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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