ENTER EMAIL HERE - to sign up for updates from this blog

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ability Society Specialized Services Job Posting

Ability Society – Early Birds (Specialized Services) Team


The Ability Society is looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our Early Birds team.  Our program services children (2-17 years of age) and their families.  The majority of our clients are children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders.  Therapy is held in the home, community and at our office.  Therapy is provided following a parent teaching/coaching model with a play therapy focus.  This is a sole charge position, working within a close-knit and supportive multidisciplinary team.

Applicants who are independent and self-motivated, with strong teamwork and communication skills are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have the ability to develop and implement service plans in collaboration with both the families and the members of the multidisciplinary team.  Applicants must have the flexibility and innovative thinking required to provide high-quality services to a culturally diverse caseload.  Applicants must also have the ability to work flexible hours (weekdays).

Responsibilities include:
·         Assess child’s strengths and needs in motor development, sensory processing and modulation, self-care and feeding skills as they relate to occupational performance
·         Develop Occupational Therapy goals as part of a multidisciplinary service plan
·         Implement Occupational Therapy intervention, including teaching parents and supervising therapy aides (i.e., Family Coaches)
·         Complete progress reports, assessment reports and other relevant documentation
·         Liaise with community organizations and school therapy teams
·         Oversee the development of the Ability Society’s new multi-sensory room and supervise the sensory room program

·         Preferred experience with feeding
·         Undergraduate or graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited institution
·         Current registration with Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
·         Alberta driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
·         Experience with children with autism and/or children with disabilities a necessity
·         Minimum of 3 years’ experience preferred

·         Excellent compensation that meets or exceeds the HSAA grid, based on training and experience
·         An exciting professional development program to enhance the career of the successful candidate

Kerry Campbell, Clinical Coordinator

We thank all applicants for your interest. Those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Private Practice OT accepting new clients

I have over 20 years of paediatric experience providing a unique holistic approach, coaching families to build capacities and enable success in their child's daily living skills through health and wellness education and supportive therapy.  I am yogafit trained,  a fitness instructor and personal trainer, drawing from these skills to compliment my approach to health promotion in families and their children.
Extensive community and school based practice experience, focusing on assessment and treatment for:
  • sensory integration dysfunction
  • fine/ gross/ oral motor delays
  •  handwriting difficulties
  • perceptual and visual motor delays
  • feeding (primarily based on the SOS approach by Dr. Kay Toomey)
  •  sleep
  •  gross and fine motor skills
  •  sensory processing dysregulation and behiour.

Sharon Chatenay BScOT, FIS, ZIN

Certified Occupational Therapist
Zumba, ZumbaGold, AquaZumba, Zumbatomic Instructor
YogaFit Instuctor, ViPRfit Certified, TRX suspension trainer Certified
Can Fit Pro Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Infinite Resources Winter Session Classes

Hi everyone!

We are very excited to announce that we have added several new groups to our repertoire for the upcoming Winter Session! Take a look:

Kids Club Group 4 weeks 1 hour, weekday evenings
each 4 week program will be comprised of a common interest such as: Builders Club kids will have an opportunity to build with different materials to explore collaborative building and share their favourite hobby with friends. Games Club friends will get together to learn and play new and familiar games such as "don't break the ice", "Buckeroo", etc...Club members will be invited to bring their own favourites to share with friends. Just to name a few of the upcoming 

Sensational ARTists
 - weekday evenings
8 weeks of fun exploring ART, collaboration and getting messy!

MUSIC & Play
 - weekday evenings
8 weeks of learning and exploring the world of music.

Suspect Scientists
 - 8 weeks, 1hr 
Fridays 5:30-6:30pm January 23-March 13, 2015
Prepare yourselves for 8 weeks of mystery, adventures and of course science. Your two lead scientists have worked hard to prepare experiments that should provide you clues as to how on Earth a member of IRInc managed to steal the product of what was one of the most exciting science experiments ever preformed! You will be asked to get creative, get messy and get prepared to be amazed by some pretty wacky science. This program will target fine motor development, creative thinking, problem solving and social interactions - science experiments will require turn taking, sharing and patience. 

Saturdays will of course have Gym Buddies, Small Talk -Imagination Station and ST Movie Makers. 

Quirky Teens will run only if there is a minimum of 6 teens enrolled.

Registration is now open - e-mail registrations@infiniteresources.ca.

Please see the attached document for more information. 

Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have!


Tegan (and the IRI Team)

Dubasov Dance and Wellness Winter Registration Now Open

Private OT contract for family in SW Calgary

Family looking for an OT to join their private specialized services team in Calgary SW (nr Signal Hill).  Son is 9 years old and is diagnosed with Autism.  He attends school, so we need someone willing to work evenings or weekends. Please contactduttamou@hotmail.com if interested.

Monday, 17 November 2014

OCCTH 558 Enabling Occupation Community Project: Request for Proposal

During the winter semester of 2015 (January - March 2015), second year students in the MScOT Program at the University of Alberta take the OCCTH 558 course entitled "Enabling Occupation: Community".  The course instructor is Prof. Sharon Brintnell.  The course requires groups of students to develop community programs (whether new or to expand on existing programs) that are relevant to the clinical community.  To this end we are once again (as per the last 3 years) seeking your input into any community project that you would like to have developed for your site or organization.  

Click here for an attachment from Prof. Brintnell giving the project outline & form, as well as a list of the project titles from 2014.  I realize that the submission date was noted to be Wed. Nov. 19th, but this deadline is being extended a bit. Please submit all requests to:  occth558@ualberta.ca by December 1, 2014. 

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your submissions and to helping promote community development.

Kind regards,

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Nov 14 Webinar: ILS for Austism and Wilbarger

Webinar for Integrated Listening Systems for Autism and Wilbarger. 

Host: Charlene Wright
Date: November 14, 2014
Time: 11am - 1pm
Address: 619 75 Ave NW, Calgary AB

Two hours is a bit long to sit alone in a webinar, but I have paid the $100 so I will let the webinar run on the liviing room tv and welcome some discussion as it plays. there will also be a fire in the wood stove in the sunroom for those who want discussion and the kitchen in between. 

I would be willing to coach anyone who is interested in learnin ghte Wilbarger protocol and having others check my technique too. 

Bring your lunch!

- Charlene Wright 

Monday, 3 November 2014

IDEAS Fall/Winter Programs

To The Stars Job Posting

Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Lacombe AB
0.6 FTE

To the Stars Occupational Therapy and Wellness Centre is a progressive, fast growing company located in the beautiful city of Lacombe, Alberta. We provide services to children and families through home and school based programming. We pride ourselves in offering wellness programs to children and adults that include yoga, art, music, social skills and relaxation through inclusive group programs as well.

We are looking for the right person to expand our occupational therapy team. We are looking for an energetic, creative and passionate therapist that can empower children and families. This person must be well organized, have excellent interpersonal skills and have experience working with children with differing abilities. Experience and training in sensory processing would be a definite asset.

This position would offer:
-          A strong and experienced team of occupational therapists to collaborate with
-          Competitive wages
-          Extended health care and benefits
-          Ability to increase FTE as the business grows
-          Professional development support
-          A strong working relationship with other private and publicly funded programs in our area
-          Free yoga and wellness programs within our centre
-          Flexibility to work within school holidays or to offer summer camps and programming
-          The ability to take your practice to the next level by facilitating groups and offering workshops to schools and parents. We encourage creative and forward thinking, you may have our next great idea.

Responsibilities include:
-          Assessment and occupational therapy consultation within prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms
-          Provision of occupational therapy services through FSCD as part of a specialized services team
-          Planning and facilitation of inclusive children’s wellness programs
-          Documentation and maintenance of client care records and statistics

-          Degree in Occupational Therapy (Bachelors or Masters)
-          Registered and in good standing with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
-          Access to vehicle and valid drivers license
-          Ability to work independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team
-          Excellent interpersonal written and verbal commuication
-          Pediatric experience (minimum one year)
-          Ability to work some evenings

We are looking to fill this position immediately. Please direct your resume and cover letter to:
Kari Lotzien,
#3 5623 Wolf Creek Drive,
Lacombe AB T4L 0A5

p. 403.786.0006      f. 403.786.0252

Friday, 24 October 2014

Private Practice opportunity at IDEAS Calgary


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 www.ideascalgary.ca and/or contact:
Karen McIntosh B.Sc.O.T.(C) 403-680-8108

Friday, 3 October 2014

Pediatric OT Garage Sale in Edmonton THIS SATURDAY

Looking for Treasure??

… Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind GARAGE SALE!
Margot Byer and Laura Rogers are cleaning out their Pediatric Occupational Therapy cupboards.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
10:00am - 3:00pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall
10127 – 145 Street, Edmonton

Assessment Kits and Protocols
Resource Books
We’re putting on the tea – come by for a visit!
Proceeds will be donated to our favourite charities.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Permanent, part time Occupational Therapist needed to work with a dynamic multi-disciplinary school-based team!

The Sturgeon School Division is currently seeking a part-time permanent Occupational Therapist (30 hours per week, .75 FTE) needed immediately. Competition open until October 17, 2014. There is the possibility that hours could increase in hours through the upcoming year.

The position is to work primarily with the Early Childhood Education program, providing Occupational Therapy  services in school and home settings to children with disabilities who are between 2 ½ and 6 years of age, with some consultation to grade school age students.
The successful candidate will provide assessment, consultation, in-service screening, program planning and therapeutic interventions for students with special needs: mainly working with PUF and FSCD funded pre-school children.

Qualifications & Experience:

•       Degree in Occupational Therapy (Bachelor or Master’s).
•       Registered member of ACOT (Alberta College of Occupational Therapists)
•       Pediatric experience in a school environment is an asset.
•       Valid Driver’s License required as travel within the School Division is required.
•       Excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a “team environment”.

The Sturgeon School Division’s Central Office is in Morinville at 9820- 104 street. Morinville is approximately 15-20 minutes drive north of Edmonton. This school division covers a small geographical region immediately north of the Edmonton/    St. Albert /Sherwood park area.
It is a lovely, short, country commute!

If you are interested, please forward your resume to the Sturgeon School Division, Attention to Lisa Lacroix, through the website: www. sturgeon.ab.ca
Or for more information, contact Anita Ferri, Team Lead Occupational Therapist at anita.ferri@sturgeon.ab.ca or (780) 934-7937.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Private contract in Airdrie

I'm looking for a private OT to work with my daughter who is 4.5 and has Down syndrome. This is for an FSCD contract. Prefer someone to come to our home and will work in conjunction with our private developmental aide. Needs to oversee the IPP. Areas to address are potty training and eating skills as well as other self help skills. To start ASAP.

Contact Johanna at 403 999-0035

Calgary (New Heights) Families in need of FSCD Support team?

Just wondering if any families at New Heights are in need of a full FSCD team (service coordination, Pysch, SLP, OT, possibly PT)?  We are primarily taking preschool/Kindergarten aged children but are open to school aged if the parents have a flexible schedule.  At this time we are taking families in need of a full team verses just one discipline.  

Behavioural Optometrist in Edmonton

I am a behavioural optometrist with a Masters of Education/Visual Function in Learning. I am available for consultation services, professional development workshops/presentations in addition to routine eye exams, vision assessments and vision therapy. I enjoy working with other professionals to provide multidisciplinary care to my patients to ensure the best chance at success. Information can be found on my blog atwww.tumblingEs.wordpress.com and I can be contacted via email at tumbling.es at gmail.com

Routine Eye Exams are offered at Sears Optical in Kingsway Garden Mall or Southgate Center (www.drkevintsen.com to schedule appointment online). 

All services (Routine Exams, Vision Assessments and Vision Therapy) are offered at Precision Eye Care off Ellerslie and Parsons at 2965 Ellwood Drive SW. 

Sensory diets and sensorimotor activities for children with Autism

Hello OTs,

I received an email from Chris Whitson who created the organization Autism Helpers. The organization is dedicated to helping individuals and their loved ones affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was wondering if any OTs would be willing to write an article to share their expertise about sensory diets, sensorimotor activities, or exercises that would be beneficial to children with Autism. Please read his message below:

"Thank you so much for your response. I would love to hear your professional thoughts on sensory diets for individuals with Autism. Could you tell our community about the benefits, correct ways to administer, and different types of diets are available? Perhaps and do's and don'ts section also. If there are other occupational therapists that would like to share, I would love to hear from them also. I'm sure there are a lot of topics that could be beneficial to the Autism community. The articles should be between 500-1,500 words." Chris Whitson

If you are interested in writing an article please email chriswhitson@hotmail.com or by phone 931-249-3841 as soon as possible. If you could also CC me on the email (venita.m@gmail.com)  that would be great so that I know the request has been fulfilled.


Venita Rajput

Private Contract in Airdrie

I'm looking for a private OT to work with my daughter who is 4.5 and has Down syndrome. This is for an FSCD contract. Prefer someone to come to our home and will work in conjunction with our private developmental aide. Needs to oversee the IPP. Areas to address are potty training and eating skills as well as other self help skills. To start ASAP.

Contact Johanna at 403 999-0035

Inclusive & Special Needs Dance, Movement & Yoga Programs

Dubasov Dance & Wellness is proud to offer...

Special Needs & Inclusive 
Dance, Movement & Yoga Programs
Fall Session: October 4 - December 16
10-Week Programs $215 + GST
Babies to Adults 

Monday, 15 September 2014

GRIT Program temporary OT II Position


Getting Ready for Inclusion Today:
The GRIT Program is a dynamic family-centered early educational program. Funded through Alberta Education, GRIT serves families who have a preschool child with a developmental disability. Professionals utilize a coaching model within an educational team to actively support meaningful inclusion of every child in family, community and school.

GRIT is known for its value-based practices, healthy and positive, work environment, balancing career and family life. GRIT is committed to provide extensive opportunities to engage in ongoing professional development experiences. Visit our web site www.gritprogram.com.

Note: Full-time position of 36.75 hours per week, may be split into two part time positions for the successful candidates, if needed.   Please identify if you are interested in part-time or full-time position when applying.

This temporary position starting October 2014 until December 18, 2015 (follows school calendar)

Flexibility to support IPP and evening parent meetings is a requirement.

Paid vacation: 2 weeks at Christmas and 1 week spring break as per Edmonton Public School calendar. 

Vehicle: Required

Salary: Health Sciences grid

Qualifications: Eligible for ACOT membership.

Please submit resume by:  September 26, 2014

The GRIT Program
Getting Ready for Inclusion Today
12852-141 street,  Edmonton, AB  T5L 4N8
Phone: (780) 454-9910    Fax: (780) 455-1806

Friday, 12 September 2014

Fine Motor Fall Camp in November 2014 in Edmonton

Agenda Notes You Can Read!!

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Fall Camp in November 2014

A 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 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 4 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 for 4 sessions (Saturdays: Nov 1, 8, 22, 29)
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.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Calgary Peadiatric Interest Group meetings

Hello all,

Due to my kids getting older and busier, I find I have not been able to get myself organized to run meetings.  If anyone would like to take over this role, please contact me at kids4ot@gmail.com.
Thanks to everyone for all their support the last number of years.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Help with Picky eating in Edmonton

Family looking for a feeding therapist for 4 year old boy, who currently has approx. 6 items he will eat (specific brand and flavour exclusive), all starches. Looking for help before he goes to kindergarten in Fall 2015. 

Please contact family via email at scottshari08@gmail.com

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

PlayFull Potential Child and Family Therapy Services in Calgary

For any families looking for a full FSCD team or assessment to pursue specialized services.

PlayFull Potential Child and Family Therapy Services is a private practice team that provides service coordination, psychology, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy in Calgary, Alberta.  Services may include consultation, assessment and direct treatment.  Our focus is on home-based specialized services for children and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other severe developmental needs.  

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Private Contract in NW Calgary

Family looking for an OT to join their private specialized services team in NW Calgary.  Son is almost 5 years old and is diagnosed with autism and global developmental delay.  Experience with sensory integration techniques is an asset.  Please contact Sameer (sam.massis@gmail.com) if interested.

Part-time OT position with New Heights Home Program

Occupational Therapist (2-3 days/week)

New Heights is currently seeking applications for an energetic, enthusiastic Occupational Therapist to work in our specialized services home program with families with children on the Autism Spectrum.

There is a broad scope of OT at New Heights and there is room to focus on a variety of areas. Some of these areas may be related to:

• Self care (toileting, dressing routines, etc)
• Hygiene
• Fine motor
• Picky eating
• Social Skills
• Emotional regulation (a huge part of the New Heights philosophy)
• Motor planning
• Gross motor skills
• Sensory processing

• At least an entry level degree in Occupational Therapy required
• Active registration with ACOT required
• Experience with children and youths on the Autism Spectrum is desirable.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills required.
• Ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team environment required.

All applicant submissions are appreciated, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Position to start immediately.  Posting also found on New Heights website here.

Submit your resume and cover letter to Karen Unger at


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference

The Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council is pleased to present the Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference 2014: Enhancing Concurrent Care on October 23 & 24, 2014 at the Robbins Learning Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton. We are excited to bring Niki Kiepek, PhD, MSc(OT) from Dalhousie University School of Occupational Therapy to Edmonton for this two-day conference.
The 2-day event will include the following:
Thursday October 23rd: Occupation-focused approaches to effectively address substance use and addictions: Enhancing our knowledge, skills, and involvement.Niki Kiepek, PhD, MScOT
Friday October 24th: Building your concurrent care toolkit.
Keynote: Substance use in the context of daily occupations: Transforming practice, transforming lives. Niki Kiepek, PhD, MScOT
Followed by focused workshops facilitated by OTs and Mental Health Professionals.

For more information/to register go tohttp://www.cvent.com/d/d4qcj3
For questions please contact conference.planning@albertahealthservices.ca or call Brittany at 780-643-9464.Registration deadline is October 17th, 2014

Monday, 28 July 2014

AHS Occupational Therapist Full-Time Position in Red Deer

Job Summary:
The successful candidate will, as a member of a multidisciplinary team, provide Occupational Therapy services to school-aged children in Central Alberta with complex, severe needs, as well as those with low incidence disabilities.  Duties will include: assessments, consultation and capacity building activities with other service providers, school personnel, and families, as well as direct intervention services as required.

The position is based out of Red Deer 49th St. Community Health Center.

Click here to access the posting on the AHS website.

Looking for OT to help with picky eating in Edmonton

I'm looking for someone to help me with my 10 year old who has always been a very picky eater. Lately it's getting worse and we are also seeing behaviour problems along with it.


Mindfulness Meditation: In Clinical Practice and Personal Life

September 27-28, 2014
Providence Centre, Edmonton
*EARLY BIRD Reduced Registration Fees Until August 31, 2014! AND be entered to win a deluxe serenity gift package from Rocky Mountain Soap Company.
Facilitator: Catherine L. Phillips, MD, FRCP(C), founder of the MindfulnessInstitute.ca and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta
About the workshop:
- Have an experiential and academic understanding of mindfulness and a sampling of the research findings on this in order to appreciate the increasing integration of mindfulness into the Health Sciences
- Be familiar with a variety of applications of mindfulness in health care settings, including in clinical work, communication and personal self care
- Be familiar with a sampling of formal and informal mindfulness exercises that can be integrated into personal and professional life
This workshop is presented by the Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT). Registration is open to SAOT members and non-members!
Don't miss out! Register today at www.saot.ca