At McGillivray & Associates OT4KIDS our clinicians continue to receive further education and training through select courses.

Recent Courses/Training:  Our clinicians participated in a four week webinar series from the Sensory Processing Foundation Network.  This was a great opportunity to sharpen our skills in the areas of relationships, sensory processing and self-regulation and to hear the newest advances in research and evidenced based practices.  Natasha Durdan, Alanna Kerr and Sarah Malik will also be participating in the Neuro-Developmental Training in March 2016.  We are very thankful to have such committed staff and wish them great success with this highly demanding learning opportunity.


Courses/Training – fall 2014-Integrating Therapeutic Approaches in Pediatrics:  This fall OT4Kids’ Therapists are soaking up all sorts of research based knowledge to improve our practice. Most recently, all six of us attended a three-day course offered by Shelley Mannell (HeartSpace Physiotherapy) in conjunction with the marvelous Kim Barthel in St. Catherines, Ontario. We collaboratively learned from and with other therapists (Occupational and Physio) to integrate therapeutic approaches while working with children.

Videos, client demonstrations, case-studies and hands-on labs each day helped us to put together pieces of information reflecting auditory processing skills, body alignment, dynamic core/central stability, understanding posture, seeing and moving, handling skills for functional movement, and processing of sensory information and its effect on arousal levels.

We are excited to bring these new skills into our treatment sessions and observe first-hand how they may help the children we work so closely with.



Sensory Processing Disorder 17th International 3S Symposium and Expo:

This time of year, we are all eager to get a little extra Vitamin D and recharge for the cold winter months. We thought it was only fitting to do this as a team! November 6-10th was the time and Phoenix, Arizona was the place! With all our bags (some larger than others) packed and thinking caps on, we boarded our flight in the wee hours of the morning eager to see what the 17th International 3S Symposium and Expo had to offer. This is an annual event hosted by the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Association that brings therapists, teachers and parents together to learn about the current research, techniques and products that can help improve the daily lives of children living with SPD.

It was great to hear from researchers about ongoing studies and how these results have helped further our understanding of SPD. This helps our team at OT4Kids become even more evidence based in our practice and consistent between therapists within our team. Each child is unique and thus requires unique treatment planning – however, having a solid underlying knowledge of the neurological and developmental impacts of SPD allows us to approach your child’s needs with greater understanding.

phoenix2We are excited to bring this knowledge into our practice and implement different strategies and tools that were not offered before. We are also recharged and full of Vitamin D – prepared to take on the cold winter months that are upon us!

We strive to provide the best quality, care and service to you and your child in advancing our knowledge.