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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cause & Effect Foundation OT Position


CEF – Occupational Therapist
0.4-0.7 FTE

CLOSING DATE: When suitable candidate found
START DATE: As early as September 6th, 2016

Overview of Program:
Cause and Effect Foundation is an Early Intervention Service Agency for children with special needs ages six month to six years. Since 1994, Cause and Effect (CE) has served children and their families in Calgary and surrounding areas. CEF provides tailored programming to each and every child. Services are offered within a varied of natural learning environments which may include preschool, community, and/or in-home settings. Our team of parents, therapists/teachers, Child Development Facilitators (CDFs/aides) and administrators work collaboratively to assist children in achieving maximum development and independence. Our motto is: "play with a purpose!"

Overview of the Position:
Occupational Therapists (OTs) with the Cause and Effect Foundation (CEF) program team are responsible for assessing, overseeing, planning, guiding, and evaluating each child’s occupational therapy needs and programming within a PUF (educationally-oriented) or FSCD (family oriented) context. CEF OTs work collaboratively with the relevant members of the CEF team (CDF/aide, PT/Ed Consultant/SLP/TLL/Behavior Strategist/Administration), as well as with community preschool teachers and families to ensure the child’s developmental needs are being addressed.   

Occupational Therapy at CEF:
Cause and Effect values the unique perspective that OTs bring to the child’s program. As a result, CEF OTs provide direct, individualized, and hands-on intervention for the children within CEF programming. OTs are supported in the administrative duties relating to child programming by a Team Liaison Leader (TLL). This support includes assistance with report consolidation as well as with team organization and scheduling for programming and IPPs.

Roles and Responsibilities:
A list of roles and responsibilities is available in detail on the official CEF Job Description. This can be made available, by request, to Michelle Kelly, Director of Human Resources at contact@causeandeffectfoundation.com, or by phone at 403-523-0150.

Requirements and Qualifications
·         Minimum 2 years’ experience in early intervention, or equivalent
·         Thorough and educated understanding of child development and experience with assisting children with varied learning profiles
·         Own a vehicle and be willing to travel to and from community sites.
·         Demonstrate comfortable working independently supported by a mentor and collaborative team.
·         Valid OT certification
·         Minimum of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
·         Passion for children and ability to play
·         Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively in a team setting
·         Appreciate the importance of natural learning environments for children and comfortable working in community settings
·         Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
·         Ability to exercise good judgment, show initiative and be proactive
·         High standards of ethics and confidentiality to handle sensitive information

Hours and Compensation
·         Available upon request.

·         To apply, please send your resume along with cover letter to Michelle Kelly, Director of Human Resources, at contact@causeandeffectfoundation.com, or by phone at 403-523-0150.                                                                             

Community Options OT position

The Community Options (http://www.communityoptions.ab.ca) position is for a Full-Time, Occupational Therapist, 1.0 FTE, Maternity Leave, starting August 25, 2016 until June 16, 2017. 

This position will be open until a suitable candidate is found.

More information can be found here

Looking for ILS system

Hello OTs!

We are looking to purchase a used Integrated Listening System (ILS) headphones and ipod, or to rent one for 1-2 months, for our son. If you have one you are thinking of selling or can rent out, please get in touch at mira (dot) motet (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you!!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Feeding Workshop

Dear Alberta Pediatric OTs
I highly recommend this workshop if you or one of your parents has a very challenging child to feed. It is for parents or therapists.
I attended this course a few years ago and it was extremely valuable in helping me with a particularly challenging child, and in my feeding practice in general.
Suzanne is THE feeding therapist in the world! She is warm and engaging and so knowledgeable, and the setting is gorgeous.
Laura Rogers

Dear Friend of New Visions,
I am delighted to tell you about the very special workshop that I teach near Charlottesville, VA on October 21-23.
Becoming a Mealtime Partner
Most workshops about feeding kids are taught to large groups where there is no opportunity for individual attention or focus on areas that answer your specific questions. My Mealtime Partner's workshop offers you a totally different experience.   You share learning with a group of 10-12 people.  The group includes both parents and professionals, which gives you the opportunity to hear and share many different perspectives.  I co-teach the workshop with a "Parent Partner", a mother of a child with feeding difficulties.  This offers the experience and perspective of both a therapist and a parent.
TubeFeedingBoy 8Each workshop is customized to the needs of the people who are coming.  The month before the workshop each person sends information about a child.  This includes a videotape of several mealtimes and written information that lets me know more about the child's medical and feeding history and challenges. I'm also interested in how you learn most easily and the concerns and questions you have about feeding children.  I spend more than 2 hours with this information about you and your child.  This let's me choose activities and learning materials for the workshop that meet your needs.
ChoosingFoodChild 9We all want to help our children become more comfortable and open to developing an interest in eating. We want them to have the skills to eat and drink safely and skillfully.
With the ideas from this workshop, you can help children want to eat and develop the inner motivation and skills that make mealtimes enjoyable for everyone. Check out all of the details about the workshop content, objectives, and schedule on the New Visions website.
If you have questions about the workshop or would like to register for the October 21st-23rd program, please e-mail me at sem@new-vis.com and let me know some days and times when I could call you.
 My continued mission is to offer you information and products that support your caring work with children who have feeding, mealtime or oral-motor challenges.

Suzanne Evans Morris, Ph.D.
Speech-Language Pathologist
New Visions
1124 Roberts Mountain Rd.
Faber, VA 22938
(434) 361-2287

Monday, 15 August 2016

Open House for CherringtonSawers this Fall


We, at CherringtonSawers (CS), are very excited to announce the move of our clinic - to accommodate the continued expansion of our clinic services, and our growing team of therapists!

Our New Location!

   Sept 1, 2016
   Suite 306, 8989 Macleod Trail S.  (Centre 89),  Calgary
(beside SaveOn Foods, just south of Heritage Drive)

Come Visit Us Soon!

   We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE in the Fall
   We look forward to meeting you; introducing you to our expanding team of therapists (OTs, SLPs, Counsellors, Group Leaders); and showing you around our sunny, spacious clinic ... and custom designed Sensory/SI gym! 

Contact Us!

   We welcome your referrals or questions regarding any of the following:
   OT, SLP, Counselling services;
   our unique “CS Anxiety Program”  (for children, pre-teens, and adolescents)
   Groups (“Social Cognition & Emotional Regulation”) 
   Developmental Summer Camps
   our “CS iLs Programs” 

   As always, you can reach us at:
   Clinic: 403-686-3391


Sonya and Paula

Sonya Sawers, Bsc.OT, MA (Counselling) and Paula Cherrington, R.SLP(AB)

Clinic Directors of CherringtonSawers (CS)

Friday, 12 August 2016

Meticulon Consulting Inc.Innovation Business Award

Please follow this link to cast a vote for our friends from Meticulon, as they have been nominated for an innovation business award with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Needless to say, this is something for Autism Calgary to be proud of too!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Sensory Tools for Schools Workshop

Sensory Tools for Schools
DAY 1: Tools for Tots TM
DAY 2: Sensory Tool Chest TM
Presented by:
Susan Swindeman OTR/L
Maureen Kane-Wineland PhD OT/L
November 4 & 5, 2016
Best Western Plus Port O’ Call
1935 McKnight Boulevard NE

To access brochure click here

1.0 FTE OT Position Children's Autism Services

Occupational Therapist

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton

Children's Autism Services of Edmonton, is seeking a full-time Occupational Therapist (OT) for our 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 schedule, opportunities for professional development and mentoring, and an excellent benefit package.

Job Summary
·         Deliver occupational therapy services to children with autism or other developmental needs.
-        Work co-operatively with the transdisciplinary team to deliver OT services in a timely and effective manner
-       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’s functional 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 .

Fall Fine Motor Camp

Creating Confident Printers

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Fall Camp in Sept/Oct 2016

A four week fun and interactive camp for children in Kindergarten and grades 1 - 3 who find printing 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 lower case letters, legible printing, copying shapes and letters, using school tools (pencils, 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 will be provided.
This camp will use a multi-sensory approach combining fine and gross motor movement to enhance learning. Parents are encouraged to attend the first of the four 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 - 11:30 am weekly
(Saturdays: September 24, October 1, 15 and 22). No class October long weekend.
Cost: $250.00
Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 - 113 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Contact: Rebecca Cormier 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.