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Monday, 21 April 2014

OT Maternity Position with Edmonton Catholic Schools

Edmonton Catholic Schools OT maternity job opening.  Information found by following the link below.  

Learn to Bike Course Volunteers Needed

Here is the official call for volunteer instructors for the 2014 Special Needs Children's Learn to Bike Course.

We will need 5 or 7 volunteers for an orientation session for students on Thursday evening, April 24 for registration, helmet fit and bike check.

The course itself will be at Goldbar Park (Edmonton) Thursday afternoon/evenings from May 1 through to June 12. Hopefully we will be lucky with the weather this year and we won't run that long.

We will be running the same courses as previous years:

- course for students who can follow verbal instruction. Ten to fourteen students, one volunteer for each student, course runs from 6:00 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.

- course for students who need non-verbal instruction.  Four to six students, at least two volunteers for each student, course runs from 7:00 P.M. to 7:45 P.M.

We need 15 to 20 assistant instructors who are experienced bicyclists and/or occupational or physical therapists. Some formal training such as CanBike is welcomed but not required. There is a detailed course outline to assist new instructors and to bring return instructors back up to speed.

Please let me know:

- if you can help out,

- if you can make all the dates, and, if not,

- which dates/times you are able to attend.

Please feel free to pass this invite on to any knowledgeable cyclists, physical therapists or occupational therapists you know, and post it to any websites you think suitable.

I teach a variety of courses during the year, all of them enjoyable, but this course is the most fun and rewarding of them all!

Thank you so very much,

John Collier
780.433.1270 h

Fine Motor Summer Camp July 2014

Agenda Notes You Can Read!!

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Summer Camp in July 2014

A week long 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 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 - 11:15 am weekly (July 14, 15, 16, 17, 18).
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, 16 April 2014

SAOT Speed Mentoring Event on June 4 in Edmonton

June 4, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Expressionz Cafe (Redwood Room)
9938-70 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

About this event:
Do you have a clinical dilemma or practice area question you need to have answered?
Join us for this educational, fun and informal evening of networking and speed mentoring with our local OT experts!
You will have one on one time with mentors covering these practice areas:
  • Autism
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Driver Assessments
  • Dysphagia
  • Ergonomics
  • Geriatrics - Home Care and End of Life Care
  • Mental Health
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics
  • Private Practice - General
  • Seating and Mobility
  • Splinting
  • Universal Design
  • Workplace Health

Please bring at least 2-3 questions with you!

There is no cost to attend this event.
**In lieu of a registration fee, we ask that you please bring a cash or cheque donation to your choice of these charities:
1. Arthritis Society (Alberta and NWT)
2. Prosper Place Clubhouse - serving those with severe and persistent mental illness
3. Alberta Caregivers Association

This event is open to full, associate and student SAOT members only.
Beverages will be available for purchase at the cafe. Snacks will be provided.
Maximum capacity is 60 people.
Expressionz Cafe (Redwood Room)
9938-70 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Click here to register.

Social Thinking Workshop September 2014 in Calgary

Social Thinking Workshop

Kari Palmar, presenter and co-author of Inflexible Flexible You, will begin by setting the foundation and talk through the following concepts:  What is social?  What is the difference between teaching social skills and social thinking?  How does social typically develop (info supported by research) and what happens when it does not?  We then explore the learning style of a child with a social cognitive challenge.  

This foundational knowledge will be something referred back to throughout the two days. Attending 2 days of this amazing Social Thinking conference, gives the foundation.  The rest of Day 1 (and the following day) then weaves between theory and developmental information and very practical strategies and ideas to take back to homes, classrooms, community, and private practice settings.  

At the end of both days, attendees will feel they have many ideas they can implement immediately. It is found that best learning occurs when weaving back and forth between theory and practical ideas instead of dividing up into 2 separate courses.  You do not want to miss either day!!!!

We know that the students and children in our lives are complicated!  In many cases, the knowledge and training in working with this population is very limited.  To truly serve this group, we have to understand the depth and complexity of their challenges.  But where do we start with a social cognitive challenge?  What do we treat?  How do we do it?  And understanding that there is such wide variation with our students and children.  Because the nature of the challenges are complex, two days will give you the time to explain and explore answers to all of these questions.  Social Thinking is widely known for taking the complex, abstract nature of teaching social and boiling it down to user friendly teaching for both professionals, parents, families, and students.

We are so excited to bring Kari Palmer to Calgary to share her wealth of knowledge about social communication and social thinking.  In further communications with Kari, it has become aware to us how this conference may be exceptionally beneficial to parents and your families. She plans to set the foundation by discussing what social thinking is, the difference between social skills and social thinking and to explain how social thinking typically develops.  From there Kari will provide practical strategies that can be implemented immediately.  In an effort to make this course more economical for families we would like to offer a discounted rate for parents and family members of $350 for early bird registration and $375 for regular registration.

Please feel free to share with your colleagues, teachers, and families!!!

Brochure found here.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Occupational Therapist Position with Black Gold Regional Division

Black Gold Regional schools has a full time Occupational Therapist position posted here.

This position is posted as temporary full time but there may be some flexibility in the role - i.e., to split between two therapists.  It is also posted as temporary but it is not a mat leave cover, rather a new position that is likely (but not guaranteed) to continue past the upcoming school year, FYI.  Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss the position.

Nicole Ebbesen Rowan

Introduction to Sleep 101: A Presentation for Occupational Therapists

The Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (SAOT) would like to invite you to a presentation, by Cary Brown, Associate Professor Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, about sleep and its importance for occupational therapy clients.

We will also use this opportunity to give you more details about the Increasing OTs Knowledge About Workplace Fatigue project that the Alberta Human Services Occupational Health and Safety program has funded for SAOT. As well, we would like to gather your ideas about what fatigue issues are the most significant for occupational therapists in their own work settings.

When and where?

Edmonton May 15 2014 3:30-5:30 pm
Room 3-01 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta


Calgary May 22 2014 from 3:30-5:30 pm
University of Alberta - Calgary Campus, Suite 760, 999 8th Street SW

Cost? Nope- it is free! But you MUST pre-register -seating is limited.

Register at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/OT-sleep-May-2014/

OT Position with Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Occupational Therapist

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton, is seeking a full-time Occupational Therapist (OT) for our dynamic and growing organization. We provide family centered, activity based services to meet the needs of families and children who have autism and other developmental disorders.

Join our strong transdisciplinary team of enthusiastic and committed professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and families.  We offer flexible hours, professional development, mentoring, competitive wages and an excellent benefit package. 

Please click here for details on this position.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to sue@childrensautism.ca .

Current Trends in Paediatric Neuro-Developmental Disabilities Conference

Current Trends in Paediatric

Neuro-Developmental Disabilities

A two day conference focusing on current findings, interventions and treatments for children with neuro-developmental disabilities
Ideal for health-related professionals, teachers and parents
Supported by Zareinu Educational Centre, Shalva Israel,
Hadassah Hospital and The Edell Family
Monday May 26 - Tuesday May 27, 2014
Registration open at 8:15am
Schwartz Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8
Dr. Golda Milo Manson - Holland Bloorview
Dr. Wendy Roberts - ISAND (Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
Jacob Burack - McGill University
Dr. Ariel Tenenbaum - Hadassah Hospital
and many others
Detailed schedule and speaker information to follow
For more information please contact Nadine at 416-661-1800 x227 or email Nadine here.
©2014 Zareinu Educational Centre | 301-4630 Dufferin Street Toronto ON M3H 5S4

Private OT Assessment for Adult ABI

I was forwarded this blog by Karen McIntosh. I know this is a paediatric group but I am looking for an OT to do a home assessment for an adult client with an ABI post MVA, in Red Deer, and to support his integration into the community and living independently by utilizing a Rehab Assistant or Personal Support Worker. If you know anyone, I’d appreciate you passing my contact information below.


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Marie Graham BHSc PT
Divisional Director Therapy & Rehabilitation
Bayshore HealthCare Inc.

2155 Dunwin Drive, Unit 10, Mississauga ON N2B 3S4
E: mgraham@bayshore.ca
Bayshore Home Health is a ISO 9001 registered company and winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies Award. Soins à domicile Bayshore est une entreprise certifiée ISO 9001 et lauréate du Prix des 50 sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada.

Children's Vision Assessment Act

Alberta's Bill 203 - Children's Vision Assessment Act, was introduced last week in the Legislature. This historic Bill would ensure ALL Alberta children would have the benefit of at least one vision exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist before they start school. As we all know, vision development is critical in behaviour, learning, and development. 

Vision concerns impact upon everything from reading, to visuomotor and gross-motor skills, balance, coordination, and cognitive performance. Currently, at best 20% of children do have an exam before Grade 1, meanwhile as many as 25% of all children have some sort of vision impediment that goes undetected/unmanaged. 

You can read the Bill here.

All OTs are encouraged to share this news and follow the progress of the Bill through the Legislature. You are also encouraged to write to MLA Mary Anne Jablonski to voice your support for something that is long overdue.

Dr. Charles Boulet, a consultant on this, is available to speak with OT groups about the history of the Bill and its implications. Contact Dr. Boulet at info@dvvc.ca.