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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.