Thursday, 2 July 2020

Your mOnTh at a Glance


Primary Care Community of Practice
Date: July 21, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00pm PT
Location: Videoconference
This session will focus on a case study review and clinical resource sharing.

Primary Care Community of Practice
Date: August 18, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00pm PT
Location: Videoconference
This meeting will focus on advocacy initiatives and strategy to promote the role of occupational therapy in primary care delivery. 

Private Practice Business Network
Date: September 15, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:30pm PDT
Location: Teleconference


We are looking for candidates with initiative, creativity, and a keen desire to contribute to the work of the BC chapter of CAOT. 
Learn more, including how to apply
Application deadline: July 31, 2020

    Monday, 29 June 2020

    Resource for your Paediatric Practice: Therapy BC Webinars

    As part of their Pediatric Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) has sponsored several Therapy BC webinars to support pediatric therapists throughout the province. 

    Webinars include: 

    • Developmental Screening at 4-6 months
    • Sensory Processing Intervention: A Primer
    • Developmental Coordination Disorder: Consultation, Assessment, and Treatment
    • Know the Signs: Red Flags for Pediatric Feeding Disorders in Early Intervention
    • Cultural Safety - What This Means Working with Indigenous People
    • Motivational Interviewing: Collaborative Conversations with Families
    • And more!


    Friday, 26 June 2020

    Evidence for your Practice: Parent Perspectives of an Occupational Therapy Telehealth Intervention

    Photo by Jud Mackrill on Unsplash
    Article: Wallisch, A., Little, L., Pope, E., & Dunn, W. (2019). Parent perspectives of an occupational therapy telehealth intervention. International journal of telerehabilitation11(1), 15.

    Study Aim: To understand the lived experiences of parents of young children with autism spectrum disorders who participated in a 12-week, telehealth-delivered occupational therapy intervention (Occupation Based Coaching or OBC).

    Key Findings: 
    Themes that emerged from the data included:
    • Compatibility with Everyday Life
      • Parents discussed how the structure of the telehealth service delivery model and the specific intervention model (OBC) fit within the structure of the family.
    • Collaborative Relationship
      • Parents discussed the ways in which occupational therapy professional knowledge added to the online sessions and how the therapist was empathetic and did not judge parent decisions. 
    • Parent Empowerment
      • Parents felt empowered to try new strategies, problem solve through situations, and consider their child’s strengths. 
    Bottom Line for OT: Occupational therapy services delivered via telehealth can support families of young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in everyday routines such as mealtime, bedtime, and play. Understanding parents' experiences of telehealth-delivered occupational therapy intervention can help OTs improve delivery of their service through this platform.


    Thursday, 25 June 2020

    What do you want to learn about in neurology?

    CAOT-BC and the Neurology Practice Network are seeking your input regarding future topics of education. 

    Please complete this brief 2 question survey and let us know what you are interested in learning about.

    Survey closes July 9, 2020. 


    Wednesday, 24 June 2020

    cOnnecT with Sarah Chow

    Interview with Ergonomics Practice Network chair Sarah Chow

    Why did you choose occupational therapy as a career?
    I could speak at length about this, but I will (try) to keep it short! For as long as I can remember, I have had a desire to care for others but it was not until my experience volunteering in a long-term care home did my concept of working in a healthcare setting truly materialize. After completing my research thesis in physiology/kinesiology, I did sway into the world of academia, but after engaging in multiple informal interviews with OTs in the profession, my curiosity grew. I remember the first week of my OT program where I learned that OT practice encompassed the physical, mental, cognitive and spiritual elements of the human experience to all be determinants of health. This created in me a deep appreciation for what OT practice really stood for: A practice that really gets people. A practice that works and creates significant change. From there I was hooked and knew I was part of something really special.

    What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC? 
    It would be a toss up between two things:

    1. I appreciate all the work CAOT puts into advocating for the profession and providing us professional support. Just knowing that we have an organization that is there to better our profession helps give me confidence to focus on providing excellent clinical care. 
    2. I have always appreciated the prompt communication from the CAOT staff. All the way from organizing our professional insurance to setting up meetings with their awesome service coordinator Sarah!

    What has been your most interesting job?
    During my undergraduate studies, I spent some time working as a bicycle mechanic fixing and tuning up bikes. It was a fantastic way to merge my hobbies of mountain biking with the tinkering of tools. To my delightful surprise, my skills learned from this job has actually helped me in my OT practice when working with wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.

    What do you like about occupational therapy?
    If I am to reflect even from my work yesterday in clinical practice, I would say that I love that OT practice has such diversity that it can allow for us to exercise and celebrate our creativity. I consider myself a child at heart (and probably forever) and I love using Lego blocks to create Star Wars ships. I had the opportunity to utilize the cognitive activity of Lego building into a treatment session for a mental health client and guess what? He loved it! He has been more engaged now then he has been in the last year working with him and it has been a medium for me to start discussing with him about his previous leisure pursuits. This along with hundreds of other examples just shows how absolutely lovely it is to have a profession that can be stylized and made into your own when serving our clients.

    What do you find most challenging about working as an OT?
    I feel the most difficult element of being an OT is the challenge of maintaining a healthy balance of being both empathic and invested without succumbing to either compassion fatigue/burnout or jadedness. Of course, this is something that is not unique to OTs in general, so I am thankful that this is an ongoing conversation with rich input from many other health professions. 

    What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an OT?
    Firstly, I would say that OT is an exciting profession. Rich, full and rewarding. I would say that if this is an area you are wanting to pursue, keep an open mind about what area you would like to delve into. There are enough practice areas and even sub-practice areas (and perhaps sub-sub-practice areas) that it would take awhile to even break the surface. I recall many individuals in my OT class were quite firm that they wanted to work in pediatrics or geriatrics, only to realize after a few practicums that they had a greater passion elsewhere. Same thing happened for me as well. I knew I had a love for working with the elderly, but I have realized only after working and trying new areas of practice about my love for the exciting world of ergonomics.  


    Monday, 22 June 2020

    CAOT-BC is recruiting applicants for the 2020-2022 Advisory Committee

    Photo by Jonny Caspari on Unsplash

    We are looking for candidates with initiative, creativity, and a keen desire to contribute to the work of the BC chapter of CAOT. Advisory Committee participation includes:

    1. Attending meetings of the Advisory Committee (2-4 per year, webinar, teleconference and/or in person);
    2. Facilitating or attending at least two Community of Practice/Practice Network meetings for your region or practice area for the purpose of information gathering and sharing;
    3. Providing input to address strategic priorities for the British Columbia chapter of CAOT;
    4. Participating in CAOT and CAOT-BC sponsored events as required;
    5. Assisting with communication of information regarding the British Columbia chapter of CAOT.
    We are seeking representatives from each health region of British Columbia (Metro VancouverFraser ValleyVancouver IslandInterior, and North) as well as the paediatric and mental health practice areas.

    Application deadline: July 31, 2020


    Friday, 19 June 2020

    Resource for your Practice: Stroke Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Heart & Stroke Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR) Advisory Council has developed guidance on implementing evidence-based stroke care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Stroke Best Practice Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic has been published in The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

    Citation: Smith, E., Mountain, A., Hill, M., Wein, T., Blaquiere, D., Casaubon, L., Linkewich, E., Foley, N., Gubitz, G., Simard, A., Lindsay, P. (2020). Canadian Stroke Best Practice Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences / Journal Canadien Des Sciences Neurologiques, 1-11. doi:10.1017/cjn.2020.74.

    A summary of the key messages are also available.

    Supporting Resources

    Taking Action for Optimal Community and Long-term Stroke Care (TACLS) has been updated and adapted to provide essential information for healthcare providers in acute care as well as inpatient rehabilitation and community settings (e.g., home-based care and longterm care)

    Telestroke Toolkit: Stroke teams were among the very first healthcare providers to use video-based telemedicine modalities to support treatment decisions for acute stroke patients. Lessons learned from the acute stroke care experience have supported research and implementation of telestroke services for rehabilitation and prevention. The comprehensive Telestroke Toolkit provides a range of resources to help your team set up and optimize telestroke visits and management of individuals with stroke across the stroke care continuum. 


    Thursday, 18 June 2020

    COTF’s COVID-19 Awards Proposal

    COVID-19 has had unprecedented impacts on the lives of each and every one of us in different ways, including the work of occupational therapists. The practice and study of occupational therapy have been challenged and / or interrupted. Occupational therapists and students need to be able to work with clients and navigate in this new environment.

    The current practice environment has led to occupational therapists creating innovative practice solutions on the spot that are evolving practice. Occupational therapists are having to work in different ways with clients in changing practice settings, which require new attitudes and skill sets.

    COTF is responding to the immediate needs of the occupational therapy community during COVID-19 by launching an awards program. COTF recognizes that this is the time for occupational therapists to be leaders in this new transformative process. COTF is suggesting three broad categories of awards that are accessible to practitioners, researchers and students.

    1. Evidence Informed Practice Grant (grant to support research and /or practice-based projects): targeting occupational therapy practitioners and researchers.
    2. Educational Developmental Grant (grant to support research or development of occupational therapy education):    targeting university based educators, fieldwork educators and fieldwork practice.
    3. Bursary: targeting entry level occupational therapy students who are affected significantly by COVID-19.


    Wednesday, 17 June 2020

    A Guide to the Disability Tax Credit for Occupational Therapists

    Did you know that occupational therapists are authorized to complete the Disability Tax Credit application for certain clients? 

    CAOT-BC and Access RDSP have a guide available to help occupational therapists support their clients in applying for the DTC. 

    The DTC offers significant benefits for people with disabilities who qualify, including: 
    • Opportunity to open a Disability Savings Plan
    • Up to $50,000 in government grants and bonds
    • Non-refundable tax credits ($8,113 in 2017)


    Monday, 15 June 2020

    Do you practice in dysphagia management? We want to hear from you!

    In order to determine how CAOT-BC can best support the professional practice needs of occupational therapists in dysphagia management, we ask that you please complete our brief survey by June 26, 2020

    Go to survey