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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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Occupational therapy (OT) can play an integral role in your overall health and wellbeing. You may be surprised to learn that many health benefit plans do not include OT services.

Please take a moment to write to your health benefits plan administrator to request that OT services be added to your current plan.

Become a Member

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.

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Workshops & Events

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

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Learn about OT

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

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Find an OT

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.

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Upcoming Workshops & Events

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February 2021

Online – Disability, Posture and Kids: Therapeutic Positioning Around the Clock

February 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$145 – $245

Presented by: Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS The bodies of children with chronic motor impairments often distort as they grow, developing joint contractures and dislocations, scoliosis and kyphosis. The problems start early – often related to habitual postures assumed both day and night – and can worsen quickly during growth spurts. Human beings spend their lives in three orientations - lying, sitting and standing - and for children with limited movement this can become complicated! Too often, the foundational orientation…

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Online – Disability, Posture and Adults: Therapeutic Positioning Around the Clock

February 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$145 – $245

Presented by: Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS Adults with chronic motor impairments often live with secondary complications related to postural deviations – sometimes of longstanding. These often developed as they grew, or with the onset of an injury or disease process in adulthood. Joint contractures, dislocations, scoliosis and kyphosis start early, and are often related to habitual postures assumed both day and night. Human beings spend their lives in three orientations - lying, sitting and standing - and for people…

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May 2021

Let’s Connect – Linking First Year OT Students & Practicing OTs During Covid-19

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 31 @ 5:00 pm

Due to continuing pandemic circumstances, the UofA fieldwork schedule has been modified for 2021 and is focused on the placement needs of the current Year 2 MScOT cohort. OTs who are willing and able to supervise placements anytime during mid-June through Dec 2021 are encouraged to contact the university directly: Registered Occupational Therapists If you are a registered Occupational Therapist in Alberta and can spare 30 minutes of your time to connect with a first year OT student, you can make…

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May Reset Series

May 1 @ 11:00 am - May 29 @ 12:00 pm
$10 – $130

May Reset Series Saturdays in May - May 1, 8, 15 and 29 Open to Occupational Therapists & OT Students Only! Register for all four workshops and SAVE! SAOT Paid Members               $80 Associate & Non-members     $130 OT Students                            $55 May 1 11:00 am – Noon Yoga for OTs – Sandy Ayre, MSc.OT It's been a hard year, and OTs all over the province have risen to the challenge in a variety of different ways. The residue of all the change and…

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Online Adult Dysphagia – Basic and/or Intermediate – DAY ONE

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$150 – $400

May 28 and 29, 2021     Attend One or Both Days!     9:00 am to 5:00 pm MST Day 1 – The Swallowing System: Back to the Basics 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 neuro-anatomy and physiology of a normal swallow will enable clinicians to more accurately complete their…

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