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ACRS 2018 Annual Conference Program details listed below.

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Monday November 19, 2018

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

 

Ann Douglas 
presents

Supporting Families Through the Storm

Ann Douglas will be joining us for the opening keynote presentation on Monday November 19. Ann  is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the author of numerous bestselling books about pregnancy and parenting. Her most recent books are Parenting Through the Storm (a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with a mental health, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge) and Happy Parents, Happy Kids (a guide to thriving alongside your kids, which will be published by HarperCollins Canada in February). Her website is anndouglas.net.

Wondering what you can do to make a difference for the family of a child who is dealing with a physical, communication, or developmental challenge? Eager to learn how you can communicate your caring and support in a way that recognizes and builds upon the strengths of that family? In this practical and inspiring presentation, Ann Douglas will connect the dots between the growing body of research about family support and engagement and the real-world needs of children and families. You will discover best practices for building trust with families who are struggling—and in a way that is validating and empowering. After all, if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support that child’s parent. Here’s how to be that village….
  

 

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


101-18

Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy


Darcy Fehlings, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), Head, UofT Division of Developmental Paediatrics; Senior Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute; Physician Director, Child Development Program, lland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Professor, Dept of Paeditrics, University of Toronto

Early detection of CP’ by 6 months of age is possible! This involves the use of standardized neurological examinations including the ‘General Movements Assessment’ and Hammersmith Infant Neurological examination paired with neuro-imaging. This talk will describe the new Clinical Practice Guideline and how we can change our practices to make prompt referrals to diagnostic specific early intervention possible.  

102-18

As Anonymous once said "culture eats strategy for breakfast"


John LaPorta, Chief Executive Officer, Thames Valley Children's Centre

For better and worse, culture and leadership are inextricably linked.  Over time, an organization's leaders can shape culture through both conscious and unconscious actions.  Research shows that the best leaders are fully aware of the cultures within which they are embedded or have inherited, can sense when change is required and can deftly influence the process 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ability to identify the four attributes of culture & four levers for evolving a culture.
  2. Learn the eight distinct corporate cultural styles.
  3. Exposure to the links between culture and outcomes.

103-18

'Peer-to-Peer' Support when caring for a Child with Medical Complexity

 

Lillian Kitcher, Parent Navigator, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre; ; Teresa MacMillan, Parent Navigator, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre; Hendrick Guerra, Research Coordinator, CHEO; lanie Parent, Social Worker, CHEO; Breanna Gibbon, System Navigator Lead, CHEO; Michele Hynes, Children and Family Services Director, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre; Chantal Krantz, Manager, CHEO; Josée Séguin, Coordinator, CHEO             

Parents who are caring for a child with medical complexities report experiencing social isolation, among other challenges. The Navigator Program is a 5-year federally funded program that helps parents access peer support and navigate key services for the entire family.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn about the challenges that parents of medically complex children face.
  2. Learn how Parent Navigators provide 'peer-to-peer' support to parents of medically complex children.
  3. Learn how Parent Navigators support promotes caring connections to cultivate community support.

104-18

What about me? The voice of siblings in paediatric disability


Melissa Ngo, Family Support Specialist, Client and Family Integrated Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Daniel Scott, Outpatient Playroom Administrator, Client and Family Integrated Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Lorraine Thomas, Family Support Specialist, Client and Family Integrated Care, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

There are an estimated 1.9 million Canadians under the age of 30 providing a form of caregiving assistance, according to Statistics Canada in 2013. With the amount of limited supports for young siblings as caregivers, it's important to foster spaces for, about, and by siblings to empower each other and share their stories.  This panel discusses the concerns, experiences and needs of sibling caregivers, so that health systems can advocate and develop meaningful sibling supports.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the value of holistic family supports that include siblings as caregivers.
  2. How to develop meaningful sibling programs that promote positive communication between family members.
  3. Learning the distinct and unique needs of young people who are in a caregiving role.

105-18

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: An Occupational Therapists Role


Stephanie Runtz, Occupational Therapist, Firefly

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is being more widely recognized as a neurodevelopmental condition affecting many aspects of daily life. Occupational Therapists can have a significant role in supporting individuals who are pre-natally alcohol exposed, as well as their families, caregivers and educators. This presentation will focus on a successful pilot project occurring in North Western Ontario which is providing holistic supports within the school system to these children and their families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and its characteristics.
  2. Understand the role of an Occupational Therapist working with individuals with FASD.
  3. Strategies will be explored for home and school when working with a child with FASD.

106-18

Collaborative Partnerships: Blending Cultural Practices with Western Methods of Rehabilitation 
 

Amanda  Brennan, Clinical Supervisor of  FASD Services/Psychometrist, Firefly; Claudine Longboat-White, Program Manager, Ogimaawabiitong (Kenora Chiefs Advisory)

This presentation will explore some of the partnerships in the area of child and youth developmental services in North Western Ontario. We will share our experiences in developing community based and family centred programming through a cultural lens. The North Western Ontario Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic and the Niigaanning Bimaadiziwin program will be used as examples of how partnerships can blend traditional cultural knowledge with western methods of rehabilitation. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight on providing children's rehabilitation services in northern First Nations communities.
  2. Develop strategies in blending Anishinaabe cultural knowledge with western methods of rehabilitation.
  3. Discuss strategies and challenges in building collaborative services.
 

 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Tribute Awards Luncheon

  

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


201-18

How does genetic testing help my patients with developmental disabilities?


Melissa Carter, Clinical Geneticist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Do you find it hard to keep up with the latest in genetic testing technology? Are you unsure about what genetic testing is indicated in your patients with developmental disabilities? Never fear! A clinical geneticist is here to answer those questions and more. You will learn about how genetic testing can make a difference in the lives of your patients, and a simple approach to deciding which tests to order and when.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the current array of genetic testing options available to families.
  2. Learn when genetic testing is helpful for your patients. 
  3. A simple approach to deciding whether to order genetic testing yourself or refer.
     

202-18

Readiness Support for Families: Helping Hard-To-Reach KidsAbility Clients Access Services


Martha Fischer, Client Services Manager, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Amanda Wood-Atkinson, Client Services Manager, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Sue Simpson, Executive Director, Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN); Michelle Phoenix, Postdoctoral Fellow Bloorview Research Institute & CanChild

KidsAbility was facing a combination of challenges. An increase in referrals and community demographics, let to growing wait times, coupled with a high number of client appointment cancellations and no shows.  To address these challenges, a new service delivery model was developed, which included a focus on family attendance, participation and engagement. Research in the area of family engagement was utilized, resulting in the conception of Readiness Support of Families.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to apply parent engagement research to service delivery practices within a CTC.
  2. To understand the development, implementation, and evaluation of Readiness Support.
  3. Learn key considerations for your organization should you wish to implement a similar service.

203-18

Adapting  Mainstream Technology for Special Needs: Clinical and Research View


Kim Ferguson, Occupational Therapist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Josée Seguin, Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Huge changes over the past few years in the development of mainstream technologies have created opportunities for paediatric clients with special needs. From iPad use to environmental control, current possibilities for these devices are endless.  Many factors influence therapist's use of mainstream technology in clinic/research. Successes and barriers using demonstrations and case studies will be presented.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn about adapting mainstream technology for individuals with special needs.
  2. Become aware of research opportunities in the field of mainstream technology.
  3. Learn about successes and barriers when using mainstream technology. 

204-18

Exploring Motor Learning Strategies Use in Paediatric Physiotherapy Intervention


Jennifer Ryan, Physiotherapist, Graduate Student, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Motor learning strategies are specific teaching-focused actions that a therapist uses during an intervention session to promote motor learning in children with neuromotor disorders in an effort to optimize functional outcomes. This seminar highlights the presenter's Master's research, which explored the measurement of motor learning strategies and the clinical decision-making of physiotherapists providing traditional and Lokomat-based interventions for children with cerebral palsy. The results have applicability to any clinician who provides motor skills-based interventions.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define and understand the different categories of motor learning strategies.
  2. Appreciate the importance of measuring and intentionally applying motor learning strategies in treatment.
  3. Recognize the static, dynamic, proactive, and reactive factors that influence motor learning strategies use. 

205-18

Exploring Occupational Therapy Practice in Vision Assessment and Intervention


Salma Kassam, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabiliatation Hosptial; Simmin (Simmy) Kassam, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Marilyn Robertazzi, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

This presentation shares results of a descriptive, cross-sectional study design using an internet-based survey which explored the current practice of occupational therapists in Ontario in vision assessment and intervention. Results indicate a need for education, interdisciplinary collaboration and further research to enable occupational therapists to expand their role in the area of vision. Strategies to incorporate vision assessment and intervention into OT practice and enhance collaboration within health care teams will be discussed by participants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about the barriers to vision assessment and intervention in OT.
  2. Participants will develop and share strategies to incorporate vision into their OT practice.
  3. Participants will develop and share strategies to enhance collaboration with vision specialists.


206-18 

Improving Client and Family Centred Care through Ethics Education

Dolly Menna-Dack, Clinical Bioethicist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Ethics Service uses approach called the Hub-and-Spoke model to assist in addressing ethical issues. Within this model, over 30 people in the organization have been trained to act as ethics facilitators. The ethics service is dedicated to helping client and family well-being and organizational integrity. An Inter-professional Education model was used to create a mechanism for students and trainees to explore ethical issues in paediatric rehabilitation care through case-based learning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how the Inter-professional Education model was used to create a learning opportunity about ethics.
  2. Explore case-based learning as method for ethics education during clinical placement.
  3. Examine how ethics education during clinical placement can lead to better care.



2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Refreshment Break, Poster & Exhibits

     


 

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


301-18

Medico-Oro-Behaviour-Sensory (MOBSe) approach to feeding challenges in Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Sharon Smile, Developmental Paediatrician, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Rebecca Perlin, Speech and Language Pathologist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Christie Raffaele, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Feeding challenges are noted in up to 89% of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation of feeding challenges ranges from early onset exclusion of a single food item to refusal of entire food groups. Early detection of food selectivity in ASD is crucial in addressing the underline aetiological agent(s). In a hands on workshop we present MOBSe a stepwise evidenced based approach in evaluating feeding challenges in ASD. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. To increase your understanding of the spectrum of feeding challenges seen in children with ASD.
  2. Stepwise medico-oro-behavioural-sensory comprehensive approach to evaluating feeding challenges in ASD.
  3. To assess and identify 'when should I be worried and what should I do?'

302-18

SKYVIEW - Re'new'ed Service Delivery Model for KidsAbility's Early Years Program


Linda Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Denise Watson, Director of Client Services, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Johanne Hand, Client Services Manager, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development

KidsAbilty tackled increasing referrals, no shows and parent engagement, using a solution focused, response-to-intervention philosophy to develop the SKYVIEW. Testing, implementation, roll-out, using a 5P change management approach, included in scaling, training, teamwork, lunch and learns and weekly newsletter. Through innovation and overhaul of our services, a new future is possible and families are set up for success through readiness support, assessment, service planning, coaching, block therapy and transitional support. We will share learning and facilitate a conversation on managing transformative change.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Innovative program development.
  2. Creative implementation by client grouping.
  3. Effective change management.

303-18

TRACKS: Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention Program.  Building Sustainability

 

Karen Faragher, Recreation Therapist, Thames Valley Children's Centre

TRACKS is a peer-mediated social skills intervention program that provides all children the skills to be a good friend to their peers with special needs and social challenges. This project originally started in a camp setting to encourage peer-to-peer interactions, and has grown as a best practice to other organizations and environments (i.e. schools). Learn about the critical elements to the program and get involved in building the sustainability of the program across the province.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify five behavioural skills used in TRACKS and how they enhance peer-mediated social skills. 
  2. Identify five aspects of TRACKS and how these interact to create socially inclusive group settings.
  3. Identify three practical tools to promote the TRACKS program in your region.


304-18

Video Release  and Lessons Learned from SFC Video Simulation Development

 

Kimberly Benincasa, Occupational Therapist/Clinical Practice Coach, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Sarah Keenan, Organization Development and Learninng Consultant, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Tracy Shepherd, Speech Language Pathologist/Clinical Coordinator, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Abi Flanagan, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Darlene Hubley, Thames Valley Children's Centre

This workshop will explore new Solution-focused Coaching (SFC) video simulations developed in collaboration with eight Children's Treatment Centres.  Presenters will review the video development process, the intended and unintended benefits of co-creating the videos using an SFC approach, and provide opportunity for participants to collaborate with their peers in developing facilitation techniques for using the videos in SFC training sessions. Having an understanding of the basics of SFC would be an asset in this workshop.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn about how we collaborated with system partners to co-create a shared resource. 
  2. Participants will experience the videotaped simulations, and know how to access them.
  3. Participants will explore ways to facilitate the simulations using SF techniques.


305-18

Implementation of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Intervention Models: A pilot study

Adele Kirby, Director of Clinical Services, One Kids Place; Terri Barriault, Psychologist and Clinical Director, Child and Community Resources; Bridget Kiely, Clinical Operations Manger, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Irene Drmic, Clinical and Research Psychologist, Hamilton Heath Sciences - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre

Demonstration Project: Community Implementation of Four Naturalist Developmental Behaviour Intervention models (NDBI) for very young children presenting early symptoms of ASD/social communication difficulties and their families.

 Learning Objectives: 

  1. Become informed about the pilot projects on Naturalistic Developmental Behavioural Interventions for young children.
  2. Design and delivery: 4 service models integrating principles of development & applied behaviour analysis.
  3. The challenges/success in the implementation of evidenced based Early Intervention Demonstrations. 

    



Tuesday November 20, 2018

            


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


401-18  

FACT (Functional Abilities Classification Tool)


Benjamin Klein, Medical Director, Lansdowne Children's centre; Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Developmental Pediatrician, McMaster University, McMaster Children's Hospital & CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

The Functional Abilities Classification Tool (FACT) was recently published as a proposed tool to classify function and participation in children with developmental disabilities affecting learning and behaviour as a means to replace categorical medical/psychological diagnosis as the primary driver of service eligibility in schools. We review the developmental, intended uses and research to date on the FACT, and welcome feedback. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss biopsychosocial approaches to disabilities affecting learning and behaviour in the school environment.
  2. Discuss challenges in the categorization and service delivery for children in school environments.
  3. Discuss the use of the proposed tool, Functional Abilities Classification Tool (FACT). 

402-18

Integration Opportunities - A Legal Perspective



Karima Kanani, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

 

Integration can take many forms from coordination of services across the care continuum to full legal mergers of service provider organizations. This session will cover:

  • The Spectrum of Integration Opportunities
  • Integration Risk Management
  • The Role of the Board in System Transformation


403-18

Growing Interprofessional Services


Kristi Morgan, Clinical Operations Manager, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Tara Groves-Taylor, Clinical Operations Manager, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

This presentation highlights ErinoakKids journey from a “silo” approach to services, to integrated service delivery. We’ll share information about how we re-structured ourselves to provide these services, and what we learned about growing a culture of trust, shared learning and accountability, building relationships and ultimately, providing better outcomes for kids and families. We’ll describe how we accomplished these goals specifically in delve deeper into our Preschool Speech and Language (PSL) and Ontario Autism Program (OAP) collaboration with integrated communication groups, the change management and capacity building process we used, the lessons learned and our next steps.   

    404-18

    Thinking Boldly: A Strategy for Mental Health within Pediatric Rehabilitation

     

    Heidi Schwellnus, Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Nancy Searl, Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

    Noting a rising trend in the mental health needs of the children and youth with disabilities and recognizing that this is a critically important yet underdeveloped skill of our clinicians, Holland Bloorview has responded with a bold vision for mental health, enabling a child’s health mind, body and spirit . This strategy will foster the inclusion of mental health awareness, education, practice enhancement and resources to support children and youth with disabilities.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. To realize how to establish and implement an organization-wide new area of clinical practice.
    2. To learn how a cultural change was fostered through consensus building and shared decision making.
    3. To learn how to optimize family engagement in addressing expansive innovative topics.


    405-18

    Building bridges between education and health: The ICF and UDL

     

    Vanessa Tomas, MSc Candidate (Student), School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Wenonah Campbell, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Andrea Cross, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research,School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Kids Brain Health Network

    In Canada, inclusive education is a priority, but its implementation is less than optimal. We suggest that combining a health framework, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health with an education framework, Universal Design for Learning, would advance inclusion by supporting children's participation while also enhancing inter-professional collaboration. In this presentation, we compare both frameworks and use a case study to show how the ICF and UDL can be applied together in practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. To describe the ICF and UDL frameworks and discuss their usage in education. 
    2. To compare the ICF and UDL frameworks, highlighting their complementary features. 
    3. To integrate the ICF and UDL frameworks by applying both to a hypothetical case study.

    406-18

    Moe the Mouse® - Speech and Language Development Program

     

    Anne Gardner, Registered Speech Language Pathologist, Firefly; Treena Wallace, Early Language Facilitator, Firefly                

     

    The Workshop, Making the Most of Moe is delivered by Anne Gardner, Speech Language Pathologist, one of the co-creators of the Moe the Mouse® Program. This training demonstrates the various activities using Moe, his animal friends, his favourite books and other special items, that help children develop: social language use, comprehension of spoken words, vocabulary, discrimination of speech sounds, ability to pronounce speech sounds, knowledge of preposition words (above, beside, etc) and the ability to express feelings & ideas. These activities can become part of the everyday curriculum and do not require specialized clinicians but are supported by those individuals where possible. Video footage of children interacting with Moe and his animal friends is shown throughout the workshop to support the learning and demonstrate program delivery in a childcare setting. Participants receive certification for taking this workshop.


    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will understand how:

    1. Moe the Mouse® develops speech and language skills through imaginary play.
    2. Paraprofessionals can assist with Tier 1 Programming.
    3. Best to implement Tier 1 Programming such as Moe the Mouse ®

     

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


     

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


    501-18

    Social Club: Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Education Program for Youth


    Katelyn Gutcher, Recreation Therapist, Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre; Tanya  Mageau, Recreation Therapist, Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre


    Social Club is a new Therapeutic Recreation Program at the Cochrane Temiskaming Children's Treatment Centre, offered in Kapuskasing and Timmins. The program uses Leisure education as a way to increase leisure skills, social skills, and life skills among youth ages 10 to 18 years. This presentation will engage the audience and provide them with information about Leisure Education and how the program was implemented in Northern Ontario.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn about Leisure Education and its importance among youth in Therapeutic Recreation.
    2. Participants will learn the framework of Social Club including strengths and areas requiring improvement. 
    3. Participants will apply their knowledge gained to a Case Study.


    502-18

    Integrating Behaviour Competencies into Interprofessional Rehabilitation Practice


    Victoria Cernjak, Occupational Therapist and Dr. Crystal Lowe-Pearce, Psychologist, Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre

     

    Part 1 of 2
    Over the last several years at the IWK, all new staff entering into the Children’s Health Program receive an introduction to the basic principles of behaviour, and staff working in Pediatric Rehabilitation receive additional behavioural training and practice specific to rehabilitation populations. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience the process and learning all staff engage in, as an interprofessional rehabilitation service at the IWK. Part 1 (before lunch) will review Behaviour 101, which all new IWK Health Centre staff receive and Part 2 (after lunch) will focus on Behaviour 201, which is specific to Pediatric Rehabilitation staff.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of why behaviours occur.
    2. Together, we will explore a number of positive behaviour support strategies to consider using with clients in rehabilitation settings.
    3. Recognize that behaviour can be understood and supported across interprofessional rehabilitation practice, and that behavioural competency, regardless of professional background, is possible.
                      

    503-18

    Best Practice Toolkit for Caregivers of Medically Complex Children


    Josée Séguin, Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Hendrick Guerra, Research Coordinator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Breanna Gibbon, System Navigator Lead, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Lillian Kitcher, Parent Navigator, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre; Teresa MacMillan, Parent Navigator, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre; Mélanie Parent, Social Worker, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Michele Hynes, Children and Family Services Director, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

     
    Parents of children with medical complexities (CMC) experience many challenges when caring for their child, directly impacting their personal social determinants of health. The Navigator Program is a 5-year federally funded program to help promote the social/emotional health of parents by helping them access peer support and navigate key services for the entire family.  

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Participants will learn about the challenges that parents of medically complex children face.
    2. Participants will see results from our scoping literature review that helped build our toolkit.
    3. Participants can collaborate in building our toolkit or use the resources for their program.

    504-18

    Starting the Journey:  Universal Services

     

    Meredith Stratton, Preschool Outreach Program Manager, Grandview Children's Centre; Kathy Sparrow, Occupational Therapist, Grandview Children's Centre; Leslie Suite, Director of Clinical Services, Grandview Children's Centre

    This presentation describes the journey of several Grandview programs towards a more deliberate incorporation of Tier 1 services within their service delivery models.  For each program, the rationale for focusing on Tier 1 services, examples of Tier 1 activities, and the impact of providing these services will be described.  The creation of a new position, the Service Navigator, and its role in connecting families and community partners to available Tier 1 services will be outlined.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the role that Tier 1 services has in an integrated model of rehabilitation services.
    2. Learn about Grandview's journey towards incorporating Tier 1 services in several programs' service delivery models.
    3. Explore the impact of providing Tier 1 services on programs, families and community partners.

    505-18

    Project ECHO: Exploring the role of allied health care professionals

     

    Giulia Mesaroli, Physiotherapist, The Hospital for Sick Children; Sara Klein, Physiotherapist, The Hospital for Sick Children; Laura Vresk, Clinical Dietitian, The Hospital for Sick Children; Maaike Brouwers, Occupational Therapist, The Hospital for Sick Children

    Project ECHO is an innovative, interactive model for delivering clinical education  that improves  access and increases capacity among community-based healthcare providers (HCPs). It uses a Hub-and-Spoke structure to virtually connect specialist inter-professional teams at an academic 'Hub' to community HCPs called 'Spokes'. This presentation will explore the role of allied healthcare professionals in both the hub and spoke teams of Paediatric Project ECHO for Complex Care and Pain.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about Project ECHO - Paediatric Pain and Complex Care.
    2. Describe the demographic representation of allied health professionals within this model .
    3. Explore the role of allied health professionals within this model.

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


    601-18

    How Developmental Paediatricians Add Value to Children's Treatment Centres


    Carolyn Hunt, Developmental Paediatrician, Grandview Children's Centre; Nicky Jones-Stokeef, Developmental Paediatrician, Children's Treatment Network; Beth Macklin, Developmental Paediatrician, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Benjamin Klein, Developmental Paediatrician, Lansdowne Children's Centre 

    A presentation of current models of the roles of developmental paediatricians at academic and non-academic affiliated CTC's, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the models, lessons learned and future prospects for inclusive and collaborative approaches to care, the creative use of resources and continuing education. Examples of successful collaborative practice that has led to capacity building will be shared.  This workshop builds on last year's survey about the roles of developmental paediatricians at CTC's.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different roles played by developmental paediatricians at CTC's.
    2. Learn how improve collaborative practice and build capacity with creative uses of resources.
    3. Understand how CTC's can share developmental paediatrics resources more widely.


    602-18

    Me & My Community: Transition Partnership for Teens with Disabilities


    Kari Renahan, Children's Treatment Network & York Region District School Board; Sydney Leask, Youth participant, Carolyn McDougall, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Janice Archer, Children's Treatment Network & York Region District School Board

     
    The Me & My Community program is a partnership between two EKO centres and a school board. In this 3-year program, high school aged youth with physical disabilities and their families participate in activities in their communities. The program aims to foster capacities in socialization, navigation, practical skill building and advocacy, as well as resiliency and community connectedness. The program is based on transition-to-adulthood best practices and an evaluation is in process.

     

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn about interagency collaboration and integration in program design and delivery.
    2. Participants will be exposed to best practices for transition to adulthood through a real-world example.
    3. Participants will be able to consider best evaluation practices for a 3-year program.

    603-18

    Cybersecurity - Why Healthcare is a Target


    Raheel Qureshi, Partner - Cyber Security Advisory Services, iSecurity Consulting

    Cybersecurity Threat Landscape is fast evolving and many recent events making news headlines resulting in business services and technology outages, compromise of sensitive information and most importantly reputation damage. Raheel Qureshi from iSecurity Consulting firm will share learning based on past experience as to why healthcare sector is a target, what we should be doing better to go from reactive to being more proactive along with managing risks associated technology implementation, Partners and Third Parties. This session will also provide a surface level view on some foundational elements for building a secure program to better protect information we collect.

    604-18

    Hot Topics in Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinical Practice – The Lightning Round Edition


    Want to learn more about what others are thinking about to improve clinical practice. This workshop is a series of short (5 minute), dynamic, faced paced presentations from members of the clinical best practice group. Presenters will share information on what is being discussed/examined in their respective organizations to improve client and family care.

    Each presenter will be asked to address the following:

    • What problem were they trying to solve?
    • What was the impact of the problem (and now solution) on clients and/or their families?
    • What did they hear from other CTC's about similar issues?
    • How did they use the information they received to find a solution and if it has progressed to this level what is that solution?
    • What were the lessons learned that would be relevant to another organization who might consider your solution/process/practice?


    605-18

    Integrating Behaviour Competencies into Interprofessional Rehabilitation Practice


    Victoria Cernjak, Occupational Therapist and Dr. Crystal Lowe-Pearce, Psychologist, Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre

    Part 2 of 2
    Over the last several years at the IWK, all new staff entering into the Children’s Health Program receive an introduction to the basic principles of behaviour, and staff working in Pediatric Rehabilitation receive additional behavioural training and practice specific to rehabilitation populations. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience the process and learning all staff engage in, as an interprofessional rehabilitation service at the IWK. Part 1 (before lunch) will review Behaviour 101, which all new IWK Health Centre staff receive and Part 2 (after lunch) will focus on Behaviour 201, which is specific to Pediatric Rehabilitation staff. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of why behaviours occur.
    2. Together, we will explore a number of positive behaviour support strategies to consider using with clients in rehabilitation settings.
    3. Recognize that behaviour can be understood and supported across interprofessional rehabilitation practice, and that behavioural competency, regardless of professional background, is possible.

                        


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



    It's a Family Affair

    In 2018, sharing parental responsibilities is highly desirable—even essential. Our concept of family continues to expand. Yet many people still inadvertently reinforce gender norms or judge significant partners differently from the moms who are primary caregivers of kids with special needs. This panel presents the voices and experiences of parenting partners from families connected with our members.  In this final session of the 2018 EKO Conference, parent experts will address the delicate balancing act between partners and the roles clinicians and care providers can play as collaborators.  


    Poster Presentations

    Posters will be available for viewing on Monday, November 19th from 11:00 am - 5:30pm, and on Tuesday, November 20th from 8 am to 2 pm. 


    Knowledge to Action Roadmap: Literacy Education of Children using AAC

    Amita Bhargava Furgoch, Occupational Therapist - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario


    It's not just me. Parent Perceptions of Multi-Disciplinary Baby Group

    Susan Bowman, Clinical Lead - ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Cathy Evans, Assistant Professor - University of Toronto, Dept. of Physical Therapy


    Reducing Wait Times for Autism Assessment While Adding Value

    Tracy Conley, Program Manager - BC Autism Assessment Network


    Supporting Early Discharge - Empower families with red flag checklists

    Susann Cox, Physiotherapist - Five Counties Children's Centre


    A Collaborative Approach to Developing OAP Foundational services

    Emma Delemere, Clinical Manager - Grandview Childrens Centre


    Movement & Mindfulness - A Yoga Program for Youth with CP

    Corrie Dixon, Physiotherapist - Grandview Children's Centre


    Bridging Gaps and Breaking Barriers: BCBA, OT, and SLP Collaboration

    Lynsey Endicott, Speech and Language Pathologist - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Trisha Petrosoniak, Occupational Therapist - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Lisa Peterson, Autism Supervisor - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development; Lauren McDonald, Clinical Coordinator - KidsAbility Centre for Child Development


    Ride and Shine! A collboration between physiotherapists and engineers

    Karen Forbes, Physiotherapist, Team Leader - KidsInclusive


    Using Data to Improve Clinician Engagement in Outcome Measures Use

    Andrea Hatherell, Speech-Language Pathologist - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


    Implementation of a Capacity Building Model for Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Jane Heintz Grove, Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Clinical Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa; Beth Macklin, Developmental Pediatrician; Medical Director, Medical Services - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Cecile Bisson, Integration Specialist - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Nicole Hammond, Psychometrist, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario


    Understanding family engagement in tiered school-based service delivery models

    Jennifer Kennedy, Occupational Therapist and Doctoral Candidate, McMaster University


    Anxiety treatment for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Nora Klemencic, Psychologist - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Abbie Solish, Psychologist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Anne Ritzema, Psychologist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Vicki Nolan, Psychologist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Martha Pilkington, Operations Manager, Child Development Program, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Evdokia Anagnostou, Senior Clinician Scientist, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Translational Therapeutics in Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Jessica Brian, Psychologist and Clinician-Investigator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital


    Outcomes of Diagnostic Assessment Services at a Children's Treatment Center

    Darquise Laflamme, Psychologist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Philipe Adams, Psychologist, McGill University, Nicole Hammond, Psychometrist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario


    What contributes to life satisfaction for youth with chronic conditions?

    Janette McDougall, Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre; Virginia Wright, Senior Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute


    Stories of Resilience: Learning From Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Conditions

    Andrea Morrison, Occupational Therapist, Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences


    Transforming Services: Staff Perspectives on Changing and Developing Autism Services

    Michelle Servais, Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre


    Supporting Child Care Educators - Coaching, Collaborating, and Building Capacity

    Meredith Stratton, Preschool Outreach Program Manager, Grandview Children's Centre; Krista Witherspoon, Clinical Manager, Client Services, Grandview Children's Centre


    Video Gait Analysis: A Practical Option in Pediatric Rehabilitation 

    Marilyn Wright, Physiotherapist - McMaster Children's Hospital; Donna Twose, Kinesiologist - McMaster Children's Hospital; Jan Willem Gorter, Physiatrist - McMaster Children's Hospital 


    The IWK’s New Clinic Model for Pediatric Rehabilitation

    Jordan Sheriko BSc, MD, Medical Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre; Krista Sweet Manager Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre;  Sarah Pickup, Manager Pediatric Rehabilitation,  IWK Health Centre; Heather Osborne-Vincent, Manager Pediatric Rehabilitation,  IWK Health Centre


    Positive Behaviour Support - Building Competence in Rehabilitation Clinicians 

    Victoria Cernjak, Occupational Therapist, IWK Health Centre; Crystal Lowe-Pearce, Psychologist, IWK Health Centre; Heather Osborne-Vincent, Manager Pediatric Rehabilitation, IWK Health Centre; Tracy Vigliarolo, Occupational Therapist, IWK Health Centre