October is OT Month, and it’s the perfect time to promote the OT profession and network with your associates. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for OTs, students and other practitioners to spend time and share clinical/practicing interests and experience and build networks and relationships.
Join hosts on the SAOT Board of Directors for some complimentary appetizers and informal conversations at one of the following networking events planned in several locations across Alberta.
I closed my Kids Can… Clinic/Office in July of 2016
and officially retired earlier this year. I still have some assessments,
protocol sheets, resources, tools and equipment that I either did not sell or
donate previously, or I used until I retired; I also have some home office
items for sale. I have listed the items below with a suggested selling price,
but am open to offers. What ever is not sold by October 24th, goes
to re-cycle! First come, first served!
If you are interested in any of the items below, please
phone me at 403-818-8483 and make arrangements to pick them up before October
Occupational Therapy & Educational Consulting
1.SPM – P: Sensory
Processing Measure – Pre-School – Home Form only. Standardized for ages 2.0 –
5.11 years old. 101 Home Forms @ $.50 each; will sell all 101 forms for $45.00
Integration & Praxis Test:
·Manual. Used but in
good condition. $30.00.
·15 Sets of complete
Test Protocol Scoring Sheets. $15.00/set OBO.
·$1.00 each for the
following test forms; buy all of them for a total reduced price!
o50 Motor Accuracy
o28 Design Copying
o20 Kinesthesia Tests
Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency – in original metal assessment
box, but also with fabric carrying case, both good for travelling to various
sites. Complete test with manual, 16 Individual Record Forms, and 27 Student
Booklets. $30.00 for complete set.
4.TVPS-R: Test of
Visual Perceptual Skills (Non-Motor) – Revised, by Morrison Gardner. Standardized
for ages 4.0 – 12.5 years old. Protocol Sheets, Two unopened packages of 25
test protocols for $10.00/package. Nine test protocols from an opened package
left: $.50 each.
5.TVPS – UL: Test of
Visual Perceptual Skills (Non-Motor) – Upper Level by Morrison Gardner.
Standardized for ages 12-17 years old. Like new condition. Book of Test Plates
($25.00) and Manual ($10.00), or $30.00 for both, including one remaining
6.TVMS-UL: Test of
Visual-Motor Skills – Upper Level by Morrison Gardner. Standardized for ages
12-39 years old (Yes, 39 years old, so let your colleagues in adult rehab
know!). Like new condition. Manual ($30.00). Test Booklets: 12 @ $3.00 each or
$30.00 for all 12 test booklets, including score sheets for each test booklet.
$50.00 for complete set.
7.TVMI: Test of
Visual Motor Integration by Hammill, Pearson & Votes. Standardized for ages
4.0 – 17.11 years. New, never used; manual and 50 test response booklets still
in box. New costs CDN $260.00, but will sell for $100.00 OBO.
1.OT Henry / Diana
·“Tool Chest: For
Teachers, Parents & Students” – ‘A Handbook to Facilitate Self-Regulation’
that supports “Tools for Teachers” and “Tools for Students” DVDs. Two copies,
new. $10.00 each.
Students” DVD – ‘Tool Chest Activities for Home and School’. One copy, $12.00.
Teachers” DVD – ‘Sensory Integration in the Schools’. One copy, $12.00.
Considerations for School – Based Occupational Therapists” by Pape, Ryba with
Jane Case-smith. Includes a DVD. Like new condition. $20.00.
Without Tears” ‘Cursive Teacher’s Guide’ and the accompanying ‘Cursive
Handwriting’ student workbook (Grade Three), by Jan Olsen. $15.00 for both
Program for Print” by Bertin & Perlman. Like new condition. $15.00. “Handwriting
Program for Numerals” by Bertin & Perlman. Like new condition. $5.00. Buy
both books for $15.00.
5.“Let’s Do It –
Write!” by Kushnir. Two workbooks in like new condition:
·“Copying From the
·Buy both for
with Handwriting – Over 101 Ways to improve students’ handwriting”. Like new
Handwriting Practice” workbook for Grades 1-2. Like new condition. $3.00.
Manuscript Handwriting” workbook for Grades 1-3. Like new condition. $7.00.
Alphabet” teachers’ guide and idea for teaching letter recognition and
manuscript handwriting for Pre-school – Grade 1. Like new condition. $3.00.
10.“Drill It Workbook:
Handwriting – Beginning Manuscript” child / student workbook for Pre-school –
Grade 1. Like new condition. $7.00.
Handwriting” by Barchowsky. Combines teaching guide for manuscript to D’Nealian
script with a CD with teaching ideas, fonts, etc. Like new condition. $8.00.
Home/School Activities – Cursive Practice for Grades 4-6”, by Gregorich. While
the title refers to D’Nealian, it is the cursive handwriting style/font that
has been and is taught in Alberta schools. A teaching guide full of ideas. Like
new condition. $8.00.
and booklets to explain Sensory Integration to parents. $1.00 each.
Children with Attention Deficit Disorder – A Management Guide for Early
Childhood Professionals and Parents”, published by Communication Skill
Builders. Like new condition. $10.00.
Defensiveness in Children Aged 2-12 – An Intervention Guide for Parents and
Other Caretakers”, by Patricia and Julia Wilbarger. A great resource for OTs
using the Wilbarger Protocol, but also useful to lend out to parents and
caregivers who will administer the Wilbarger Protocol. $3.00.
1.Variety of pens,
pencils, mechanical pencils and leads, and other handwriting tools, some more
re-hab than the majority. Priced to sell, some free!
2.A variety of fidgets
and ‘squishes’. From free to $2.00 each.
Watch. Great for assessing! Has several modes, including ‘split-reset’ and
alarm clock. Water resistant. $8.00.
4.Variety of Office
Supplies: Letter size hanging files, legal size on-desk/counter top open file
containers, legal size alphabet file dividers for filing drawers/cabinets,
Banker’s boxes for storing files, etc. etc. All priced to sell.
Cabinets: Two very heavy commercial grade letter size five drawer file
cabinets; each drawer is fitted with a hanging file frame. Easy glide opening
drawers. Each is 15” wide X 28” deep X 58” high. Dark olive green in color. Very
good condition. $100.00 each.
6.Two two-line corded
telephones in very good working order; $15.00 each. One four-mail box digital
answering machine; $10.00 each.
briefcases, computer bags and backpacks; some new and others ‘gently used’;
various sizes. Various prices from free to $30.00.
Even pediatric OTs can assist families to begin thinking about their future vision. How do childhood goals, ISPs and therapy plans set up for success as an adult? Join us Friday October 20th at The Ability Hub for open discussion regarding the translation of childhood skills into adult skills, and the importance of exploring your future vision early. Sara Baker, OT will be offering tools for planning for life’s transitions, which can start in early childhood, followed by a round table of open practice questions.
We are SO excited to be welcoming Kari Zweber Palmer back to Calgary on October 27 & 28, 2017 to teach and inspire us once again on Social Thinking!
It will be another amazing 2 days of learning!!!
Day 1: Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities Day 2: Social Detective, Superflex, and Friends Take on Social Emotional Learning
This combination will focus mostly on preschool and early elementary students. Day 1 was originally presented back in 2014 but it has changed a lot since then. Content is focused on 4-7 year olds and We Thinkers. Day 2 is "Superflex" day. Content is best applicable for elementary students. It is the next step, curriculum-wise, after students have gone through We Thinkers. Some additional time will be spent at the end of the day, talking about how to apply the content to older (Middle/High school).
A Pediatric Interest Group meeting was attended by 9 people on Sept 8, 2017 at Spring OT, hosted by the owner, Trish Williams, whom some will know from her instruction of courses at the Calgary campus of the UofA OT program. We toured her sensory integration and fine motor rooms. Jen Bodiguel (New Heights School) shared information from a course by Barry Prizant on the SCERTS program, brought to her workplace at New Heights. The SCERTS® Model is a comprehensive, team-based, multidisciplinary model for enhancing abilities in Social Communication and Emotional Regulation, and implementing Transactional Supports for children and older individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, a model which is great for developing goals such as “does the child explore sensory environment”
We discussed vestibular strategies. The idea that vesibular input could improve printing by increasing tone was discussed. The wiggle pen (or z-vibe with pen attachment, or time with vibrating tooth brush from the dollar store) was suggested as a direct effect on tone in the hand – with the reminder to always include proprioceptive input such as playing in a bin of beans. Many more strategies were suggested to improve tone in general and especially in the shoulder girdle and postural core. Favorites included: -Platform swing -Scooter boards -Log rolling -Mini trampolines -Physio balls -Standing on a bocce ball in eyes open and eyes closed -Lycra swing or any old blanket held on each end by two adults, child is swayed/ wiggled -The Ikea egg was a favourite for the Low Registration (Eeyore type kids). Stop and go was suggested for preventing over-stimulation. Stop and do something functional, then spin again to make use of the organizing effects of vestibular input. A few times one direction then a few the other to prevent habituation to the input in one direction. We were reminded: -To explain vestibular strategies in such a way that parents will be able to use by just talking about head movements. -That the saccule and utricle are tonic (always firing) –thus causing tone, helping develop core strength. -“You have to know where you are but your body is not always in motions.” -Spinning (rotational movement, semicircular canal activation) is alerting but linear movement (otolith activation – based on gravity) is calming. -Semicircular canal problems can cause otolith problems therefore if a person is getting dizzy when turning one direction, stop rotational input and move to the floor (play Jenga, LEGO) and do plenty of proprio -Change the plane throughout a session/day -It takes 5 trials to build a motor engram -Start where they are: find out what is being avoided (runs because static posture is too hard), and build from there. -Monitor for signs of too much vestibular input: wobbly head, fight or flight (wide eyes).
Next meeting:October 20 at 5:30 at the Ability Hub in the Green Room Re: Thinking about adulthood potential during childhood. All are welcome. Come to share case examples of volunteer work and early jobs or activities such as childhood chores and here about the difference between the IPP and the adult version, ITP Save the date: A tentative date was set for Jen Bodiguel to host at New Heights in the Currie Barracks on: January 19 at 5:30
Grande Yellowhead Public School Division No. 77 is currently looking to fill afull-time Occupational Therapist position commencing as soon as possible. The successful candidate will work out of the Edson area.
The purpose of this position is to serve as part of the Grande Yellowhead Public School Division School-Linked Team to assist school teams to develop strategies and action plans to strengthen inclusive practices and better meet the diverse learning needs of all students.
Duties of the Occupational Therapist will include:
Liaise with division personnel and parents in a team focused approach within the Collaborative Response Model Framework
Administer, score and interpret standardized occupational therapy assessments for the purpose of assisting teachers in the classroom
Provide intervention strategies (universal, targeted and specialized) and program development
Conduct and model occupational therapy within the context of typical classroom activities
Contribute to student IPP development and program planning
Facilitate professional development for parents, teachers and educational assistants
EYE – work collaboratively with the Early Learning Coach to support observations and completion of Functional Statement as part of the multi-disciplinary team
Preference will be given to applicants who possess:
Masters or Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy or equivalent including course work in assessment and treatment of fine motor, visual motor and perceptual difficulties
Membership with Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT)
Minimum of one year experience with the school-age population
Ability to apply knowledge of principles, guidelines, concepts and procedures
Strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills