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Friday, 30 November 2012

Deep Touch Pressure Techniques Survey

The Spiral Foundation is pleased to be conducting a survey on practitioner's use of deep touch pressure techniques and modalities.  

Currently there is a lack of information on the best clinical practices in the use of deep touch pressure in clinical settings. With your help we hope to document who uses deep touch pressure  techniques and modalities, with whom, under what circumstance and current clinical best practice in their use.
We hope you will please take a few minutes and share your expertise with us by completing our survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and we greatly value your input. We appreciate a response within the next two weeks.
Also, please forward this email to your colleagues .  

We hope that you will help us out!  Please click the following link to go to the survey:

Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Director of Research and Education
Spiral Foundation

Asperger's Society in Edmonton?

I met a woman whose grandson was diagnoses recently with Asperger's. They are looking for some resources. As I wasn't familiar with what is available in Alberta I thought I would contact you. They are investigating a private school as public is not going too well. He has a psychiatrist who is medicating for anxiety. It sounds like the mother needs to make some contact with other parents as her husband is not supportive. According to the woman he is also on the spectrum but in denial. They also have some OT support through the school.

Is there a regional Asperger's Society or equivalent in Edmonton? Do you know of any other organizations that might be helpful.

Please comment on the blog if you have any information.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Optometrist in Edmonton


I was referred to your blog by an OT here in Edmonton.  I am an optometrist with a private practice that specializes in Families.  My education at Pacific University College of Optometry gave me a great appreciation for Occupational Therapy and its role in the lives of families.  I wanted the OTs here in Edmonton to know I am accepting new patients and enjoy children in particular.  Please feel free to post my information and clinic in any of your emails or publications.  I am available by phone or in person for any questions.  My doors are always open if you want to stop by and see the office.

Many thanks,
Dr. Kelsey Ford
Lendrum Eyecare
5822-111th St
Edmonton, AB
T6H 3G1

Tools for Kids Open House December 9th

Hello Everyone,
We are setting up shop for an afternoon in December for anyone who would like to see & feel the products.
Please pass this information onto families & schools who might be interested in saving some shipping costs!  Please click here for the flyer!
Tools For Kids “Open House”
Sunday December 9th, 12-4 pm
McQueen Hall, Edmonton
10825-McQueen Road (~146 street)
(near TELUS World of Science)

Full Time OT Position - Spruce Grove


This is a full time school age OT position based out of Broxton Park School in Spruce Grove, AB providing consultative service throughout the Parkland School Division. Posting closes December 14, 2012.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Calgary Peds Interest Group Meeting

Next meeting: Monday Nov 26

Location: PACE Kids @ #112 5211 MacLeod Trail S
Time: 7:30pm
Topic:  Dr. Meghan Haggarty from the Nardella Clinic will be joining us to share information on the topic of hyberbaric oxygen.  The Nardella Clinic addresses Naturopathic and Functional Medicine.  Dr. Haggarty focuses her practice on complex chronic disease. She has a keen interest in women's health, autism and hyberbaric oxygen therapy.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Dyslexic fonts

Hi all,

I came across this CBC podcast (15 min) discussing a free (!!!) font designed to make it easier for people with dyslexia to read - some interesting points are raised (re: phonemic decoding & reading text etc.), and if you have a few min I'd recommend checking it out! 

Here is the website for the font discussed: http://dyslexicfonts.com/ 

And a couple articles on it: 

Monday, 19 November 2012

PT needed in Cochrane

Family in Cochrane is seeking private practice Physiotherapist to complete hours on Specialized Services FSCD contract (ending on May 23, 2013) with their 5 year old son, who has high functioning autism. Family is flexible with respect to scheduling and highly motivated. They would like the therapist to come to their home. The ISP, including PT goals, has already been set up.
If interested please contact Elizabeth Cairns, Coordinator, at life-balancecounselling@shaw.ca 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Society for Treatment of Autism 1.0FTE posting

Posting can also be found on STA website here.

Description: To provide services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please note that this is a 1 year term-certain position, commencing in mid-January 2013. As a member of a trans-disciplinary team, you will provide assessment, intervention, and consultation services to children, families and therapy staff. Travel within the city of Calgary can be expected. Intensive training will be provided regarding the nature and philosophy of therapy within the agency. We offer flexible hours, a competitive benefits package, and a variety of professional development opportunities. Applicants with previous experience working with children with ASD are preferred.

Send Resume to:
Dana Bryer, Manager of Professional Services
Society for Treatment of Autism 
404 - 94 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0E8
TEL:  258-5504  FAX: 253-6974   

Monday, 12 November 2012

Literature for Weighted Vests?

Hello everyone

I have a student using a weighted vest at school. I'm supporting him regarding sensory at home. The therapist at school has a lot of experience and I can't find any concerns noted in literature. Other than ensuring he's not moving while wearing it thus stressing he's cardiovascular system are there any other considerations? 
Really appreciate your input. I also appreciate all the information shared through the interest group. 

Thanks Jillian

2 OT private contracsts in or around Calgary

OT needed for Developmental Support contract with FSCD to work with a 5 year old boy with high functioning autism.  SLP will be the co-ordinator for the contract.  Programming will be a couple times a week after 4 and on Saturdays, so there are a few times available for booking.  The family lives in Coach Hill right behind COP.  If you are interested, please email Penni at penni.johnston@canaccord.com .

We are looking for an OT and Speech therapist to join our team for  a newly awarded FSCD Specialized services contract for a 6 year old non verbal delightful little boy who lives just south of  Okotoks. He has developmental delay, is a wobbly walker, needs input for toilet training, dressing , and fine motor . Interested therapists can email or call me as I am coordinating the contract.
Helen Enns , physiotherapist  @ 403 613 8358 , or Helenenns@gmail.com .

Friday, 9 November 2012

Part time Contract Physical Therapist Needed

- Do you love working with children and have experience in pediatrics?
- Do you enjoy working with a team in a school environment in the community?
- If so, we need you!

Sturgeon School Division is currently seeking a part-time private practice  Physical therapist (one day a week on average) to provide consultation services for students with physical disabilities in all Division schools. The need for consultation may be higher earlier in the school year, and less so later in the year as needs are addressed.

The private practice Physical Therapist we are searching for will have a background in pediatrics. A Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy and current registration in ACPT is required. Therapists must have own transportation as travel is required to division schools and Central office. Mileage will be paid from the Division border to the schools within the Division
The Sturgeon School Division’s Central Office is in Morinville, which is approximately 15 minutes drive north of Edmonton. This school division covers a small geographical region immediately north of the Edmonton/ St. Albert  area.

If you are interested, please call or forward your resume to

Anita Ferri at (780) 934-7937  aferri@sturgeon.ab.ca

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Private Contract Work with SGI

SGI "Saskatchewn Government Insurance" is looking for an OT to support their clients in the Calgary and Southern Alberta Area. This is ongoing contract work.

For more information, please contact Sherie Worthinton at 403-274-0743.

Calgary Adult looking for SPD Help


I have been re-reading Sharon Heller's book and feeling fairly confident that this is applicable I wonder if you would work with a middle-aged man on these issues.

I found your website through links provided on her webpage to spdnetwork.org.

Could you please suggest someone in Calgary who might do so?

All best wishes,

Gordon Rumson


Saturday, 3 November 2012

Edmonton OT Private Practice List

Thanks to all OTs who have submitted their names and information to be included on this list of Edmonton/North Alberta private practicing OTs.  Please find the list here as well as on the Private Practitioner Information Page of this website.

If you would like to have your information added to the list, please email ab.ot.pedintgroup@gmail.com

Super Chewer

Hi everyone,

I know a little 4 year old gal who is seeking high intensity oral sensory stimulation to the point of going through a chewy tube every other day!!  The family is working on implementing a sensory diet at home and in her PUF program, and using other typical strategies.  They have offered her gum and she declines (thus far).  Suggestions?

Nicole Ebbesen Rowan

Meet and Greet for the Calgry OT Pilot Program November 26

Hi Everyone,

Please share the attached poster with all OTs in your areas/networks.
The Calgary OT Pilot Program is pleased to host a "Meet and Greet" session on Monday, November 26th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at SAIT, Mayland Heights Campus, "Buck" Crump Building, 1920 Centre Avenue NE.  Please see the attached notice for details and post in your areas.  There is an RSVP requested, just so we can plan for some light refreshments.

Thank you.
Kind regards,

Community of Practice Upcoming Meeting November 8th

Our next CoP meeting is Thursday November 8 at 4:30pm.  

We are happy to welcome Gwen Roberts (OT) and Stacey Babcock (PT) from Regional School Health, to discuss the school based therapy services in Calgary.  We'll follow up with discussion around what this looks like for children with DCD.

I've attached a poster for the event, so feel free to print it off, and invite other allied health or educational professionals who work with children or adolescents.  Telehealth sites and room numbers are on the poster.  Of note: The RRDTC and Lacombe Hospital & Care Centre sites are available this month (November 8), but will not be available for the December 13 meeting, due to other bookings.

For the remainder of 2012, we have been asked that CoP members please pre-register for Telehealth sites.  I've attached the directions to assist you to pre-register for your site.  If you are not an AHS employee, please contact me and let me know which site you would like to be pre-registered for.

Have a wonderful week, we hope to see you next Thursday!


Tammy and Brenda

SLP Position Posting - Parkland School Division

Please share with your SLP colleagues:

SLP position with Parkland School Division.


Sleep Haven - Sleep Consultation by Private OT

Margot Byer has recently expanded her private practice to include sleep consultation – “helping tired families sleep”.  She invites you to visit her new website at www.sleephaven.ca for all the details.

Position Paper on Sensory Interventions and

"In the summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics published their position paper on the use of sensory interventions, specifically SI treatment, with children. They recommend cautious in using these unproven approaches and transparency in informing parents of the evidence. This document sparked much debate within the OT community around the world. Sylvia Rodgers and colleagues have just published an editorial which speaks to the need for OT as a profession to define and name our interventions carefully."

With thanks,

Brenda N. Wilson, MS, OT(C)
Professional Practice Leader
Occupational Therapy, Alberta Health Services
Alberta Children's Hospital
2888 Shaganappi Trail NW
Calgary, AB, T3B 6A8
Fax (403)955-7066

Teleroo Video Review

Interesting video ... The Owner of the Agency is a SLP


Vision Information from Dr. Boulet

Hello Everyone.
  1. Find here the program outline from the Monday October 29, 2012 Calgary group meeting, including links to resources.
  2. Find the Activity Package (and many more) through the http://learningmanagement.ca site if you are registered. Registration is FREE!
Warmest regards, 

Dr. Boulet

PS - Please visit http://MountainPostcards.com and sign up for the free postcard emails. These are hi-resolutions images for desktops or print. Share the emails with your friends, family, and colleagues! This is a fun and visually gratifying way to spread the word about the importance of child vision exams. 

PPS - If you haven't already done so, also sign up for the OT VT Intro course. There is no charge for this. Find it here:

http://learningmanagement.ca/ot-vt-intro-course-sign-up/  - let me know if you have trouble with this.

Dr. Charles BouletBEd, BSc, OD 
Family Optometry / Learning Consulting 

www.DVVC.ca -  Clinic

Box 1289
Black Diamond, AB  T0L 0H0