Friday, 26 May 2017

Resource for your Practice: Autism Videos @ ACT



Autism Videos @ ACT (AVA) is a free online video library about all facets of raising a child or youth with autism. ACT provides non-commercial, evidence-based information and training on ASD to parents and professionals – the most comprehensive community-level autism information service in Canada. Grounded in research and good practice, they provide reliable, non-commercial information to help professionals and parents maximize the positive impact of providing fun and functional therapy for children with ASD. Many videos are relevant to a variety of children with special needs other than autism. 

4 new videos available: 


To access these videos and more, check out Autism Videos @ ACT

Thursday, 25 May 2017

CAOT-BC at HSA Convention


On Friday April 7, 2017, CAOT-BC attended the Health Sciences Association (HSA) annual convention in Vancouver, BC. There were approximately 300 delegates from over 20 different health disciplines representing all regions of British Columbia. Categories of resolutions debated and voted on included: education, health services, labour relations, occupational health and safety, and political action, among others.

Resolutions of note:
  • HSA will “continue to support public awareness of all professions in HSA, including those which may not have widespread recognition”. (carried)
  • In regard to the limited resources of the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program, HSA will “lobby the government and health authorities to develop and implement alternative equipment loan strategies to adequately meet the needs of all clients in BC”. (carried)

John Horgan, from the NDP party, made the keynote speech and discussed the party’s proposed health care changes, pledging to advocate for the health sciences in providing better health outcomes for patients across British Columbia.
As voted by the delegates, Val Avery was re-elected as HSA’s president for another term.


To learn more about HSA and how they represent occupational therapists, visit http://www.hsabc.org

By Christl Bradley, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

CAOT-BC Issue Papers: Re-assessment, case management, and fees


CAOT-BC issue papers discuss occupational therapy within the context of important practice issues. They serve as a resource to occupational therapists in guiding discussion and enhancing transparency in practice.

Occupational Therapy and Assessment/Re-assessment

Occupational Therapy and Case Management

Occupational Therapy and Fees Based on Experience

These papers are meant to be used as reference and shared widely. Please post and distribute to your networks as you see fit. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

CAOT-BC Rural/Remote Practice Network Meeting: May 29, 2017


Topic: Telehealth and Occupational Therapy, presented by Pam Hood Szivek (OT)

Please send your questions or content requests regarding telehealth and occupational therapy to sslocombe@caot.ca


This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate.

Date: May 29, 2017
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration: http://www.caot.ca/viewEvent.html?no_header=true&productId=9648
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Evidence for your Practice: Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function

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Article for Review: 
Park, J., McCaffrey, R., Newman, D., Liehr, P., & Ouslander, J. G. (2016). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Community‐Dwelling Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, doi:10.1111/jgs.14717

This randomized control trial evaluated the effects of Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA) who where unable to participate in standing exercise. One hundred and thirty-one community-dwelling adults were randomly assigned to either chair yoga or a Health Education program, which both consisted of twice-weekly 45-minute sessions for 8 weeks.

Conclusion: The chair yoga program was associated with reduction in pain, pain interference, and fatigue, and improvement in gait speed. However, only the effects on pain interference were sustained 3 months post intervention. Chair yoga should be further explored as a nonpharmacologic intervention for older people with OA in the lower extremities.

Access the abstract here

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CAOT-BC Bariatric Care Practice Network Meeting: May 29, 2017


Topic: Discussion and review of resources related to bariatric care and occupational therapy practice


This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate.

Date: May 29, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration: https://caot.in1touch.org/viewEvent.html?productId=9653
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

CAOT-BC at the Community Rehab Forum

CAOT-BC attended the Community Rehab Forum at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby on May 11, 2017, where we had the chance to talk with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and rehab assistants who were attending the day-long event. 

Over the lunch hour we spoke with many healthcare professionals about the work CAOT-BC is doing for OTs around the province and answered questions about practice networks, professional collaboration, and the resources that CAOT-BC offers to its members. Overall, it was a very exciting event!

By Christl Bradley, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC

Monday, 15 May 2017

Resource for your Practice: The ABCs of DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder)

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A new webinar is available from the CAPHC Knowledge Exchange Network. 

Dr. Zwicker discusses the ABC’s of DCD, a common but under-recognized neurodevelopmental disorder. The objectives of this session are for participants to: (1) become more Aware of DCD, how it Affects children and families, and how to Assess and diagnose this condition: (2) understand how the Brain may be impacted in children with DCD; and (3) become aware of a novel, research-integrated Clinic model to diagnose children with DCD.

Access the ABCs of DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Webinar

Friday, 12 May 2017

CAOT-BC Community OT Practice Network Meeting: May 24, 2017


Topic: Occupational Therapists as Device Developers & Innovators: 10 Tips For Promoting Your Own Business. Presented by Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero)

This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate.

Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration: http://www.caot.ca/viewEvent.html?no_header=true&productId=9636
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

If you have any questions about registration please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca

Thursday, 11 May 2017

CAOT-BC Assistive Technology & Seating Practice Network Meeting: May 18, 2017


Topic: Wheelchair Tie Downs and Occupant Restraints 101 | What you need to know to keep your clients safe

Do you regularly prescribe wheelchairs for your clients which might be tied down in a van or used on public transportation? Did you know that some wheelchair frames are not crash-tested to be tied down with a user sitting in them? Or that a wheelchair safety belt is not a sufficient occupant restraint when tying down a wheelchair? 

Even if you aren't specifically dealing with adapted vehicles, it's important to understand and be aware of the potential and limitations of these systems so you can adequately advise your clients. Join us for a presentation and question and answer session to learn more about wheelchair tie downs, occupant restraints, and WC-19 compliance for manual and powered wheelchairs. The session will be presented by representatives from McKesson Canada and Q-Straint who will be available to answer all your questions about safety, liability, and what you need to know to provide the best care possible for your clients.

This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate. 

Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration: https://caot.in1touch.org/viewEvent.html?productId=9654
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca