Cineplex Cinema’s Sensory Friendly Screening

Cineplex Entertainment in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada is delighted to present Sensory Friendly Screenings. This program provides a sensory friendly environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or anyone for whom the environment is suitable and their families to view new release films in theatres across the country.

These screenings are presented in a lights up, sound down environment. These screenings will take place approximately every 4-6 weeks on Saturday mornings at 10:30AM. Ticket price is the child admission price for any guests attending these screenings.

Click here to see what movies are available http://www.cineplex.com/Theatres/SensoryFriendly

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Let’s meet again in the fall!

Tonight (June 18 2015) we had our last Sensory Processing Network teleconference before the summer break. In attendance was Julie Lapointe, Director of Professional Practice who shared with us information regarding CAOT’s partnership with Autism Speaks.

We also discussed new initiatives including ‘Fact Sheets’ that our network would like to develop related to feeding, sleeping, dressing and vocation and the relationship with sensory processing. Network members agreed it would be great to start working on information related to these areas to share with the public. Two more recent studies (2013 & 2014) on sensory processing of individuals with SPD will be posted on the CAOT website in the near future.

Thanks to all who attended the last meeting and wishing you well until our next SP Network meeting in the fall!

Have a great summer!!

Kathy Mulka, BScOT(c), MEd

Occupational Therapist

Co-chair OT SP Network CAOT

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Nova Scotia autism program aims to help people find, keep jobs

A new program aims to give adults on the autism spectrum the skills and experience they need to find and keep work.

The Autism Works Launchpad began last week. And already, 27-year-old Lauren King says she’s already picked up some employment tips.

“I’ve learned what makes you a good colleague and interview skills and job skills and how to dress appropriately for work and appropriate questions to ask at work,” King said.

The program, which runs three days a week, helps six people who are 18 or older and have graduated high school.

“The idea is to give our participants all of the skills and all of the knowledge they need to gain meaningful employment,” says David Paterson, Autism Nova Scotia’s education and employment coordinator.

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-autism-program-aims-to-help-people-find-keep-jobs-1.3100694

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ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR CAOT 2015 Conference in Winnipeg is May 11 2015.

Join us in Winnipeg to share your knowledge and strategies for rising to the challenge of enhancing occupational justice in our communities.

Key events:
– Keynote speaker: Dr. Clare Hocking
– Plenary Speaker: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
– Muriel Driver Memorial Lecturer: Dr. Bonnie Kirsh
-Gala Event at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
-COTF Lunch with a Scholar- Jacquie Ripat
– and so much more.

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Deadline is today! Early bird price for CAOT Conference 2015!

Occupational therapists have developed an understanding of the importance of addressing injustices to enable people’s full participation in occupations that are meaningful and enriching. Please join us in Winnipeg to share your knowledge and strategies for rising to the challenge of enhancing occupational justice in our communities.

Register today http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=1478

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Law and Order: SVU tackles the anti-vaccination movement

In the Granting Immunity episode of Law and Order, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) faces the anti-vaccination movement when the sergeant’s foster son, Noah, gets swept up in a measles outbreak at school during this week’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

SVU executive producer Warren Leight says the measles plot was sparked by on-set discussions among parents on staff. “We started to read these articles that said the lowest rate of kid vaccinations are in desparately poor third-world nations and Napa Valley. There was something horrifying about that. People are voluntarily putting thousands of kids at risk because they decided they know more than medical science. We were intrigued by this.”

Find out more about the episode at http://www.ew.com/article/2015/04/08/law-order-svu-anti-vaccination-movement or read the description of the episode at http://www.nbc.com/law-and-order-special-victims-unit/episode-guide/season-16/granting-immunity/1619

Granting Immunity,” the 19th episode of SVU’s 16th season, aired Wednesday April 8th 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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New Ressources: Occupational Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Occupational Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most common developmental disability and neurological disorder affecting people across their lifespan, although usually first diagnosed in children. According to Autism Speaks Canada, an estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism.

ASD presents differently in every individual, impacting all aspects of an individual’s development and occupational performance, including their ability to perform activities of self-care / daily living, and to participate in productive work (and education for children) and leisure and recreation activities, as well as overall, their ability to communicate and socially participate.

Occupational therapists use their knowledge of sensory processing, emotional and behavioural regulation, oral/fine/gross motor development and task analysis to support learning and participation. Occupational therapists bring a unique and comprehensive perspective in the treatment of persons with ASD, in that they are highly educated and experienced to evaluate and provide intervention, both direct treatment and consultation to families, educators and caregivers, in the areas of physical, sensory processing, and social – emotional health in all environments of a person with an ASD.

Talk to an occupational therapist to help:

  • Help clients achieve optimum independence and well-being, considering their personal goals, interests and motivation.
  • Assess skills and create intervention plans to promote participation of the individual within their daily routine.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate goals related to play, social interactions, attention, motor skills, self-care, etc.
  • Support learning and participation through their knowledge of sensory processing, emotional and behavioural regulation, oral/fine/gross motor development and task analysis.
  • Recommend modifications or accommodations to activities and the environment that help  people with ASD participate in activities at home, at school and in the community.
  • Assess driving capacities, develop vocational skills, and explore independent living options
  • Contribute to interprofessional teams which include psychologists, psychiatrists, behavioural therapists, early interventionists, social workers, educators, vocational counsellors and life skills workers.

Click here to find out more: http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=1338

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