to help their child feel more at ease in the group and to learn how to support their child with printing practice at home.

Days: April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018
Time: Printing Basics: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Cost: $250.00
Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 - 113 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Contact: Rebecca Cormier at 780.965.4310 or email growingchanges@gmail.com to register.
Note: OT services may be covered depending on health plan and are tax deductible.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

NDT/Bobath Introductory Course in Normal Movement and the Management of Hemiplegia "Ages 6 to Geriatrics"

Hi everyone, 

We are excited to announce the NDT/Bobath Introductory Course in Normal Movement and the Management of Hemiplegia "Ages 6 to Geriatrics" is coming to Calgary on March 2, 3 & 4, 2018 presented by Teresa Siebold NDTA Physiotherapy Instructor.

When: March 2, 3 & 4, 2018

Where: Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre
             Calgary, AB

Cost: $595 Early Bird Rate (deadline January 19, 2018)
          $645 Regular Rate (deadline February 9, 2018)

See brochure for more details and to apply. 

Don't miss out! Register early as space is limited.

Please do not hesitate to contact Kendra at ot4lifecalgary@gmail.com with questions.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Autism Conference January 24-26, 2018 - Spots still available!

10th Annual Autism Conference: January 24-26, 2018

Hosted by: Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Don't miss out on this amazing conference! Check out our new brochure with new speakers and detailed session information!

• Day 1 of conference (Wed Jan 24th) at Rogers Place
• Oil Kings Game Wed night included in registration
• Thurs and Fri at Marriott River Cree with all food included
• Amazing speakers touching on a range of topics including challenging behaviour, mental health, AAC, and employment

You will leave this conference not only with a deeper understanding and increased knowledge in autism, but an action plan for implementation of new strategies.

Whether you are a parent, educator, consultant, medical professional, or administrator, this conference will give you the tools you need to meet your goals.

Join us for this event and invest in an opportunity to reflect, develop, and learn.

check out the full conference brochure at: 

During the conference we will be featuring Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L!! She will presenting on Emotional Regulation Approach to Challenging Behaviour and Intervention Strategies for Emotional Regulation. Please check out the Conference Brochure for more details on her presentation and other amazing speakers as well.