OT in the News 

Trail’s first sensory-friendly movie offers new choices for families

July 28, 2017 | Castlegar News
Trail-based occupational therapist Tamsin Snodgrass describes sensory processing and how the Royal Theatre in Trail has been adapted to provide a sensory friendly screening of the Emoji Movie. Read more

Healing hooves: Fernie group uses horses to promote mental health in kids

July 12, 2017 | The Fernie Free Press
Supervised by occupational therapist Renee Fairchild, the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club uses equine-assisted therapy to support children's mental health. Read more

$71,000 to bring two summer camps back

July 7, 2017 | BC Local News
Occupational therapist run program, Camp Jupiter, in Prince Rupert has received funding from Pacific NorthWest LNG, making it possible to support students with disabilities. Read more

UNBC researcher wins scholarship

July 4, 2017 | Prince George Citizen
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. Read more

B.C. looks to fix staffing shortages in pediatric therapy

May 29, 2017 | The Abbotsford News
The Ministry of Children and Family Development recently released a request for proposal seeking a plan to recruit and retain pediatric occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists. Read More  

New West family gets help from kids' charity

February 7, 2017 | NewWestminster Record
Variety - the Children's Charity approved 36 occupational therapy sessions for Ryker, a child diagnosed with severe ADHD. Ryker's OT has helped him to regulate his behaviour, engage in writing at school, and has helped his mother Shannon understand his sensory needs. “Without him going to these OT sessions, despite all the work the school has done, I don’t think that he would be in school." Read more

After a year of care in Canada, triple amputee returns to Ukraine

February 3, 2017 | CTV News
With the help of occupational therapist Sarah Cachecho, Mykola  Nyzhnykovskyi , a triple amputee, has learned "to  dress himself, feed himself, brush his teeth, do whatever someone has to do in their daily life.” Read more

Mental health funding plan's rejection lamented by Victoria agency head

December 22, 2016 | CBC News
Hazel Meredith, Executive Director of BC Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) speaks to CBC about failed talks between federal and provincial health ministers. She is "crushed" that negotiations to bolster support to those living with a treatable mental health condition. She discusses the very poor access to supports that help people with mental health issues -- citing occupational therapy and how it can lift some of the burden and pain of struggling with a mental health issue and provide hopeful outcomes for individuals.  Her calls to action include 1) targeted funding to the community and 2) low barrier access to support, which are both aligned with CAOT-BC key messages to government. Listen for more

Canada's chief public health officer addresses opioid crisis

November 19, 2017 | CBC News
While addressing the opioid crisis, Canada’s chief public health officer named occupational therapy as an equally effective form of pain control. Watch for more

Inviting community inside: Nursing homes take steps to stop social isolation of seniors

October 30, 2016 | Vancouver Sun
Occupational therapist Sheralyn Manning describes the intergenerational program at Youville Residence in Vancouver. The program pairs children from a local daycare with residents of the nearby long-term care facility with the goal of facilitating community engagement. Read more

Help your kid be on time and prepared

October 13, 2017 | Bowen Island Undercurrent
Occupational therapist Ann Wilson educates parents and teachers on how to support children's' development of executive functioning skills. Read more

CDC thrilled with equipment donation

September 22, 2016 | The Williams Lake Tribune
CDC occupational therapist  Sarah Tamosetis was quoted in response to a generous donation of equipment designed to provide sensory input for children. Read more

Canada edges Britain in Paralympic wheelchair rugby overtime thriller

September 16, 2017 | CBC News
CBC describes how Cody Caldwell's occupational therapist inspired him to play on the Paralympic wheelchair rugby team. Read more

Helping workers with disabilities: How technology can make all the difference

September 14, 2017 | Burnaby Now
Burnaby Now profiles the Neil Squire Society's Technology@Work program,  which helps make workplaces more comfortable for people with disabilities. Read more
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