Friday, 21 July 2017

Volunteer in India in 2018

An exciting opportunity to travel to India and make genuine, sustainable difference in the lives of people with disability in rural India.

Site: Amar Seva Sangam (, located in the rural town of Ayikudy, Tamil Nadu, is an organization for people with disabilities run by people with disabilities. 

Provide bedside mentorship and teaching to the 12 PTs, 2 OTs and 2 speech therapists working at ASSA with the goal of exchanging knowledge. Conduct seminars / workshops for the PTs, OTs and speech therapists. Provide direct client care.

Degree in Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy / Speech Therapy. 1-year professional experience.
Interest or experience in working with children and/or adults with neuromuscular disabilities.
Experience or interest working in a resource poor setting.
Willingness to adapt and take initiative.

Between January and October 2018


Thursday, 20 July 2017

OT in the News: CAOT-BC Member Wins Fellowship

A big congratulations to former CAOT-BC Advisory Committee member and UNBC postdoctoral researcher Alison Gerlach on being awarded the 2016-17 Banting Fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Alison's research project is titled Rethinking Early Intervention Therapy with Indigenous Communities and Families in Northern British Columbia: A Critical Inquiry.

Read the full Prince George Citizen article


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

BC Bid Opportunity: WorkSafeBC - Hand Therapy

Continuous Request for Proposals: Hand Therapy (Search solicitation number 052-2017)

Summary Details:
You are invited to submit a response to this Request for Proposals (RFP) document as a potential provider of hand therapy (the "Services").

To read more go to and search solicitation number 052-2017


Monday, 17 July 2017

CarFit Technician Training: Cloverdale

CarFit is a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check-up to ensure mature drivers have a safe fit with their vehicle. CarFit in Canada is a cooperative program supported by CAOT and the Canadian Automobile Association.For more information on CarFit, check out

WHEN:           September 16, 2017
                     9:00am-12:00pm (training)
                     12:00pm-12:45pm (lunch)
                     1:30pm-4:00pm (driver check-ups)

WHERE:         Cloverdale Pharmasave
                     5778 176A Street 
                     Surrey, BC

REGISTER:    Deadline September 1, 2017
                       Includes refreshments & materials
                                Technician training is limited to 10 participants

Already trained as a CarFit technician? You can join this event as a volunteer. Send an email to to sign up.

Interested in this event coming to your community? Let us know!


Friday, 14 July 2017

Resource for your Practice: Unique Get Together Society

The Unique Get Together Society provides service, support and emotional relief fro children and families who have special abilities, while advocating for social change, so that every child is included and valued in our communities. 

Services offered include:

  • Behavioural intervention
  • Respite care 
  • Mentorship programs
  • A therapeutic/recreational room
  • Recreational programs, including hiking, camps, after school programs and "parents day off"

More information about the Unique Get Together Society


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Private Practice OT Services in BC: Survey Results and Suggested Fee Guidelines

The 2017 CAOT-BC Private Practice Survey Results and Suggested Fee Guidelines are now available! This document summarizes fee survey results and is meant to be used for professional information purposes only.

Please use this document as a resources for your practice and distribute widely to your networks: 

Private Practice OT Services in BC (2017): Survey Results and Suggested Fee Guidelines 


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

BC Bid Opportunity for OTs: Services for Children

Title: MCFD Notice to Vendors: Services for Children Solicitation Number: 445517

The Ministry of Children and Family Development intends to post a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the BC Bid website to find a qualified proponent to deliver support services to children and youth transitioning from being in the care of MCFD to legally permanent placements. The services will be delivered in the South Fraser area (Langley, Surrey, White Rock, Delta).
The Ministry will be seeking proposals from proponents who can implement the support program for children and youth moving to legally permanent homes.. The children and youth may be Aboriginal, may have other ethnicity, and may have a wide range of special needs. 

It is anticipated that the budget for this support service will be approximately $450,000 annually.

The Ministry's objective is to increase supports for children and youth as well as foster families and permanency families involved in the transition process. The process is intended to be fair, open and transparent, and to provide vendors with fair access to information on procurement opportunities, processes and results.

The Ministry is currently developing service requirements and anticipates the posting of the Request for Proposals on BC Bid in mid July 2017. The RFP will be posted for a 3 week period. The RFP will invite responses from qualified suppliers with the experience, capacity and qualifications to provide services in the identified area. The full scope of the opportunity will be contained in the RFP and it is anticipated that no additional information will be made available prior to posting. 

Please direct any queries, in writing to: Laurel Richardson, Procurement and Contract Specialist

Did you know?
CAOT-BC maintains an annual subscription to BC Bid notifications to help occupational therapists be aware of opportunities. CAOT-BC staff monitor BC Bid  for opportunities for occupational therapists including contracts, RFPs in health services, social services and adult education programs. Check out our Facebook page or current OTalk edition for opportunities.


Monday, 10 July 2017

Evidence for your Practice: OT and music therapy for children with ABI

Article for review: Twyford, K., & Waters, S. (2016). In the groove: an evaluation to explore a joint music therapy and occupational therapy intervention for children with acquired brain injury. Voices: a world forum for music therapy, 16(1)

This pilot study sought to understand if a joint occupational therapy and music therapy intervention would lead to positive outcomes in developing self-regulation skills in children with acquired brain injuries or with neurological disorders. The Australian study involved six participants aged five to ten, all with acquired brain injuries and sensory processing difficulties. The intervention consisted of seven weekly one-hour sessions, with targeted occupational and music therapy activities. Both standardized (including the Goal Attainment Scaling and the School Function Assessment) and non-standardized outcome measures were used to measure any changes seen after the intervention period.

Conclusion: Outcome measures from both an occupational therapy and a music therapy perspective indicated positive results in increasing the children’s self-regulation skills. This shows that there may be benefits to creating joint programs between occupational and music therapy, in addition to working on inter-disciplinary teams. 

By Christl Bradley, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Get AMPS Certified: Register Today!

The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) is an innovative observational assessment that is used to measure the quality of a person’s activities of daily living (ADL). The AMPS is an ideal tool for the valid and reliable assessment of the quality of ADL performance and to demonstrate effectiveness of intervention.

When: November 13-17, 2017
Where: Academic Hub at the HOpe Centre at Lions Gate Hospital
2nd floor, 1337 St. Andrews Ave, North Vancouver

Read more here

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day: September 29 in Kelowna, BC

CAOT-BC's Networking & Education Day is back, and you don't want to miss our amazing guest speakers:
Kathy Corbett, COTBC Registrar and CEO will speak on Accountability: The Heart of Professional Practice. This presentation will reinforce key principles of professional accountability and application of COTBC standards of practice to support safe, ethical and quality practice.  Approaches to improve practice and avoiding pitfalls will also be explored.

Interested in suicide prevention training? This day will include safeTALK, a half-day alertness training program that prepares participants to become suicide-alert helpers. 

Lars Taylor, OT and certified driver rehabilitation specialist, will speak on the role of the occupational therapist in determining driver medical fitness and what can and cannot be done when the driving ability of a client is of concern.

Location: CanAm Mobility, 158 Old Vernon Road, Kelowna, BC
Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm

Registration fees include lunch and refreshments. Event proceeds will be targeted to CAOT-BC's public awareness activities.

Interested in this event coming to your community? Let us know!