OTTAWA, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Occupational
Therapists (CAOT) celebrated the launch of their first children's book, "You,
Me and my OT," today at Chapters. The publication, written by Paulette
Bourgeois, author of the renowned Franklin the Turtle series ,and illustrated
by Kristi Bridgeman, tells the story of Emma; a feisty young girl with
cerebral palsy who participates in everyday classroom occupations with the
help of her occupational therapist Katie.
CAOT Conference delegates, families and children of all ages gathered at
Chapters in downtown Ottawa for the afternoon launch of the children's book.
Author Paulette Bourgeois was in attendance and provided readers with their
first look at the book by offering a special reading and book signing. Ms.
Bourgeois was delighted to work on the project and help generate awareness for
occupational therapy, a profession she once pursued.
"I was delighted to work with the families and therapists who inspired
the book and the characters--they taught me so much," says Ms. Bourgeois. "I
hope the book will inspire readers--those with and without disabilities--to
reach for their dreams."
CAOT began the project with a campaign to recruit young people to the
occupational therapy profession in response to shortages of occupational
therapists across Canada. When surveyed on career recruitment initiatives,
occupational therapy university education programs, professional associations
and school guidance counsellors agreed that the development of a children's
book was a needed resource to introduce the role of occupational therapists to
younger children in the primary or intermediate school age group.
"Our research suggests that role models introduced to individuals early
in life through children's literature can often influence later career
choices," says Dr. Claudia von Zweck, Executive Director, CAOT. "This new
publication was therefore initiated in order to introduce young people to the
occupational therapy profession as an important health care service and as a
possible career choice."
"You, Me and my OT," is targeted towards an audience of children in
grades one to three as well as their parents, teachers and other caregivers.
Copies of the book are available to purchase for $9.95 in English and French
at Chapters, and through CAOT's online store beginning June 8, 2009.
For further information:
For further information: Cheryl Evans, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (613) 523-2268 ext. 225,
Cell: (613) 601-3932