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
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
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
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
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.