Friday, 13 September 2019

Resource for your Practice: Free webinars from Brain Injury Canada

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Brain Injury Canada offers free educational webinars as well as archived recordings on a variety of topics, including: 


Thursday, 12 September 2019

Paid Advertisement: Autism Speaks Canada Walk 2019


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day: Last chance to register

Last chance to register for the CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day! Come learn what you need to know for testifying in court. 

When: October 10, 2019 | 9:00am-4:30pm
Vancouver Law Courts | 800 Hornby Street
Agenda and more information

This event will include: Taking the Stand: How to be a Valuable Expert Witness in the Functional Capacity Evaluation and Cost of Future Care Fields
Presented by Jodi Fischer and Min Kyi of FORS Inc. 

This session is designed for OTs interested in learning how to provide valuable expert witness testimony regarding their Functional Capacity Evaluation and Cost of Future Care reports, and handle the challenge of cross examination.

RegistrationCAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149; VIP Volunteer (Practice Network Chair/Advisory Committee Member – limit of 5) $75 


Friday, 6 September 2019

Evidence for your Practice: Occupational therapy in fatigue management in MS

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Article: Angela, S., Tullia, S. D. E., Giorgia, F., Valter, S., & Teresa, P. (2019). Occupational Therapy in Fatigue Management in Multiple Sclerosis: An Umbrella Review. Multiple sclerosis international, 2019.

Purpose: The purpose of this umbrella review was to determine the efficacy of OT intervention in the management of fatigue of individuals with MS
Overview of the articles: 10 articles fit the reviews inclusion and exclusion criteria, including 1 guideline, 1 meta-analysis, 3 reviews, and 5 systematic reviews.

  • The following interventions/topics were shown to be effective in the reduction of MS fatigue:
    • Energy conservation and fatigue management education
    • Fatigue Applying Cognitive Behavioural and Energy Effectiveness Techniques (FACETs) program
    • Pragmatic Exercise Intervention for people with MS (EXMIS)
    • A multidisciplinary approach
    • Face-to-face format
    • ADL training
    • Vocational training
  • The following interventions/topics were shown to be effective in increasing individuals QOL:
    • Energy conservation education
    • Pragmatic Exercise Intervention for people with MS (EXMIS)
  • The following intervention/topics were shown to have low effectiveness/require further research in the reduction of MS fatigue:
    • Telerehabilitation
    • Relaxation therapy
Bottom Line for OT:

  • OT interventions that focus on education, energy conservation, and have a face-to-face component are evidence-based and beneficial for the management of fatigue for individuals with MS
  • A multidisciplinary team was supported by all reviews which highlights the importance of working alongside other health professionals when managing MS fatigue
  • OTs should be aware of, screen for, and assess secondary fatigue which can be associated with anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping

The article can be found here 

Post by Brandy Virgin, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC


Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Space still available to volunteer for the Autism Speaks Connect Fair

CAOT-BC is seeking volunteers to promote occupational therapy at the Autism Speaks Connect Fair. This involves sharing information, resources and offering interactive activities that highlight the role of occupational therapy services for people with autism. In addition to attending the event, there will be a planning meeting via teleconference in September.

When: October 6, 2019
Where: Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub, 3688 Cessna Drive Richmond BC

Available shift times:
08:00am-10:00am (1 shift) – includes set up of booth from 8:00-8:30am
10:00am-12:15pm (1 shift) – Includes tear down of booth from 12:00-12:15pm

If you are interested, please send an email to as soon as possible.


Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Your mOnTh at a Glance


CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day
When: October 10, 2019
Where: Provincial Court of BC | 800 Hornby St. Vancouver, BC
Registration and more information

Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) Training
When: February 3-7, 2020
Where: City Square Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC
Discount for CAOT-BC members!

Rehab Equipment Expo
When: September 10, 2019
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval

The purpose of Rehab Equipment Expo is to give clinicians and consumers in the community and health facilities access to information needed to make educated decisions regarding the purchase of assistive technology. The event draws well over five hundred clinicians and almost one hundred exhibitors.
Get your free admission voucher

Motion Rehab Expo (Victoria & Nanaimo)
When: September 12th (Victoria) & September 13th (Nanaimo), 2019
Where: GR Pearkes Recreation Centre, Victoria | Beban Park Recreation Center, Nanaimo

When: September 18, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: Webinar
Registration and more information

Motion Rehab Expo (Kelowna)
When: October 1, 2019
Where: Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna

Save the date: cOnnecT Day
When: November 2, 2019
Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Connect with COTBC, your professional association CAOT-BC and UBC’s Department of OS&OT for a stimulating day of updates, networking, recognition, and inspiration!


CAOT-BC Mental Health and Substance Use Practice Network Meeting
When: September 11, 2019 | 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
Where: Teleconference
Registration and more information

CAOT-BC Northern Practice Network
When: October 2, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm Pacific Time
Where: Teleconference and in person (Prince George)

CAOT-BC Ergonomics Practice Network Meeting
When: October 30, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm PT
Where: Webinar
Registration and more information


BC Government Worker's Compensation System Review
British Columbians are invited to share their views on what an improved workers’ compensation system should look like. The independent reviewer would like to hear from people from all over B.C., including injured workers and their families, employers, medical practitioners, and more.

Participate by September 30, 2019 


Wednesday, 28 August 2019

cOnnecT with Gina Fernandez

Why did you choose OT as a career?
I wanted a job where I could work alongside individuals and help them achieve their goals. I have a chronic knee injury and as a child/teen, Rehabilitation health care providers were able to provide me with hope and thoughtful ideas to enable me to succeed in the leisure activities that I care about (dance), whereas the physicians and surgeons could not. I was inspired to do the same for others when I graduated from high school.

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
The awareness campaigns!  I enjoy reading about the various places that CAOT-BC sets up booths to promote awareness of our profession in the community.  I love volunteering at these events and proudly speaking about the ways that OT can enable people.

Where have you worked over your career? Where do you work now?
My very first job was at Abbotsford Hospital for 7 years on the Oncology and Palliative care units. I worked casual at Delta Hospital during these years, and still do so (in addition to Peace Arch Hospital). I spent one year setting up the pilot project for the Early Supported Discharge Program (based out of the Richmond Olympic Oval and Richmond Hospital) during my career.  I also spent one year working in Geriatric Community Mental Health in the Tri-Cities.  I now work at Enable Occupational Therapy (my own private practice clinic) with an amazing OT named Karisa and a fabulous team of Rehabilitation Assistants: Shanice, Tera, Caitlyn and Eileen, and a wonderful Administrative Assistant Denise.  I am so lucky to work beside such compassionate, ethical, hard-working and dedicated women! Oh, and I often help out teaching Parkinson’s boxing classes at Neurofit BC with Naomi Casiro (PT) in Vancouver.

What has been your most interesting job?
Teaching boxing to clients that have Parkinson’s Disease.  Before taking the advanced coursework and teaching Naomi’s classes, I had never taken a boxing class in my life!  Nor had I ever provided remedial exercises to clients with Parkinson’s Disease.  The individuals that attend these classes brighten my day as their drive for life and sense of humor are remarkable.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your OT practice?
Shari Linde (Speech Language Pathologist) who owns Advantage SLP (her own private practice).  She is a phenomenal mentor as her problem solving and clinical reasoning, in addition to her various years of experience with kids, has helped me when I’ve been stuck with a complex case. Her compassion, ability to connect with patients and families is wonderful, and as such, I often call her over for consults! 

What might someone be surprised to know about you? 
Three things!

  1. My mother died 2 weeks before I entered OT school.  The stress of this loss caused me to struggle during my first year of the program. Therefore, I had to return to repeat one course (and an extra year) and finished the Master’s program over 3 years instead of 2 years.
  2. I can barely swim (even though my clinic runs kayaking and swimming camps for clients).
  3. During my Master’s OT program and upon graduation, I swore that I would never work in pediatrics. This is surprising because I own a neurological private practice (adults and kids) and love working with kids so much that I created summer OT camps especially for them!
What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering?
I’m a choreographer and dance instructor (Bollywood Dance). You can often find me performing at Robson Square with my dance team Bollywood Remixed, or teaching dance to a group of high school teens (Richmond High), or teaching a workshop at a dance studio on the Sunshine Coast to adults! I love choreographing Bollywood wedding sequences/dances for couples for their first dance routine!


Friday, 23 August 2019

Telehealth for occupational therapy services for children with ASD

The International Journal of Telerehabilitation is an open access, biannual journal dedicated to advancing telerehabilitation by disseminating information about current research and practices.


Thursday, 22 August 2019

CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day: Registration now open!

Registration is open for the CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day! Come learn what you need to know for testifying in court. 

When: October 10, 2019 | 9:00am-4:30pm
Vancouver Law Courts | 800 Hornby Street
Agenda and more information

This event will include a Mock Trial: The OT as an Expert Witness in Court

J.A. Pankiw-Petty from PPL Accident Recovery Group will discuss the OT role as an expert witness at trial and provide an overview of the process and expectations, including how to prepare for testimony and cross examination. Volunteers will have the opportunity to practice delivering expert testimony in the courtroom, followed by a group debrief to discuss what went well and where improvements can be made. 

Learning objectives include:
  • What to expect
  • How to prepare
  • And how to survive!

Registration: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149; VIP Volunteer (Practice Network Chair/Advisory Committee Member – limit of 5) $75