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Leading the way to healthy occupation

July 13, 2007

ST. JOHN'S, July 13, 2007 - Over 400 occupational therapists are gathering 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, a forum for health care professionals to exchange innovative ideas and present leading-edge research.

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.

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

Featured presentations for Friday, July 13

Early interventions for children with autism

Somatosensory stimulation for children with autism spectrum disorders
Sandra Hodgetts will present research on the use of touch-pressure treatment for autistic children and how this intervention helps to improve function and participation in meaningful activities.

Access to occupational therapy services

Regina Casey, doctoral student and occupational therapist with Vancouver Mental Health Services, will lead a forum to discuss the emerging crisis among many populations who have limited or no access to occupational therapy.

Fear of falling

Examining falls & falls prevention among older adults with MS
Dr. Marcia Finlayson, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois in Chicago, will describe a three year study that addressed key risk factors for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and ways to improve their daily activities.

Evaluation of a fall prevention program in an acute setting
Dr. Paulette Guitard, professor at University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences will discuss a program that was designed to reduce falls in seniors that are admitted to hospital.

Strategies and actions for independent living: falls prevention
Lynnda Swan, community rehabilitation services in Kelowna, BC, will discuss the results of a program that provided information about falls and injuries to clients receiving home support services.

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 details on the conference program, please visit the CAOT web site at 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 Convention 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 - Trinity Bay Room)

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