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Monday, 28 November 2011

Small Talk, Gym Buddies and Quirky Teen - Infinite Resources Inc. Class Details


My name is Michelle Evans and I am the Peer Interactions Coordinator for Infinite Resources Inc. I am pleased to announce we now have the dates for our next session of groups to start in January for Small
Talk and Gym Buddies. Quirky Teen dates will be finalized by Dec 1st and information will be emailed out.
Small Talk and Gym Buddies groups will run January 14th, 2012 - March 10, 2012. There will be no groups February 25, 2012 due to a Gymnastics Competition. However, we have rented Grandin Theatres February 25 at 11:00am for a movie our families can attend together.

More details will be sent out closer to the date.

*Please note there have been time changes.

Small Talk!
"Small Talk" has been designed to create opportunities for children to improve their communication & social skills in a safe & supported environment. In this 1.5 hour - 8 week program, children will work with a professional and knowledgeable staff to develop the necessary skills to engage in social play with their peer group. Objectives will include: good listening behaviors, sense of responsibility, conversation skills, volume and tone of voice, good manners, personal space, turn taking, fair play, etc... The will be one group for 3 - 7 year olds, and another group for 8 -12 year olds.

Cost: $280
Dynamyx Gymnastics
#104, 25 Chisholm Ave.
St. Albert, AB
Small Talk 3-7 year olds 11:15am - 12:45pm
Small Talk 8-12 year olds 1:00pm - 2:30pm

"Peer Interactions" Gym Buddies!
In this eight week program, children will work on developing friendships, self-esteem & understanding social cues. "Gym Buddies" creates opportunities for children to explore social situations, positively engage with peers, and have fun with gymnastics. Objectives will include: paired play, strategies for regulation, sensory breaks, good choice making, gymnastics/gross motor activities, personal space, etc... Student activities are based on the groups age and ability. Staff will support students to manage their behavior, interact with peers,
complete gross & fine motor tasks, as well as self-regulate with sensory breaks & communicating needs.
The will be one group for 3 - 7 year olds, and another group for 8 - 12 year olds.

Cost: $280
Dynamyx Gymnastics
#104, 25 Chisholm Ave.
St. Albert, AB
Gym Buddies 3-7 year olds 11:15am - 12:45pm
Gym Buddies 8-12 year olds 1:00pm - 2:30pm

** Please note that we will no longer be able to place younger children in the older group and vice versa. This is a new policy that has been implemented to help with planning appropriate programming for each group both by the gymnastics coach and Infinite Resources Inc. Staff.

If you would like to register for any of these groups please complete the attached registration form and email to michelle@infiniteresources.ca.

Any questions can be answered by email or  by phone 780-298-5291.

Michelle Evans
Peer Interactions Coordinator
Infinite Resources Inc.

Extra Curricular Activity Ideas for Child in Calgary


I have a parent who is looking for an extra-curricular activity/ sport group for her physically involved daughter. Ideally the activity would include some

1. core strengthening
2. mild vestibular challenges
3. mild visual challenges
4. peer interaction (for motivation)

This 7 year old girl lives in the deep south Calgary, is ambulatory but unstable on her feet, difficulty using both eyes together, and very low tone.  Dance would be good, or a therapy group....

Could you reply if you know of any such options? 

Charlene Wright B.Sc.O.T.(c)
Occupational Therapist
403 277 8508
Email: Effective.Strategies@shaw.ca
Web: http://effectivestrategies.shawwebspace.ca/

Private Practice Opportunity

Are you ready and eager for growth, freedom and creativity in your Private Occupational Therapy practice? Does independence, flexibility and autonomy while working as part of an established, holistic, and professional team appeal to you?  If so, then the IDEAS team awaits you!

IDEAS Inc. (established in 1992) is looking for a registered Occupational Therapist who loves children, is out-going, organized, motivated and ready to work in a fun, multi-disciplinary environment. 

Candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience working with children and families in a clinic or educational setting. 

An energetic, creative thinker can look forward to an established referral network, mentoring by a therapist with more than 30 years of pediatric experience and unending opportunities for expansion, growth and challenge. 

Be supported while also maintaining control of your own caseload, of your own practice, of your own future! 

For more information please visit our website http://www.ideascalgary.ca/ and/or contact:

Karen McIntosh

Khan Communication Services Seeking More Occupational Therapists

Khan Communication Services is continuing to expand services in Alberta, and we are currently seeking Occupational Therapists for January 2012. Our practice is based in Edmonton, and provides services to schools in rural Alberta. On site and telepractice services are provided to schools. Our team includes SLP's, OT's, and behavior consultants who travel together, and conduct telepractice sessions to service KG and elementary students.

We are leading innovative service delivery in the province. More information can be found on our website at http://www.khancommunicationservices.com/. The ideal candidate should have a keen interest in using blogs and telepractice to provide workshops and training. The candidate should also have skills in providing functional assessments for school aged children, and experience with students with severe disabilities. Recent graduates are welcome, but will work closely with more experienced clinicians in private practice. Khan Communication Services will provide OT assessment tools to the practitioner, and payment of a subcontracted private practice hourly rate for a 6.5 hour day, with travel time and mileage reimbursements when travel is required.

Interested candidates should contact Nausheen Khan at (780) 440-3251 ext. 222, or email at info@khancommunicationservices.com

Thursday, 24 November 2011

DCD Parent Support Group Meeting December 1st

The next meeting for the DCD Parent Support Group is on Thursday December 1st at ACH. Parents are invited to join us for a presentation by Kristine Neil, a parent who has conducted a national  study on  Awareness and Knowledge of DCD among parents, teachers and doctors. Parents can support the ‘Next Steps’ in improving awareness in Alberta.  Please send out this poster freely to families in your practice.

Social Media Workshop December 2nd - Spaces Available!

There is still some room in the Social Media Workshop for Dec. 2nd that is being facilitated by Susan Burwash and Anita Hamilton from U of A.

See the original post and information here.

Private Contract in Drayton Valley

St Thomas Aquinas School Division is looking for an occupational therapist to provide general classroom consultation to their preschool program in Drayton Valley.

Services would include observation and teacher consult, with a follow up observation visit 2-3 months after the initial visit.  A printed package of recommendations/activity suggestions to be provided to the instructor after the initial consultation.  The budget would be approx. 6 hours per class (including time to prepare printed package)  plus travel time. 

If interested please contact:
Marilyn Kunitz
Student Services Coordinator
St. Thomas Aquinas
RCSRD No. 38
4906 50 Ave.
Leduc, Alberta
T9E 6W9
Phone: 780 986 2500
Fax: 780 986 8620

Monday, 21 November 2011

DCD Parent Support Meeting

Join us for a presentation by Kristine Neil, a parent who has conducted a national study on awareness and knowledge of DCD among parents, teachers and doctors.

We can support the ‘Next Steps’ in improving awareness in Alberta.

Thursday, December 1st 2011
7:30 p.m.
Alberta Children’s Hospital ~ 4th Floor
Conference Room #1

DCD Parent Support Meeting Poster

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

AOTA Autism West Specialty Conference

For the first time, AOTA is sponsoring a WEST Autism Conference to match the EAST one that has occured for a couple of years now. Please click here for information on speakers' presentation summaries; there are many great topics directly related to the kids we see daily, plus the research being presented that will back up some of the approaches we use. The conference is being held in Long Beach, California on December 2 and 3.  Registration information is on line.

Social Media for Occupational Therapy

Anita Hamilton and Susan Burwash from the University of Alberta are facilitating a Social Media for Occupational Therapists workshop:

Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: 0900 – 1530 hours
Place: Foothills Medical Centre, South Tower, Room 1003 (10th floor)
Cost: Free!
Registration: Due to the small size of computer training rooms, the workshop is limited to 15 registrants.  Please register by emailing jutta.hinrichs@ualberta.ca or jutta.hinrichs@albertahealthservices.ca

See poster here