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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

OTs from Ft Mac

I was looking for any OTs from Fort McMurray who may have been impacted by the fire. My thoughts are with you during this incredibly difficult time. 

The organization I work with in Calgary, Renfrew Educational Services, has offered support to any families in the area who might need assistance with replacing visual supports, navigating services etc. If you know a family that may benefit, they can email stacyfinnbogason@renfreweducation.org for more information. 
Wishing you strength and support for the days to come. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Looking for resources in Edmonton

My son, 11, has a focal learning disability/dysgraphia- excellent reading and comprehension, high IQ, school OT assessment apparently not a motor issue.   His writing is irregularly spaced and sized, often phonetic spelling, poorly formed letters, and low volume written output versus dictated.  Are there any resources-groups here in Edmonton?

Many thanks for any direction!  We are working on keyboarding but sometimes life requires handwriting....

Please reply to saxinger@ualberta.ca


Monday, 16 May 2016

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools 0.5FTE OT Position

Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools has an opening for a continuing .5 FTE Occupational Therapist. There is a good possibility there will be an increase in FTE within the year.  This position is responsible for providing assessments, consultations, screening, program planning and therapeutic interventions for students with severe delays and disabilities at our Early Education & Family Wellness Centre in Wetaskiwin and to the Kindergarten students in the school district.  This position commences August 31, 2016.
 Preference will be given to the candidate with the following qualifications:
  • Two years pediatric experience
  • Passion and commitment for working with children
  • Registration with Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
  • Superior skills in diagnosis and program intervention
  • Develop and implement therapy goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written in dealing with parents, children and teachers
  • The ability to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Own vehicle required to drive to sites within WRPS’s school division

This position works for 10 months of the year and comes with full benefits and a pension plan.  Please see the district website www.wrps.ab.ca for more details.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Help needed to understand barriers and facilitators to treatment of sleep problems in children with NDD

Sleep and neurodevelopmental disorders: Treatment barriers and facilitators 

Help needed!

Are you a health care professional (occupational therapists/family physician / general practitioner, paediatrician, paediatric subspecialist, neurologist, psychiatrist, nurse, clinical psychologist, social worker) who provides care to children ages 4-12 years old diagnosed with the following neurodevelopmental disorders: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), or Cerebral Palsy (CP)? We are looking for health care professionals in Canada to participate in online focus groups about treating behavioural sleep problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders to learn more about how to increase families’ and health professionals’ access to effective treatments.

Participation involves completing a brief questionnaire and taking part in online focus groups with other health care professionals from across Canada.

Participants have a chance to win a $50 www.amazon.ca gift card!

Please see the attached summary for more information about the study. Please do not hesitate to contact study investigator Kim Tan-MacNeill at sleepndd@dal.ca or visit www.tinyurl.com/hcpndd for additional information or questions about the study.