Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists

Your voice for Occupational Therapy in Alberta!

Dedicated to the well-being of all Albertans, SAOT is the vehicle to drive practice, shape capacity and grow the profession of occupational therapy in Alberta by bridging research, practice, advocacy and policy.

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Are you a registered OT practicing in Alberta? Become a member and help shape the profession of OT in Alberta! We offer several categories of membership that provide access to our wide range of benefits. The membership year runs from March 1 to February 28 of each year, and fees are pro-rated after September 1. Learn more >>

Workshops & Events

Occupational therapy is a diverse profession with endless learning opportunities. We list both SAOT-sponsored and non-sponsored educational opportunities and events. Learn more >>

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Occupational therapy is a health profession that enables people of all ages to overcome everyday barriers, helping them engage and participate in meaningful lives. Learn more >>

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You may choose to hire an occupational therapist privately. Like other independent contractors, occupational therapists’ rates and services offered differ. Search for an occupational therapist in private practice by geographic area and area of practice here. Learn more >>

Upcoming Workshops & Events

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March 2018

Promoting Healthy Sexual Expression for Individuals with Disabilities

March 24, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Alberta Teachers Association, Room 140, 11010-142 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
$55 – $125

Shaniff Esmail, PhD, MSc Edmonton, AB   Workshop Synopsis: Physical and mental changes associated with an illness or injury can affect our clients’ sexual health adjustment. This workshop will explore the impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning. The session will provide strategies when dealing with individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Specific approaches will be provided when dealing with physical disabilities as well as individuals with intellectual challenges, Autism, FASD, Down Syndrome and mental illness. Although…

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April 2018

Mealtime Miseries: Management of Complex Feeding Issues

April 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - April 21, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Alberta Teachers Association, Room 140, 11010-142 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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$295 – $495

Elizabeth Clawson, MS, Ph.D., LCP, HSPP and Carol Elliott, B.S., OTR/L   How does feeding, a process so integral to the child’s health and well-being, go awry? The focus of this two-day course is on the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eatTM) model integrating oral motor therapy techniques and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. It will cover innovative strategies and case examples to address oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solid foods, texture grading, learning to…

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May 2018

Webinar – MagnusCards: Assistive Technology as a Life Skills Companion for Individuals with Cognitive Special Needs

May 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$5 – $10

Description: This webinar will cover an overview of Magnusmode, our free mobile app MagnusCards, a demo of how to use it and ending with a discussion/question period. Magnusmode leverages technology in fun and innovative ways to help adults and children with special needs to live with greater independence and inclusion. MagnusCards provides digital how-to guides with text, audio and visual instructions for activities at home and in the community, such as making breakfast, money management or grocery shopping. Corporations like CIBC,…

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Webinar – Walking Poles for Fitness and Rehabilitation

May 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Webinar, Webinar
All, All
$10 – $20

Webinar Overview: Participants will learn about patent pending tool called Activator Poles developed by a Canadian OT and now used internationally to facilitate active living, independence, fall prevention and improved functional status. Participants will gain an understanding of this evidence based tool that is based on the concept of Nordic walking in which there are over 235 independent studies listed on PubMed describing the benefits including: improved balance, strength, mobility and independence in ADLs. The course will explain the development…

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June 2018

June Second Offering – Dysphagia – Basic and/or Intermediate

June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - June 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton South, 4485 Gateway Blvd,
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5C3 Canada
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$130 – $535

Day 1 - The Swallowing System: Back to the Basics June 2, 2018 Tiffani L. Wallace, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, LSVT Certified Clinician, MBSImP Registered Clinician To be able to accurately assess and develop a treatment plan for dysphagia, it is of the utmost importance to understand the system, including the muscles, central nervous system and cranial nerves.  The ability to understand the neuroanatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their assessment, diagnosis and…

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October 2018

Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference 2018: Evidence-based Restorative Strategies – Skill Building for the Wholehearted Caring Professional

October 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Robbins Learning Centre, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway NW
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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$60 – $125

SAOT members save 20% – any category of membership! Participants may register for both days or for one day if preferred.  The Edmonton Zone Occupational Therapy Practice Council is pleased to present a two-day event to addiction and mental health service providers. Our featured speaker, Lynn Festa OTR, CHT, CDWF, will provide a two-day workshop, in lecture format, with a strong emphasis on hands-on practical learning skills that can be applied to the clinical OT and educational setting immediately following…

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Women’s Health and Occupational Therapy – Pelvic Health and Maternal Mental Health

October 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Room 436, Orange Hub (formerly MacEwan West Campus), 10045-156 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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$175 – $265

This three-part workshop addresses two major areas in the exploding area of Women’s Health in Occupational Therapy – Pelvic Health and Maternal Mental Health. Part 1: Foundational Skills in Pelvic Health for Everyday Practice Urine leakage? Pelvic pain? Pelvic Organ Prolapse? Despite estimates that approximately 50 to 75% of women experience some form of pelvic health issue in their lifetime. Very few people are aware that there is evidence-based therapy to alleviate these issues in both men and women. This…

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November 2018

Smart But Scattered – Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success

November 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - November 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Aurora Room Lister Centre Conference Centre, 11613 - 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H6 Canada
$350 – $495

Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, or they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute in part because they have trouble judging…

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February 2019

SAOT Annual General Meeting

February 5 @ 6:50 pm - 8:00 pm
Alberta College of Occupational Therapists, 312, 8925 - 51 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5J3 Canada
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In Person: Alberta College of Occupational Therapists 312, 8925 - 51 Avenue Edmonton, AB Via Teleconference/Videoconference Dialing instructions provided upon registration. AGENDA 6:50 p.m. Registration - AGM 7:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting Refreshments will be served. CALL FOR NOMINATION! There are two (2) director positions open for election! Nomination Process: Please complete the Nomination Form. Submit your completed Nomination Form by email at by the nomination deadline of January 30, 2019. Please note: Nominations are not accepted from the…

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Seating & Mobility – Adult and Geriatric Populations

February 23 @ 8:30 am - February 24 @ 4:30 pm
Healthcare Solutions, Edmonton, AB, 2nd Floor, 5920 Gateway Blvd
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 2H6 Canada
$105 – $465

Register for one or both days! Therapy Assistants can attend for 50% off the registration fee when attending with their OT! Day 1 – February 23, 2019 It IS More Than 4 Wheels!: How The Mat Assessment Influences the Prescription of Seating and Mobility Devices in the Adult Population Session Level: Beginner – Intermediate Learning objectives: • Describe surfaces on which to complete a hands on Mat Assessment • List three components of three-point positioning • List three components of…

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