2017 Conference

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Monday November 27, 2017

8:30am - 10:15am Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation


Dr. Michael Ungar 

Dr. Michael Ungar, will be joining us for the opening keynote presentation on Monday November 27. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities.

Known for his engaging speaking style, Michael Ungar uses the power of story-telling to drive home essential lessons learned from his experience working with youth, their families, adults, and the professionals that support them in clinical, community and workplace settings

Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University. His ground-breaking work as a family therapist and resilience researcher is recognized around the world. He lives in Halifax, Canada. (http://www.michaelungar.com/)


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10:30am -11:30am Concurrent Morning Sessions


 Cannabis Use in the Pediatric Population

Details on this presentation will be available shortly.  


Transitions in Care: Collaborating Across the Care Continuum

Karima Kanani, Partner, Miller Thomson; Kathryn Frelick, Partner, Miller Thomson

Integration can take many forms from service collaborations to full scale mergers. This session will include a discussion of considerations for collaborations across the care continuum including:

  • Integration and the Patients First Act; Structuring collaborations;Data sharing and privacy;Other regulatory considerations;Risk management in collaboration initiatives

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge of the Patients First Act and other legislation mandating integration.
  2. Ability to identify and implement collaboration structures that mitigate risks of engaging in coordinated care.
  3. Understanding of regulatory, privacy and information sharing requirements and risks.


Building Collaboration: A Shared Electronic Record to Enhance Families' Experiences


Elizabeth Martinell, Manager - Quality and Performance, Five Counties Children's Centre; Laurie Braidwood, Program Manager for Intake and SNS - Coordinated Service Planning, One Kids Place; Tina Nelson, Manager/Speech Language Pathologist, THRIVE Child Development Centre; Amy Johnson, Strategic Program Manager, GoldCare 

This presentation will focus on the creation of a shared electronic record. Early Adopters of Coordinated Service Planning worked together to create a record that allows for the sharing of information facilitating a streamlined experience for families. Issues covered include engaging community partners and families for feedback, privacy and security, and creation of a Single Plan of Care to integrate goals and activities for clients, families and their team.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will understand the collaborative process for establishing a shared electronic record.
  2. Participants will understand privacy and security issues around the use of a shared electronic record.
  3. Participants learn how partners plan together to create one plan of care for a families.


A Two Way Street? A Critical Look at Patient and Family Engagement

Jennifer Johannesen, Parent, Patient Advocate and Bioethicist

The term 'patient engagement' is used extensively throughout healthcare, but it is often poorly or inconsistently defined. There is also a lack of evidence to verify its efficacy. Because of this, it can be difficult to pin down exactly what purpose it serves, who benefits, and the degree to which it empowers patients, or amplifies their voices. Jennifer will explore these issues critically and propose ways that patients and families can ensure their contributions are not just meaningful, but substantial and consequential.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To become aware of possible institutional motivations for pursuing patient engagement initiatives.
  2. To better understand and analyze power dynamics in the context of patient engagement.
  3. To explore ways patient and family advisors can use their roles to truly advocate for patients.


Should the GMFCS Be Used Outside of Cerebral Palsy

Peter Rosenbaum, MD, FRCP(C), Professor of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Co-Founder of CanChild Centre Megan Towns,  PhD Student, Bloorview Research Institute, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto


This literature review examined the applications of the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) in populations other than people with cerebral palsy (CP). 118 articles, involving 133 specified non-CP conditions/clinical descriptions, were identified. Validation of GMFCS use in clinical populations other than CP was rarely conducted, and analyses often violated statistical testing principles. Recommendations will be made regarding how clinicians and researchers should make decisions regarding the appropriateness GMFCS application.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of development and underlying conceptual basis of the GMFCS.
  2. Learn about common misuses of the GMFCS in the published literature.
  3. Learn about guidelines for the application of the GMFCS in clinical practice and research.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


Genomics of Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard Wintle, PhD, Assistant Director, The Centre for Applied Genomics, The Hospital for Sick Children

Some neurodevelopmental disorders have well-accepted genetic etiology, whereas others are not traditionally considered “genetic”. Genomic approaches are revealing the complex events underlying these conditions. Here, I will use our work on ASD and Cerebral Palsy as illustrative examples. Ultimately, genomic findings help to understand disease etiology, and may also guide patient management.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how de novo and inherited genomic changes impact genes
  2. Understand that rare, high penetrance changes can cause neurodevelopmental disorders
  3. Understand that CP has a strong, previously unappreciated, genetic component


Partnering to Advance New Options for Hours of Service

Gideon Sheps, Family Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Diane Savage, Vice President, Programs and Services, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

The Family Advisory Committee (FAC) at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital partnered with the hospital administration and its clinical leadership to investigate and advance new options for hours of service. This joint effort set out to challenge assumptions and learn about the preferences of clients, families and staff as well as well as to contribute to best practices in co-design of services with family partners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What clients, families and clinicians really want in terms of service delivery options.
  2. A view into the unintended social and educational consequences of paediatric appointment scheduling.
  3. Best practices in family-staff-administration collaborative design of hospital based service.


Participation-Based Outcomes in the Preschool Speech and Language Program

Peter RosenbaumProfessor of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Co-Founder of CanChild Centre; Barbara Jane Cunningham, PhD Candidate, McMaster University

Speech-language pathologists in Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program (PSLP) have been collecting outcomes data since 2012. CanChild partnered with the PSLP to explore these data by: (a) modelling the development of children’s communicative participation skills; and (b) identifying demographic and clinical predictors of growth. We found that development varies by level of communicative function, and that factors including PSLP intervention services can change developmental trajectories. Implications for practice and policy will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Differentiate impairment-based vs. participation-based outcomes of communication interventions.
  2. Discuss communicative participation skill-development in preschoolers with speech and language delays.
  3. Understand how speech-language interventions impact children in each of five CFCS-based levels of function


 Session with Dr. Micheal Ungar

Dr. Michael Ungar, PhD is the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University.  Details on this session will be shared shortly. The session will be focused on resiliency for children and families.


Our Collaborative Story


Angela Paylor, Occupational Therapist, Soldiers' Memorial Hospital; Nancy Assance, Director of Education for Beausoleil First Nation, Beausoleil Education Department; Sue Neilon, Supervisor, Preschool Resource Consultant Program, Community Living Huronia; Elizabeth Hayward, Resource Consultant, Community Living Huronia

In our presentation we will outline our collaborative approach to delivering Early Intervention services with Beausoleil First Nation and mainstream community agencies. Through story telling of our experiences we will share common themes of what has made this relationship successful and continue to grow.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognizing value in creating shared visions and beliefs when building a trusting and collaborative relationship.
  2. Key themes for building a collaborative relationship.
  3. Strategies for building collaboration in a remote community.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Refreshment Break & Poster Displays


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


Sexual Health in Youth with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Details on this presentation will be shared shortly.

2:30 pm - 4:30pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


Current Perspectives on Family Engagement within Children’s Treatment Centres


This session will provide a review of best practices related to Family Engagement within pediatric rehabilitation as well as a discussion of current practices within CTC’s. 4 CTC’s will highlight their journeys towards formal engagement processes with families including their organizational approaches, lessons learned, successes and challenges.
Discussion will follow on how we can support each other in our efforts.   



Enhancing Listening: How to Listen in Complex Situations

Michelle Servais, Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Tracy Shepherd, Clinical Coordinator, Clinical Practice Coach in Augmentative Communication Service, Quality Management, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Colleen Willoughby, Manager, Clinical and Technical Specialty Services, Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Listening sounds quite simple. But to listen well in highly complex and often emotional clinical situations is actually quite challenging. In this workshop, we plan to explore listening and its importance to relationship-centred care. We will elaborate on what highly-skilled listeners do in the clinical encounter. We will share our latest educational video exploring four different stances that clinicians use when listening. Clinicians will review clinical scenario simulations and engage in inter-professional discussions about listening.


Learning Objectives:

  1. To explore listening as a core, relationship-centred skill and integrate into clinical practice.
  2. To understand the elements of effective listening and communication in pediatric rehabilitation.
  3. To engage in inter-professional clinical scenario discussions around complex situations.


 When Life Throws You A Curve Ball


Sara Pot, Parent, Niagara Children's Centre, Jo-Anne Smith, Social Worker, Niagara Children's Centre

This workshop is designed for families as well as professionals. We will share from both personal and professional experience what it means to acknowledge, accept, and adjust to the changes and loss that come with caring for children with special needs. Characterized often as an unplanned trip, such as E.P. Kingsley writes in her Trip to Holland poem, do we offer families a chance to truly reflect and work through these complicated emotions? In this session, we hope to provide both a safe space for families to contemplate their own experience as well as a prototype for other professionals to implement in their work.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight on the complexities of grief and ambiguous loss. 
  2. Gain insight on the relationship between disability and loss.
  3. Learn at least three take-away ideas that can support families.


Collaborative Developmental Monitoring for Children with Cerebral Palsy


Doreen Bartlett, Professor Emerita, Western University; Barb Galuppi, Project Coordinator, CanChild Center for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are heterogeneous and complex. This precludes the exclusive use of evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to inform clinical decisions about services for individual children. We propose an evidence-based approach to complement RCTs using results from two multi-site cohort studies conducted on large samples of children with CP and their families from both Canada and the US. Our evidence stems from the Move & PLAY study, in which we developed brief, psychometrically sound measures of participation in self-care and leisure activities, balance, strength, range of motion, endurance, and impact of associated health conditions, for use across the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels. We also tested multivariate models of determinants of motor function and participation in self-care and leisure. In the On Track study, we developed both longitudinal and reference percentile curves for all measures. Replicating procedures for the Gross Motor Function Measure, we describe both average and individual development of children in each of the levels of the GMFCS. Objective criteria are used to describe individual children’s relative strengths and limitations as they develop over time. Along with knowledge of determinants of motor function and self-care and leisure participation, we illustrate how this information enables a family-centred approach to collaborative goal setting and intervention planning.  We propose that an annual comprehensive clinical assessment, ‘checking up’, with use of the criteria to interpret individual development, will contribute to more efficient and effective family-centred, collaborative, ‘checking-in’, rehabilitation care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To become familiar with measures developed in and outcomes of the Move&PLAY study
  2. To become skilled in using percentile and longitudinal curves to understand individual children 
  3. To collaboratively plan services based on individual characteristics and family priorities


    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


    The Perfect Storm: Minor Morbidities in the Preterm Survivor

    Paige Terrien Church, MD, Director, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe concept of Behavioral Phenotype
    2. Review the features of the Behavioral Phenotype of Prematurity
    3. Review etiology of the Behavioral Phenotype of Prematurity




    Tuesday November 28, 2017


    8:30 am - 10:30 am  Concurrent Morning Sessions



    Partnerships for Practicality: Feeding & swallowing for pediatric clinicians

    Shauna Kingsnorth, PhD, Manager of Evidence to Care at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, Joanne Wincentak, MSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.), Evidence to Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Christie Raffaele, MSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.), Feeding & Swallowing Clinic, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Infancy & Early Childhood Program at Surrey Place Centre; Rebecca Perlin M.Cl.SC SLP(C) reg. CASLPO Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital;  Andrea Hoffman B.Sc.(H), MD, FRCPC, Developmental Paediatrician, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Carolyn Li, B.Sc.(H), RD, CNSC, Registered Dietitian, Holland Bloorviiew Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

    Feeding and swallowing problems affect up to 80% of children with developmental difficulties across Canada. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s clinical and knowledge translation teams developed an evidence-based clinician handbook. This practical guide combines research and clinical expertise in a multidisciplinary framework to address feeding and swallowing issues. This workshop showcases its development and clinical utility using simulation and case studies. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss key elements of a multidisciplinary and tiered framework for care
    2. Demonstrate how to apply the handbook to clinical practice
    3. Share how organizational partnerships can put evidence into practice 


    EKO,Management Best Practice presents Recreation Therapy Workload/Caseload Standards

    A Therapeutic Recreation taskforce was established across EKO centres in 2016 to research, gather stakeholder input, and provide evidence in support of establishing workload standards for Therapeutic Recreation. The taskforce has since prepared a proposal reflecting on the unique qualities of this discipline and the essential community capacity building practices within the role. This is the first point of sharing a well-supported and clear standard with the membership and discussing operationalizing next steps.


    Learning from Family Stories to Shape Service Delivery

    Ann Stocks, Manager, KidsInclusive/EnfantsInclus - Kingston Health Sciences, Andrea Brett, Parent; Jessica Champlain, Parent; Mindy McHardy, Parent

    This presentation is intended to bring families and service providers together to explore how family stories and experiences can be used to improve service delivery. Three family members will share their stories, relating them to well-known best practices such as family-centred care and the Six F's. Families and service providers will be giv-en the opportunity to explore ways to help families shape and articulate their experiences in order to influence and improve service delivery practices (for providers) and the service delivery experience (for families). Using fami-ly stories as part of the Special Needs Strategy work will be explored.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Service providers will gain deeper understanding of the value of family stories in service planning.
    2. Families will learn how to shape their family story to support service delivery.
    3. Participants will learn concrete next steps for using family stories to shape service delivery.


      A Medical Behaviour Approach to Challenging Behaviour and Collaborative Opportunities


      Alvin Loh,  Developmental Paediatrician,  Surrey Place Centre; Nicole Aliya Rahim, Senior Behaviour Therapist, Surrey Place Centre; Justine Wiegelmann, Behaviour Consultant, Geneva Centre for Autism


      Behaviour problems are common in children with developmental delays and can significantly affect quality of life (QOL), and participation. Increasing the experience of front line delivery staff to manage behavior with evidence based strategies can decrease stress and improve QOL. More complex behaviours will require the involvement of a behavior analyst for assessment and treatment. Across Ontario, access to a behavior analyst is variable and public services are often limited to specific diagnoses.


      Learning Objectives:

      1. Understand that a behaviour can have varying complexity and must be understood in its context/environment.
      2. Understand the role of a Behaviour Analyst and their approach to a functional assessment.
      3. Explore collaborative practice opportunities between clinical programs and Behaviour Analysts.


      8:30 am - 9:30 am Concurrent Morning Sessions



      Facilitating Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services Through Training (FIRST)


      Nancy Pollock, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Cheryl Missiuna, Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Anthony J. Levinson, Associate Professor, Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation; Wenonah Campbell, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Leah Dix, MSc, OT Reg (Ont), Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science and Project Coordinator, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research; Cindy Decola, BA (Hons), Project Coordinator, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research; Stacey Weber, Director, Early Child Development Branch, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services; Louise Sirisko, Director, Special Education, Success for All Branch, Ministry of Education

      An interactive, e-learning course was developed to support implementation of a tiered approach for integrated delivery of rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs. The course, titled Facilitating Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services through Training (FIRST), consists of six modules and will be available free of charge. It is aimed at supporting Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists to transition to a school-based, tiered model of service delivery.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Increase understanding of tiered, school-based service models and types of rehabilitation services offered. 
      2. Learn about resources that are available to support transition to tiered service delivery. 
      3. Become aware of the evidence supporting an online learning course for this transition.


       9:30 am - 10:30 am Concurrent Morning Sessions




      Experiences of Child Rehabilitation Team in Honduras


      Benjamin Klein, Developmental Pediatrician, Medical Director,

      Lansdowne Children Centre, McMaster University; Ashley Jakovljevic, Occupational Therapist, Lansdowne Children's Centre


      A group of clinicians based in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk went to Gracias, Lempira, Honduras as part of Canada-Honduras Children’s Health Initiative (CHCHI), whose mission has been to provide free pediatric care to children in Honduras (Central America) since 1998. In a multimedia presentation, we describe the history of the initiative, the focus of services based on the International Classification of Functioning model, the context, patient population, and successes/challenges of the team’s collaboration.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Learn about an example of developmental pediatrics and rehabilitation service delivery in a low-resource environment.
      2. Learn about some innovative solutions to seating challenges.
      3. Learn about the cultural context as it relates to developmental pediatrics and rehabilitation.


      10:30 am - 11:00 am Refreshment Break & Poster Displays


      11:00 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Morning Sessions


      Program Evaluation of Partnering for Change (P4C) in Child Care

      Natalie Spain, Occupational Therapist, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Sandra Sahagian Whalen, P4C Mentor/ Occupational Therapist, CanChild/ REACH Therapy Services; Karen Blumenstock, Occupational Therapy Student, McMaster University

      Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy has outlined the goal of integrated rehabilitation services from birth through high school. Partnering for Change (P4C), a collaborative and multi-tiered model for delivering rehabilitation services was piloted with Occupational Therapy (OT) services in child care centres in Waterloo Region for one year. Qualitative program evaluations, including exploration of process, outcome and logistical themes, were completed exploring the experiences of the child care teams and OTs.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. To understand the principles of the Partnering for Change (P4C) Model.
      2. To learn about the implementation and outcomes of the P4C in Child Care pilot project. 
      3. To consider recurrent themes and future steps for P4C in Child Care settings.


      Physician Involvement at Ontario CTCs: Current Practice and Future Direction

      Nicola Jones-Stokreef, Developmental Paediatrician, Children's Treatment Network Simcoe York; Benjamin Klein, Developmental Paediatrician, Medical Director, Lansdowne Children's Centre, Consultant Paediatrician, Brantford General Hospital, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Paediatrics, McMaster University; Ronit Mesterman Division Head of Developmental Paediatrics and Medical Director of Developmental Paediatrics and Rehabilitation and ASD McMaster Children’s Hospital

      Learning Objectives:

      1.  Review how physicians play a vital role as part of a multidisciplinary team.
      2. Understand the various roles physicians play currently in Ontario CTCs.
      3. Discuss ways in which funding and government policy can facilitate more physician involvement at CTCs


      Developing a Research and Ethics Education Module for Youth Leaders

      Dolly Menna-DackClincal Bioethicist, Youth Engagement Strategy, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

      The Youth Engagement Strategy (Y.E.S) enables Youth Leaders (current and former Holland Bloorview clients) to actively collaborate with families, clinicians and hospital leadership on priorities including: policy and program development, implementation and evaluation; delivery of services; teaching & learning. This collaboration supports quality of service provision aligned with client preferences and needs. This presentation focuses on the development of a Research and Ethics Education Module to prepare Youth Leaders to authentically engage and support Research.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Understand how Youth Leaders support Research within a paediatric rehabilitation hospital.
      2. Explore the core topics of the research and ethics education module.
      3. Examine initial feedback from Youth Leaders about the module.


      Transition from Hospital to Community


      Details on this presentation to be added shortly. 



      Playful Hearts: the Road to Resiliency


      Helen Donnelly, Therapeutic Clown, Lifeskills and Recreation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

      This interactive workshop embraces the 6 principles of the art of clowning: Simplicity, Honesty, Joy, Openness, Lightness and Generosity. Join Helen as she guides you through simple theatre exercises which will engage your playful self and remind us all about the power of play and its role in our wellbeing and quality of life
      Helen is an award-winning professional clown artist: a rare mix of theatrical, circus and therapeutic clown. An alumnae of Cirque du Soleil, she has been a professional therapeutic clown artist since 2004. She continues to perform, teach, present and direct in Canada and globally in the areas of healthcare, theatre and circus.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Participants will learn techniques of empathy through mirroring and observation games
      2. Participants will engage their natural impulses, freeing themselves up to play
      3. By allowing themselves to be ‘in the moment’, participants will experience a greater ability to connect with one another and to connect with their joy

      1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Concurrent Afternoon Sessions


      Providing Comprehensive Care: Insights from Families Across Ontario  


      Nicole Bardikoff, Senior Researcher, Autism Ontario; Katharine Buchan, Education Materials Coordinator, Autism Ontario; Margaret Spoelstra, Executive Director, Autism Ontario

      This presentation will include key findings from Autism Ontario’s 2017 province-wide caregiver survey. With results from over 3,000 respondents, and with a focus on experiences during diagnosis and early intervention, this presentation will discuss what families highlight as current service needs and supports, barriers and the factors that contribute to decision-making regarding treatment. We will consider developmental and regional differences and how this data can inform intervention services and family supports moving forward.

      Learning Objectives

      1. To describe the challenges of transitioning from paediatric to adult care.
      2. To describe the TLC program including the role it fills and its strengths and weaknesses.
      3. To discuss important considerations in developing and maintaining transition care programming.


      The Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program: What's Next?

      Caitlin Cassidy, Physician, Western University; St Joseph's Health Care

      The transition to adult care for adolescents with childhood onset disability has become a topic of frequent discussion as more young people survive to adulthood with significant disabilities. The Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) program was established to address the gap in service for adults with childhood disabilities and has served over 400 patients. In this presentation, we will discuss the successes and challenges of starting the TLC, and consider the advancement of transitional care.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. To describe the challenges of transitioning from paediatric to adult care.
      2. To describe the TLC program including the role it fills and its strengths and weaknesses.
      3. To discuss important considerations in developing and maintaining transition care programming.


      A KT Casebook to foster positive weight-related conversations

      Amy McPherson, Scientist and Scientific Co-Lead, Centre for Leadership in Participation & Inclusion
      Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto, Bloorview Research Institure; Christine Provvidenza, MSc., R.Kin, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Evidence to Care and Concussion Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Laura Hartman, Occupational Therapist and Research Associate, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

      We are creating a Knowledge Translation (KT) Casebook, which is a product that provides guidance around fostering positive weight-related conversations between healthcare professionals (HCPs), children and parents. The Casebook is grounded in best available evidence, and infuses the voices of those with experience, including HCPs, families, and youth.

      Learning Objectives

      1. Understand the need for and creation of the KT Casebook
      2. Learn about the evidence supporting the Casebook, including the experiential evidence that emerged through its development
      3. Learn about the clinical utility of the casebook


      Strong Collaborative Partnership: Essential in the New Ontario Autism Program Clinical Framework

      Details on this presentation to be added shortly.



      Proactive Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs           

      Graeme Treeby, The "Special Needs" Planning Group

      One of the biggest concerns for families with special needs is the financial future. With a variety of financial programs available and recent changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) on September 1, 2017, it is important for families to have access up-to-date and relevant information. Graeme Treeby from The “Special Needs” Planning Group will join us to provide clarity on what programs are available, how they can be accessed and highlight the changes to the ODSP program.

      2:15 pm - 3:30 pm  Closing Keynote Presentation


      Poster Presentations

      Posters will be available for viewing on Monday, November 27th from 11:00 am - 5:30pm, and on Tuesday, November 28th from 8 am to 2 pm. 

      Family Engagement

      Andrea Belanger, Family Engagement Coordinator, Grandview Children's Centre; Stefanie Swinson, Communication & Marketing Manager, Grandview Children's Centre; Melodie Muir, Peer Mentorship Coach, Grandview Children's Centre; Janet Isaac, Clinical Manager, Grandview Children's Centre 

      The OT and Educator Partnership: Assistive Technology in School

      Betty Chan, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Mona Lee, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

      Barriers and Facilitators to Cultural Competence in Rehabilitation Services

      Viviane Grandpierre, Doctoral Candidate, University of Ottawa

      Children's Therapeutic Play Garden - A Multidisciplinary Approach

      Andrea Harding, Occupational Therapist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre; Genevieve Tibi, Physiotherapist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre 

      Track for Intensive Motor Speech Services, Best Practice in Action!

      Wanda Harrington, Clinical Manager, Grandview Children's Centre; Kirsten White, Speech-Language Pathologist, Grandview Children's Centre; Leah Lomiansky, Speech-Language Pathologist, Grandview Children's Centre

      Improving Transitions for Complex-Care Populations from SickKids to Holland Bloorview

      Krista Keilty, Nurse Practitioner, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital & Hospital for Sick Children, Tomasz Czarny, Project Manager, Hospital for Sick Children; Irene Simpson, Operations Manager, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Nadia Tavernese, Senior Clinical Manager, Hospital for Sick Children 

      A Scoping Review of Universal Design for Learning in Rehabilitation

      Jennifer Kennedy, Occupational Therapist/Doctoral Student, McMaster University

      Caregiver Education Model for Supporting Children with Sensory Processing Needs

      Linda Laing, Clinical Manager,Grandview Children's Centre; Cathy Vey, Occupational Therapist, Grandview Children's Centre

      Developing Self-Care Video-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Lowana Lee, Occupational Therapist, McMaster Children's Hospital, Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre; Sandy Gaik, Occupational Therapist, McMaster Children's Hospital, Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre; Kait St. Pierre, Student Occupational Therapist, McMaster University; Kaitlyn Walsh, Student Occupational Therapist, McMaster University, School of Rehabilitation Sciences

      Look What Eye Can Communicate!

      Janette McDougall, Researcher, ThamesValley Children's Centre

      Physiotherapy Care Pathways Guiding Best Practice

      Jessica McGrath, Advanced Practice Leader, Five Counties Children's Centre

      Innovative Solutions for Family Support

      Chuck Myke, Social Worker, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Caroline Duimering, Social Worker, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Katie Galashan, Family Resource Coach, Waterloo Region Family Network

      Interviews with Parents of School-Aged Children with Mild Hearing Loss

      Eunjung Na, Doctoral Candidate, University of Ottawa; Viviane Grandpierre, Doctoral Candidate, University of Ottawa

      Partnerships and Pathways, Linking Health and Community Systems

      Melanie Randall, Community Liaison Navigator, Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region; Megan Henze, Occupational Therapist, Good 2 Go Transition Program

      Collaborative Integrated Services: Rehabilitation and Autism Therapists in IBI Classrooms

      Michelle Servais, Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Michelle Truppe, Director of Early Childhood Service/Family and Community Service, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Janet Gritzan, Manager of Early Childhood Service, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Laura Pritchard, Manager of Autism Services, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Veronica Vanderborght, Director of Autism Services, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Lisa Widdifield, Manager of Autism Services, Thames Valley Children's Centre

      Families Experiences and Outcomes with a Solution-Focused Coaching (SFC-Peds) Intervention

      Michelle Servais, Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Gillian King, Senior Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute; Heidi Schwellnus, Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Patricia Baldwin, Certified Solution-Focused Coach and Trainer

      Strengthening Your Core (Vocabulary)

      Toni Southern, Senior Speech Language Pathologist, John McGivney Children's Centre; Jessica Charbonneau, Communicative Disorders Assistant, John McGivney Children's Centre 

      Partners without Borders - United with Stand

      Leslie Suite, Director of Clinical Services, Grandview Children's Centre; Linda Laing, Clinical Manager, Grandview Children's Centre; Janet Isaac, Clinical Manager, Grandview Children's Centre

      Impacts of Occupational Therapy Creative Method for Children with Autism

      Ksenija Stasiuliene, Occupational Therapist, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kauno Clinics