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Leading the way to healthy occupation

July 3, 2007 -- For Immediate Release

Over 400 occupational therapists will gather in St. John's from July 11-14 to discuss the latest research and trends to promote health and well-being through occupation. Join the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists at their annual conference in Newfoundland, a forum for health care professionals to exchange innovative ideas and present leading-edge research.

When: July 11-14, 2007
Where: Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre
120 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL

Why: The 4-day conference will feature insightful speakers and presentations on health care issues that are meaningful and relevant to all Canadians. Occupational therapists help people of all ages and abilities by allowing them to participate in daily activities.

Highlights

Keynote speaker: Sister Elizabeth Davis - leader in health care, ethics and education

Presentations:
ø Keeping older drivers driving safely
Driving and occupational therapy: changing practice
Older drivers and co-pilots: Determining the impact on driving safety

ø Early interventions for children with autism
Helping autistic children participate through touch-pressure treatment
Exploring methods to encourage early communication in autistic children
Effects of floor time play with autistic preschoolers

ø Working with a disability
Experiences of persons with disabilities in the workplace
Returning to work for people experiencing depression, anxiety or post-traumatic disorder

ø Fear of falling
Exploring a program that reduces falls in seniors admitted to hospital
Helping seniors participate in activities after experiencing a fall
Reducing risks of falling for older adults living with multiple sclerosis.

About CAOT
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) was founded in 1926 and is a national, non-profit professional organization. It strives to advance excellence in occupational therapy practice and to promote access to quality occupational therapy services for all people of Canada. CAOT, along with its provincial and territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000 occupational therapists and almost 1,100 students.

For more information on CAOT, please visit www.caot.ca.

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Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All events are held at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre. Please visit the Registration Desk to pick up a pass. A media room is available for interviews.

To book an interview or for more information, media representatives may contact:

Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
(800) 434-2268, ext. 225
(709) 683-6252 / (613) 867-9339 (cell)
(709) 739-6404 (Delta St. John's Hotel)
communication@caot.ca

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