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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Optometry Child Development Consultation Services

Dr. Charles A. Boulet
Child Development Consultation Services

Now serving Edmonton area and Calgary area.  Click here for brochure.
For appointments: 
SOUTH: 403-933-5552 Diamond Valley Vision Care, Black Diamond, Alberta  www.dvvc.ca info@dvvc.ca 

NORTH: 780-458-0335 St. Albert Optometrists’ Clinic, St. Albert, Alberta www.st-albert-eye.com stalberteye@gmail.com

Children's Yoga Classes

Classes run by experienced Yoga teacher Sara Hastings. Owner and operator of Little Wonders Yoga, Sara has completed the highly acclaimed yoga for children program and is very proud to hold the designation of a Certified YogaKids International Facilitator.

Yoga for children benefits: Learning to stretch, breath and relax in a playful way Improving coordination, strength & body awareness Improving social interaction & develops focus, concentration & attention A non-competitive activity that cultivates self-esteem Most importantly children have fitness fun.

Classes start in January in Edmonton.  Click here for brochure

Private OT needed in Calgary for child with global developmental delays

We are looking for a private OT for our 11 month old diagnosed with global developmental delays.  We live in the NW but I am willing to drive anywhere within Calgary, Cochrane or Airdrie in order for him to receive his therapy.  Our email is leggs1616@gmail.com and our phone number is 403-968-6567.
thank you,

Tara Legg

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Slant Board Tutorial

For anyone interested, I did a slant board tutorial and posted it on You Tube.  I explain why the slant board is beneficial and different ways to use it.  It has been useful sharing it with teachers and parents.  I am using the adjustable slant boards from KJ Laser out of Sherwood Park.

Nicole Ebbesen Rowan

Yoga for Autism

HI Heather,
Not sure how many OTs might be interested but we are thinking about having this group do some training here in Calgary if there was enough interest for a 1 day workshop.
Could you send it out to the group and see? (Email Jackie if you are interested.)
Much appreciated,
Jacqueline Schultz  B.A., Bsc.O.T. (C)

Thursday, 14 November 2013

OTs Working with Aboriginal Communities?

I’m wondering if there are any practitioners in the pediatric interest group who provide intervention or support to the aboriginal communities, specifically the Head Start programs?
Kind regards,
Angie Sillery, B.Sc.OT(c)  
Occupational Therapist
Alberta Health Services
Stollery Children's Hospital
1F1 Walter C. Mackenzie Centre
8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2B7
Tel: 780-407-6203
Fax: 780-407-7534
Email:  Angie.Sillery@albertahealthservices.ca

Feeding Groups in Calgary Area?

I'm a therapist primarily doing private feeding work in the Calgary area.  I'm wondering if anyone is running feeding groups in the community?  I am heading on maternity leave shortly and have two little ones on my caseload that would really benefit from something in this format.
Please contact me at melissabw@me.com with any information.  
Thank you! 
Melissa Wilson 

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Wanted: Pediatric Physical Therapist

Please spread the word to your PT colleagues! The Réseau provincial d’adaptation scolaire, the regional educational consultation service for the 4 French school districts of Alberta, is looking for a French speaking physical therapist to provide school-based consultation during the 2013-2014 school year. Five or more individual contracts are expected (for a total of 50 or more private practice hours). Travel expenses will also be reimbursed based on the established policy for contractual consultants.

Please contact Dolorèse Nolette, director, at 780-490-7577 or dnolette@reseauadaptation.ca

Sunday, 3 November 2013

OTs in Private Practice Profile

New in December: OTs in Private Practice Profile
Starting in December, SAOT would like to include a monthly profile of an OT member working in private practice. The profile will be posted on the SAOT website, monthly e-Bulletin, Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to be profiled, please emailexecutivedirector@saot.ca.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Visual Rehabilitation and Development Clinic for Northern Alberta

Visual Rehabilitation and Development Clinic for Northern Alberta
Dr. Charles Boulet is pleased to announce he will be taking patients for visual rehabilitation and development support starting in October in St. Albert. Services include case analysis, consultation, diagnostics, and treatment planning.

Who should be seen?
Any child with a developmental or learning concern has an 80% or better chance of having some significant concern with refractive error, binocular alignment and control, strabismus/amblypia, fine visuomotor skills. Dr. Boulet encourages collaborative approaches to care and prefers to work closely with OTs to integrate visual rehabilitation activities with existing therapy planning.

See this recent press release re: vision and child development:

You can contact Dr. Boulet directly at caboulet@mac.com, or at his clinic in Black Diamond:
Phone: 403-933-5552
Email: info@dvvc.ca
You can book appointments in St. Albert by contacting St. Albert Optometrists:
Phone: 780 458 0335
Email: stalberteye@gmail.com

gOT Spirit 2013 - Queen's U MSc OT'14 (OT "Gift" Shop)

OT students at Queen's University have made a video parody of "Thrift Shop" explaining what Occupational Therapy is! 


Published on Oct 9, 2013
This video was created by the Queen's MSc Occupational Therapy class of 2014 to raise awareness about Occupational Therapy. For more information please refer to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy website: http://www.caot.ca

Monday, 28 October 2013

Kids Brain Buddy App

Kids Brain Buddy is an app for 4 year-olds to first graders (including special needs children, of course) that contributes to and develops motor and cognitive skills. Partly designed by an occupational therapist who specializes in child development, Kids Brain Buddy's four sections (Memory,Differences, Shadows and Match-it!) and up to 100 different levels contribute to visual attention, visual-spatial relations, short term memory, visual-motor coordination, bilateral coordination, tactile skills and more. Through their own children, our developers know that it can be tough to keep a child interested in only one game, let alone an educational one. Therefore, our developers are always sure to update the game at least twice a month with new levels, graphics, etc. One of our favorite features is that it has absolutely NO ads.

There is a lite/free version and a pro/paid version -however we constantly run special offers via our official facebook page (Forqan Smart Tech).
Unfortunately, right now Kids Brain Buddy is only available to android devices. However, we are hopeful that we'll be able to release Kids Brain Buddy for iOs very soon.

We honestly believe that Kids Brain Buddy is a great way to keep children busy and learning without having them realizing it. We also find it's a wonderful pass-time for daycares and pre-schoolers; and also believe that it can be a tool for child-development professionals to help test and access a child's basic mental skills and abilities.

We hope you enjoy Kids Brain Buddy and are able to review it soon. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

Thanks for your time,

Forqan Smart Tech

SCERTS Training

Don’t forget to register for SCERTS training!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT to register for the SCERTS training – November 12th-14th.  There are only 22 days left to get your registration in for the event!  You can register on our website at www.childrensautism.ca or you can fill out the form and fax it to (780) 484-9265, or scan it and email it to info@childrensautism.ca.  I have had a few calls with questions so I thought I would include some answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions.
Answers to FAQ:
What time are the sessions and what will be the schedule for the day?
The training sessions go from 8:30-4:30 each day.  Lunch will be from 12-1 on your own.  We will provide a list of restaurants close to the Oasis Conference Centre.  We will have two 15 minute breaks throughout the day.  Therapyware will be there with some resources to sell and the SCERTS manuals will also be available for sale.
Should I go to all 3 days of training?
Depending on your needs, you may want to look at just attending the intro on the 12th, or the full three day training.  The following is a description of the content of the intro vs. the advanced:
Day 1 of this course will introduce the SCERTS model, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational approach designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This model is not exclusive of other treatment approaches and methodologies, but rather provides a framework for those who are seeking guidelines for implementing a comprehensive educational plan that is based on our knowledge of the recommended tenets of educational programming.  The model was designed to provide guidelines for helping children progress through the stages of becoming a competent communicator.  It was also designed to provide families and educational teams with the help they may need to feel successful in supporting the child.  Participants of this course will learn how to determine meaningful, purposeful and motivating goals and strategies based on a child’s developmental stage, functional needs, and family priorities.
Day 2 and 3 of this course will move toward a more advanced discussion of the use of the SCERTS assessment process to determine developmentally sensible and functional goals, to determine appropriate evidence-based supports, and to monitor progress over time in meaningful, functional contexts.  Day 2 will begin with the essential priorities for applying the SCERTS assessment in program development, namely writing goals and determining supports (i.e. educational planning).  On Day 3, the formal assessment will be introduced with an emphasis on how to use this tool to determine a child’s stage of language acquisition, establish a profile of strengths and areas of need in those areas most impacted by the core challenges of ASD and monitor progress over time.
Should my EA at school go to the SCERTS training?
The introduction to SCERTS session on November 12th would be the most applicable to school EA’s.  The session will cover the core values and guiding principles for working with children with autism.  It will also go over Social Communication including joint attention and symbol use goals, Emotional Regulation including how to support regulation in the classroom, and Transactional Supports including specific interpersonal strategies to use when working with children with autism.  Depending on the role of the EA in different settings, the advanced sessions may not be as applicable.
Can I go to just the advanced training and not the intro?
If you have already been to an intro training at another time, you can attend just the advanced session. However it is recommended that you review the SCERTS manuals and your handout from the intro training before you attend so you can get the most out of the training.  If you have not been to the intro training, it is not recommended that you attend just the advanced as it will be difficult for you to follow how to apply the SCERTS principles in programming if you have not been to the intro session.
Can I get continuing education credits for the sessions?
Yes.  We will be providing certificates of attendance that give you the number of hours of training for you to use with your profession’s Continuing Education program.  The session is eligible for ACSLPA Continuing Competency program, ACSWCategory A, and we can provide you with an ASHA Verification of Attendance form to document your Certification Maintenance Hours (19.5 CMH for 3 day training). 
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call!
Terri Duncan MSLP, R.SLP
Executive Director
Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Visual Impediments in childhood learning and behavioural difficulties

Article by Dr. Charles Boulet on Visual Impediments in childhood learning and behavioural difficulties.

A University of Lethbridge researcher is calling for more comprehensive, and compulsory, early childhood vision assessments to help reduce potential learning and behavioural difficulties that affect children with impairments to eyesight and visual function.
In a paper recently published in the Journal of Optometry and Vision Performance (http://www.oepf.org/visual-impediments-to-learning), co-authors Dr. Noëlla Piquette of the University’s Faculty of Education and developmental optometrist Dr. Charles Boulet assert that visual impediments to learning (VIL) are rarely detected in common sight screenings, leading to difficulties with reading, memory, emotional awareness and impulse control in children. The resulting effect, enhanced by the greater visual demands of today’s neo-traditional classrooms, alters children’s academic outcomes, health and behaviour, leading to limited socioeconomic success and even decreased social skills.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Private Contract in SW Calgary

Occupational therapist needed for school aged (grade 1) child with autism/ODD living in Westhills community.  About 30 hours left in 6 month contract.

Contact Mandy (mandy@serenitynowwellness.ca) or Jen (jenloewen@gmail.com) if interested.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Calgary OT Pediatric Interest Group Meetings

Hello all,
It is that time of year again to start thinking about meeting for the Calgary OT Pead. Interest Group.  Last year we tried to meet on the last Monday evening of the month (Oct/Nov/Feb/Mar/Apr) and that seemed to work well.  I am happy to continue organizing this, however I am out of topics/people to share info.  Have you been to a course?  Read a good book?  Please email me and let me know if you can share (remember it is very informal!).  Also are there any topics people are interested in?  Would people be interested in getting together to just talk about case studies?  Let me know your thoughts :)

You can comment below this post to share ideas!


CAOT Insurance Rates?

Hello Everyone, …….not sure if anyone else out there has extended clinic/liability insurance through CAOT and are affected by the new change in broker.  I was just going through the renewal process and it looks like I will be paying 150$$ more for the same coverage.  If anyone else has been similarly affected by this please let me know, as I thought these changes were to reduce premiums???  Thanks.

Please comment below so that we can all contribute to the discussion.

In need of a Standing Frame

My name is Marissa and I am a Year 2 student in the University of Alberta OT program. I am completing a product evaluation for my final project, and am looking for a pediatric standing frame to utilize. I was wondering if there are any available in the Edmonton area. No damage will be made to the standing frame. I am also willing to travel to a facility, as I understand the frame will be difficult to transport. If anyone has any information with regards to how I can gain access to a standing frame, please feel free to email me at marissa1@ualberta.ca. Thank you!

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton Professional Development Opportunities

Please check out the following professional development opportunities provided by Children's Autism Services of Edmonton.  A variety of workshops are available for fall 2013 fall as well as Introductory and Advanced SCERTS training is being offered this November for a very low rate.

Maier Centre Educational Calendar Fall 2013

SCERTS Registration form

Leanne Wong, MSc(OT)(C)
Occupational Therapist
Children's Autism Services of Edmonton
Email: leanne@childrensautism.ca

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

MFUN needed

Hi I am looking for an M-Fun to rent from an OT for this weekend, September 29/13.  I would be able to come and pick it up and drop if off again from your location in Calgary.  Does anyone have one available?  

Thank you,


PDMS needed

Hello my fellow OTs!

I know it's a busy time for all of us who are doing PUFF kids.

However I am in dire need of a Peabody assessment! Does anyone have one I can rent or borrow for a short period of time??



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Dance Class for Children with Special Needs in Edmonton Area

The Movement and Mobility Dance Class application deadline has been extended to September 18th.

Essentially this is a collaborative effort between Megan Archibald, pediatric Physical Therapist and the Beaumont dance school to provide opportunities for kids with motor delays or other developmental delays to attend an extracurricular recreation activity. Currently they are targeting the preschool/kindergarten age group however they have received at least one application for an older child and may consider different groupings depending on the applicants.

If you have families who might be interested in this opportunity please share the attached application form with them and encourage them to submit it as directed as soon as possible and to disregard the deadline dates that are on it. They have just opened the program up by providing this information to other school divisions (other than Black Gold Regional Division) via their physical therapists and occupational therapists.

If you are aware of a PUF student in your class they are the ones who are most likely to fit in the program so as your kids start to arrive in your classroom please keep this program in mind. 

Please feel free to email Megan with any questions or concerns

Visual Impediments to Learning Article

Here is a link to the officially published article: Visual Impediments to Learning

Congratulations Dr. Boulet!

Cognition, learning, and motor planning are dependent upon accurate encoding of stimuli from the environment. If there is an error in, or an impediment to, sensory perception, higher cognitive functions, such as reading, memory, emotional awareness,and impulse control can be affected.

In schools, deficiencies of the visual process impede and impair reading acquisition and learning and influence other behavior. Children are affected by different types of functional impediments to eyesight and visual function. The degree to which children are impacted varies according to the depth and nature of the impediments present, and
to some degree to socioeconomic status. Some children are at a greater disadvantage simply because of the greater visual demands of the neo-traditional classroom.

These visual impediments to learning (VIL) are rarely detected in common sight screenings and are associated with limited socioeconomic success and increased criminality.  Significant VIL limit academic and life outcomes, with some ethnicities affected by a greater prevalence of reading-impairing impediments. This presents difficulties for
various public agencies at all levels of government. To complicate matters further, children who are affected by vision difficulties will most often not report the problem, nor will VIL be detected during standard pediatric or psychoeducational assessment.

VIL are described in brief, as is how they alter children’s academic outcomes, health, and behavior. A model of sufficient vision care in the prevention and management of most vision-related learning and behavioral difficulties is proposed. The position is advanced that ensuring adequate vision management for children entering the 12-year academic cycle is a matter of fundamental human rights.
Dr. Charles BouletBEd, BSc, OD 
Developmental Optometry / Learning Consulting 

www.DVVC.ca -  Clinic
Box 1289
Black Diamond, AB  T0L 0H0

Monday, 9 September 2013

Private contract in NW Calgary

We are looking for an OT to work with our 5year old son, who has just started Kindergarten. We live in North West Calgary. Please call at 403.547.6547, or email.

Thank you,
Lyndsay Turner

Book Club

Book Club !!!
Starting September-October 2013

Calm, Alert and Learning by Steward Shanker

We are three OTs from the Réseau provincial d’adaptation scolaire: multidisciplinary consulting services for the 4 francophone school districts of Alberta, encompassing both REC and SHIP.  We are planning to read and discuss  Dr Shanker’s book Calm, Alert and Learning: Strategies for self-regulation, and explore its implications for occupational therapy.  We are particularly interested in the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative based in British Columbia that is based on the work of Dr Shanker and the late Stanley Greenspan.

If you are able to engage in a professional discussion in French, are interested in self-regulation, and would like to join us, please contact Andrea Petryk, O.T. atapetryk@reseauadaptation.ca. We are open to a multidisciplinary discussion, if you have colleagues who are interested in joining us as well. 

Club de lecture !!!
Débutant en septembre ou octobre 2013

Calm, Alert and Learning par Steward Shanker

Nous sommes trois ergothérapeutes du Réseau provincial d’adaptation scolaire, qui offre des services de consultation multidisciplinaire dans les 4 conseils scolaires de l’Alberta, incluant les services REC et SHIP. Nous entreprenons un projet de lecture et de discussion du livre Calm, Alert and Learning: Strategies for self-regulation, du Dr Shanker, pour explorer les applications de son approche en ergothérapie. Nous nous intéressons également au Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative, qui se déroule présentement en Colombie-Britannique et qui se base sur le travail de Dr Shanker et du Dr Stanley Greenspan. Si vous êtes à l'aise en français et que vous êtes intéressé  à discuter d’autorégulation,  envoyez un courriel à  Andrea Petryk, O.T. à apetryk@reseauadaptation.ca. Une discussion multidisciplinaire est également possible, si vous avez des collègues d’autres disciplines qui voudraient participer.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Occupational Therapy Positions in Airdrie Area

Are you an individual who exemplifies outstanding communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills? Do you demonstrate understanding of and commitment to learning within a 21st century education system? Are you an individual who is highly organized, a self-starter, and possesses a high degree of flexibility and confidence? Do you posses advanced technological abilities as well as sound judgement on document sensitivity and matters of confidentiality? The preceding qualities are considered as essential in order to become a strong, contributing member of Rocky View Schools.

Rocky View Schools invites applications from qualified individuals for a permanent 1.0 FTE, (35 hours/week, 1 position) or permanent 0.6 FTE, part-time (21 hours/week, 1 position) Occupational Therapist position for the Airdrie area.

As the successful candidate you possess a degree in Occupational Therapy and be registered with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists and hold a valid practice permit. Ideally, you will have a minimum of two years experience working with young children with occupational therapy delays/disorders and collaborating with classroom teachers. You possess excellent interpersonal/organizational skills. You have the ability to establish a rapport with children as well as maintaining effective working relationships with school personnel. You will have a valid Alberta Class 5 Motor Vehicle Operators License in order to provide services to all Rocky View Schools locations.

We seek candidates possessing the following:
Previous experience working with young childrenSuccessful experience working in a school environment
As the successful candidate, you will be required to submit a current Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check. Please submit your cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references, to Lynda Hemsworth, Supervisor of Early Intervention for Rocky View Schools at lhemsworth@rockyview.ab.ca
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Fine Motor Camp Oct/Nov 2013 in Edmonton

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Camp October/November 2013

A 5 week fun and interactive camp for children in Kindergarten and grades 1 - 3 who find printing, using scissors or other fine motor activities challenging. The camp will be run by two experienced pediatric occupational therapists. A multi-sensory approach will be used along with co-operative games and crafts to practice the skills needed for hand functioning. This camp is designed for children who may be experiencing mild to moderate delays in fine motor development or who would benefit from extra practice.

The camp places an emphasis on grasp development, formation of letters, legibility, review of lower case, copying, using school tools (scissors, glue) in hand manipulation skills, eye hand coordination and strength. This includes a summary report identifying individual children's strengths, areas of need, and suggestions for further skill development.

This camp will use a multi-sensory approach combining fine and gross motor movement to enhance learning. Parents are welcome to attend the first of the 5 sessions in order to help their child feel more at ease in the group and to learn how to support their child with printing practice at home.

Time: Printing Basics: 10:00 am - 11:00 am daily
When: Saturdays October 19, 26, November 2, 9, and 16
Cost: $250.00
Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 - 113 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Contact: Rebecca Summach at 780.965.4310 or email growingchanges@gmail.com to register.
Note: OT services may be covered depending on health plan and are tax deductible.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Private OT contract in NW Calgary

Family looking for afterschool OT for 2 hours a month starting in September.  See below:

My son is 6 going into grade 1 at our neighbourhood school. He has Autism and mild CP.    We live in the NW of Calgary.  I plan to focus home therapy on physio & OT (fine motor skills.)  I would have 2 hours a month for each then of course a home aide 9 hours a  month to work on given  goals.

Thank you


OT looking for volunteer position in Edmonton

My name is Tara and I'm an OT, currently working at the University Hospital in Edmonton.  I am very interested in working with pediatric patients, but would like to gain more experience and volunteer my time on evenings or weekends in order to do this.  I am open to all types of peds exposure (Physical/Developmental Delays, CP, Feeding/Sensory Processing Disorders etc).  I do have some Ped's experience through my student placements and a short temp position at the Stollery Children's Hospital.  Please feel free to contact me with any volunteering opportunities in or around Edmonton at tara.exner@albertahealthservices.ca.  Thank you.
Tara Exner

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

OTA Position

We are looking for a part-time OTA to join our team and help us out with a kindergarten/preschool contract in the Edmonton area. The hours are flexible but most likely 6-10 hrs/week (1-1.5 school days) for this upcoming school year. We provide training, CAOT membership/insurance and pay an hourly rate (no benefits). Our preference is to hire someone who has graduated from a Rehab. Assistant program and/or who has experience working in pediatrics in the rehab. field.
If you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this along or have them contact us, thanks!
Rachel Devereux
Occupational Therapist

Monday, 22 July 2013

Contract OT position in preschool/kindergarten starting September 2013

Occupational Therapist:  Mild and Moderate (M&M) and Program Unit Funded (PUF) students in 1 playschool and 1 kindergarten. - This position is filled as of August 2013

-  Kindergarten class:  1-3 PUF students and 4-6 M&M kids (most shared M&M with speech so about 8-10 hours each), high adult to child ratio
-  playschool class (2 days a week):  approximately 8 M&M kids (most shared with speech, approximately 8-10 hours each), possibly 1 PUF

Both schools located about 15-20 minutes outside of Cochrane.  

Please contact for more information.  Or reply to this blog post.


FSCD contracts in Calgary

Private/FSCD Contracts in NE & SE Calgary

Two different families looking for private O.T. support with a total of 5 children, as follows: 

Immediately:  Three brothers with autism diagnoses, between ages 4 and 8 years, FSCD contract, in SE (Erin Woods). 

.September 1st:  Two brothers, ages 5 and 8 years, with a shared FSCD Specialized Services contract in NE Calgary (Vista Heights), contract start date is Sept. 1st.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact SLP Lisa by email at teerhuis@shaw.ca or by phone at 403 615-8831.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

OT looking for work in September

I'm moving to Calgary at the beginning of September - leaving a job that I love here at BC Children's Hospital, and looking for some meaningful OT work in your beautiful city. 

Here are areas I've worked:

Neurosciences, intensive care, orthopedics, surgery, trauma, burns, complex feeding, cardiology, metabolic disorders, and specialty pediatrics.

Please contact me for more details; I can email you a resume and set up a time to chat. I am eager to connect!
Thank you so much.

Anna Wiens

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Foothills School Division Posting

Job Title: Occupational Therapist

Position/Company Name: Foothills School Division.

Status: Fee for Service, September, 2013 - June, 2014
Location: School-based
Salary: $85.00 -$90.00 per hour (plus travel)

Position Description:
This position provides occupational therapy services for students (K-gr. 12) in six -eight schools.
More specifically, it will involve working with students, staff and multidisciplinary teams to:

  • ·         provide a continuum of supports and services at the universal, targeted and specialized level in the classroom.
  • ·         identify student's needs and development or provide classroom strategies for individuals and/or groups of students.
  • ·         build the capacity of others to respond to student needs.

Qualifications: Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Must be eligible for registration with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and must be an active registered members of the Alberta Association of Registered Occupational Therapists (AAROT). Experience within a pediatric and/or school-based setting and the ability to work on a multidisciplinary team would be considered an asset.

To learn more about Foothills School Division go to www.fsd38.ab.ca

Apply to: Foothills School Division,
Mail:  Box 5700, High River, Alberta. T1V 1M7

Addressed to: Dr. Judy Nielsen, Director of Inclusive Learning

Application Deadline: Noon, July 20, 2013

Monday, 17 June 2013

Private Contract in Okotoks

I have a family looking for a private OT for their Specialized Services team in Okotoks. Their son is 6 years old with a diagnosis of ASD. He will begin grade 1 in the fall of this year. If you are interested in this position, please contact the mother, Deirdre by phone at 403 399 0091.

Private Contracts for mat leave

Hello everyone,

I am going on mat leave and looking for anyone interested to take on my small private caseload.  You can take all or just one or both...

-5 year old male with Autism.  Lives in Marda Loop. Weekly sessions about two hours intense.  Sensory needs, fine motor delays, gross motor needs, functional delays. Non-verbal. Fantastic family. Private insurance as they are on a worker's visa.
-10 year old male with ADHD, GDD, Autism.  Functional goals, like chores, self-regulation.

Pease let me know as soon as possible.
Thank you,

Voon You Ten, BScOT
Registered Occupational Therapist
OT Solutions 4Children
cell: 403-969-7388
vyouten@ yahoo.ca

Thursday, 6 June 2013

OT Assistant Clinical Placement Opportunities

The SAIT Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant program is looking to expand the clinical placement opportunities for OTA students. Our 2 year program trains therapy assistants in both OTA and PTA areas. Student complete a total of 16 weeks of clinical placements over a 2 year period.

If anyone is interested in providing an opportunity for OTA student education, please contact Nancy Pullan (nancy.pullan@sait.ca) for further information. Thanks!!

OT Summer Volunteer

My name is Cody Dinn, Im a fourth year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary. Im very interested in the field of occupational therapy and I am thinking about applying for occupational therapy next year after I finish my degree. Im sending you an email right now to see if it would be possible to volunteer with you so that I can get a first hand look on whats its like to be an occupational therapist. Ive always liked working with children, especially those with disabilities, and I believe that shadowing a Occupation therapist my help me make up my decision on whether this is the right profession for me. Please get back to me and let me know if an opportunity is

Thanks for your time.
Cody Dinn

Contact: cfdinn@shaw.ca

Thursday, 23 May 2013

VT for OTs - Information

Hi Everyone!

We can still  accommodate a few participants in next week's class. For the program, my personal goals are that a) more developmental professionals become aware of some basic principles of visual function as it relates to child development and academic outcomes, and b) more children have access to meaningful visual functional training. Too many children go without even the basics in Alberta, and your interest in child vision development will help change that. We'll then use our tools to learn a number of helpful techniques. 

Re: Schedule - We'll run from 9:00 AM to Noon. Then 12:30 to 3:30, both Thursday and Friday. I encourage people to make themselves comfortable with food and drink through the day. If there is a need, we can move to a longer lunch. 

Be sure to mention this program to other colleagues who might be interested. I'll be running another Part 1 course in the Fall, but it will likely be in the South. 

I hope this note finds you all doing well. 

All the best, 

Dr. Boulet

VT for OT's Part 1: 
Dates: Thursday and Friday May 30 & 31, 2013

Black Gold Regional Division Central Office
County Centre
5th Floor, 1101 5th St
Nisku, AB  T9E 7N3

Driving directions: take the airport exit off Hwy 2 and go East.  You will see County Center on the North side of the road - 5 floor building, big yellow sign!  Park in the overflow lot on the East side of the building.