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Monday, 16 April 2018

School Function Assessment Question

I have not used the School Function Assessment as part of the application for PUF funding as of late.   Does Alberta Learning accept the School Function Assessment as the key assessment for PUF qualification?   For example weak outcome on this assessment in combination with a mild language delay and ongoing motor and social participation difficulties.

Helen Jones
Occupational Therapist 

Monday, 9 April 2018

Upcoming Yoga Training in Edmonton

YogaKids International: Level 1 Foundations Training
Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at Navina Yoga Studio Edmonton AB

Inspired by educational theorists Howard Gardner and Maria Montessori, our Level 1 Foundations Training takes a whole-child approach — and integrates math, science, literacy, art, music and more. The approach is fun, empowering and fully capable of reaching students of all ages and abilities.

This event, held in areas around the world, introduces attendees to the YogaKids’ one-of-a-kind way of teaching mindfulness and yoga to children. The program is more than just poses. It blends traditional yoga and its benefits with theories of multiple learning styles in a comprehensive, imaginative, and playful approach to education. This revolutionary approach, developed by YogaKids founder, yoga-pioneer/ educator/author Marsha Wenig, has been helping children — along with adults — discover the pleasures and benefits of yoga for over 27 years.

Foundations Training events are for anyone wanting to give the gift of mindfulness and movement to children: educators, parents, occupational therapists, speech therapists, yoga teachers, and other child-focused professionals. No yoga experience is required.

Our program has been endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, and Jean Houston, Ph.D. It is the original training program of its kind

More info and to registeration is at www.yogakids.com

Sunday, 8 April 2018


click Here for 2018 spring programs
Calgary, AB 

F/T position with Pace Kids

Click here for more details.

Full-time Pediatric Occupational Therapist - Pacekids Programs is looking for an experienced, energetic and dynamic pediatric Occupational Therapist based out of the North Pacekids Location (808 55th Ave NE), to work within our ECS program and within families’ homes in the Calgary area. The position is full-time and requires availability on weekdays and weeknight evenings until 6:00pm.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Research Mentorship at SPD

 If you have attended the research mentorship at SPD or know someone who has, Charlene Wright would sure like to hear from you to know better about what to expect. 

Charlene Wright
Occupational Therapist
403 277 8508

Sunday, 25 March 2018

P/T Temp Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools Job Posting

We are now accepting applications for an Occupational Therapist based out of our Central Office location in Okotoks. This is a .50 FTE (18.75 hours per week) temporary position, which begins mid-May and continues for approximately 1 year.

As part of the division team and reporting to the Student Services Coordinator who is responsible for PUF, our Occupational Therapist will assist students to develop or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, satisfying lives. The therapist will provide assessment and report writing which includes program recommendations. Working primarily with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students receiving PUF programming, the therapist will provide direct and consultative service and work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The successful candidate will hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and be eligible for membership in ACOT and/or CAOT. Preference will be given to an individual with experience in a school setting. Travel throughout the division is required.

A current criminal record check and a child welfare check will be required.

To apply go to http://www.redeemer.ab.ca/, employment, career opportunities, support staff, active postings. To apply you must create an online account. This posting will remain open until filled.

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