We are looking to hire a Developmental Aide to work with our son on his stretching, exercises and goals with respect to his developmental issues. We want someone fun and energetic, who would like to work about 8-10 hrs per week outside of school hours. Pay is $30 per hour. We'd like someone with experience working with children with special needs and a background in health care/rehab/early childhood evelopment. Most important, we want someone who will be great for our son. If you know of anyone in your circle who would be interested, can you please pass our email along and have them contact us?
The Occupational Therapy Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Ontario, will be hosting a course on Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy on May 11th & 12th, 2012. Please save the dates in your calendars! The course is open to Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.
From: Maxine Labour
I am looking for a wheelchair that can transport a child/adult into the pool via a ramp. The current swimming pool chair that the pool has is pretty standard and does not offer enough support for this child/adult. He has very low tone and no trunk control so I was thinking something with a tilt would be needed.
It reveals the connection between the gut and Autism. This is of course not new to lots those who have explore other than main stream treatments but the mainstream may catch up one day. Please watch the episode and consider a Gut Healing Diet. As most things you may not agree with all that is said, I also was disappointed with how miss information continues to be propagated about Dr. Wakefield (few check things out) but there are many good things in this documentary. Somebody is actually listening to parents!
I have included an attachment of an journal article from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride from 2005 on "Gut and Psychology Syndrome", which essentially says the same thing. Many have found the GAPS diet to be very effective. Here is the web site: gaps.me There is also a link on how to get the book which is essentially all you need to get started as it includes recipes. You can also get most of the information off the web site (no! expensive treatments). The diet and information is free but there are supports available for people who are not familiar with traditional cooking and food preservation. I have also attached some case studies on children who have been on the GAPS diet and which records some of the process and the various outcomes. (Case 1, Case 14, Case 19)
Dr. Campbell's son was diagnosed with Autism very young. He regressed to the point of head banging and losing all his language at 20 months. As a Neurologist she could not help him but returned to the drawing board and studied nutrition. Her son was the first treatment subject. I talked to her husband in November 2011 about her son and he just got accepted into college in England and does not have the diagnosis of Autism any more. She now runs a successful nutrition clinic in the UK. People can implement the diet on their own from the book but if help is needed there may be Gaps Practitioners available and GAPS groups.
In the process of obtaining approval to host the Dynamic Core for Kids course at an AHS site, it was decided by an upper level committee that the course would first be open to AHS staff and any leftover space would then be offered to community therapists outside of AHS. It was the working group's intention to keep it open for everyone, however, the course has become an AHS sanctioned course and we are now unable to make that change. We are hoping that there will be availability for all of you who would like to attend and we will make sure that you are the first group of people offered any available spots. I am sorry for the disappointing news but hopeful that you will be able to attend.
Have a wonderful holiday season,
Carolyn Fuss, MScPT
High River Health Unit
Here is the brochure and registration details for the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute Conference to be held in Edmonton, May 2012. There will only be space for 75 registrants. Note that there is a registration form for Canadian registrants as well as USA registrants.
Cheryl McKenna, MSc.O.T., OT(c)
Pediatric Home Nutrition Support
Stollery Children's Health Centre
1C3.53 Walter Mackenzie Centre
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7
Tel: (780) 407-7799
Fax: (780) 407-8502
A full description of sessions is now posted and we are excited to have Winnie Dunn speaking at our conference as well as our keynote speaker Eustacia Cutler (Temple Grandin's mother), Dr. Pat Miranda, Sue Mitchell, Emily Rubin, and Dr. David Nicholas!!!
Occupational Therapist & Team Leader
Student Health Partnership
Allied Health - Edmonton Zone
Public Health, Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management
St. Kevin School
Edmonton, AB T6A 3P8
tel: (780) 408-5881 mobile: (780) 905-9216 fax: (780) 408-5887 Natalie.Hutchison@albertahealthservices.ca
My name is Michelle Evans and I am the Peer Interactions Coordinator for Infinite Resources Inc. I am pleased to announce we now have the dates for our next session of groups to start in January for Small
Talk and Gym Buddies. Quirky Teen dates will be finalized by Dec 1st and information will be emailed out.
Small Talk and Gym Buddies groups will run January 14th, 2012 - March 10, 2012. There will be no groups February 25, 2012 due to a Gymnastics Competition. However, we have rented Grandin Theatres February 25 at 11:00am for a movie our families can attend together.
More details will be sent out closer to the date.
*Please note there have been time changes.
"Small Talk" has been designed to create opportunities for children to improve their communication & social skills in a safe & supported environment. In this 1.5 hour - 8 week program, children will work with a professional and knowledgeable staff to develop the necessary skills to engage in social play with their peer group. Objectives will include: good listening behaviors, sense of responsibility, conversation skills, volume and tone of voice, good manners, personal space, turn taking, fair play, etc... The will be one group for 3 - 7 year olds, and another group for 8 -12 year olds.
#104, 25 Chisholm Ave.
St. Albert, AB
Small Talk 3-7 year olds 11:15am - 12:45pm
Small Talk 8-12 year olds 1:00pm - 2:30pm
"Peer Interactions" Gym Buddies!
In this eight week program, children will work on developing friendships, self-esteem & understanding social cues. "Gym Buddies" creates opportunities for children to explore social situations, positively engage with peers, and have fun with gymnastics. Objectives will include: paired play, strategies for regulation, sensory breaks, good choice making, gymnastics/gross motor activities, personal space, etc... Student activities are based on the groups age and ability. Staff will support students to manage their behavior, interact with peers,
complete gross & fine motor tasks, as well as self-regulate with sensory breaks & communicating needs.
The will be one group for 3 - 7 year olds, and another group for 8 - 12 year olds.
#104, 25 Chisholm Ave.
St. Albert, AB
Gym Buddies 3-7 year olds 11:15am - 12:45pm
Gym Buddies 8-12 year olds 1:00pm - 2:30pm
** Please note that we will no longer be able to place younger children in the older group and vice versa. This is a new policy that has been implemented to help with planning appropriate programming for each group both by the gymnastics coach and Infinite Resources Inc. Staff.
Are you ready and eager for growth, freedom and creativity in your Private Occupational Therapy practice? Does independence, flexibility and autonomy while working as part of an established, holistic, and professional team appeal to you? If so, then the IDEAS team awaits you!
IDEAS Inc. (established in 1992) is looking for a registered Occupational Therapist who loves children, is out-going, organized, motivated and ready to work in a fun, multi-disciplinary environment.
Candidates must have a minimum of two years’ experience working with children and families in a clinic or educational setting.
An energetic, creative thinker can look forward to an established referral network, mentoring by a therapist with more than 30 years of pediatric experience and unending opportunities for expansion, growth and challenge.
Be supported while also maintaining control of your own caseload, of your own practice, of your own future!
Khan Communication Services is continuing to expand services in Alberta, and we are currently seeking Occupational Therapists for January 2012. Our practice is based in Edmonton, and provides services to schools in rural Alberta. On site and telepractice services are provided to schools. Our team includes SLP's, OT's, and behavior consultants who travel together, and conduct telepractice sessions to service KG and elementary students.
We are leading innovative service delivery in the province. More information can be found on our website at http://www.khancommunicationservices.com/. The ideal candidate should have a keen interest in using blogs and telepractice to provide workshops and training. The candidate should also have skills in providing functional assessments for school aged children, and experience with students with severe disabilities. Recent graduates are welcome, but will work closely with more experienced clinicians in private practice. Khan Communication Services will provide OT assessment tools to the practitioner, and payment of a subcontracted private practice hourly rate for a 6.5 hour day, with travel time and mileage reimbursements when travel is required.
The next meeting for the DCD Parent Support Group is on Thursday December 1st at ACH. Parents are invited to join us for a presentation by Kristine Neil, a parent who has conducted a national study on Awareness and Knowledge of DCD among parents, teachers and doctors. Parents can support the ‘Next Steps’ in improving awareness in Alberta. Please send out this poster freely to families in your practice.
St Thomas Aquinas School Division is looking for an occupational therapist to provide general classroom consultation to their preschool program in Drayton Valley.
Services would include observation and teacher consult, with a follow up observation visit 2-3 months after the initial visit. A printed package of recommendations/activity suggestions to be provided to the instructor after the initial consultation. The budget would be approx. 6 hours per class (including time to prepare printed package) plus travel time.
If interested please contact: Marilyn Kunitz Student Services Coordinator St. Thomas Aquinas RCSRD No. 38 4906 50 Ave. Leduc, Alberta T9E 6W9 Phone: 780 986 2500 Fax: 780 986 8620
For the first time, AOTA is sponsoring a WEST Autism Conference to match the EAST one that has occured for a couple of years now. Please click here for information on speakers' presentation summaries; there are many great topics directly related to the kids we see daily, plus the research being presented that will back up some of the approaches we use. The conference is being held in Long Beach, California on December 2 and 3. Registration information is on line.
The Edmonton and Calgary OT Pediatric Interest Groups frequently receive requests for contact information for private practicing therapists. The link to SAOT's list is here.
The Calgary OT Pediatric Interest Group has started to compile a list of private practicing Occupational Therapists who have provided their information for the use of parents and professionals who are looking for a therapist to provide service privately or through an FSCD contract. Please email Heather McKenziebhmck@shaw.ca if you are not already on the list and wish to be added.
We will also compile a similar list for Edmonton and area private practicing Occupational Therapists. If you wish to be included on this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
contact information (phone, email, website, etc.)
location of practice
short biography and/or information on your experience and expertise
This information will be compiled and accessible as a link on this page and will be periodically updated.
Please note that the Alberta OT Pediatric Interest Group does not endorse any therapist or company,
and holds no responsibility for services provided by anyone on the lists.
Please find the attached posters for more information about the series of OT and SLP education sessions running again this November and December 2011. Sessions will be taking place at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, but are also available via Telehealth in Brooks, Bow Island, & Oyen.
If you work with children who are diagnosed ASD/Asperger's/PPD-NOS these sessions may be useful for their parents/caregivers/educators. If you are working with children who are not diagnosed, but have similar difficulties - these parents are also welcome to attend. Encourage caregivers (both family and education) to come to learn how to support these kids!
I am wondering if anyone has treated a child with Chronic Fatigue Illness? If so, I would appreciate the opportunity to touch base with you as I am currently working with a 4 y.o. girl who has been diagnosed with this condition.
Comment below if you have experience with this diagnosis.
I am trying to compile a list of community programs and resources for children with special needs in our communities. Too often families are coming to me (in the SwimAbilities swimming program) with few or no other leisure activities that their child participates in. There are lots of programs out there, but not a lot of common knowledge about them. I'm a huge advocate for the families getting active and involved, and if you know of a program, I'd be happy to put it up on the swimabilities.ca website.
I have a girl who is in elementary school. She has a diagnosis of mild C.P She has sensory issues and recently went on medication for a diagnosis of attentional problems. Since being on the meds, she has become very oversensitive to sounds…people talking, a binder closing, etc. to the point she is in tears and says it hurts. Her mother says she had been fairly sensitive to noises when she was young but she had improved greatly and only had a few issues, prior to being on the meds. Mom reportsshe is getting enough sleep. I haven’t seen her since this began so I have not put any sensory strategies in place yet. I have two questions:
Does anyone have any thoughts about the meds? ( sorry, I don’t know which one she is on) Has anyone seen problems with any ADD meds which exacerbate over responsiveness to sound.
Which sensory strategy would be the best to try first?
Occupational and Speech Therapy Using a Sensory Motor Approach
This two day workshop is designed for speech/language pathologists, behavioral interventionists, and occupational therapists who work collaboratively towards the enhancement of communication, interaction, organized behavior, learning, joint attention, and modulation using sensory integrative principles. An intimate relationship exists between sensory motor function and the development of relationship, communication and speech. Join these master clinicians as they explore the neurobiology, the art of therapy and collaborative approaches in the treatment of children with communication challenges. Strategies presented will emphasize an OT/SLP integrated approach for children diagnosed with developmental challenges, autism, attention deficit disorder and language delays, etc.
#4, 6020-1A Street SW Calgary (1 block north of Chinook LRT and 2 blocks east of Chinook Center Mall)
Topic:Visual Perceptual Treatment: Evidence from the Literature
Lauren Rhynes will be sharing the results from her literature review on visual perception and ocularmotor delay treatment.
This presentation is to review the results of a literature review and critical appraisal I completed in the Spring of 2011 entilted Efficacy of intervention for visual perception and oculomotor delays in school-aged children. The study analyzes the literature on visual perception and oculomotor treatment that could be implemented by an occupational therapist. The overall literature, as well as individual studies will be discussed. As well, this information will be integrated with clinical evidence to determine the best course of action when working with these children, and will lead to the creation of a document for clinicians. Discussion about the impact on clinical practice will be welcomed and encouraged!
Having any burning questions or case studies you want to discuss? Bring them along! Any new resources, books, toys etc, you have found... we would love to hear about them!
I have an 8 year old that uses the toilet for voiding but not for bowel movements. He is a picky eater and is on a routine bowel softener. Does anyone have any ideas to encourage the use of the toilet for bowel movements?
I forgot to mention that he is FASD, no overt signs of SPD, liked deep pressure,higher level motor planning issues.
The Bow Valley Community Care OT/PT contingent is facilitating a meeting of community partners in November to discuss how best to support kids and families who are facing DCD. Wondered if anyone has some short video clips (1-2 mins) that we could use to send out with our invite, demonstrating some of the functional impact of DCD on daily life? I recall the dance class clip, and would love that link, with any others that you have collected.
Contact Adrienne Lawlor (with permission would insert her email address here)
This blog serves as a website for Alberta pediatric Occupational Therapists to "meet" and share information, network and support each other! It replaces the email list-serves that the Edmonton and Area OT Pediatric Interest Group (coordinated by Nicole Ebbesen Rowan/Believe OT) and the Calgary Pediatric Interest Group (coordinated by Heather MacKenzie) have been using for several years. However, the 'mandate' of the blog is the same as the email lists:
to share information about professional development, both formal and informal
to share information about job postings and professional opportunities, including private practice
to network and engage in clinical discussions
to share any other information relevant to pediatric occupational therapy
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