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Thursday, 29 December 2016

CAT and OT

The purpose of this project is to explore the perspectives of Canadian occupational therapists on Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) and its potential alignment with occupational therapy values, principles, and models. CAT is an emerging compensatory intervention used with individuals with schizophrenia.

Participation in this study will include completing a 20 minute anonymous online survey. All OTs in Canada who are currently or have previously worked with clients that have mental health issues are eligible to participate. Please feel free to forward this email to other occupational therapists at your facility and across Canada.

The attachment has the invitation letter in full. However, the same information is also on the first page of the online survey here:

Please note that your participation in this study is voluntary. Whether or not you participate in this study should have no effect on your relationship with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Handwriting without Tears Materials for sale in Calgary

Large amount of Handwriting without Tears Materials for sale- included is everything you need to get any child started  from PreK to 4th grade! 
All new materials in original packaging and perfect condition. Value of $280 selling for $175. Contact Emma at emma.paynter.ab@gmail.com or 587-575-4081 

Hands on Materials:
Slate chalk board
Little sponge cubes
Stamp and see board
Wood pieces set (capital letters)
Mat for wood pieces
Flip crayons mini set
Pencils for little hands
Touch and flip cards
Blackboard with double lines
Roll a dough letters

Get set for school sing a long CD
Rock, tap and learn CD

Teacher's Guides:
Readiness and writing PreK teachers guide 
Kindergarten guide
1st Grade guide
2nd Grade guide
3rd Grade cursive guide 
4th Grade cursive guide 

My first school book
Letters and Numbers for Me
My Printing Book
Printing Power
Cursive Handwriting 
Cursive Success
Can do cursive
Kickstart Cursive" 

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

KidsAbility OT Job in Caymen Islands

KidsAbility is an established pediatric therapy practice located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands that provides quality Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy services primarily to children between 0-16 years of age. Our occupational therapists provide standardized assessments, consultations, and treatment for children with a range of disabilities, in collaboration with families and community partners in a variety of settings including home, clinic and schools.
Qualifications and Experience

§  Graduate of a Bachelors or Masters level Occupational Therapy program.
§  Active license to practice under the College of Occupational Therapists of their province, state or country.
§  Minimum two (2) years clinical pediatric experience preferred. Experience and training in Sensory Integration therapy, SOS feeding therapy, working with children in the areas of Autism, motor development, Sensory Processing Disorder and Learning Disabilities preferred.
§  Must register with the Health Practice Commission of the Cayman Islands.  
§  Physical ability to carry out the duties of the program; including heavy lifting and bending.
§  Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.
§  Criminal records check.

Key Responsibilities

§  Work with clients and their families to set OT goals which are occupation focused and are targeted, measurable outcomes.
§  Provide direct service, consultation, mediation and education to client, family and community providers with a focus on maximizing a child's function in the areas of self-care; productivity (school and play skills) and leisure (community participation).
§  Utilize research to establish and support evidence-based practice.
§  Provision of in-school consultations to parents and/or teachers as and when needed.
§  Program Development.
§  Ability to facilitate group sessions
§  Manage a caseload of approximately 25-30 direct therapy sessions (55 minute sessions) per week.

We are looking for candidates who:
  • §  Have strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • §  Must work effectively and professionally in a small team environment.
  • §  Collaborate cohesively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • §  Work independently.
  • §  Demonstrate superior organization, time management and planning skills.
  • §  Want to be involved in professional development.
  • §  Show commitment to innovation in teaching and learning.
  • §  Show commitment to evidence based practice and measurable goals.
  • §  Must be very comfortable presenting workshops and presentations.

Start Date
§  February 1, 2017


§  8:00-5:00pm Tuesday- Saturday schedule

55,000.00- 70,000.00 KYD per year
(Equivalent to approximately $88,000.00 CAD – $112,000.00 CAD)

Interested applicants, please email your application and CV to info@kidsability.ky. We thank all applicants, however, only those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.

KidsAbility Ltd.
4 Smith Road Centre
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Please visit our website or facebook page to learn more about our great clinic!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Calgary Pediatric Interest Group meeting next Monday

Calgary OT Pediatric Interest Group 
Location: 928 Arbour Lake Rd. N.W. 
Date: Monday Dec 11 2016 
Time: at 7 pm
Topic: How we engage with unlicensed health professionals and our reputation as a distinct profession

Please contact Charlene for the room number: Cell Phone: 403 277 8508Email: Charlene@otyyc

1. Discuss recent information that ACOT is considering changing to include regulation of Recreation Therapists
2. Discuss our relationships with a broad range of unlicensed professionals
3. Discuss what makes us distinct and any challenges in remaining distinct
4. Consider any actions we could take as individuals and as a group

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Regulation of Recreation Therapy by ACOT

To the Special Interest Groups:

The Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT) has developed a new strategic plan that aims to position ACOT in a “leadership role within the regulation of other activity-based therapies in Alberta; starting with Recreation Therapy”[1].

Since the announcement was first made, SAOT has received significant feedback from our membership. Strong concerns have been expressed by OTs throughout the province about the potential implications of expanding our college to include other therapies.
SAOT recognizes that occupational therapy provides a distinct approach to the promotion of health and wellness.  The OT profession provides services that enable people to engage in occupations that are the normal activities of life.  It is not "activity therapy" but rather the application of knowledge and clinical reasoning to understand the occupational repertoires and patterns of living for the purpose of constructing solutions to enable engagement and participation of a client at an optimum level that is purposeful and meaningful for the client (Wilson & Landry, 2014).
The SAOT Board of Directors is actively engaged on this issue. A formal letter was directed to ACOT in July of this year, requesting additional information on a potential merger. We have engaged with ACOT by participating in the recent town hall meetings in November and December. We encourage the College to be transparent on these issues, and to demonstrate that the feedback received to date is taken into account in Council’s decision-making process.
In the new year, SAOT is working to organize our own OT forums so that the membership has adequate opportunity to express various views on the multitude of issues currently facing our profession.
This is the time when OTs in Alberta could come together to affect change. To that end, we ask you to consider becoming a member of SAOT so that we can include as many OTs as possible in our discussions. If you are already an SAOT member, thank you. Please watch the SAOT web site for more details as information becomes available.
Robin Telasky
Executive Director, SAOT