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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
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Telephone Number                                                                     E-mail Address

Agency/Organization                               Discipline                             Age range of client base

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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.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

OT 1.0FTE Maternity Leave Position at Providence

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Occupational Therapy, Community Services
1.0 FTE Maternity Leave Position (August 28, 2017 – June 29, 2018)

Providence is a vibrant, not-for-profit organization with a long and established history of providing therapeutic and educational supports to young children with a variety of developmental conditions.  You will have the opportunity to enhance the health and development of children and their families.  
We offer:
  • An exciting opportunity as an Occupational Therapist to work collaboratively with other professionals including physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists, teachers, therapeutic teaching assistants and child care professionals in community settings.
  • Opportunity to work with a highly diverse pediatric population in a variety of settings.
  • Opportunities for professional development and ongoing learning.
  • Competitive salary range.
The ideal candidate:
  • You are engaging and have a passion for working with young children, demonstrated through your experience with the pediatric population.
  • You are adaptable and able to navigate your way through a busy and fast paced day with enthusiasm, problem solving skills and humour.
  • You are flexible, curious, creative and able to travel between multiple sites.
Responsibilities include:
  • Assessment and treatment of children between the ages of 1 and 6 years of age.
  • Consultation to family and other professionals.
  • Working at multiple locations.
  • Working directly with children in a variety of settings.
  • Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.
  • Member in good standing of Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (ACOT).
  • Experience working with a pediatric population as an Occupational Therapist.
Please submit your resume via email to the attention of Diane Pan-Human Resources Supervisor.

Learn more about us at:  www.providencechildren.com

Monday, 8 May 2017

Fine Motor Summer Camp in July 2017 Edmonton

         Creating Confident Printers

Growing Changes: Occupational Therapy Services for Children presents:
Fine Motor Summer Camp in July 2017

A week of 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.

Days: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2017
Time: Printing Basics: 10:00 am - 11:15 am
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.

Thursday, 4 May 2017