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Monday, 14 August 2017

Equipment and Resources for Sale in Calgary

Selling some equipment and resources!!!

I am moving from my house and am unable to take many of my therapy items so am looking to sell equipment and resources asap!  I have some of the following (but this list is not exhaustive):

- swings (tire with harness, bolster, trapeze, t-stools, buoy)
- therapy (round and peanut) balls
- tunnel
- foam-filled "crash pads"
- home made ball pit
- sturdy home made scooter board ramp
- Sitz discs/wedges
- 2.5" thick exercise mats

And much more. 

Please contact me for pictures, pricing, etc. by 
or phone (no text please): 403-990-6578

I will set up an "open house" for ppl to come and see the items.  I will not be holding any items unless an etransfer is sent in advance.

Looking for OT in Three Hills area

Looking for an OT in Three Hills area with a sensory background. 
Please contact Carol Vickery at kids4ot@gmail.com

Friday, 28 July 2017

Part-time OT Position with Bright Path Kids

Occupational Therapist for Bright Path Kids/Marlborough Day Nursery ECS

Marlborough Day Nursery (MDN) ECS Ltd. is a provider of early childhood intervention with funding provided by Alberta Education through Program Unit Funding (PUF) and Mild/Moderate funding. MDN provides services to identified children who attend childcare at Brightpath centres throughout Calgary and surrounding areas. The children are supported by a multidisciplinary team consisting of teachers, educational assistants, and therapy professionals (SLP, OT, PT, Psych).

MDN is seeking an Occupational Therapist for approximately three days per week (contract) to provide assessment, consultation, and intervention for preschool and kindergarten children in the daycare setting.

To apply for this position, please submit a current resume via e-mail to Rozie Hirji, Educational Supports Manager, at rzhirji@brightpathkids.com  or contact 403-818-4128.

Friday, 21 July 2017

KidsAbility OT Position in Cayman Islands for September 2017

 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
§  September 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!

Khan Communication Services OT Position

Private Practice in Edmonton Seeking an Occupational Therapist

Khan Communication Services, Inc. is continuing to expand services in Alberta, and we are seeking an Occupational Therapist to join our practice.  Our office is based in Edmonton, and we provide services to schools and communities that are within 1 to 2 hours outside of Edmonton city limits.  On site and telepractice services are provided to our schools. 

The ideal candidate should have a keen interest in school services, working on teams with teachers and speech-language pathologists. Travel is required one day per week to a rural community.  The OT may travel with an SLP together.  Recent graduates are welcome, but will be mentored by more experienced clinicians.  Assessment tools are available from our resource center in Edmonton.

Khan Communication Services provides payment of a subcontracted hourly rate for 6 – 6.5 hours per day, with additional travel time and mileage reimbursements for school visits.  

Interested candidates should contact Nausheen Khan at (780) 440-3251 ext. 222 or email at info@khancommunicationservices.com  for more information. 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Calgary Meeting on September 8

We had a meeting in Calgary Friday May 12th. 3 people came. Carol reminded us of training she is bringing to Calgary Sept 29+30 with instructor, Sheila Frick. We discussed the Wilbarger protocol. Please remember joint compressions are a gentle clunk and brushing is hard (bristles completely depress). We discussed the idea of using vestibular input to increase tone (e.g. for pencil grasp) but none of us had tried it yet.

Save the date: Trish Williams offered to host the next meeting in Bridgeland at SpringOT. Friday Sep. 8th5:30 pm at 113 7a St NE Calgary

For topics we are thinking it would be great to hear what ways OTs in Calgary are getting kids interested in visual-vestibular activities and if you have taken a course in the last year or two on any topic, this is a good time to review with us.

Charlene Wright
Occupational Therapist
Licensed and Registered with ACOT
Cell Phone: 403 277 8508
Building strong supports for life

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Part time OT position at WRPS

Location: Early Education & Family Wellness Centre
Competition #: 5724
Open To: All
Date Posted: June 14th, 2017
Closing Date: July 20th, 2017 - 12:00pm
Job Start Date: August 30th, 2017
Compensation Rate:
$37.01 to $56.76
Hours Per Week:
.5 FTE Part Time
20 hours/week
Additional Information:
Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools requires an individual to fill the position of Occupational Therapist to work directly with children, their families, and school staff in a supportive, multidisciplinary environment. This position involves providing assessment, consultation, program planning, and therapeutic interventions for students with a variety of needs and diagnoses. The successful candidate will be a team member at the Early Education & Family Wellness Centre in Wetaskiwin but will also assist with the School division’s Kindergarten students as required.
  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.
Interested applicants should include a covering letter, resume and the names of three references, (please include your written consent to contact references).
As a successful applicant you will be required to submit a current Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Check and a Child Intervention (Welfare) Check.
We appreciate and consider all applications but only candidates chosen for our short list will be contacted.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Centre for Autism Services Alberta Full-time OT Position

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

Full-time Occupational Therapist

Centre for Autism Services Alberta is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and innovative supports and services to children, youth and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Principles of person-centered and family-centered care are embraced.  The key individual will focus on building skills for example: self-help and adaptive skills, functional physical and motor development, sensory processing, and play and leisure.

Programming is provided through home-based and centre-based services and utilizes and innovative and integrated community based delivery model.
Experience and knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is preferred
·         Participate in a multi-disciplinary team through the provision of expertise in occupational therapy
·         Select and conduct standardized/non-standardized assessments  to guide clinical practice
·         Consultation with stakeholders (e.g., caregivers, school personnel)  on programming that supports participation
·         Implementation and evaluation of functional plans that support caregiver/parent and child participation
·         Maintain current knowledge on best practices in occupational therapy as it relates to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
·         Collaborate with the clinical team in the development of individualized programming
·         Perform visits to review and implement programming regularly
·         Support the development and implementation of goals across contexts (school, home and community)
·         Collect and summarize clinical data to inform clinical practice
·         Recommend the purchase of program materials and supplies as related to individualized programming
·         Support training of paraprofessionals (orientation, individualized training on OT programming)
·         Coach, problem solve and mentor paraprofessionals and families on individualized programming
·         Contribute toward educational opportunities across stakeholders  
·         Anticipate, assess and report risk management issues to the appropriate supervisor
·         Develop, facilitate and lead occupational therapy groups as required
·         Prepare and/or contribute to critical incident reports as required

·         Registered Occupational Therapist
·         Member of Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
·         Knowledge and understanding of: Behavioural intervention programs, direct teaching strategies, Pivotal Response Treatment, theory and principles of child development, early childhood services
·         Excellent Interpersonal skills
·         Excellent written and oral communication skills
·         Demonstrated crisis assessment and intervention skills
·         Valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
·         Clean Criminal Record Check
·         Clean Child Welfare Check
·         Valid certification in Child and Infant CPR and First Aid

Apply to: Human Resources by mail, e-mail or fax:
Mail: 4752 – 99 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 5H5
E-mail: humanresources@centreforautism.ab.ca
Fax: 780-488-6664 (confirm fax transmission at 780-488-6600)

Monday, 5 June 2017

OT Permanent Position

Elk Island Public Schools
Central Services- Supports for Students

Please visit our website (www.eips.ca) to apply to Competition # 1998023.  We only interview applicants who apply directly on our website.

Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is the 6th largest school division in Alberta, serving the education needs of over 17,000 students in 42 schools. Every day, the staff and students of EIPS are encouraged to pursue opportunities to grow and to discover their passions in life. We pride ourselves on providing our staff and students with the tools to achieve success by offering dynamic programing, up-to-date resources, and practical professional development opportunities.

Supports for Students, located in Sherwood Park, is home to approximately 60 of our EIPS employees.   

Commencing August 28, 2017
Elk Island Public Schools provides Comprehensive Benefit for permanent employees.
32 hours per week (The days of work can be flexible, however availability to attend Occupational Therapy and Kindergarten related meetings will be an asset.)
Open to:  Internal and External candidates

Reporting to the Supervisor of Occupational Therapy, the OT will be providing services and support primarily within ECS. Some occasional consultative services to school-age classrooms within Elk Island Public Schools may be required.   The Occupational Therapist works in a supportive capacity with classroom teachers to support children’s and students’ learning and success.

Key Duties/Responsibilities

The Occupational Therapist in this position is primarily responsible for the assessment, treatment and consultation services required as part of the EIPS Supports for Students team serving  pre-K/Kindergarten children in the division and as well as school-age students. The job addresses and identifies fine-motor and gross-motor, visual perception, self-regulation, and self-help issues that have been impacting the child’s/student’s performance at school.
- Collaboration- Liaise closely with teachers, educational assistants, therapists, family school liaison workers, specialists and parents who participate as part of each learner’s support team.
- Assessment and Intervention- Administer, score and interpret standardized pediatric occupational therapy assessments.
- Instructional Support- Provide intervention strategies within the classroom setting.
- Professional Development/Professional Activities- Facilitate professional development for parents, teachers and educational assistants that model effective strategies to support children’s/students’ learning needs.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy required.
- Registration with the Alberta College of Occupational Therapist (ACOT) is mandatory.
- Minimum 3 years related experience.
- Previous work within the school environment is an asset.
- This position requires a vehicle for business use.  Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle in good repair for work-related travel is required.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Effective decision making and leadership qualities.
- Demonstration and oral presentation abilities.
- Ability to translate and convey highly technical/medical information to parents/guardians and professional staff is essential.
- In this multi-disciplinary setting, it is essential to be well informed in all disciplines (speech and language, physical therapy and behavioral interventions) to meet the diverse learning needs of the child/student.
- Strong assessment and problem-solving skills are required to identify and address developmental delays.
- Ability to work independently while under the general direction of principal and/or teacher.
- Commitment to ongoing professional learning.

For more information, please contact Erika Rudyk, Occupational Therapist Supervisor at 780-417-8218.

We thank all those who apply.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorder and Arousal Regulation with Sheila Frick

Trauma Informed Approach to
Sensory Processing Disorder
and Arousal Regulation

With Sheila Frick

September 29 and 30, 2017


The Winston Golf Club Calgary
(Previously Elks Lodge & Golf Club)
2502 6 St NE

Sponsored by:




About the presenter: Sheila M. Frick, OTR, is an internationally esteemed clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. She has over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in paediatrics. Her expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions. She created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening, which she has taught to over 10,000 therapists worldwide.  Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals. 
Sheila’s interest in the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and participation in daily life has led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® (Tension and Trauma Release Exercise)  organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools. 
She is the creator and author of Listening With the Whole Body, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action, Astronaut Training, and Out of the Mouths of Babes.
Disclosure: Financial - Sheila Frick is the president of Therapeutic Resources, Inc of which Vital Links is a subsidiary. Nonfinancial - Sheila Frick is married to Ronald Frick, president of Vital Sounds, Inc.

Who Should Attend: Pediatric therapists, mental health workers, social workers, counsellors, and other professionals who work with individuals with sensory and developmental disorders (e.g. behavior problems, emotional disorders, autism spectrum, attention deficit, learning disabilities, mental illness).  Many of the clients we work with often encounter difficulties related to developmental trauma.

Course Summary:
Therapists and other professionals who work with individuals with sensory and developmental disorders (e.g. autism spectrum, attention deficit, learning disabilities) often encounter clients with difficulties related to developmental trauma. Traumatic events may be overt, such as early loss of a primary caregiver; sexual, physical or emotional abuse; or domestic, community and school violence. Trauma may also be innocent, such as early hospitalization and necessary life saving medical procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit. Exposure to adverse life experiences has been shown to increase the likelihood of social emotional and developmental delays. Furthermore, children with developmental delays have a higher risk of being subjected to experiences involving physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
There is a growing understanding and accompanying clinical practice that addresses the connection between sensory processing dysfunction and trauma. When an individual cannot adequately process sensory information or traumatic experiences, the body’s natural defense mechanisms become heightened further impacting sensory processing disorder.
This two-day, hands-on course will explore, from a trauma informed perspective, the connections between sensory processing and sensory integrative difficulties. We will also provide a brief introduction to the tension reducing technique known as TRE®, as a means of demonstrating how the body retains stress in core muscular tension patterns. This course will investigate the hardwired action systems that underlie sensory modulation, arousal, affect regulation, and play. A clinical reasoning model for tracking dynamic shifts in state and levels of integration will be presented. Interactive hands-on labs, video and case presentations will bring key concepts and treatment strategies to life in this theoretically based, yet practical course.

This is a 2-day course that runs from 8:30 to 4:30. Registration starts at 8:00 on Friday September 29.  Lunch and mid-day snacks will be provided. Breakfast is not provided, however morning tea and coffee will be available.

Each participant is asked to bring a yoga mat. In addition, if you have an exercise/gym ball, please bring this.
****See registration page for information on the Gertie Ball/Slo-Mo Ball/Pilates ball & Power Up® Ball. ****

Please note: Space is limited to 50 participants so register early to guarantee a spot!

Please contact Carol or Krista if you have any questions!

The Winston Golf Club Calgary
(Previously Elks Lodge and Golf Club)
2502 6th Street NE

Recommended Accommodations:
Holiday Inn Calgary-Airport
1250 McKinnon Dr. NE; 403-230-1999

Airport shuttle available and free parking

*All fees include morning coffee, lunch, snacks and beverages.

Location of Conference:
Oval: H
Calgary Elks Lodge
Fee Breakdown:
IF you NEED BOTH* a Power Up Ball® AND Gertie Ball:

IF you HAVE BOTH* a Power Up Ball® AND Gertie Ball:
Early Bird: Received by June 26, 2017
Early Bird: Received by June 26, 2017
After June 26, 2017:
After June 26, 2017:

* 1 Power Up® AND 1  Gertie/Pilates/Slo-Mo ball are REQUIRED by presenter.
** Group discount: $25.00 per person when registering 4 or more together on 1 payment
   ¨ I give permission for my contact information to be shared with Vital Links

First Name  (print above)                                                         Last Name

Telephone Number                                                                     E-mail Address

Agency/Organization                               Discipline                             Age range of client base

Indicate food allergy only: ______________________________________________

Please make cheque payable to Carol Vickery.  You may also contact Carol Vickery to send an e-transfer. 

NSF cheques will be charged a service fee of $75.00 and may lose a seat at the conference.  All cancellations will be charged a fee of $100.00.  No refunds after June 30, 2017.

Please mail cheques to:                          For questions contact either:
Carol Vickery                                                  Carol Vickery: kids4ot@gmail.com or 403-542-5777
8838 33 Ave NW                                           Or:
Calgary, AB                                                    Krista Plosz: growingskills@gmail.com or 403-990-6578
T3B 1M5                                                         or www.growingskillsot.com

We regret that we are unable to receive credit card payments. Receipts will be e-mailed prior to the course.