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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.  

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Centre for Autism Services Alberta Maternity Leave 1.0 FTE

Centre for Autism Services Alberta
Maternity Leave - Full-time Occupational Therapist

Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and innovative supports and services to children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Principles of person-centered and family-centered care are embraced.  The key individual will focus on building skills for example: self-help and adaptive skills, functional physical and motor development, sensory processing, and play and leisure.

Programming is provided through home-based and centre-based services and utilizes and innovative and integrated community based delivery model.

Experience and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is preferred. 


  • ·       Participate in a multi-disciplinary team through the provision of expertise in occupational therapy
  • ·       Select and conduct standardized/non-standardized assessments  to guide clinical practice
  • ·       Consultation with stakeholders (e.g., caregivers, school personnel)  on programming that supports participation
  • ·       Implementation and evaluation of functional plans that support caregiver/parent and child participation
  • ·       Maintain current knowledge on best practices in occupational therapy as it relates to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ·       Collaborate with the clinical team in the development of individualized programming
  • ·       Perform visits to review and implement programming regularly
  • ·       Support the development and implementation of goals across contexts (school, home and community)
  • ·       Collect and summarize clinical data to inform clinical practice
  • ·       Recommend the purchase of program materials and supplies as related to individualized programming
  • ·       Support training of paraprofessionals (orientation, individualized training on OT programming)
  • ·       Coach, problem solve and mentor paraprofessionals and families on individualized programming
  • ·       Contribute toward educational opportunities across stakeholders  
  • ·       Anticipate, assess and report risk management issues to the appropriate supervisor
  • ·       Develop, facilitate and lead occupational therapy groups as required
  • ·       Prepare and/or contribute to critical incident reports as required

  • ·       Registered Occupational Therapist
  • ·       Member of Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
  • ·       Knowledge and understanding of: Behavioural intervention programs, direct teaching strategies, Pivotal Response Treatment, theory and principles of child development, early childhood services
  • ·       Excellent Interpersonal skills
  • ·       Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • ·       Demonstrated crisis assessment and intervention skills
  • ·       Valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • ·       Clean Criminal Record Check
  • ·       Clean Child Welfare Check
  • ·       Valid certification in Child and Infant CPR and First Aid

Apply to: Human Resources by mail, e-mail or fax:
Mail: 4752 – 99 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 5H5
E-mail: humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca
Fax: 780-488-6664 (confirm fax transmission at 780-488-6600)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Calgary Pediatric OT Group Meeting on January 19th at 5:30pm

Our next pediatric interest group meeting will be Friday, January 19th at 5:30pm. It will be hosted at New Heights School. Jen will provide a tour of New Heights and answer any questions about the program including their use of the SCERTS model.

If you have taken a course, please consider sharing how it has had a significant impact on your practice. If anyone is using the Safe and Sound protocol by ILS in their practice there are some others who would like to share and discuss this.

Date: January 19th
Time: 5:30pm (come later or leave early if you need!)
Address: 4041 Breskens Drive NW (located in the large old heritage building on the west side of the parade square in the Currie Barracks)

Call or text Jen (4036135528) if you can't find it or if the door is locked when you arrive.

Wine and snacks will be provided.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Lead Foundation OT job posting

Click Here  for more information

Lead Foundation is growing and we are excited to expand our team. We are currently seeking an Occupational Therapist for a permanent position (we prefer full-time but we are open to part-time applicants). Are you an experienced OT clinician looking for a change? Then keep reading to see why Lead Foundation is the perfect match for you.

If you are looking for a career where you can make a difference with children and families, while working with a dedicated and dynamic team, then Lead Foundation is the place for you. As a member of our Lead team, you will work with children, families, and ECS Program staff to provide supports for children. We welcome you to bring your challenging ideas and drive the direction of our programs.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Chronic Pain and Young People Research Study

Do you know a young person with chronic pain and trouble sleeping?  If so, please share this study invitation with them.  

We are recruiting young people with chronic pain who are between 13 and 19 years old for a study to test if hand-self Shiatsu before bed improves sleep.  The study is being carried out by Professor Cary Brown, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.  This study has been approved by the Research Ethics Board, University of Alberta (UofA Ethics Pro number: Pro00070452). For more information please contact Cary at cary.brown@ualberta.ca