Friday, 22 September 2017

CAOT-BC IEOT Practice Network Meeting: October 3, 2017

Topic: Virtual Meet & Greet
Connect and network with other internationally educated OTs and provide input on meeting topics and resources for the 2017-18 membership year.

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

Date: October 3, 2017
Time: 10:00am - 10:30am Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$20 for non-members
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe or Kat Dikeakos


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Evidence for your Practice: Feeding and swallowing assessment practices in Canada

Post by Stephanie Glegg, MSc, BSc(OT)

How do we support best practices in pediatric feeding and swallowing assessment in Canada? What are these best practices, how are they carried out, and who is involved? In what ways can we support the needs of these children in hospital and community clinics, or through telerehabilitation?

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children’s Child Development & Rehabilitation Evidence Centre recently partnered with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) to answer these questions by collaborating on an environmental scan of feeding assessment practices in pediatric health centres across Canada. CADTH conducted the environmental scan, which included a pan-Canadian survey, stakeholder consultation, and the publication of a CADTH Environmental Scan Report: Feeding and Swallowing Assessment Services for Pediatric Populations in Canada: Service Provision, Practice Models, and Assessment Tools (March 2017).

The goal of the environmental scan was to identify and to summarize Canadian pediatric feeding and swallowing assessment services. Key topics covered by the scan included:
  • Practice models in place at the health centres surveyed
  • Populations served
  • Organization of services (e.g. feeding team-based vs. clinical program-based)
  • Health professional involvement and scope of practice
  • Assessment procedures in use and under consideration
  • Practice guidelines, policies and procedures in use
  • Outcome measures in use
  • Required service provision for inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation and teleconsultation populations
  • The full findings can be accessed on the CADTH website.

The scan was preceded by the generation of three CADTH Rapid Response Reports that synthesized related evidence. Key messages are summarized below: 

  • No evidence-based guidelines were identified in the reviewed literature for assessing feeding and swallowing in children
  • One systematic review suggested limited evidence about the validity and reliability of non-instrumental measures of pediatric dysphagia (i.e. those that do not require specialized equipment)

  • Two non-randomized studies were found that had conflicting evidence on the clinical effectiveness of FEES. One concluded that FEES was a useful management tool in children with dysphagia, while the other did not find a significant improvement of long-term feeding status in children with dysphagia evaluated by FEES. A third non-randomized study supported the use of the FEES to address the high error rate observed during clinical assessment.

  • No relevant pediatric literature was identified.
  • One non-randomized study of 25 male adults compared the water swallow challenge to videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS). The authors concluded that the water swallow challenge was useful and valid for determining aspiration risk, with 100% sensitivity, 64% specificity, a 78% positive predictive value, and a 100% negative predictive value.
  • A second non-randomized study of adults concluded that a combined approach to screening for aspiration risk that included the water swallow challenge and the Clinical Predictive Scale of Aspiration (CPSA) was useful and more efficient than relying on VFSS alone. The diagnostic accuracy of the water swallow challenge was determined to have 87.3% sensitivity and 42.3% specificity. 

A new toolkit, the Optimizing feeding and swallowing in children with physical and developmental disabilities handbook has also been developed by Holland-Bloorview’s Evidence to Care Team, which incorporates the findings of the environmental scan along with other key evidence. This toolkit was developed specifically for clinicians, and provides a framework to help guide decision making about the clinical assessment and management of feeding and swallowing issues in children with physical and developmental disabilities. 

Together, these resources form a foundation for understanding more clearly how feeding and swallowing assessment is and can be carried out across the country. This information can inform the development and refinement of feeding and swallowing assessment services in a range of clinical contexts, and will be of high interest to occupational therapists and other clinicians involved in this area of practice.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Upcoming Event: Arthritis Connects Symposium

When: September 26, 2017; 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Penticton Trade & Convention Centre, 273 Power Street | Online via webinar

Attendance is free

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

There's Still Time: Submit a Proclamation for OT Month for your Community!

Proclamation requests have been submitted for: Duncan, Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Trail, and Saanich!

Help bring OT Month to your community! It only takes 15 minutes!

1. Check the sign up page to see if a proclamation for OT Month has been submitted for your community

2. If not, submit a proclamation for OT Month to your municipal government

3. “Sign up” for your community to indicate you’ve submitted a proclamation

4. Celebrate OT Month in October 2017!


Monday, 18 September 2017

CAOT-BC Assistive Tech & Seating Practice Network Meeting: September 28, 2017

Topic: International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP)
Presenter: Dr. Mary Goldberg, ISWP Advocacy and Outreach Lead

Description: Dr. Mary Goldberg, IWSP Advocacy and Outreach Lead will be joining us to discuss the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals. She will provide a 20 minute presentation on the organization, and will be available afterwards to take questions from participants about how to get involved or learn more. For a description of the organization, see below:

The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) was launched in February 2015. The organization's mission is to serve as a global resource for wheelchair service standards and provision through advocacy, education, standards, evidence-based practice, innovation and a platform for information exchange. ISWP's vision is that all people who need wheeled mobility devices receive the appropriate products and services with dignity.

The need is great. Over 100 million people worldwide require wheelchairs for mobility and function, yet most lack access to appropriate wheelchairs or services to repair them. Based on global data, we estimate that 23 million wheelchairs are needed annually. Currently, about 3 million wheelchairs are produced each year, resulting in a 20 million per year deficit.

To address this need, ISWP helps to professionalize wheelchair services around the world, benefitting both wheelchair users and those who provide them services. This is accomplished by promoting the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines on providing manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings, promoting training and research activities, improving wheelchair design and manufacturing, and coordinating services.

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

Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

Friday, 15 September 2017

Two Weeks Left for Best Rate CAOT-BC Renewal

It has never been a better time to be part of CAOT-BC, the first provincial chapter of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

In addition to all the great benefits from CAOT, the chapter offers many province-specific benefits including:

  • Province-wide visibility for occupational therapists through representation, promotion and advocacy activities
  • Regional and practice representation with the Advisory Committee
  • Access to over 5,100 full text journals through the electronic health library of BC (e-HLbc)
  • Strong website, blog and social media presence
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Free access to fourteen (14) practice networks
  • Member exclusive discounts to the Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Giants, PNE/Playland, Broadway Across Canada and Park N Fly

All this for less than $1/day. Your membership matters and will help to give voice to occupational therapists across British Columbia--renew or join today!

Renew online now at

  1. Login to My Account
  2. Confirm your member type
  3. Select your membership options and your CAOT Professional Liability Insurance package
  4. Checkout through the CAOT Store

#OT365 #hcsm

Thursday, 14 September 2017

CAOT-BC Responds to BC Budget


Budget update moves in the right direction

September 11, 2017-
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists- BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) is encouraged by the BC Government budget update. “Today’s update provides much needed resources to respond to the fentanyl crisis that includes prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery efforts” said Giovanna Boniface, National Director of Professional Affairs of CAOT. Investment in youth mental health such as Foundry centres is a step in the right direction to transform how young people access health and social services in our province. Occupational therapists play a key role in enabling individuals to engage in healthy patterns of activity and meaningful participation in the community.

“This budget is a very good start and key investments in the health care workforce, in particular occupational therapy, will be needed to help the government deliver on its mandate to improve mental health and addictions services” added Boniface. With only 48 graduates from the single educational program in the province (UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy), the time is now to invest in our workforce to ensure we can deliver timely, quality care when it is needed most.

Despite being the third largest provincial population behind Ontario and Quebec, BC hosts the smallest English-speaking program in Canada. It is imperative to increase the supply of occupational therapists trained in BC in order to provide much needed health services. CAOT-BC looks forward to working with the new Minister of Health and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions to deliver the health services British Columbians can count on.


About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) improve the health and well-being of people by creating client-centred solutions that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. Whether working in homes, communities, hospitals, workplaces or schools, OTs are valued members of health teams as their interventions improve lives and save money. OT’s work with patients in a range of settings with a wide variety of physical, mental and cognitive conditions that are chronic or episodic in nature.  By considering the individual, in his or her environment, determining the necessary competencies and skills set to “manage” the business of “dally functioning and living” OT’s are able to unleash an individual’s potential so that s/he can participate and thrive in daily life.


CAOT-BC is a regional chapter of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the voice of occupational therapists in British Columbia.



Giovanna Boniface, OT

National Director of Professional Affairs; Managing Director (CAOT-BC)

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

1-800-434-2268 ext. 265

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WFOT Assistive Technology Survey

WFOT Congress 2014

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is undertaking a survey of occupational therapy practitioners about the access and use of Assistive Technology. The responses will inform WFOT's engagement strategy with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) project and the formulation of resources to support occupational therapy education, practice and research.

The survey can be accessed here:

Your feedback and participation would be greatly appreciated by October 1st, 2017.


Monday, 11 September 2017

CAOT-BC Ergonomics Practice Network Meeting: September 21, 2017

Topic: Networking & Discussion

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

Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

If you have any questions about registration please contact CAOT-BC.

If you have questions about the Ergonomics 
Practice Network and upcoming meeting, please contact Amy Danko.