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Monday, 20 July 2015

Provisional OT Needs Practice Hours

If you have a family that needs a private OT in North Calgary (ideally paying through their benefits), please contact Charlene Wright who is supervising a provisional OT that may be suitable. 

Charlene Wright
Occupational Therapist
Licensed and Registered with ACOT
Cell Phone: 403 277 8508

Step by Step training

In just one month , we will be hosting our friends from Australia and US for the Step by Step Early years workshops ! Check it out at 
Focus is on early intervention and especially communication for children with motor difficulties and delays. 
Suitable for therapists , aides and parents ! Our 2 day PODD training is sold out already but there are still spots in the 5 day training . You can now choose the option to attend individual days if that suits better. Spread the word . Evening sessions on sleep , feeding and behavior difficulties will be offered as well as a whole evening on developing early communication. 

Click links below for more information. 
Two Day Short Description

5 Day Short Description

Parent Evening Description

Prioritization Tool?

Wondering if anyone has a prioritization tool that they may be using to help plan intervention options for students in early education (i.e., PUF).  Looking for something to help with efficient planning that fits with Response to Intervention format : direct/consult/coaching (intensive),  larger group support(targeted), and/or whole class type intervention (universal).  Please email me if you have something you'd be happy to share :).  Sherri Miller - MillerS@wrps.ab.ca

Monday, 13 July 2015

Calgary Vision Event September 2015

Vision remains a core construct in rehabilitation.
Saturday & Sunday September 19/20, 2015
Calgary, Alberta
Dr. Leonard Press: Editor-in-Chief, Vision Development & Rehabilitation. Author: Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy. Adjunct Professor - Southern College of Optometry. Past-President, COVD.
Dr. Curt Baxstrom: President, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association
Dr. Yves Sauvé: Director of Research in Ophthalmology, University of Alberta
This two-day program will review core concepts in visual neurology and how this may be exploited in varied aspects of vision development and neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation. All participants will receive free copies of the new vision development game ‘GeoBee!’. Seehttp://visionmechanic.com/geobee
Fees/Registration: $475 per person. Groups of three may enroll for $375 per person, but fees must be paid as a group. Early Registration Discount: Before August 1, 2015 $400 per person.
Contact: info@dvvc.ca or see http://vild.info/cve2015.html for more information. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

OT School Board Grids

I am an Occupational Therapist working in Fort McMurray with the school board and was wondering if anyone had access to the grid that Calgary Board of Education uses. They are trying to put us on a grid here in Fort McMurray but it seems to be lower than what they use both in Edmonton and Calgary. If anyone had any info to share it would be greatly appreciated.

Feeding/Swallowing Questions

I work in Saskatoon and follow a child who complains of food sticking in his throat.  He has experienced choking episodes, but they occur perhaps 1-4 times per year.  The physician has ordered a VFSS and I plan on attending the test.  I have requested an article from the June edition of Dysphagia that discusses using an unmasticated mini marshmallow to assess food sticking in the throat with adults.  Has anyone tried this strategy in the radiology suite – either with peds or adults?  I would love to speak to someone with more knowledge in this area.  Child is 6 years old and entering grade two.  Normal cognition.
Please feel free to call me at 306-655-1274 or email Amanda.madsen@saskatoonhealthregion.ca
Thanks in advance,
Mandy Madsen, BScOT, Reg (SK) Alvin Buckwold Child Development Program Days of Work: Monday to Thursday 9:15am to 3:15pm 655-1274

OT in Leduc County

We have a part time temporary RCSD OT 10 month position available starting September 2015.
The position is based at Leduc Health Centre.  Together with another RCSD OT, the successful OT will support schools with Black Gold Regional Schools, STAR Catholic Division, and Evergreen Catholic Schools. 

The position will be posted in mid July on the Alberta Health Services website:  www.albertahealthservices.ca/careers/
Key words:  RCSD, OT, Allied Health Community, Leduc Health Centre.