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Friday, 29 April 2016

SAOT Professional Development Survey


Do you work in the pediatric practice area?
SAOT's Education Committee is requesting your input on professional development relevant to OTs practicing in this area.

To complete survey click here

OT position lacombe 0.8-1.0

Pediatric Occupational Therapist 0.8-1.0 FTE

Lacombe AB

To the Stars Occupational Therapy & Wellness Centre is a progressive, growing company located in the beautiful city of Lacombe, Alberta. We provide services to children and families through private, home and school based programming. Weoffer a wide variety of wellness programs for children and youth that include yoga, art, music, social skills and relaxation through inclusive group programs. Our family coaching programs allow for meaningful connections with families that create lasting change. 

We are looking for the right person to expand our incredible occupational therapy team. We are looking for an energetic, creative and passionate therapist that is wanting to be a part of something special. This person must be well organized, have excellent interpersonal skills and have experience working with children with differing abilities. Experience and training in mental health, wellness and sensory processing would be a definite asset.

This position would offer:
A strong and experienced team of occupational therapists to collaborate with
Competitive wages
Extended health care and benefits
Professional development support 
A strong working relationship with other private and publicly funded programs in our area 
Some flexibility in your work schedule
The ability to take your practice to the next level by facilitating groups and offering workshops to schools and parents. We encourage creative and forward thinking, you may have our next great idea.

Responsibilities include:
Assessment and occupational therapy consultation within prekindergarten and kindergarten classrooms
Provision of occupational therapy services through FSCD as part of a specialized services team
Travel to schools and homes within Central Alberta
Planning and facilitation of inclusive children’s wellness programs
Documentation and maintenance of client care records and statistics

Degree in Occupational Therapy (Bachelors or Masters)
Registered and in good standing with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
Access to vehicle and valid drivers license
Ability to work independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication
Pediatric experience (minimum one year)
Ability to work some evenings or occasional weekends

This position will officially commence in September 2016, if the right candidate is found summer work may be available. Closing date for applications May 25, 2016. 
Please direct your resume and cover letter to: 
Kari Lotzien, 
#3 5623 Wolf Creek Drive, 
Lacombe AB T4L 0A5
p. 403.786.0006    f. 403.786.0252

Part-time temporary (.6) Occupational Therapist

Part-time temporary (.6) Occupational Therapist

Are you interested in:
• an Occupational Therapy opportunity that focuses on community pediatrics?
• working for a supportive, flexible employer in a dynamic multi-disciplinary team context, in a small local school division.
• great job satisfaction and the opportunity to make an important difference
in a child’s life?

The Sturgeon School Division is currently seeking a part time Occupational Therapist (.6 position is available), beginning immediately and continuing to the end of the school year in 2017.
 The position is primarily with the Early Childhood Education program, providing direct and consultative Occupational Therapy services in school, home and community settings to children with disabilities who are between 2½ and 6 years of age.

This position has tremendous job satisfaction, a supportive multidisciplinary team to work with and scheduling flexibility. Working connected with a small school division allows for the opportunity to really make a difference!

The ideal candidate we are searching for will have a background in Pediatrics. The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and must be registered with ACOT. Candidates must have own transportation as travel is required throughout the school division. Competitive wages.
The Sturgeon School Division’s Central Office is in Morinville, approximately 15 minutes drive north of Edmonton. This school division covers a small
geographical region immediately north of the Edmonton/ St. Albert /Fort Saskatchewan area.

If you are interested, please forward your resume to hr@sturgeon.ab.ca or visit the Sturgeon website www.sturgeon.ab.ca.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016


Given the push toward teaching parents rather than directly treating children, let's try this questionnaire out as an evidenced based way for measuring how parents are doing:  

Please comment when you try it out. 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Petition for OT insurance coverage

 I wanted to share an online petition that is going around to promote OT insurance coverage.  So many insurance companies do not cover these costs.  Please sign and forward this link to colleagues, parents, and clients.  We need to advocate for people!  Thanks.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Sleep Resources for Schools

Sleep Education

This website is a comprehensive educational resource for K-12 grade administrators and teachers! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed lessons and activities to generate interest in the study of sleep medicine and raise awareness of sleep disorders. Sleep is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and impacts our ability to perform in many aspects of life.

Using our expertise in the field of sleep and sleep disordered breathing, we've developed a series of free resources that encourage scientific inquiry. This includes comprehensive lesson plans, activities, assessment tools and presentations. 

Each lesson plan is complete with learning objectives, procedures, assessments and differentiation techniques. The lesson plans are cross-curricular, allowing teachers the flexibility to adapt and use the content in subject areas like language, arts, math, health and social studies. Lessons are categorized by grade level, and available in a downloadable, printer-friendly format.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Social Skills books for sale

I have a number of Social Skills books available for OTs who may be interested - please email me if you are interested and I will give you the titles.
Laura Rogers

Private Practice Business Opportunity

Private Practise Business Opportunity
Are you interested in learning more about an exciting, emergent business opportunity?  My name is Margot Byer, and I am an experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapist in the Edmonton area.  In 2012, I took additional training to become a Gentle Sleep Coach and formed a new business:  Sleephaven Sleep Consultation.  I coach children (0 – 6 years old) and their parents towards healthy sleep habits, “helping tired families sleep”. 
Over the next 2 – 3 years, I will be transitioning into retirement and am looking for individual(s) eager to assume my growing sleep coaching practise.  This opportunity is best suited to an experienced Occupational Therapist living in the Edmonton area.  I will be holding 2 information sessions in central Edmonton:  1) Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and 2) Thursday, April 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Please RSVP with your preferred date to margot@sleephaven.ca by April 20.  Details re: location to be provided in upcoming bulletin.

Private Posting - South Edmonton

Family in south Edmonton looking for an OT to join their team (SLP, Psych), to work with a 8 year old boy with Autism. I was previously working with him but unable to continue due to caseload.

OT needs/priorities revolve around gross motor coordination, core strength, picky eating, sleep concerns, and working in collaboration with psychologist with emotional regulation and social skills.

Please contact Helen at hhoang99@gmail.com and I can pass on contact information.

Starting as soon as possible, for evenings or weekends several times a month.