The Spiral Foundation is pleased to be conducting a survey on practitioner's use of deep touch pressure techniques and modalities.
Currently there is a lack of information on the best clinical practices in the use of deep touch pressure in clinical settings. With your help we hope to document who uses deep touch pressure techniques and modalities, with whom, under what circumstance and current clinical best practice in their use.
We hope you will please take a few minutes and share your expertise with us by completing our survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and we greatly value your input. We appreciate a response within the next two weeks.
Also, please forward this email to your colleagues .
We hope that you will help us out! Please click the following link to go to the survey:
I met a woman whose grandson was diagnoses recently with Asperger's. They are looking for some resources. As I wasn't familiar with what is available in Alberta I thought I would contact you. They are investigating a private school as public is not going too well. He has a psychiatrist who is medicating for anxiety. It sounds like the mother needs to make some contact with other parents as her husband is not supportive. According to the woman he is also on the spectrum but in denial. They also have some OT support through the school.
Is there a regional Asperger's Society or equivalent in Edmonton? Do you know of any other organizations that might be helpful.
Please comment on the blog if you have any information.
I was referred to your blog by an
OT here in Edmonton. I am an optometrist with a private practice that
specializes in Families. My education at Pacific University College of
Optometry gave me a great appreciation for Occupational Therapy and its
role in the lives of families. I wanted the OTs here in Edmonton to
know I am accepting new patients and enjoy children in particular.
Please feel free to post my information and clinic in any of your
emails or publications. I am available by phone or in person for any
questions. My doors are always open if you want to stop by and see the
This is a full time school age OT position based out of Broxton Park
School in Spruce Grove, AB providing consultative service throughout the
Parkland School Division. Posting closes December 14, 2012.
Location: PACE Kids @ #112 5211 MacLeod Trail S Time: 7:30pm Topic: Dr. Meghan Haggarty from the Nardella Clinic will be joining us to share information on the topic of hyberbaric oxygen. The Nardella Clinic addresses Naturopathic and Functional Medicine. Dr. Haggarty focuses her practice on complex chronic disease. She has a keen interest in women's health, autism and hyberbaric oxygen therapy.
I came across this CBC podcast (15 min) discussing a free (!!!) font designed to make it easier for people with dyslexia to read - some interesting points are raised (re: phonemic decoding & reading text etc.), and if you have a few min I'd recommend checking it out!
Family in Cochrane is seeking private practice Physiotherapist to complete hours on Specialized Services FSCD contract (ending on May 23, 2013) with their 5 year old son, who has high functioning autism. Family is flexible with respect to scheduling and highly motivated. They would like the therapist to come to their home. The ISP, including PT goals, has already been set up.
Description: To provide services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please note that this is a 1 year term-certain position, commencing in mid-January 2013. As a member of a trans-disciplinary team, you will provide assessment, intervention, and consultation services to children, families and therapy staff. Travel within the city of Calgary can be expected. Intensive training will be provided regarding the nature and philosophy of therapy within the agency. We offer flexible hours, a competitive benefits package, and a variety of professional development opportunities. Applicants with previous experience working with children with ASD are preferred. Send Resume to: Dana Bryer, Manager of Professional Services Society for Treatment of Autism 404 - 94 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0E8 TEL: 258-5504 FAX: 253-6974 email@example.com www.autism.ca
I have a student using a weighted vest at school. I'm supporting him regarding sensory at home. The therapist at school has a lot of experience and I can't find any concerns noted in literature. Other than ensuring he's not moving while wearing it thus stressing he's cardiovascular system are there any other considerations?
Really appreciate your input. I also appreciate all the information shared through the interest group.
OT needed for Developmental Support contract with FSCD to work with a 5 year old boy with high functioning autism. SLP will be the co-ordinator for the contract. Programming will be a couple times a week after 4 and on Saturdays, so there are a few times available for booking. The family lives in Coach Hill right behind COP. If you are interested, please email Penni at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are looking for an OT and Speech therapist to join our team for a newly awarded FSCD Specialized services contract for a 6 year old non verbal delightful little boy who lives just south of Okotoks. He has developmental delay, is a wobbly walker, needs input for toilet training, dressing , and fine motor . Interested therapists can email or call me as I am coordinating the contract. Helen Enns , physiotherapist @ 403 613 8358 , or Helenenns@gmail.com .
- Do you love working with children and have experience in pediatrics? - Do you enjoy working with a team in a school environment in the community? - If so, we need you!
Sturgeon School Division is currently seeking a part-time private practice Physical therapist (one day a week on average) to provide consultation services for students with physical disabilities in all Division schools. The need for consultation may be higher earlier in the school year, and less so later in the year as needs are addressed.
The private practice Physical Therapist we are searching for will have a background in pediatrics. A Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy and current registration in ACPT is required. Therapists must have own transportation as travel is required to division schools and Central office. Mileage will be paid from the Division border to the schools within the Division The Sturgeon School Division’s Central Office is in Morinville, which is approximately 15 minutes drive north of Edmonton. This school division covers a small geographical region immediately north of the Edmonton/ St. Albert area.
If you are interested, please call or forward your resume to
Thanks to all OTs who have submitted their names and information to be included on this list of Edmonton/North Alberta private practicing OTs. Please find the list here as well as on the Private Practitioner Information Page of this website.
I know a little 4 year old gal who is seeking high intensity oral sensory stimulation to the point of going through a chewy tube every other day!! The family is working on implementing a sensory diet at home and in her PUF program, and using other typical strategies. They have offered her gum and she declines (thus far). Suggestions?
The Calgary OT Pilot Program is pleased to host a "Meet and Greet"
session on Monday, November 26th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at SAIT, Mayland
Heights Campus, "Buck" Crump Building, 1920 Centre Avenue NE. Please
see the attached notice for details and post in your areas. There is an RSVP requested, just so we can plan for some light refreshments.
Our next CoP meeting is Thursday November 8 at 4:30pm.
We are happy to welcome Gwen Roberts (OT) and Stacey Babcock (PT)
from Regional School Health, to discuss the school based therapy
services in Calgary. We'll follow up with discussion around what this
looks like for children with DCD.
attached a poster for the event, so feel free to print it off, and
invite other allied health or educational professionals who work with
children or adolescents. Telehealth sites and room numbers are on the
poster. Of note: The RRDTC and Lacombe Hospital & Care Centre sites
are available this month (November 8), but will not be available for
the December 13 meeting, due to other bookings.
Margot Byer has recently expanded her private practice to
include sleep consultation – “helping tired families
sleep”. She invites you to visit her new website at www.sleephaven.ca for all the details.
"In the summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics published their position paper on the use of sensory interventions, specifically SI treatment, with children. They recommend cautious in using these unproven approaches and transparency in informing parents of the evidence. This document sparked much debate within the OT community around the world. Sylvia Rodgers and colleagues have just published an editorial which speaks to the need for OT as a profession to define and name our interventions carefully."
PS - Please visit http://MountainPostcards.com
and sign up for the free postcard emails. These are hi-resolutions
images for desktops or print. Share the emails with your friends,
family, and colleagues! This is a fun and visually gratifying way to
spread the word about the importance of child vision exams.
PPS - If you haven't already done so, also sign up for the OT VT Intro course. There is no charge for this. Find it here: