August 2009 - MSOT Newsletter August

					Aug 2009 Volume 15 Issue 4

  Awareness                  Applying Political Activism to
  Self-Talk &
                             Occupational Therapy
  MSOT Awards & New
                             Small “p” political action was the key concept seen as “the interaction of all forms of
  Grads Reception
                             throughout the CAOT Leadership Forum and power” and also “the art of living together
                             Professional Alliance of Canada (PAC)          in a community.”
                             meeting held in Ottawa in June during the
  From the School of
                             CAOT Conference. As Manitoba’s represen-            The broad definition of politics (with a
  Medical Rehab              tative I gathered information and ideas to          small ‘p’) considers the interaction of
                             share with the MSOT executive and mem-              all forms of power, which happens
  Fieldwork Educator         bership.                                            wherever there is a relationship.
  Roster of Honour                                                               Everyone is therefore political and has
                             What do you consider to be political activism       the potential to influence what hap-
  CAOT Conference            and how does it apply to occupational ther-         pens in their lives, their communities
  Awards: A Manitoba         apy? PAC brought in a government advisor            and their countries.
  Update                     to educate us on the process of approaching
                             the government to lobby for occupational       This small “p” politics and political action is
  Workshops for              therapy.                                       what many occupational therapist may
  Fieldwork Educators                                                       relate to as it connects to our role in advo-
                             The CAOT OT Leadership forum focused on cacy. When, where, and how have you been
                             defining a role for occupational therapy       “p”olitically active? We’d like to hear your
  Advocacy                   within primary care and ideas about how to     stories. Please forward them to myself or to
                             make a contribution to this practise area.     our newsletter editor and we’ll highlight ac-
  MAGIC: Butch &             This coincided with the publication of “Inter- tivities that show our role in bringing about
  Harold’s Story             professional Primary Health Care” available change.
                             through CAOT.
  Getting Involved in                                                        Gina De Vos, OT Reg (MB)
  your OT Community          At the CAOT conference there were several       MSOT President
                             sessions on advocacy and the launch of You
                             Me and My OT, which brings the occupa-
                                                                             * For more information on the advocacy toolkit
  Professional               tional therapy message to children. That        visit
  Development                takes us back to “p” politics.                  English/Advocacy%20toolkit/Advocacy%
  Conferences                According to the Advocacy Toolkit from          20politics%20and%20power.pdf
                             Tearfund Roots Resources* politics can be
  Research & Education

                             How do your contributions strengthen
                             our OT community?
Self-Talk & Self-Regulation
Rosanne Papadopoulos, OT Reg. (MB), RDI® Program Certified Consultant

Recently I was doing some internet            self-talk from my Relationship Develop-       Alongside of this is the child’s growing
researching on the topic of self-talk and     ment Intervention (RDI®) training. A          ability to recognize internal body signals
came upon an interesting article written      child’s use of self-talk near the age of 4    such as thirst, hunger, distraction and
by Sarah Felstiner, a teacher at Bing         symbolizes a huge amount of develop-          fatigue…important aspects of self aware-
Nursery School: Child Development Re-         ment in the areas of self monitoring, at-     ness. The child then begins to use lan-
search and Training, from Stanford, Cali-     tention regulation, emotion regulation,       guage in a co-regulatory fashion with his
fornia. In it, she was summarizing a staff    behavior regulation, performance evalua-      or her caregiver, for example, “Dad, slow
presentation made by Rafael Diaz, a           tion, self analysis, self efficacy and epi-   down!” or “Mom, you’re too far away!”
Stanford researcher on the “Development       sodic memory.                                 In other words, co-regulation is a scaffold
of Self Direction”.                                                                         for self-regulation; it is when the child
                                              I remember in my pre-RDI® days trying         recognizes that he or she must gauge his
Although this article was written in 1992,    to develop meta-cognitive processes in        or her actions by the effect it is having
I decided to give it a read through and       children with poor problem solving by         within the ongoing interaction with their
found it had some very relevant informa-      teaching them to perform self-talk strate-    caregiver.
tion. Ms. Felstiner summarized that Pro-      gies…now I understand why I was not
fessor Diaz discussed how caregivers          successful! As Professor Diaz so clearly     Once the child has built up the episodic
continually lead a child’s thinking further   stated, this process begins to develop       memories of successful co-regulation,
and further by a process called scaffold-     within the co-regulation relationship be-    then he or she can begin to use those
ing. Adults chunk the task for a child,       tween a child and his/her caregiver.         memories to coordinate/regulate with his-
dividing it into manageable segments and                                                   or herself and that is when the child
eventually, the child begins to use private  The child uses their social referencing       begins to use productive self-talk. Pro-
speech to take on these adult roles of       abilities (described in earlier articles) and ductive self-talk is how we guide our-
chunking, focusing and encouraging.          firstly learns to compare his or her          selves through difficult situations, not us-
                                             actions to that of his or her guide, to       ing self-talk for self-stimulatory purposes
By using self-talk, the child becomes        observe the guide and adjust his or her       as with some children on the autism
more independent because he/she can          work pace to better match the guide, and spectrum.
now use the self as his/her collaborator. to realize that he or she can motorically
Eventually private speech disappears         slow down and pause his or her actions        How can we help in the development of
and only re-emerges during times of          (changing them from automatic actions         self talk for self-regulation? Well, assum-
difficulty. This was very affirming to me in into deliberate actions).                     ing that the social referencing and self-
my understanding of the emergence of                                                       awareness foundations are in place,
                                                                                           caregivers need to use opportunities with
                                                                                           their child and simplistically narrate what
                                                                                           is going on, describing what they are
                                                                                           doing as they are doing it. We need to
                                                                                           model self-instruction:
                                                                                               “I am going to put this book
                                                                                               away...oh, oh, it doesn’t fit…
                                                                                               hmmm…(assuming a thinking
                                                                                               posture)…it is too tall…it needs
                                                                                               a bigger shelf…(pointing to a
                                                                                               different shelf)…great, it fits!”
                                                                                            We also need to narrate the child’s
                                                                                            actions “You are too fast…I can’t keep up
                                                                                            to you (looking disappointed)…you need
                                                                                            to slow down so we can walk together”.

MSOT Awards & New Grads Reception 2009
Highlights & Congratulations
An evening of celebration was held on       The MSOT would like to extend their
May 21st, 2009 at the Winnipeg Art          sincerest congratulations to the following
Gallery to recognize contributions to the   award recipients:
profession of occupational therapy and to
welcome the graduating class of 2009 to     Ana Carvalho who received the Mary
the profession.                             Judd Research Grant for her project,
                                            Feeling pain, producing beauty: Experi-
The event was well attended again this      ences of women hairstylists at work and
year and provided an opportunity for        home.
experienced practitioners and eager stu-
dents about to join the profession a
                                           Corie Haslbeck who received the MSOT
chance to meet and converse.
                                           Research Fund Presentation Award for
                                                                                      Pam Wener who received the Out-
                                           her project, Low vision occupational ther-
Special thanks to Kellsey Scheepers and                                               standing Occupational Therapist
                                           apy practice in Canada: Envisioning the
Jill Stuart-Edwards, Awards & Nomina-                                                 Award for her contribution to the profes-
tions Co-chairs, for their hard work plan-                                            sion of occupational therapy.
ning this special evening. The event was
both tasteful and professional.            Jesse Dziad who received the MSOT          Donna Collins and Rosanne Papado-
                                           Award for Professional Excellence in poulos shared their excitement for Pam’s
The new grads were welcomed into the       Fieldwork, nominated by fieldwork edu- accomplishments and their reasons for
profession with a small gift from MSOT     cators for his exceptional performance in the nomination.
to celebrate their achievement. Addition- fieldwork.
ally, the Department of Occupational                                                  Unfortunately, Pam was unable to attend
Therapy presented the 2009 Fieldwork       Marlene Stern, Fern Swedlove, Marga- the event and due to technical difficulties
Educator Roster of Honour to occupa-       ret Anne Campbell-Rempel, Marie            the speech she had prepared for the
tional therapists that made outstanding    Dusecina, and Debra Chapman who            audience was not viewed that evening.
contributions to the students’ education. were recognized for their 25-year mem- However, Pam’s speech is available on
                                           bership with MSOT. Thank you for your the MSOT website and we encourage
Throughout the evening, special            continued support and dedication to our you to view it as she expresses her
acknowledgments and awards were            society and our profession.                sincere gratitude to both her colleagues
presented to very deserving individuals.                                              and the profession.

2009 Fieldwork Educator Roster of Honour
At the Awards & New Grads Reception the students of the Occupational Therapy Class of 2009 took the opportunity to recog-
nize and thank a group of occupational therapists who have demonstrated excellence as fieldwork educators.

By creating remarkable clinical experiences, these individuals made significant contributions to students’ development as clini-
cians. The members of this year’s Fieldwork Educator Roster of Honour come from a variety of practice settings, back-
grounds, and locations. On behalf of the class, we would like to recognize the deserving individuals below. Congratulations to
all of the educators nominated to the Roster this year.
 Brenda Schneider, Jo-Ann Pasklivich-Holder, Roxane Siddall, Robin Jewers, Solita Egert, Linda Merry Lambert, Eva
 St. Lawrence, Deirdre Halbgewachs, Danielle Harling, Imelda Pang, Curtis Hilton, Carly Campbell, Chandra Rossnagel,
 Brenda Fjeldsted, Daydra Gilson, Linda Kirstein, Maureen Stewart, Anne-Marie Klassen, Sheryl Barkley, Suzanne Joyal,
 Jerilyn Shrof, Andrea Bellamy, Ken Malegus, Daphne Keck, Kathleen O’Grady, Megan Bulat, Jenifer Gerard, Susan
 Hales, Heather Mann, Cynthia Bojkovsky, Dianne Bulloch

CAOT Conference Awards:                                                                 Workshops for
A Manitoba Update                                                                       Fieldwork
Many Manitobans were honoured at             Other Manitobans were also honoured
the 2009 CAOT conference in Ottawa           for various awards and scholarships.       Presented by the U of M
last June 4th to 6th.                                                                   Occupational Therapy
                                             The Manitobans in the picture below are    Department
                                             Jacquie Ripat (far left), Leanne Leclair
                                             (middle), Heather Colquhoun (former
                                                                                        Theory “Boot Camp”
                                             Manitoban, second from the right), and     September 24, 1:00-4:00 pm 2009
                                             Corie Haslbeck (far right).
                                                                                        Introduction to Fieldwork
                                             Both Leanne and Heather received a
                                                                                        Education for Occupational
                                             COTF Research Grant. Jacquie re-
                                                                                        Therapy Fieldwork Educators
                                             ceived a COTF Doctoral Scholarship         October 20, 8:30-12:00 noon 2009
                                             and Corie received MSOTRF Presenta-
                                                                                        (Registration @ 8:15 am)
                                             tion Award.
                                                                                        Adult Education & Fieldwork
Dr. Juliette (Archie) Cooper was
awarded a CAOT fellowship. Archie is
                                                                                        October 20, 1:00-4:00 pm 2009
certainly a fitting candidate. On its web-
                                                                                        (Registration @ 12:45)
site CAOT describes the Fellowship
Award as follows:
                                                                                        The Collaborative Model - Making
                                                                                        successful fieldwork experiences
     “The Canadian Association of
                                                                                        two students at a time!
     Occupational Therapists has                                                        November 24, 1:00-4:00 pm 2009
     established its prestigious
     Fellowship Award in order to
                                                                                        These workshops are offered free
     recognize and honour out-                                                          of charge to OTs participating in or
     standing contributions and                                                         who are interested in the fieldwork
     service made by an occupa-              Congratulations to these deserving indi-
                                                                                        program. Workshops are designed
     tional therapist over an                viduals!                                   to assist fieldwork educators as
     extended period of time.”                                                          they provide a quality fieldwork

A Thank You from SMR                                                                    Register for workshops by calling
                                                                                        Charlene at 789-3757 or by e-mail
The Occupational Therapy
Department at the University of                                                         For information contact
Manitoba would like to thank all                                                        Margaret Anne Campbell-Rempel,
clinician, faculty and student vol-                                                     Fieldwork Coordinator, 789-3992
unteers who assisted with the                                                 
MOT candidate interviews on                                                             Or the Outreach Developers
Saturday, May 9, 2009.                                                                  Ellen Davis 480-1369 da-
Without your support, the inter-                                                        And Jenifer Gerard 977-5632
view day would not be possible.                                               

MAGIC: Manitoba Adaptive Golf-Cart Initiative
Butch & Harold’s Story
My name is Butch Hochman. Last August            cart and then to build a coalition of inter- program we now call MAGIC: Manitoba
(2006), just prior to a long awaited golf        ested parties to promote its use. The list Adaptive Golf Initiative Collaboration!
trip, my closest golfing buddy, Harold,          of potential participants is extensive.
contracted an infection on his spine and         Agencies from the golf commnity, various
became a paraplegic. After the initial           health/rehab services and seniors advo-
shock, I came to believe that getting            cates all share an interest in promoting
Harold golfing again would be an impor-          this project. As this will be a demonstra-
tant part of his recuperation.                   tion or pilot project, some initial funding
                                                 will be required. All monies generated
I started looking on the Internet and was from the rental of the cart will be used to
surprised to find a great deal of informa- cover the operating costs, training oppor-
tion on golf for the disabled. The Ameri-        tunities and to promote the expansion of
can Disabilities Act prompted much of            adaptive cart availability at other
this interest, as it required all public facili- courses.
ties, including golf courses, to provide
goods and services to people with dis-           In the spring of 2007, we approached
abilities on an equal basis to the rest of       The Active Living Alliance for Canadians
the general population.                          With a Disability-Manitoba (ALACD) to        We are holding a demonstrations and
                                                 explore a collaborative partnership high- Adaptive Golf Clinics, free of charge, over
One of the major tools developed to              lighting the Adaptive Golf Cart. ALACD is the next few months. We have also
comply with this legislation was the             a non-profit organization whose goal is to added to our list of partners the indoor
adaptive golf cart. These are single rider promote inclusive, active living opportuni- Golf Dome, to make the Golf Cart avail-
golf carts with hand controls; a swivel/         ties for Manitoban’s with disabilities.      able throughout the Manitoba winter
elevating seat; and turf friendly weight                                                      months, and the South Winnipeg Seniors
distribution, tires and suspension. They         After learning about ALACD and meeting Resource Council (SWSRC) as a link to
can go anywhere on the golf course- tee other interested community organiza-                  the older adult population in Winnipeg.
boxes, fairways, bunkers and greens.             tions, a partnership was developed with      For more information, please contact
Harold and I now had a focus for our             ALACD to develop and implement a             Butch (299-5879) or Harold (228-1212).

We approached Peter Ewert, the man-
ager of our club (Larters Golf & Country
Club) and were very encouraged by his
positive and enthusiastic response. We
all agreed that we were interested in
developing a program for all who could
benefit from an adaptive cart including
Harold. Limited mobility was the common
element linking individuals with paralysis,
muscular and neurological disorders, am-
putations and the increasingly large num-
ber of seniors who suffer with arthritic
and stamina issues.

Harold, Peter and I began working on an
action plan to first acquire an adaptive

MAGIC Continued: Website Resource List
                                            Association of Disabled American Golfers National Center on Accessibility

                                            Canadian Amputee Golf Association             SWSRC
                                                                                          The National Center on Physical Activity
                                            Disabled Sports USA             and Disability

                                            Mobility Golf            Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities
                                            Mobility Impaired Golf Association            disabilities.html
Our initial quest for information on the
Internet turned up numerous websites                                                      Solo Rider – manufacturer
that were very informative regarding golf   National Alliance on Accessible Golf
for people with mobility impairments:
                                                                                          USGA Resource Center for Individuals
Active Living Alliance For Canadians with National Amputee Golf Association               with Disabilities
a Disability                               

Time to Get Involved in your OT Community
Kellsey Scheepers & Jill Stuart-Edwards, Awards and Nomination Co-chairs
In spring 2009, a survey was sent out to    Teleconferencing is now available, allow-
all MSOT members asking for feedback.       ing out of town members the opportunity
We would like to extend our appreciation    to participate in monthly meetings without
to those who took the time to complete      the need to commute.
the questionnaire. Your responses were
insightful.                                 The Executive Committee offers support
                                            should you have any inquiries while in
Based on the results of this survey, the    the position.
following information was compiled in an                                                           Coming soon to a
effort to meet the needs of those inter-    Come October 2009, MSOT will require                   newsletter near you.
ested in volunteering for MSOT.             volunteers for the following positions:
                                                                                                   Check out the next issue of
Upon review, most positions on the ex-          President/President Elect                          Update for the return of our
ecutive require 2-4 hours per month             Secretary                                          Internet Café. The MSOT
(including monthly meetings) of the com-        Member services                                    executive welcomes Fern
mittee member’s time.                           Special Events                                     Swedlove to the communi-
                                                MSOTRF                                             cations committee and
If the position is shared, the monthly          Current Affairs                                    newsletter team.
meetings can be divided between co-
chairs, thus requiring attendance at only   If you are interested in filling any of the            We look forward to working
1 meeting every two months. A number        above positions or would like more infor-              with you and enjoying your
of positions are co-chaired, thereby mak-   mation about a specific position (i.e. du-             articles.
ing the workload lighter.                   ties, time requirements, etc.) please feel
                                            free to contact Kellsey at
The President position does require a or Jill at
little more time, approximately 10 hours
per month.

Blending Intervention Approaches             Provincial Health Leadership Forum          (604) 822-7524, or email
in Children with Developmental               2009 - Leadership: Looking Beyond 
Disabilities.                                the Moment                                  or visit
Sept 18-19, 2009. West Winds Primary         October 28, 2009. Winnipeg Convention
Health Centre, Saskatoon, SK. This 2-        Centre, Winnipeg, MB. Registration pack-    Early_Years_2010.html
day workshop for occupational and physi-     ages will be sent out in August. For more
cal therapists will focus on clinical rea-   information as it becomes available visit   Recreation Connections Manitoba
soning and problem solving to identify                               2010 Provincial Conference
functional movement and sensory proc-                                                    Winnipeg, MB. February 3-5, 2010. The
essing problems and associated impair-    Innovations in Access to Care                  theme for the 2010 Conference is
ments in children with developmental      Conference                                     “Believe It. Achieve It!”
disabilities. For more information, pleaseNov 25-26, 2009. Winnipeg, MB.                 For more information, contact Jackie
contact Events of Distinction, at         The Manitoba patient Access Network            Onagi, Training & Event Coordinator at                          (MPAN) invite you to learn about and           (204) 782-0066 or via email at trainingan-
                                          share information and knowledge about
Partners in Care...Pathways to the Fu- how to improve health services through
ture The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. change processes and innovation.                 26th International Seating
March 8 & 9, 2010. Canad Inns-Polo        For more information, call (204) 788-6431      Symposium
Park, Winnipeg, MB. Interested research- Manitoba patient Access Network MPAN            Vancouver, BC. March 10-13, 2010. Ad-
ers and professionals are invited to sub-                      dresses current and future developments
mit proposals for concurrent sessions                                                    in the areas of seating, positioning and
that examine the question: How can we     The Early Years Conference 2010: The           mobility, highlighting the Paralympic ex-
assist people with dementia and their     Rights of the Child                            perience, sport and related equipment.
care partners as they walk their future   February 4-6, 2010. The Victoria Confer-       For more information visit
pathway? Abstracts must be received ence Centre and The Fairmont Empress.      
by October 15, 2009. Submit abstract      Victoria, BC. Explore early childhood,         ng.htm
via or       family and community development
Jennifer Licardo, Education Coordinator, through the lens of Child Rights.
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120     For more information contact
Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2.
Call 943-6622 or fax 942-5408.
Proposals selected for presentation will
be confirmed October 30, 2009.

2009 Canadian Association of Suicide
Prevention Conference - Building
Hope Out of Turmoil and Tragedy
October 20-22, 2009. Brandon, MB.
Hosted by the Brandon Suicide Preven-
tion Implementation Network along with
representatives from Manitoba Regional
Health Authorities, Aboriginal Organiza-
tions and Non-Government Organiza-
tions, the purpose of the event is to ex-
plore promising strategies and best prac-
tice in suicide prevention, and to learn
strategies that can be implemented within
our own communities to make them sui-
cide-safer. Please visit the website at

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Research & Education
Manitoba Occupational Therapy Re-              Please contact:                              pate in everyday life. If you know any
search & Innovation Symposium                  Briana Zur, BScOT, OT Reg (Ont)              families who would be interested in
October 23rd, 2009. Deer Lodge Centre,         519-884-4132                     participating in the study and/or have
Winnipeg, MB. This one-day symposium           Or Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT          questions, please have them contact:
is designed to inform occupational thera-      Reg (Ont) 519-661-2111 ext. 88967            Roberta Woodgate at 474-8338 or
pists of recent research activities, prac-                     
tice initiatives, and professional issues                                                   Or Nick Hall, research coordinator at
and topics coming out of Manitoba, as          Acquire an Expertise in Driving:             480-1051 or
well as provide participants with the skills   Evaluation, Adaptation
to independently search electronic data-       & Retraining:
bases, such as Google and SCOPUS, for          Offered through McGill University for
evidence. Dr. Archie Cooper will provide       those interested in acquiring expertise in
the keynote speech addressing OT Re-           driving rehabilitation. 18 month part-time
search in Manitoba. For information            program. For more information visit
please contact: Manitoba Society of Oc-
cupational Therapists at
or 957-1214, or                            Invitation to Participate in a Research               Project. Dr. Roberta Woodgate and her
                                           colleagues Barbara Borton, Dr. Marie
Determining consensus of Canadian          Edwards, Dr. Bonnie Hallman, Dr. Gina
occupational therapists on the cogni- Rempel and Jacqueline Ripat are con-
tive components essential to predict ducting a research study entitled “Study
occupational competence in people          Changing Geographies of Care: Using
with dementia                              Therapeutic Landscapes as a Framework
If you are an occupational therapist prac- to Understand how Families of Children
ticing in Canada who has worked with       with Special Needs Participate in Com-
people with dementia for at least two      munities.” The purpose of the study is to
years within the past ten years you are    learn from families with children with spe-
invited to take part in a research study   cial needs (including children with medi-
that aims to develop a consensus of opin- cally complex needs and children with
ions regarding the essential cognitive     physical and/or developmental disabili-
components needed to predict compe-        ties) about how they participate in com-
tence in people with dementia.             munities and what helps them to partici-

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