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As of March 17, 2020, the EKO Spring Symposium is cancelled due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of emergency declared in Ontario.  For more details on the cancellation and information on requesting a refund or credit towards the 2021 Spring Symposium, please see the 'Symposium Cancelled' page of this site.


As health and social care services in Ontario look to the future, EKO presents the first Spring Symposium: two-days of programming bringing together the province’s child development and rehabilitation sector professionals, families, partners and stakeholders, for in-depth discussions about best practices, innovation, and the opportunities for new approaches in a transforming environment.


The Empowered Kids Ontario Spring Symposium 2020 attracts passionate, interdisciplinary child development and rehabilitation professionals from every region of Ontario and from across Canada. Join us to learn about the latest in policy, research and best practice, innovative approaches, and to explore creative partnerships and programs, and build the capacity that ensures Ontario will continue to set the bar across all aspects of child development.


All are welcome!

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Event Dates
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Registration Closes
MARCH 31, 2020 @ 10:30 AM
Location
Address
Hilton Toronto
145 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  CANADA
Located in the heart of Toronto and the city's financial district Hilton Toronto is a 10 minute walk from Union Station, the theatre district, City Hall & Nathan Philips Square, museums, art galleries, sports arenas and shops. The Hotel is connected to the underground PATH and its 1,200 restaurants and retail outlets. The Hilton Toronto is a five minute walk from the St. Andrew Subway Station; the King Street and Queen Street Stations are also just a few minutes-walk to the Hotel.
Summary Agenda
 
Sunday, March 29
  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Registration Desk Open
  7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Opening Reception
 
Monday, March 30
  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
  9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Plenary Keynote Presentation
  10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Morning Break & Poster Displays
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Collaboration for Participation: Inter-agency model for multi-year community engagement program
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
EKO's Project Private Delivery: Weathering challenge and change by building - and being - your Brand
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
From Planning to Implementation: A FASD Worker's Service Delivery Model
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Holland Bloorview's Innovative Clinic Improves Access to Baby CIMT
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Servicing Remote First Nations Communities: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers
  10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Gross Motor Function Measure at Age 30: "What's New?"
  11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
Lunch & Networking
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A Promising Way to Assess Language in Non-verbal Children
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Connecting School and Home: Family engagement in school-based rehabilitation servics
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Creating Equitable Access to Children's Rehabilitation Services
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Not Just Members of the Team, Part of the Organization
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Redesigning Physiotherapy Service Delivery for Plagiocephaly & Torticollis
  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Who can, should and will diagnose autism?
  2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Afternoon Break & Poster Displays
  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
EKO Project Private Delivery: Using the runway you have - Planning for a year of transition
  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Implementing the F-words for Childhood Development at an Organizational Level
  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Mentorship, Capacity-building and Innovation: Student partnership with youth with disability
  4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Posters on Display
 
Tuesday, March 31
  7:00 AM to 8:25 AM
Breakfast
  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
A Program of Research to Enhance Understanding of Tiered Services
  8:30 AM to 10:35 AM
Experience Piloting an Adapted version of Zippy's Friends
  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Health System Transformation: Where Are We Now?
  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Hip Surveillance for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Implementation in Ontario
  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Readiness Support: Improving attendance and engagement at appointments
  10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Morning Break & Posters on Display
  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A Classification Tool for Clients Served by Children's Treatment Centres
  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sibling Support Programming Created for Siblings, by Siblings
  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Transitional and Lifelong Care Program: The First Five Years
  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Transformative Experiences of Solution Focused Health Care Coaches: Panel Discussion
  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Utilizing Change Management to Implement an Innovative Rehabilitation Service
  12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch & Networking
  1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Closing Keynote Presentation
Featured Speakers
Liz Forsyth
Opening Keynote Presenter, KPMG
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registration rates
Full Symposium Registration
Full Symposium Registration
C$ 650.00  

Registration includes:

Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Plenary Session - Monday morning

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 25 sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentation

Closing Plenary Session

 
One Day Registration - Monday March 30
One Day Registration - Monday March 30
C$ 440.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Opening Plenary Session - Opening Keynote Speaker

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 15 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations


 
One Day Registration - Tuesday March 31
One Day Registration - Tuesday March 31
C$ 440.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Access to Concurrent Sessions (12 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

Closing Plenary Session

 
Full Symposium Registration - Member Rate
Full Symposium Registration - Member Rate
C$ 550.00  

Registration includes:

Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Plenary Session - Monday morning

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 25 sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentation

Closing Plenary Session

 
One Day Registration - Member Rate - Monday March 30
One Day Registration - Member Rate - Monday March 30
C$ 380.00  
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  12:00:AM  —  11:55:PM EDT

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Opening Plenary Session - Opening Keynote Speaker

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 15 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

 
One Day Registration - Member Rate - Tuesday March 31
One Day Registration - Member Rate - Tuesday March 31
C$ 380.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Access to Concurrent Sessions (12 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

Closing Plenary Session

 
Full Symposium Registration - Student Rate
Full Symposium Registration - Student Rate
C$ 355.00  

Registration includes:

Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Plenary Session - Monday morning

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 25 sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentation

Closing Plenary Session

 
One Day Registration - Student Rate - Monday March 30
One Day Registration - Student Rate - Monday March 30
C$ 235.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Opening Plenary Session - Opening Keynote Speaker

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 15 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

 
One Day Registration - Student Rate - Tuesday March 31
One Day Registration - Student Rate - Tuesday March 31
C$ 235.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Access to Concurrent Sessions (12 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

Closing Plenary Session

 
Full Symposium Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate
Full Symposium Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate
C$ 355.00  

Registration includes:

Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Plenary Session - Monday morning

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 25 sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentation

Closing Plenary Session

 
One Day Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate - Monday March 30
One Day Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate - Monday March 30
C$ 235.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Opening Plenary Session - Opening Keynote Speaker

Access to Concurrent Sessions (17 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

 
One Day Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate - Tuesday March 31
One Day Registration - Parent/Caregiver Rate - Tuesday March 31
C$ 235.00  

Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Access to Concurrent Sessions (12 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

Closing Plenary Session

 
Complimentary Full Registration
Complimentary Full Registration
 

Your Complimentary Full Registration includes:

Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday

Lunch on Monday and Tuesday

Opening Plenary Session - Monday morning

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 25 sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentation

Closing Plenary Session


 
Complimentary Registration - Monday March 30
Complimentary Registration - Monday March 30
 

Monday March 30 Complimentary Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Opening Plenary Session - Opening Keynote Speaker

Access to Concurrent Sessions (over 15 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations


 
Complimentary Registration - Tuesday March 31
Complimentary Registration - Tuesday March 31
 

Tuesday March 31 Complimentary Registration includes:

Continental Breakfast & Delegate Lunch

Access to Concurrent Sessions (12 Sessions to choose from)

Access to Poster Presentations

Closing Plenary Session


 
 
monday march 30 - 10:30 - 11:30 am
Servicing Remote First Nations Communities: Identifying and Overcoming Barr …
Servicing Remote First Nations Communities: Identifying and Overcoming Barr …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

As pediatric rehabilitation services are exponentially growing for remote First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario, clinicians are having the opportunity to experience both the excitement and frustration of change while being faced with barriers that are unique to these areas. This presentation will focus on identifying these barriers and will address how our multidisciplinary team is working toward bridging these gaps in order to create a service delivery model that is more successful.


Stephanie Garrett, OT Reg. (Ont), Occupational Therapist, FIREFLY Northwest; Jenna Tremblay-Leger, M.H.Sc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, Speech-Language Pathologist with FIREFLY Northwest

 
The Gross Motor Function Measure at Age 30: "What's New?"
The Gross Motor Function Measure at Age 30: "What's New?"
 
Hilton Toronto
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

The Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM) is considered the gold standard to measure change in gross motor function in children with cerebral palsy. In this workshop, we will present the evolution of the GMFM, and discuss frequently asked questions and appropriate use. We will then introduce new resources, provide opportunities to score selected items and encourage discussion about using the measure. This course will be of interest to new and experienced users of the GMFM. 


Marilyn Wright,  Hamilton Health Science Centre, CanChild, McMaster University; Peter Rosenbaum, CanChild, McMaster University; Rachel Teplicky, CanChild, McMaster University

 
From Planning to Implementation: A FASD Worker's Service Delivery Model
From Planning to Implementation: A FASD Worker's Service Delivery Model
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

There is an increasing demand for services that are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) informed. In alignment with a province-wide FASD initiative, the region of Peel with lead agency ErinoakKids has developed a model of service delivery and integration. This model is highly replicable and translational across disabilities, regions and borders. At the foundation, this model is built on six fundamental principles with a keen focus on the: client, caregiver, family unit and the community.


Meera Sidhu, MSc, FASD Worker, Region of Peel, ErinoakKids, Centre for Treatment and Development

 
EKO's Project Private Delivery: Weathering challenge and change by building …
EKO's Project Private Delivery: Weathering challenge and change by building …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

Unpacking what big-B Brand is, who it is for, and why it matters in a competitive landscape. In this session, we will consider how everyone in your organization - Board, Leadership, Staff - must embody your Brand in order to attract the community of clients, employees and champions the organization will need to move forward confidently into the future.


Andrea Kennedy, Spread Your Word

 
Holland Bloorview's Innovative Clinic Improves Access to Baby CIMT
Holland Bloorview's Innovative Clinic Improves Access to Baby CIMT
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

Hemiplegic cerebral palsy (HCP) leads to significant lifelong arm and hand impairments impacting children’s participation. The ‘early years’ is a critical period for brain reorganization. Early motor-based interventions can greatly minimize impairments.  Baby constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT), a proven motor -based program in the first year of life leads to improved arm and hand function. Holland Bloorview’s innovative Baby CIMT Clinic connects the system and improves access to Baby CIMT for families.


Sophie Lam-Damji, MOT OT Reg. (Ont.), Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Julie Chiba Branson, Operations Manager, Child Development Program, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Christie Welch PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), Lead Instructor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Post Doctoral Research Fellow,Autism Research Centre, Bloorview Research Institute

 
Collaboration for Participation: Inter-agency model for multi-year communit …
Collaboration for Participation: Inter-agency model for multi-year communit …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  10:30:AM  —  11:30:AM EDT

Our inter-agency team has created the Youth in Charge (YiC) program to enhance opportunities for high school students with physical disabilities and their families to take charge of their lives as they grow independence and transition to adulthood. In this session, our team will discuss the best evidence, clinical/lived experience, resources that contributed to program design and refinement, the current logic model for the program and outcomes, and how agencies can partner for shared success.


Kari Renahan, Occupational Therapist, York Region District School Board - Children's Treatment Network Partner, Janice Archer, Occupational Therapist, York Region District School Board - Children's Treatment Network Partner; Carolyn McDougall, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Nadia Niles Campbell, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Anna Oh, Research Coordinator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

 
 
monday march 30 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Connecting School and Home: Family engagement in school-based rehabilitatio …
Connecting School and Home: Family engagement in school-based rehabilitatio …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss current research on family engagement in school-based rehabilitation services. The findings from two new studies will be presented that support a new definition of family engagement. In small groups, attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the study findings and proposed definition of family engagement, and discuss how the findings and definition might apply to current school-based practice.


Jennifer Kennedy, Occupational Therapist, Reach Out Centre for Kids

 
A Promising Way to Assess Language in Non-verbal Children
A Promising Way to Assess Language in Non-verbal Children
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

Children who have motor and speech impairments due to Cerebral Palsy frequently do not receive assessment of their language skills, leaving them at risk for under- or overestimation, leading to ill-fit education programs and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Our seminar highlights the Canadian version of the Computer-Based instrument for Low motor Language Testing. This tool is the first reliable, standardized assessment for these children.


Jael Bootsma, MSc, SLP, PhD student, CanChild, McMaster University

 
Creating Equitable Access to Children's Rehabilitation Services
Creating Equitable Access to Children's Rehabilitation Services
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

Social determinants of health can place some children at risk for delay and can limit access to needed rehabilitation services at school. To increase access, child health researchers from McMaster University partnered with local organizations to co-design two qualitative case studies that would answer: 1) How health professionals and educators worked together to offer tiered services in schools and 2) What is the acceptability, feasibility, and outcome of a universally designed family drop-in language program?


Michelle Phoenix, PhD, Reg. CASLPO, Assistant Professor Speech-Language Pathology, McMaster University and CanChild, Dr. Wenonah Campbell, PhD John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Disability Research, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Isabel Eisen, Medical Student University of Ottawa

 
Not Just Members of the Team, Part of the Organization
Not Just Members of the Team, Part of the Organization
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

Youth Facilitators are young adults with lived experience of a childhood onset disability / acquired injury. They are paid members of the rehabilitation team who use clinical reasoning and their own experiences of growing up with a disability to support clients and their families to explore, set and work towards achieving meaningful goals. This presentation explores the stepwise implementation journey of the role of Youth Facilitators in clinical teams and the broader organizational structure.


Dolly Menna-Dack, Clinical Bioethicist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Heidi Schwellnus, Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Melissa Thorne, Youth Facilitator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

 
Redesigning Physiotherapy Service Delivery for Plagiocephaly & Torticollis
Redesigning Physiotherapy Service Delivery for Plagiocephaly & Torticollis
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

Referrals for physiotherapy (PT) management of infant plagiocephaly and torticollis are increasing, contributing to longer PT wait times.  This session will provide information on a clinical quality improvement project that introduced a model of care that improved patient flow. The new model relies on both physiotherapy and parent involvement and is in alignment iwth the most recent clinical practice guidelines. The outcome improved efficiency, wait times and most importantly the parent experience.


Barb Borton, Occupational Therapist, MSc (Rehab), Director Outpatient Clinics/Rehabilitation Services

 
Who can, should and will diagnose autism?
Who can, should and will diagnose autism?
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  01:00:PM  —  02:00:PM EDT

The question of who can diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has significant implications for resource use, wait times, and family experiences. This talk will include a review of existing literature, guidelines, Dr. Melanie Penner's studies, and current strategies for increasing community capacity to diagnose and care for children with ASD.


Melanie Penner, Developmental Paediatrician, Clinical Investigator - Autism Research Centre, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

 
 
monday march 30 - 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Implementing the F-words for Childhood Development at an Organizational Lev …
Implementing the F-words for Childhood Development at an Organizational Lev …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  02:30:PM  —  04:30:PM EDT

This presentation will describe ‘The F-words for Childhood Development’ and the efforts to promote these ideas; outline the importance of implementation science to guide the work; and demonstrate methods used to embed the F-words at an organizational and systems level using principles of Implementation Science.


Kim Hesketh, MScPT, BKI, Manager, Rehabilitation Services, Children's Treatment Network Simcoe York; Andrea Cross, Post-doctoral fellow, CanChild/School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Rachel Teplicky, Business and Engagement Officer, CanChild, McMaster University; Danijela Grahovac, Parent and Senior Technical Support Analyst, CanChild, McMaster University; Peter Rosenbaum, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Co-founder of CanChild, McMaster University

 
Mentorship, Capacity-building and Innovation: Student partnership with yout …
Mentorship, Capacity-building and Innovation: Student partnership with yout …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  02:30:PM  —  04:30:PM EDT

In seeking creative opportunities to collaborate with clients/families navigating transitions to adulthood, and also build capacity in emerging healthcare professionals in this area, our team developed a student-led learning environment (SLE) for collaboration and joint capacity building. The SLE, "OnTRACK-transition-navigation" provides students and clients with meaningful opportunities for learning and collaboration in navigating transitions to adulthood. Presenters will share experiences of service development and facilitate discussion about transition to adulthood, human-centred design, and SLEs.


Laura Hartman, Occupational Therapist, Co-Lead of Transition Strategy Bridge to Adulthood stream, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Laura Thompson, Team Lead & Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Griffin Fitzhenry, Student Occupational Therapist, Level 3 Clinical Fieldwork Placement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Alissia McGlashan, Student Occupational Therapist, Level 3 Clinical Fieldwork Placement at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Darlene Hubley, IPE leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; C.J. Curran, Director, Transition Strategy,  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

 
EKO Project Private Delivery: Using the runway you have - Planning for a ye …
EKO Project Private Delivery: Using the runway you have - Planning for a ye …
 
Monday Mar 30, 2020 @  02:30:PM  —  04:30:PM EDT

Autism service organizations will be entering a 'year of transition' on April 1, 2020 in which they will have to evaluate their current business models and efficiently upgrade their capacity to serve an influx of new clients. With this in mind, they have to make the best use of the "runway" they have in the coming fiscal year by articulating their goals, the tactics in will take to accomplish them and then build a plan that is actionable, practical and measurable.


This session will focus on how you can turn your business plan from a static document into a dynamic template. Covering a range of topics related to planning and productivity including:

  • Before you start - the importance of understanding your challenges - and your customers
  • Separating mission-driven and organizational priorities
  • What are the main elements of a business plan? How can you avoid making it too complex?
  • Planning and productivity mistakes you definitely want to avoid
  • A simple system for setting targets, tactics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


The session will be delivered by members of the Mendicant Team - Alex Gill, Principal, Tyrenny Anderson, Consultant, Anna Hoferica, Consultant, Cathy Vine, Consultant

 
 
tuesday march 31 - 8:30 -10:30 am
Readiness Support: Improving attendance and engagement at appointments
Readiness Support: Improving attendance and engagement at appointments
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  08:30:AM  —  10:30:AM EDT

Missed children's rehabilitation appointments often lead to client discharge and limited progress. We created, implemented and evaluated the "Readiness Support Program" to promote family attendance and engagement in services. This program, offered by clinicians at KidsAbility, includes a care-path, clinical scripts and policies to identify barriers to service use and devise solutions with families. Findings include a description of the program and implementation, decrease in missed appointments, and identification of values underlying attendance and engagement.


Michelle Phoenix, PhD, Reg. CASLPO, Assistant Professor Speech-Language Pathology, McMaster University and CanChild; Maya Albin, MSc(SLP) candidate at McMaster University,and Research Assistant

 
A Program of Research to Enhance Understanding of Tiered Services
A Program of Research to Enhance Understanding of Tiered Services
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  08:30:AM  —  10:30:AM EDT

This session will share research on tiered rehabilitation services in educational settings drawing from interviews with health professionals and a synthesis of international peer-reviewed literature. The presenters also will describe new ready-to-use tools that they have developed to support delivery of tiered rehabilitation services in schools. Research findings will be reviewed with emphasis on identifying the ideal conditions for implementation and sharing practical strategies to support successful tiered service delivery in schools.


Wenonah Campbell, John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research, Assistant Professor; Scientist, Speech-Language Pathology Program, School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University; CanChild; Sandra VanderKaay O.T Reg. (Ont.), PhD, post-doctoral fellow at CanChild,Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University

 
Experience Piloting an Adapted version of Zippy's Friends
Experience Piloting an Adapted version of Zippy's Friends
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  08:30:AM  —  10:35:AM EDT

We will share our experience piloting Zippy’s Friends, an evidence-based social skills program which addresses Feelings, Communication, Relationships, Bullying, Dealing with Change and Loss and Coping. This program was designed for typically developing children aged 6-8 years. The University of Quebec in Montreal has collaborated with Holland Bloorview to adapt this program for our context and population. Our presentation will outline the adaptations and success of Zippy's friends for children with disabilities and their families.


Heidi Schwellnus, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), Collaborative Practice Leader, Senior Scientist, Associate Professor, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Nancy Searl, Collaborative Practice Leader, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Lorraine Millette, Agente de recherche | Coordonnatrice de projets, Université du Quebec à Montreal; Laura Thompson, OT Reg. (Ont.), Team Lead & Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Ishanee Jahagirdar, OT Reg. (Ont.), Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Marlee Bell, M. Ed., Communicative Disorders Assistant, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

 
Health System Transformation: Where Are We Now?
Health System Transformation: Where Are We Now?
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  08:30:AM  —  10:30:AM EDT

The Connecting Care Act, 2019 has substantially restructured the health care delivery system in the Province through the creation of Ontario Health as a central agency and Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) as integrated care delivery systems across the continuum of care. An extensive process has been engaged by the Ministry of Health for the identification of Ontario Health Teams, which at maturity are intended to be groups of providers and organizations that are clinically and fiscally accountable for delivering a full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined geographic population. Ontario Health Teams are at this time voluntary and provider-driven with opportunities for health and social service providers to engage as members or affiliates of their local integrated care teams. Every care provider will be engaged in the new OHT environment in some way.


This session will cover:

  • Introduction to the Connecting Care Act, 2019
  • Key features of Ontario Health (the new Super Agency)
  • Key features of Ontario Health Teams
  • Update on the OHT development process
  • Tips for engaging with your local integrated care team


Karima Kanani, Miller Thomson LLP

 
Hip Surveillance for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Implementation in Ontari …
Hip Surveillance for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Implementation in Ontari …
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  08:30:AM  —  10:30:AM EDT

This first half of this course will review the background on hip displacement and surveillance, what is being done throughout Ontario, and steps required to start a hip surveillance program. The second half will be an interactive workshop with case studies aimed at learning when surveillance is needed, how to measure migration percentage, when clients should be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon, and discussions around management of hip displacement.


Kim Hesketh, MScPT, BKI, , Children's Treatment Network; Corrie Dixon PT, B.Sc. PT. Grandview Children's Centre; Monette Graham PT, BSc.PT. ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Janet Isaac, O.T. Reg. (Ont.) Grandview Children's Centre; Chun Kim PT, B.Sc.PT. B.Sc. (Hum. Bio.) Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital;  Marilyn  Wright, PT, MEd, MSc. Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre; Kristin Mosser, PT, BSc(H), BHSc(PT). MSc. John McGivney Children’s Centre; Jeannine Sproule,  PT, MScPT. Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

 
 
tuesday march 31 - 11:00am-12:00pm
A Classification Tool for Clients Served by Children's Treatment Centres
A Classification Tool for Clients Served by Children's Treatment Centres
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

The Client Grouping Model (CGM) is a classification tool which uses cognitive and physical (mobility and transfers) functioning, to describe clients who are serviced by children's treatment centres. This allows for the development and implementation of clinical process flows and outcome measurement for clients with similar presentations and could assist with the allocation of resources. At the provincial level the CGM could help to identify needs and resources required by specific populations.


Heather Marrin, OT Reg. (Ont), MHM retired; Tanya Eimantas, MSc, BSc OT, OT Reg. (Ont), Clinical Services Supervisor, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development; Jacqui Rivers, Clinical Operations Manager, Chair Research Advisory Committee, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

 
The Transitional and Lifelong Care Program: The First Five Years
The Transitional and Lifelong Care Program: The First Five Years
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

The Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program, a coordinated and multidisciplinary healthcare service for adults with childhood-onset conditions, launched in 2014 and has now served over 500 patients. This presentation will provide an overview of the TLC program and lessons learned about the healthcare needs of TLC patients, care priorities identified by patients, their caregivers and healthcare providers, and general lessons learned about providing care to this population.


Dr. Caitlin Cassidy, Assistant Professor, Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Paediatrics, Western University; Dr. Laura Brunton, Assistant Professor, School of Physical Therapy, Western University

 
Utilizing Change Management to Implement an Innovative Rehabilitation Servi …
Utilizing Change Management to Implement an Innovative Rehabilitation Servi …
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

This session will outline an innovative occupational and physiotherapy service delivery model and the change management strategies used to implement it across seven different service delivery agencies.


Kim Hesketh, MScPT, BKI, Manager, Rehabilitation Services, Children's Treatment Network Simcoe York; Mary Riggin Springstead - M.Cl.Sc., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, Director, Programs and Services, Children’s Treatment Network Simcoe York;  Lisa Spencer, Parent, Family Mentor, Family Advisory Committee Member, Children’s Treatment Network Simcoe York

 
Sibling Support Programming Created for Siblings, by Siblings
Sibling Support Programming Created for Siblings, by Siblings
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

In 2018, approximately one in four Canadians (or 7.8 million people) aged 15+ provided care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, physical or mental disability, or problem related to aging. Given the limited supports for siblings in caregiving roles, it's important to foster spaces to empower young carers and share their stories. Holland Bloorview's Sibling Support Program gives siblings the opportunity to unwind, and meet peers who share lived experiences.


Victoria Rombos, Sibling Support Program Administrator, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Melissa Ngo , BA (Equity Studies, Linguistics, Sociology), Sibling of a brother with autism; Daniel Scott, BA (Early Childhood Education/specialization Child & Family Studies), Holland Blooview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Sibling of a sister with Epilepsy.    

 
Transformative Experiences of Solution Focused Health Care Coaches: Panel D …
Transformative Experiences of Solution Focused Health Care Coaches: Panel D …
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

The Solution-Focused Health Care Coach (SFHCC) is a 10 month health care coaching program for health care providers that is immersive, delivered on site and incorporated into the daily schedules of practitioners. Solution Focused Coaching (SFC) has been shown to enhance clinical reflection, engagement, learning, as well as client and peer collaboration (King, Baldwin, Servais, Moodie, & Kim, 2020) while diminishing  burnout and stress (Greenberg, Ganshorn & Danilkewich, 2001). SFHCC trained clinicians share personal stories of practice transformed.


Elaine Cook, Solution-Focused Team Lead, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Cathy Petta, RN, Child Development Program, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Amanda Musto, Occupational Therapist, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital; Julie Chiba Branson, Operations Manager, Child Development Program, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

 
Family to Family Support: It's Not a One Size Fits All
Family to Family Support: It's Not a One Size Fits All
 
Tuesday Mar 31, 2020 @  11:00:AM  —  12:00:PM EDT

Learn what family support looks like when families and providers co-design a program from two children's treatment centre who received Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants to develop a support model that worked for their clients and their families. Leveraging each other's experience and parent expertise, Niagara Children's Centre and Children's Treatment Network created unique and successful programs that look very different from each other. In this session, both CTCs will discuss their support models and how they were developed and adopted, the ways in which parents played a role in the design of the programs, outcome success and how they overcame challenges. This session will help provide guidance for other CTCs and agencies looking to develop their own models of support that feature a strong parent-led component.

 
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