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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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October 2020

Live Virtual Workshop – Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills at Home and at School

October 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$125.00 – $225

Description: Children 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, 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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November 2020

Live, Online: Understanding & Managing Vision Deficits: A Practical Guide for Therapists

November 6, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$245.00 – $445.00

This workshop has now moved Online! In live virtual format, Understanding & Managing Vision Deficits, will take place throughout FOUR 3.5hr sessions. (November 6, 7, 13, &14, 2020 8:30am - 12pm MST). This seminar is designed to help therapists develop a comprehensive understanding of vision and how vision can impact on the therapy process.  A three-component model of vision will be presented stressing the importance of optical, visual efficiency and visual information processing disorders.  A screening battery that allows therapists…

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Live Virtual Workshop – Smart but Scattered Adults: How to Work with Clients to Strengthen Executive Skills

November 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$125.00 – $225

Even highly motivated clients with ADHD struggle to follow through on the changes they need to make in their lives to improve their physical or emotional well-being. They know they need to change, they know what they need to do to change, they may even be able to take a step or two toward making those changes—and then they plateau or give up. What’s getting in the way is not their unwillingness or resistance to change, but weak executive skills.…

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SAOT Annual General Meeting – Virtual Event

November 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 26, 2020 REGISTRATION IS FREE   AGENDA 6:15 p.m. Registration 6:30 p.m. Annual General Meeting 7:15 p.m. Guest Presentation - Sandy Ayre BScOT Keynote Speaker, Sandy Ayre BScOT, presents: OT: We're Built for This! The events of 2020 have placed extra strain and stress on the work and home experiences of OTs in Alberta. Managing all these demands have become increasingly complex and emotional. This has resulted in more awareness around both the presence of grief as a…

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Live Virtual Workshop – Scents, Sense and Cents: Identifying, Managing and Treating SPD in Times of Fiscal Restraint

November 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$130 – $255

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) present themselves to our practices regularly, either as a stand-alone diagnosis or as a concomitant one. This intermediate level workshop targeted to the under 12 years of age population will help you make a sound, accurate assessment that will then guide you in practical, effective and fiscally responsible treatment strategies. Learning Objectives for Participants: Develop confidence in assessment and identification of sensory processing disorders vs. some other problem. To be able to educate others…

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