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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Replacement options for the Snug Vest?

Hello fellow OTs,

Many of the schools I work with have found great success with the Snug Vest (inflatable compression vest).  However, they are no longer in production nor available for purchase.  Does anyone know of any replacement options?  I have found the Squease… anything else?  Back to the old standard life jacket or hug type neoprene vests???

Thanks for any input you may have!


Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Minutes of Pediatric Interest Group meeting on 20 Oct 2017

Sara Baker, O.T., hosted the Calgary Pediatric Interest Group meeting on October 20, 2017 and described the Launch program at the Ability Hub (www.theabilityhub.org ) which supports transition planning to adulthood. In Launch, both parents and youth make goals, think of their vision for the future, then learn about strategies and resources (such as carrying an i.d. wallet card, circles program, checklists, and skill domains) and develop a transition plan. Group support is available through Launch Into Life! workshops, the next of which will run in Jaunuary. Launch Online is another tool coming soon for individuals to do their planning at their own pace. Launch Online is a free service that will allow families to plan for adulthood from anywhere, reading through information and working through tools and activities. Other resources shared at the meeting included the REAL assessment for ADL’s and IADL’s, the Autism Discussion Page which has specific ADL’s, the Extended Matrix Model (p. 3-4 of the ALERT manual, attached,-  adapted check chart also attached), and the Alberta Health Services algorithm indicating all OT’s should be competent in level 1 driving screen to identify concerns with driving capacity (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281098419_Alberta_algorithm_Driving_occupational_therapy_practice ). 

Hope to see you at the next one. Save the date:
Friday January 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm at New Heights School in the Currie Barracks
Address4041 Breskens Dr SW, Calgary, AB T3E 7M1
Hosted by Jen Bodiguel 

Monday, 6 November 2017

Edmonton Catholic Schools OT and TA Positions

Therapeutic Assistant OT (temporary position)

Occupational Therapist (permanent, full time)

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton 10th Annual Conference

Information can be found here.

OT Resources/Products For Sale in Calgary

I have closed my private pediatric practice and am selling a few remaining items. I live in Calgary and am looking for Calgary buyers to avoid shipment costs.  All items are in mint condition. Prices are negotiable.  Please contact me at ashlyblackot@gmail.com or (403) 921-7669  if you are interested.  

1.   A brand new We Thinkers Volume Two set. Asking $195 or best offer.  

2.  Boardmaker version 6 for Mac, official copy purchased directly from Mayer-Johnson.  Asking $400 or best offer.

3.  A set of Julia Cook's books on social skills: Wilma Jean the Worry Machine; I Just Want to Do it My Way; Personal Space Camp; Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share!; My Mouth is a Volcano!; I Just Don't Like the Sound of NO!; Decibella and her 6" Voice.  These books are in near mint condition.  Asking $60 for the entire set or best offer.

4.  The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Improved and Expanded Second Edition in near mint condition.  Asking $15 or best offer.

5.  The Zones of Regulation curriculum (including CD).  Asking $50 or best offer.

6. 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behaviour by Lynne Kenney.  Asking $25 or best offer.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

LEVERS for Growth and Development: A workshop for Parents

L.E.V.E.R.S. for Growth & Development: A Workshop for Parents

A 3-session workshop to support parents in:
    Learning a simple, 6 step process to engage in emotionally focused ways
    Understanding and communicating empathy for their child’s perspective
    Helping their child understand, express and regulate their emotions
    Helping their child understand and express their needs and engage in effective problem solving
    Engaging children in establishing and setting effective limits
    Helping their child empathize with the experience of others
    Building a healthy, supportive parent-child relationship

Saturday November 18, 25 and December 2, 2017 (attending all 3 sessions)
Time:  9 am to 11:30 am.

St. John’s Institute Boardroom
11024 - 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Free parking available

To register:
Call or Text: 780-289-3871

$225* per participant for all three sessions.  Receipts issued for Occupational Therapy Services at workshop.  Payments by e-transfer or cheque.

*   Fees may be eligible for reimbursement through some extended health programs and health spending accounts.  Please check with your insurer for options for Occupational Therapy coverage.

I'm For Kids Maternity Positions in Calgary

We have 2 maternity leave positions in Calgary, one is a 1.0 FTE and the other is a 0.8 FTE. We are looking to hire immediately and the contract will go until June 30 for both positions. Interested applicants can email their resumes to Dallas Garrison at dgarrison@imforkids.org or call for more information 403-236-8919 ext222. Please visit our website http://www.imforkids.org/.