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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Calgary Group Meeting set for January 25, 2106!

There will be a meeting for Pediatric OTs in the Calgary area in January. 

Date/time: Monday, January 25, 2016 from 7-8:30pm
Topic: Scope of practice in the area of social skills
Location: Huntington Hills (Central NE Calgary)

Please email Sara for the exact address and to let us know you are planning on coming!


Happy holidays!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Winter Session Dance, Yoga & Movement Programs

Dance, Movement & Yoga Programs for Special Needs
Winter Session: January 4 - March 19

NEW: Adult Movement & Yoga Program
+ Restorative Yoga for Parents 
+ Pre-Teen, Teen Yoga Programs 

Visit our NEW WEBSITE for more information or to register!

Pembina Hills Regional Division 10 Month 1.0 FTE Occupational Therapist

Aspen Collaborative Services and Family Support for Children with Disabilities is engaged in a pilot of a common approach for OT services in the Westlock-Athabasca geographic area.  This position involves providing supports and services as a member of the School Linked Team at schools and as a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team as a service provider in the home/community environment.
Pembina Hills Regional Division invites applications for a 10 Month Full time (1.0 FTE) Occupational Therapist position beginning ASAP.  This full time position has the possibility of providing services in July and August.

Occupational Therapist required for Consort and Veteran area

Prairie Land Regional School division is looking for an Occupational Therapist to provide assessment and consultation services to 3 PUF students in the Consort and Veteran area. If interested please contact Joey Boettcher at 403-854-8008 or emailjolaine.boettcher@plrd.ab.ca

CASE Post - Conference Workshop

Exciting News!  As part of our 8th Annual Conference, Marsha Dunn Klein will be speaking for an extra day to provide a post conference session to provide an over view of the Get Permission Approach to Feeding and more advanced information and case studies related to complex feeding needs and medical issues related to feeding.  We will be offering SAOT members a discounted rate for this session.

image001Saturday Post Conference Workshop
Marsha Dunn Klein:  “Overview and Advanced Topics of the Get Permission Approach to Pediatric Feeding” 
Saturday January 23rd:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

“Get Permission” is an approach to mealtimes and feeding treatment which is based on the foundation of trust in a feeding relationship. It supports children who have mealtime challenges in moving forward with mealtime goals of trust, enjoyment and confidence. It follows the child’s lead with many practical, creative and sensitive mealtime and treatment strategies.
Highlights include texture transitions, tube transitions, bridging from trusted foods and utensils to new, and treatment strategies that focus on parent success and child enjoyment and trust.

This workshop is presented to feeding therapists and parents who know children who have medical mealtime challenges. Issues of such as tube feedinggastroesophageal refluxallergies and sensitive texture transitions will be the focus. Advanced case studies will be discussed which include complex challenges and factors that affect a child’s return to oral eating.
(Issues specific to autism spectrum will be presented in the conference session on Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes.)

Marsha Dunn Klein, MEd., OTR/L,  FAOTA, founder of Mealtime Notions LLC, is a pediatric occupational therapist, author and educator who specializes in eating and mealtime issues with infants and children. She has a private practice in Tucson, Arizona, Mealtime Connections, LLC (www.mealtimeconnections.com) with two other pediatric therapists. She specializes in helping children who have special motor, sensory and mealtime challenges. 
Marsha has over 44 years experience assessing, treating, and working in partnership with families of children who have cerebral palsy and other neurological issues, prematurity, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, genetic and metabolic disorders, as well as autism.
SAOT members will recieve a $25 discount on this session. Please indicate this with your SAOT member # on the registration form. Full conference and registration  details on Children’s Autism of Edmonton website.         http://www.childrensautism.ca/net/conference.html

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Job Posting - Key Connections Consulting


Permanent Occupational Therapist

Come join our growing team!!

Key Connections Consulting Inc. (KCC) is a multidisciplinary team of
professionals including Behaviour ConsultantsCounsellors, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists. We are dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and adults who have challenges by helping them reach their full potential.

We are currently looking for a PermanentOccupational TherapistThe position is located in Lethbridge, AB and is available immediately.

KCC is unique to Southern Alberta and provides a positive work environment, competitive wages, benefits, group RRSP and a professional spending/wellness account. KCC also provides extensive support with material preparation

We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and organized person to join our flexible and fast paced team. The individual must be comfortable working as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be expected to participate in assessment, planning, and implementation of intervention programsConsultation and supervision of in-home support aides and educational assistants is also an expectation. Experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum is an asset.  

Additional requirements include:
• A Baccalaureate or Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy
• Membership in the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
• Valid driver's license

Resumes will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. 
Please email or fax resumes to:
contact@keyconnectionsconsulting.com or 403-317-1628 (fax).
For further inquiries contact Sonja or Brandie at 403-524-2522.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton - OT Position

Occupational Therapist

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton



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


Join our team of enthusiastic and committed professionals to make a difference in the lives of children and families. At Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton you will enjoy working with a strong team of colleagues who are leaders in the field of autism. We offer a supportive working environment,  flexible work scheduleopportunities for professional development and mentoringand an excellent benefit package.



• Deliver occupational therapy services to children with autism or other developmental needs.
Work co-operatively with the transdisciplinary teamto deliver OT services in a timely and effectivemanner  
Consult to parents in the home, centre or community setting
Develop goals based on family needs and priorities.
Provide strategies, coach and support the child’s parents/caregivers to enhance the child’sfunctional abilities and develop parent capacity.
Provide consultation to teachers in pre-school and kindergarten programs.
Assess needs through discussion with caregivers and a combination of observation, standardized assessment, functional assessment as required.

Plan and evaluate child’s progress and goals on an ongoing basis 

Maintain client files and provide required documentation
Opportunities to develop and lead groups
Participate in program and resource development



• Passion and commitment for working with children and their families 
• Registration with Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
• Own vehicle required and able to drive within the Edmonton region
• Ability to work flexible hours
• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Preference will be given to applicants with 2 or more years experience including:
Knowledge and experience working with children with autism and related disorders
Knowledge and experience working with children who have sensory based needs


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



17451 103 Ave Phone:  (780) 495-9235

Edmonton, AB  T5S 1J4Fax:  (780) 484-9265

Email:  info@childrensautism.ca


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Private OT needed in Calgary

Hi !
I am an OT in private practice pediatrics in Ottawa.  A friend of mine has a niece (age 4)  in Calgary who needs some private OT for anxiety, sensory, and fine motor needs.  I am trying to help her find a private OT in Calgary and I don't know of anyone personally. Wondering if any of you OTs have Rhythmic Movement Training and use it in your practice. I think this little girl would benefit from this. I used to work at the Glenrose in pediatrics years ago and know people in Edmonton, but am looking for someone in Calgary.  Thank you for your help with this. Please be in touch soon as this family is ready to begin. Thanks!

Heather Hodgins-Chan

please see http://heatherhodginschan.com/ for email or phone contact 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Seeking OT for feeding help

I am seeking an Occupational Therapist who specializes in feeding issues and the development of oral motor skills/sensory in order to transition from g-tube feeds. Ideally I would prefer to have someone who can work with my son on a weekly basis.
Please contact me either via email at nancyraposo@gmail.com or by phone at  (780)472-2240 for more information.
Thank you.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

FSCD OT needed in NW Calgary

I am looking for an OT to work under an FSCD contract with my three year old son. My son has a global development delay and hypotonia.  We live in NW Calgary.  The focus of OT will be on:
- Fine motor skills
- Play skills
- Toilet training
I need someone who is available from 4-5 on weekdays or Saturdays.  Approximately ever 2 weeks.

If interested please email jane.elizabeth.ross@gmail.com with resume.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

OT Recovery Conference 2015: Enhancing Psychological Resiliency through Occupation

Join your colleagues at the OT Recovery Conference 2015: Enhancing Psychological Resiliency through Occupation hosted by the Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council. This event will be at the Robbins Learning Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital on October 29 & 30, 2015.  It will offer service providers and the public the opportunity to gain knowledge, network, and increase awareness of issues, supports, and services for individuals affected by addictions and mental health concerns.
For more information and registration details, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/zrqdz0.
This conference is open to the public. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested (including colleagues, clients, family members or any other stakeholders) in hearing more about this topic.
OT Recovery Conference 2015 Planning Committee

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Calgary Lecture - Mental Health in Youth

U of A, Calgary Centre is hosting a lecture series event next Wednesday, October 28th  at Le Germain Hotel.
Amanda Newton, associate professor of pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry will be covering the topic of Mental Health in Youth.

Private OT in Edgemont

Looking for OT to work afterschool in Edgemont with big, strong, school-aged boy with some aggression. Please contact parent, Madiha at 587-700-5104

Monday, 19 October 2015

Intensive Feeding Therapy

I am working with a family who is seeking intensive feeding therapy for their four year old child.  They have access to weekly therapy through publicly funded sources.  Family is willing to travel within North America.  Child is currently 100% reliant on tube feeding and has a long list of allergies/intolerances.  Family would like for the child to eat more by mouth, child currently consumes only scant tastes and shows symptoms of substantial oral aversion.  He is medically and physically very complicated with global developmental delay.  He struggles to sit independently and requires support.  Unknown swallowing safety status.  His sensory system seems to be on high alert and he would benefit from OT being involved as part of his treatment team.

Any suggestions for intensive treatment options would be warmly welcomed. 

Thank you,

Mandy Madsen, BScOT, Reg (SK)

Private OT in Red Deer and area

I am starting a Private Practice service in the Red Deer and
surrounding area. I will be focusing on school-aged children for a
variety of needs, including sensory regulation, organization, feeding,
printing, fine motor development, upper extremity rehabilitation, home
adaptation consultation, and more.

Evenings and weekends. Can be reached at 403-505-2508 or

Persevere Occupational Therapy Services

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Volunteers needed for Fine Motor Camp in Edmonton

Looking for volunteers for Fall
Fine Motor Camp
(Details Below)

Fine Motor Fall Camp in November 2015

A 4 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 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.

Time: Printing Basics: 10:00 am - 11:15 am weekly
(Saturdays: November 7, 14, 21, 28)

Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 - 113 Avenue Edmonton, AB

If Interested please contact: Rebecca Cormier at 780.965.4310 or email growingchanges@gmail.com

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton is hosting their 8th annual conference in Edmonton at the River Cree Marriot January 20-23rd, 2016.  We are pleased to have Keynote speakers Temple Grandin and Barry Prizant, individuals who are very key and well known to the autism and special needs field. Other notable speakers include Marsha Dunn Klein who is an OT that specializes in mealtimes and feeding issues.   

To access the full brochure please click HERE

ASD and Transitioning to Adulthood

The Ability Hub is offering a 3-session workshop (November 2, 9, and 16th) for parents and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on transition planning into adulthood.

IDEAS Fall and Winter 2015 Programming

Flexible You in Calgary

Dear Colleagues & Families!

Kari Palmar, presenter and co-author of Incredible Flexible You volume 1 and 2 is coming back to Calgary!!!  This time she will demonstrate how the concepts from the Incredible Flexible You series can be used to teach children how to decipher the "hidden curriculum", social expectations in a variety of settings and to successfully engage in imaginative and interactive play.  She will also teach us how to teach our children and students to become better critical social thinkers by taking a Social Thinking concept and generalizing it to many different routines and activities that commonly occur in our day to lives.

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

This 2 day workshop is taking Social Thinking concepts to the next level.  Attendees familiar with Social Thinking concepts, either from attending previous courses or having read some Social Thinking books will get the most benefit.  This conference is considered an intermediate to advanced course.

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 back 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 will provide functional ideas that can be used in all aspects of our children's lives.  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 $375 for early bird registration and $400 for regular registration.

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

Please contact either Krista or Nicole!

Click HERE to access the brochure 

Yoga and Dance in the Preschool Classroom

Friday, 18 September 2015

Fine Motor Fall Camp in November 2015

Agenda Notes You Can Read!!


Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents: 

Fine Motor Fall Camp in November 2015


A 4 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 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 - 11:15 am weekly 

(Saturdays: November 7, 14, 21, 28)

Cost: $250.00

Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 - 113Avenue 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.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Private OT Needed in Chestermere

Private Occupational Therapist needed :

A family in Chestermere currently needs a private OT to join the team (with a Psychologist) for their 4 year old daughter with sensory and behavioral issues. She is a bright and a smart child , who is able to communicate her concerns verbally.The family has FSCD contract for developmental support program.If anyone is willing to travel Chestermere and provide OT service to this child, please contact me and I will pass your info on to the family.
Thank you!
Ph- 587 583 9729
e-mail- saranpurush@yahoo.com

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Dubasov Dance and Wellness Fall Registration now open

Dance, Movement & Yoga Programs for Special Needs
Fall Session: September 28 - December 12

Visit our NEW WEBSITE for more information or to register!

Save THIS date!!! March 11 & 12, 2016; Social Thinking is coming back

Hello fellow colleagues, professionals and parents.

We are SO excited to be welcoming Kari Zweber Palmer back to Calgary on March 11 & 12, 2016 to teach and inspire us once again on Social Thinking!

It will be another amazing 2 days of learning!!!

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity(kinder - young adult)
What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Emotional Learning for Early Learners.

A brochure with the details will be out by September 15, 2015!  

Don't worry!  You didn't  have had to attend the conference in September 2014 to attend this one; although Kari will be introducing the 2nd Volume of The Incredible Flexible You!

We welcome any questions or inquiries to:


We look forward to seeing you in March 2016!

Krista & Nicole