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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Assisting Hand Assessment Workshop at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

AHA – The Assisting Hand Assessment Workshop at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital  


May 28 -30, 2018 — 2 1/2 DAY AHA WORKSHOP

May 31st —

Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm, Reg OT, PhD, Associate Professor
Lena is a senior Occupational Therapist and a researcher at the Neuropediatric Unit, Department of Woman’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.
Lisa V Wagner, DHS, OTR/L
Lisa is a senior occupational therapist at the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Course Description:  The Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) is a well-established and frequently used evaluative tool to measure how effectively children with unilateral hand dysfunction actually use their involved hand collaboratively with their well-functioning hand to perform bimanual tasks . AHA is a standardized test intended for children with unilateral Cerebral Palsy or Brachial Plexus Palsy between the ages of 18 months and 18 years.  The certification course teaches the new AHA version 5.0 . A 2½-day training course will include information about the test construct, testing procedure and scoring practice on a range of children from videos. A manual and a computer based scoring form is provided. To achieve certification, the participant is to complete six additional cases will be studied on your own time following the course from videos provided on a web based e-learning platform, and some self-produced AHA play sessions and your results will be calibrated with the author.  The AHA test kit can be ordered from Handfast Inc, at the course or later during the certification procedure.

The Refresher course is for already certified raters and will review what is new in the 5.0 version (new items and deleted items, new activities for teenagers). Psychometric properties of the AHA and how to use them to interpret results and guide treatments will be a focus. Rater’s will calibrate their scoring skills. Prepared questions is highly encouraged.

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of the AHA workshop, participants will be able to:
·       Demonstrate the set up, conduct and video record an Assisting Hand Assessment session and produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual. Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties. Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test.

Register Online Here 

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Your Partner in Learning

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Mental Health Mentorships - The STAR institute team

Mental Health Mentorships 
Our innovative Mental Health Intensive Mentorship consists of a three-day course where mental health providers develop a sensory processing lens to view behaviors associated with presenting mental health concerns.
This program is designed for Licensed Mental Health Providers and Registered Psychotherapists. Those holding a candidate permit or a provisional license are also welcome to attend. This course is approved for CEUs through NASW and NBCC.
Participants will develop critical thinking pathways for Sensory Processing Disorder recognition and impact on clients' presenting problem areas and develop a toolbox of assessment strategies and resources to use in practice for evaluation, referral and education.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand and describe foundations of sensory processing functions.
  • Understand and use sensory language and concepts to describe clinical observations of client behavior.
  • Develop hypotheses through assessment regarding possible sensory contributors to behavior presentations.
  • Consider sensory components in differential diagnosis process
  • Enhance foundational understanding of neurological contributors to associated presentations of ASD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder across the lifespan
  • Identify issues associated with sensory processing disorder in various environments (home, school, community) and how they contribute clients’ presenting problems across the lifespan
  • Compare major components of typical development vs. uneven development vs. global delays in development for children and youth.
  • Recognize signs of when to refer, to who and what their treatment should look like.
2018 Mental Health Mentorship Dates:
May 17-19, 2018 -
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September 6-8, 2018 - Apply Now
Thank you for helping us spread the word!
The STAR Institute Team

Friday, 9 March 2018

Explorers: A Speech, Occupational, and Social Skills Therapy Camp

Welcome to camp! This fun summer camp – created and run by Registered Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists – is designed for children 3 to 8 years old who could benefit from a week long therapy program. We are thrilled to be launching our second year, after a hugely positiveresponse rate from last summer. 
Half day or full day programs are available. Siblings are also welcome. Camp runs from 9 am – 12 pm for the morning session and 1 pm – 4 pm for the afternoon. Full day campers will need to pack a lunch. Half day campers will need to bring a healthy snack. Before and after care is also available for an additional hourly cost.
Private insurance might be available to help with Camp fees. For details, please contact Susan Hall at 403-554-5325 or Susan@cochranecentre.com.

Somatic Experiencing Training in Edmonton

Somatic Experiencing approach is very gentle and effective to mental health therapy work with people affected by trauma and have emotion regulation difficulties due to developmental and attachment trauma and/or single-event trauma. It is a safe body and mind integrated approach that can be used with all populations and not just people with high ego strength and high cognitive resources. It provides clinicians with tools that enable grading of therapy in very refined level. It teaches a variety of techniques such as using sensory-based methods to resolve dysregulation caused by coupling dynamics (sensory, memory and cognitive), sensation, imagery, behavior, affect, and meaning tracking using pendulation and titration, to achieve trauma renegotiation. It is a resource-based method that employs mindfulness to support the nervous system to learn to regulate itself. The main theoretical foundation of SE is the Polyvagal Theory and therefore is very compatible with Attachment Theory and all the Mindfulness-based models clinicians use. It is also compatible with Positive Psychology, Wellness and Recovery models. SE can also be effectively used in educating parents and caregivers in supporting children recovering from traumatic experiences.

Participants can take only the first part and integrate it into their practice. They are not obliged to do the whole 3-year program to apply their learning to their clinical practice with clients with trauma history. Each training module comes with theory and practical components teaching useful techniques that clinicians can apply immediately with their clients. The training program goes from more general skills to more refined if clinicians decide to take more training modules.

You can find more information at:

Registration information can be found here.

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton OT Position

Occupational Therapist
Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton
Children's Autism Services of Edmonton is seeking a full-time and/or part-time Occupational Therapist for our dynamic and growing organization. We provide family-centered services within the home, school or community to meet the complex needs of children who have autism and other developmental disorders. As an Occupational Therapist working with our organization, you will become part of a multi-disciplinary team providing assessment, intervention plans and coaching to parents, teachers and support staff.
At Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton, you will enjoy:
  •  The flexibility of building your own schedule
  •  Feeling that you are making a difference with families
  •  Working with colleagues who are leaders in the field of autism
  •  A strong, supportive team work environment
  •  Two state-of-the art treatment campuses
  •  A strong professional development focus
  •  Laptop, cell phone and resources provided
  •  Competitive salary and an excellent benefit package
  •  Paid travel time and mileage
To apply, you must have:
  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Registration with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
  • Your own vehicle and valid driver’s license
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Passion and commitment for working with children and their families
  • All hires must provide proof of professional liability insurance, a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector, Child Welfare check and First Aid & level-C CPR
Interested Candidates can forward their resume/CV with a cover letter to director of Human Resources at hr@childrensautism.ca

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