Monday, 14 January 2019

CAOT-BC Satisfaction Survey 2019

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Do you have 5 minutes? We want to hear from you! Complete the
CAOT-BC Satisfaction Survey and let us know how we're doing! The survey is open to members, non-members, and anyone who reads the CAOT-BC blog.

Survey closes Friday January 25.

Resource for your Practice: OT Podcast

O.T. Talk With Mr. T
OT Talk with Mr. T is a podcast show highlighting the role of occupational therapy. Episode topics include ideas for activities using household and classroom objects, as well as discussions on topics like adaptive devices, joint protection and falls prevention. 


Friday, 11 January 2019

Evidence for your Practice: Motor Skill Interventions in Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

Article: Jane, J. Y., Sit, C. H., & Burnett, A. F. (2018). Motor skill interventions in children with developmental coordination disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Study Aim: To determine the characteristics and effectiveness of motor skill interventions in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Population: Children aged 3 to 17 years who were diagnosed as having DCD. 

Intervention: Motor skill interventions as defined as movement activities or programs developed and instructed properly with the clear intent of motor skills acquisition or improvement that were implemented in settings such as a school or clinic.

Key Findings: 

  • Motor skill interventions are effective in improving motor competence and performance of cognitive, emotional, and other psychological factors in children with DCD (over the short term only)
  • The effects of motor skill interventions are more robust in interventions that use a larger training dose and a high frequency of practice. 


Friday, 4 January 2019

New Year's resolution 2019: Get involved with your professional association!

Looking for an opportunity to expand your professional network, strengthen your leadership skills, share your experience and learn from others in your area of practice?  Make your New Year's resolution to get involved with your professional association! 

We're currently recruiting volunteers for the following positions: 

  • Driving Practice Network co-chair
  • Ergonomics chair or co-chair
  • Neurology chair or co-chair
Practice Network chairs or co-chairs are responsible for planning 1 to 2 meetings per year with support from the CAOT-BC Service Coordinator.

Interested? Questions? Email


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Update from ICBC: Information on Changes to Auto Insurance in BC

Learning resources coming soon

Starting March 2019, ICBC will provide learning resources to ensure you are fully aware of the changes around reporting, invoicing, the care and recovery process, and information regarding the role of Registered Care Advisor. Keep an eye for further communications from CAOT-BC and on the ICBC Business Partners page which can be accessed via the top banner on

Regulations announced

On November 9, 2018, government released regulations which put in place the supporting details to increase the number and types of preapproved treatments, updated fees for health care practitioners and the legal definition of a minor injury subject to the limit on pain and suffering. For more information on the changes, you can find our health care partner Q&A in the ICBC changes to insurance section of the Business Partners page.
If you have any questions or would like further information, ICBC has launched a dedicated online form, which can be found on the Business Partners page.

ICBC Business Partners page upgrade

On December 13, 2018, ICBC upgraded its Business Partners page. In order for you to realize the benefits of the upgraded page, and take advantage of future functionality, the following free browsers are required to support the new page: Chrome (version 68 or newer), Safari (version 11 or newer), Internet Explorer (version 11 or newer), Edge (version 40 or newer), Firefox (version 61 or newer), Safari for iOS, and Chrome for Android.
The ICBC Business Partners page can be accessed via the top banner on


Friday, 21 December 2018

Happy Holidays from CAOT-BC

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Seasons greetings and best wishes for a happy new year!

CAOT-BC will be closed December 24th - January 1st, reopening January 2nd.


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Free English as additional language (EAL) course for parents and caregivers of children and adults with disabilities

An opportunity for families and caregivers of individuals with disabilities to learn about resources, services and support groups. 

What: Parenting and Disability
When: January 17 - March 7, 2019 | Thursday 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Where: Burnaby Neighbourhood House

Registration and more information


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

cOnnecT with Katie Eichar

Interview with Katie Eichar, UBC Master of Occupational Therapy I representative for the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee.

Why did you choose occupational therapy as a career?
I chose OT as a career because I enjoy people. I strongly believe that every human matters and
deserves the opportunity to have the best life possible. As an undergrad, I was waffling between
pursuing psychology and physical therapy, when someone mentioned OT, which I had never
heard of. After exploring the profession, I realized that OT was a career that would enable me to
work in a wide range of practice areas, incorporating mental and/or physical health, and would
also allow me to help people pursue the goals that are most important to them.

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
My favourite thing about CAOT-BC is the amazing range of resources that are made available,
from professional development opportunities to current research, to information about OTs
who are working in different areas or on innovative projects. As someone just beginning the
journey to a career in OT, these resources are invaluable.

You are a volunteer for CAOT-BC, why do you do it?
I have joined the Advisory Committee as a student representative from UBC’s Master of
Occupational Therapy program in order to learn as much as possible about the OT field and
practice in BC. I feel that having this knowledge will help me provide the best possible care, by
keeping me up to date on practice trends and research, and will inform my ability to advocate
for OT and our clients.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an OT?
DO IT!! I am still an absolute beginner and know very little about the profession, but every bit I
do learn is fascinating and exciting. I’m very passionate about OT and the more I learn, the more
excited I become. I had the opportunity recently to attend the CAOT-BC-COTBC-UBC cOnnecT
Day Forum and be involved in great discussions that fueled my interest even more. OT is a
career that can be practiced in diverse settings and with diverse populations and offers
continual opportunity for professional growth and development.

What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering?
When I am not in school or working, I enjoy spending time outside. This includes walking around
the city of Vancouver, and camping and exploring Vancouver Island with my teenage son. I’m
also an avid gardener, and love to spend time tending my indoor orchid garden or growing veggies outdoors.


Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Early bird deadline approaching: Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists

When: January 11 - 12, 2019
Where: St. Paul's Hospital, Conference Room 1500 | 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC

Who should attend?
Occupational Therapists interested in developing or enhancing sound clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of clients living with complex, acute, and chronic pain.
Participants who complete the course in full will:
  • Be listed in Pain BC's Find a Practitioner directory, a searchable directory that patients use to connect with health care professionals in their community. View the directory.
  • Obtain 16 hours of Continuing Education credits.
  • Learn practical “whole person” pain management skills that can be applied immediately in your practice as an OT.
  • Receive Pain BC Certificate of Completion. 

Registration and more information
Early bird CAOT-BC member discount available until December 21, 2018!