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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Edmonton Peds Interest Group Meeting on June 9

Edmonton Peds Interest Group Meeting booked!

When: June 9
Where: Corbett Hall; Room 3-01/3-07
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Topic: To be determined. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7DJ3LRT and vote on a topic.
Voting closes Sunday June 1.  Topic will be announced next week. It will be a round table discussion, so please come prepared to share and discuss:)

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Private Contract in Edmonton

I am an Occupational Therapist currently working with a 6 year old girl diagnosed with ASD.
She receives 2 hours a month of Occupational Therapy services through FSCD funding. 
Her parents prefer ABA programming and because of this they receive specialized services through Autism Partnership in Calgary. 

I am unable to continue working with this family and they require another OT to continue their services as of July 1st 2014. If you are interested in providing services to this family please contact me at tiarathorson@gmail.com and I can provide you with further information.

Thank you!

Private OT Needed in Calgary SE

Private OT Needed in Calgary SE
We are putting together a Specialized Services Team for our daughter. She is 3 ½ years old and has dual diagnosis. We are looking for a private OT to support the Specialized Services Team and we have 48hrs/year. We live in SE Calgary. If you are interested, please contact me ASAP at siddhwartha@gmail.com.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Edmonton meeting

We are hoping to squeeze in a meeting in the next few weeks, before school is out. The meeting will be a round table discussion around a chosen topic.  Please see follow the link and respond to the survey for your preferred topic. Please respond ASAP!


Meeting date and time will be determined in the next few days, so please stay tuned:)

Thanks and looking forward to hearing your responses and ideas

Friday, 9 May 2014

Pain Knowledge Survey

Pain matters to occupational therapists.

Pain matters to occupational therapists because one in five Canadian adults and children will suffer from significant pain at some point in their lives, older adults' pain tolerance decreases with age, and one in every two persons with depression report suffering from pain .

Please help us to identify pain knowledge gaps that the profession should address. Improved pain knowledge ultimately helps all of our clients, regardless of their age or condition. Your input is important to help us determine what specific pain education occupational therapists need to improve their knowledge about pain management for all clients.

Please participate in the national survey of occupational therapists' pain knowledge. The survey is being conducted by Angelica Reyes and Cary Brown from the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta, Lisa Klinger from the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario and Kelly McIlroy, a private practice occupational therapist in Alberta. Participation involves online completion of a survey that will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

To thank you for your participation you can also enter a draw to receive a $75 CAOT gift voucher upon completion of the study, as well as to receive a copy of the final report once the study is completed. 

You can help advance practice
 in the important area of pain management.

Click here to access the survey! Thank you!

Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
2-64 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada   T6G 2G4

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Part-time OT position with Elk Island Public Schools

Elk Island Public Schools, based in Sherwood Park, has posted for a 0.4 FTE Occupational Therapist (with the possibility of increasing to a 0.5 or 0.6 FTE prior to the start date).  This is a two year term certain position beginning Wednesday August 27, 2014.  As the department is recently established (August 2012) all initial Occupational Therapist positions have been hired on a term basis rather than permanent, as is policy within the district; at the end of the term, positions will be reviewed with the likely possibility of extension.  Being a new department we have had an exciting opportunity to develop best practice policies, integrate technology, and offer our OT supports to an excited and appreciative audience.  We look forward to welcoming another OT to our team!  
More information can be found on the district website:

The deadline to apply is Friday May 16, 2014 @ 12:00 noon

If you have any questions about the position please contact Andrea Wuetherick at andrea.wuetherick@eips.ca

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Pacekids OT position for Fall 2014 in Calgary

Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Pacekids, Calgary, AB
Full time Contracted/Salaried

Assessment and implementation of Occupational Therapy interventions in a community setting.
Assess clients using interviews, standardized and informal assessment techniques in accordance with professional practice guidelines and standards
Attend client related meetings to report on assessment findings and discuss plans for interventions, progress reports and discharge as required.
Ensure coordinated delivery of care through ongoing communication with all members of the client’s team regarding plans and schedules for interventions.
Document all assessment findings, treatment plans, progress and discharge summaries of interventions as required by the profession, referral source and the agency.
Implement client interventions based on assessment information, input and in conjunction with the client's integrated plan.
Ensure that services provided are best practice, evidence based and evaluated through the routine use of valid and reliable outcome measurement.
Adhere to the code of ethics of the profession, in maintaining standards of practice for the profession.
Prepare statistical records of client care and related activities as required.

·       Registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists.
·       Ability to work independently.
·       Specialized courses to support areas of clinical expertise.
·       Knowledge of community care requirements and resources available.
·  Access to vehicle and valid Driver's license.

Shannon Edwards
Communications & Event Coordinator

Pacekids Programs for Children with Motor Disabilities Society
5211 MacLeod Trail S, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0J3

OT feedback wanted about assessments

Hello Occupational Therapy colleagues!

We are seeking information from therapists that are using both the Sensory Processing Measure as well as the Sensory Profile. Are there any preferences or circumstances in which you would use one over the other, and why? Which tool are therapists currently preferring to use?

Secondly, we are seeking feedback on using the Carolina Curriculum to assess children with significant needs as a comprehensive assessment tool. The PEDI is one option, but it does not capture fine motor development.  

Are other therapists using the Carolina, and what are your thoughts about it?
Are there better or more current tools out there that therapists find more beneficial for this population of children?

Any feedback would be much appreciated.  Please COMMENT BELOW or email Anita.Ferri@sturgeon.ab.ca