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๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿ’œ Every day, disability rights leaders are actively sharing their advocacy, resources, and wisdom. From podcasts and b...
07/11/2024

๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿ’œ Every day, disability rights leaders are actively sharing their advocacy, resources, and wisdom. From podcasts and books to memoirs and government offices, they challenge perceptions and inspire change around disabled identities and lives.

Continuing our celebration of Disability Pride Month, here are 8 Disability Rights Leaders You Should Know: https://loom.ly/lr8Zquk ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŒˆ

07/10/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Linda reflects on her time with The Young Master Club, sharing joyful experiences with her grandson and many foster kids in the "Mini Masters" sessions. The club's fun, learning, and inclusivity keep her coming back for more!

Want to learn more about the Young Master Club? Visit QiAdventureClub.com. Registration for the 2024/2025 season opens in September 2024, with sessions starting in October 2024.

๐ŸŽ™๏ธโœจ Catch all the episodes on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿ‘

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฆ

๐ŸŒŸ Your worth is NOT defined by how productive you are. ๐ŸŒŸWhether you're relaxing, pursuing hobbies, or spending time with...
07/09/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Your worth is NOT defined by how productive you are. ๐ŸŒŸ

Whether you're relaxing, pursuing hobbies, or spending time with loved ones, every moment counts. Embrace the joy and celebrate what makes you unique! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿงก

Take a breath, enjoy the journey, and rememberโ€”you're AWESOME just as you are. ๐Ÿ’ซ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

๐Ÿ“ฌ Are you in the loop? Qi Creative publishes a monthly newsletter packed with inspiring stories from our coaches and cli...
07/08/2024

๐Ÿ“ฌ Are you in the loop? Qi Creative publishes a monthly newsletter packed with inspiring stories from our coaches and clients, exciting new adventures, podcast episodes, and more! ๐Ÿš€โœจ

Click the link, add your email, and you're good to go! Subscribe Here: https://loom.ly/YXEeIOY

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We're Hiring!   and  Join our Awesome Team! ๐Ÿ™Œโœจ๐Ÿ’– Qi Creative attracts innovators, visionaries, and leaders who are inspir...
07/06/2024

We're Hiring! and

Join our Awesome Team! ๐Ÿ™Œ

โœจ๐Ÿ’– Qi Creative attracts innovators, visionaries, and leaders who are inspired to create and share their awesome with children, families, and schools, of all abilities.

โฃ๏ธ ๐ŸŽ‰ Are you a visionary who dares to dream outside-the-box to improve the lives of children, youth, and families living with special needs?

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐ŸŽถ Have you always wanted to utilize your own personal talents, passions, and interests to make a difference in peoplesโ€™ lives across Alberta through world-class coaching, training, and services?

๐Ÿงฉ ๐ŸŒˆ If you are looking for challenging, rewarding, and inspiring work, and would make an awesome addition to Qi Creative, please apply with your cover letter and resume to communications [at] qicreative [dot] com

07/05/2024

๐Ÿ“ข In Episode 11 Linda shares a favourite poem by Vincent Moore that deeply resonates with her. ๐ŸŒŸ She's always on a journey, mindful of the impact we have on each other's lives, no matter how long or short we "ride the train together." Linda has fostered 175 kids over 36 years and is now completing the adoption of her 10th child. โค๏ธ

Tune in for her inspiring story and reflections! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธโœจ is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿ‘

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

๐ŸŒˆ July is Disability Pride Month! ๐ŸŒˆ Let's celebrate by learning about the Disability Pride flag:๐Ÿ–ค The Black Field: Symbo...
07/04/2024

๐ŸŒˆ July is Disability Pride Month! ๐ŸŒˆ
Let's celebrate by learning about the Disability Pride flag:

๐Ÿ–ค The Black Field: Symbolizes mourning and rage for victims of ableist violence, and represents rebellion and protest.

๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ The Five Colours: Reflect the diversity of needs and experiences, including invisible and undiagnosed disabilities, physical disabilities, neurodivergence, psychiatric disabilities, and sensory disabilities.

๐Ÿ“ The Parallel Stripes: Signify solidarity within the Disability Community, embracing all its differences.

๐Ÿ”บ The Diagonal Band: Represents "cutting across" barriers that separate disabled people; symbolizing creativity and light breaking through the darkness.

For more information, check out this throwback from the Qi Creative Blog! https://loom.ly/HLAZLKU

๐ŸŒž Kick off your summer with a scavenger hunt! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ” Scavenger hunts are a free and fun way to get your family outside, ...
07/03/2024

๐ŸŒž Kick off your summer with a scavenger hunt! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ” Scavenger hunts are a free and fun way to get your family outside, exploring their senses and surroundings. You can look for specific items like bugs, stones, or leaves, or keep it open-ended with prompts like "something green," "something cold," or "something bumpy."

Happy hunting! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿž๐Ÿƒ Get your download sheet here: https://loom.ly/hKLwdKQ

06/30/2024

In Episode 11 of , Linda shares two tips for new foster parents:

โœจ It's okay to have cornflakes for supper sometimes! ๐Ÿฅฃ
โฃ๏ธ Don't take behaviours personally. Foster kids may have strong reactions, but their anger often isn't about youโ€”you're just the nearest person to receive it. ๐Ÿ’ก

Discover Qi Talks: Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿ‘ Don't miss outโ€”listen and learn with us. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

We love sensory bins at Qi Creative! Here are some quick tips to create your own:โžก๏ธ Choose a bin size: storage tub or sh...
06/26/2024

We love sensory bins at Qi Creative!
Here are some quick tips to create your own:

โžก๏ธ Choose a bin size: storage tub or shoebox (just not a real one for wet bins!). ๐Ÿ“ฆ
โžก๏ธ Dry bases: rice, sand, kinetic sand, toy beads, lentils. ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ
Wet bases: water, playdough paste, hydrated orbeez. ๐Ÿ’ง๐ŸŒˆ
โžก๏ธ Water bins are perfect for a warm summer day! โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ
โžก๏ธ Bored kids? Revive old Lego, cars, and figurines in a sensory bin. ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿงธ
โžก๏ธ Keep small objects away from younger kids. ๐Ÿšซ๐Ÿ‘ถ
โžก๏ธ Add cookie cutters and measuring cups for extra fun! ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ“

  - SAVE THE DATE! ๐Ÿ“…  Episode 011 drops on June 30th, featuring an inspiring chat with Linda Mills, who has fostered ove...
06/25/2024

- SAVE THE DATE! ๐Ÿ“… Episode 011 drops on June 30th, featuring an inspiring chat with Linda Mills, who has fostered over 170 kids in her incredible career! ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโœจ She shares valuable advice for new foster parents and speaks to her own journey as a foster parent and as a 71 year old participant in the Young Master Club for Taekwondo! ๐Ÿฅ‹โค๏ธ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

Tune in for more awesome Qi Talks on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿคฉ

06/23/2024

We had an amazing celebration BBQ for our dedicated Qi coaches and their loved ones on Friday evening! ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ” It was a special thank you for all their hard work throughout the year (especially with so much to wrap up at the end of the school year!). To top it off, we had a blast watching Game 6 and cheering on the Oilers while enjoying the outdoors! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ“บ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

According to Statistics Canada (2022), about 1 million people in Canada identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, making up 4% of the popu...
06/13/2024

According to Statistics Canada (2022), about 1 million people in Canada identify as 2SLGBTQIA+, making up 4% of the population aged 15 and older.

Check out our Qi Blog to discover 9 Disabled 2SLGBTQIA+ Trailblazers. These media figures are creating space, sparking conversations, and highlighting the intersections of q***r and disabled representation in their countries and communities. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ โœจ

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๐Ÿฅ’ ๐ŸŒฎ Our Qi OT Coaches love the SOS Approach to Feeding, and the Fun with Food Card Deck helps parents and therapists gui...
06/12/2024

๐Ÿฅ’ ๐ŸŒฎ Our Qi OT Coaches love the SOS Approach to Feeding, and the Fun with Food Card Deck helps parents and therapists guide kids to enjoy a varied diet through playful, stress-free activities. With 99 fun tasks, it guides kids through steps like seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting new foods with games, songs, and art! ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŽต

Check out "Fun with Food Card Deck: 99 Playful Activities to Help Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders Explore New Foods," published Sept 2023 by Dr. Kay Toomey online or at your favourite bookstore.

06/11/2024

Episode 10 with Coach Connor reaches "great heights" in free and risky play! ๐ŸŒณ Coach Connor reminisces about climbing trees during his childhood, while Paula shares her passion for encouraging risky play. She explains how she supports her little ones to go for it, as long as they remember every step matters and they feel secure and confident. ๐ŸŒŸ โฃ๏ธ

Watch/Listen to this episode and inspire your kids to enjoy confidence-building free and risky play! Tune in on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿคฉ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

My Name is Trauma  offers a unique approach to learning about trauma that is educational, practical, and imaginative. Tr...
06/10/2024

My Name is Trauma offers a unique approach to learning about trauma that is educational, practical, and imaginative. Trauma can lead to anxiety due to changes in the brain, such as an overdeveloped fear response and increased stress hormones. Get your copy of the book and join the movement of creating healing and resilience through creative learning and play. ๐Ÿฏ ๐Ÿ“˜

On June 10th, join Anxiety Canada on their Action Anxiety Day (AAD) created to raise awareness, dispel common anxiety myths, and underscore the importance of prioritizing mental health in our society.

means:
โœจ ๐Ÿ‘€ Awareness โ€“ Spread the word about anxiety and resources.
๐Ÿ’™ ๐Ÿงก Colours โ€“ Wear blue and orange on June 10.
๐Ÿ—จ๏ธ ๐Ÿ’ฌ Talking โ€“ Share your anxiety stories and encourage others to do the same.

Letโ€™s break the stigma together!

06/06/2024

There are tons of benefits to risky play! In the occupational therapy world, we see activities in terms of self-care, productivity, and leisure. For kids, PLAY is their productivity because it's how they learn about themselves and become active members of societyโ€”play really is the WORK of the child! ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜œ

Risky play is where kids really practice, learn, and grow, but it's becoming less common these days. So, Coach Connor says: Get your kids out there and let them explore, learn and have fun with risky play! ๐ŸŒŸ ๐Ÿคผ

๐Ÿ”ˆ๐Ÿ‘‚ Listen to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ’Ž

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿง  New blog post: 13 Funding Sources for Disabled Canadians โœจ ๐Ÿ‘Every family living with disabilities knows that equipme...
06/05/2024

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿง  New blog post: 13 Funding Sources for Disabled Canadians โœจ ๐Ÿ‘

Every family living with disabilities knows that equipment: wheelchairs and power chairs, hearing aids, tablets and other AAC devices, adaptive seats, sensory tools like headphones and Loop earplugs, ramps and handlebars, and moreโ€”can be cost prohibitive, even though they are adaptations many of our clients need to live equitably in their communities.

With that in mind, we've found 13 different organizations and resources (some national, some provincial), from scholarships and employment support, to full or partial funding for specialized equipment.

Read more on the Qi blog: QiCreative.com/blog

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Did you know Canada is home to around 1,000,000 2SLGBTQIA+ people? This includes several amazing members of our Qi team ...
06/01/2024

Did you know Canada is home to around 1,000,000 2SLGBTQIA+ people? This includes several amazing members of our Qi team and village who create awesome in their communities every day. ๐ŸŒˆ

Pride Month is here to celebrate the diverse identities of Two-Spirit, Le***an, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Q***r, Intersex and additional sexualities and gender-diverse people. Let's recognize the importance of fostering safe and inclusive communities for everyone in Canada and celebrate the fundamental right to be treated equally, with dignity and respect. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโœจ

05/31/2024

What is free and risky play? ๐Ÿค”

On Episode 10, we chat with Coach Connor, Occupational Therapist, about why free and risky play is so valuable in developing independence, confidence, and self-esteem ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ, as well as why it's so important for kids to push their own boundaries and comfort levels๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜.

It is enlightening conversation, especially during a time with phones, devices, and social media are taking so much of our children's attention.

๐Ÿ”ˆ๐Ÿ‘‚ Listen to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! ๐ŸŽง๐Ÿ’Ž

๐Ÿ’ฌ ๐ŸŽง Get ready for our conversation with Coach Connor on   ๐ŸŽ‰ Episode 10 drops tomorrow, and you don't want to miss this o...
05/30/2024

๐Ÿ’ฌ ๐ŸŽง Get ready for our conversation with Coach Connor on ๐ŸŽ‰

Episode 10 drops tomorrow, and you don't want to miss this one! Learn more about free and risky play and why it's so important for our kids to explore and push their own boundaries and comfort levels.

Discover Qi Talks: Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! โœจ๐Ÿ‘ Don't miss outโ€”listen and learn with us. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

Success Coaching sessions with our team can look a lot like play! ๐ŸŽ‰  We believe in the power of play-based therapy to br...
05/29/2024

Success Coaching sessions with our team can look a lot like play! ๐ŸŽ‰ We believe in the power of play-based therapy to bring us to a child's level, engage them in enjoyable ways, and allow them to maintain focus for longer periods of time.

Whether we're exploring progress in multiple areas or focusing on one specific area, we are playing different games or using multiple activity approaches to keep our sessions enjoyable and allow us to work together without overwhelming clients or doing things that are too boring or repetitive. We want every session to be a positive and age-appropriate experience for our clients! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŸ

05/28/2024

๐ŸŒŸ Exciting News! ๐ŸŒŸ The Telus World of Science, in partnership with TD Bank, is giving away 150 FREE passes to CuriosCITY! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธโœจ

This bright and thrilling gallery, inspired by Edmonton, is perfect for children (ages 6 and under). Highlights include:

๐ŸŒณ Connected โ€œtree-housesโ€ themed as iconic Edmonton landmarks
๐Ÿž๏ธ Crawling through sedimentary layers in the River Valley
โœˆ๏ธ Directing airplane traffic at the YEG Control Tower
๐ŸŒฟ Exploring vegetation in the Muttart Conservatory
๐Ÿ’ก Creating lighting displays for the High Level Bridge

To learn more, and keep an eye out for future dates, visit: https://loom.ly/hWlRWMo

โฃ๏ธโœจGet ready for some fun this weekend!The St. Albert Children's Festival is happening from May 30th to June 2nd, 2024! ...
05/27/2024

โฃ๏ธโœจGet ready for some fun this weekend!

The St. Albert Children's Festival is happening from May 30th to June 2nd, 2024! ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽถ

๐Ÿ‘ Sing and dance to world music
๐Ÿ˜„ Interact with roving artists
๐Ÿ‘‚ Listen to stories from faraway places
๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽจ Create your own masterpiece with hands-on activities

Supports such as calming areas, enhanced wayfinding, social stories, and inclusion kits with both noise and light dampening devices are available for use during your visit! If you are a support aide traveling with a child, contact the Box Office in advance to confirm seating requests.

๐ŸŒŸ During   (May 26 to June 1), we're giving a big shoutout to Coach Mike! As the head of our Qi Internship program at Qi...
05/26/2024

๐ŸŒŸ During (May 26 to June 1), we're giving a big shoutout to Coach Mike! As the head of our Qi Internship program at Qi Creative, he works tirelessly to promote accessibility, inclusion, and equal opportunities for everyone. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ฅ

Coach Mike brings creativity and diverse teaching techniques to the table, and as a neurodivergent individual himself, he identifies the best tools and opportunities to empower our interns. ๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ’ก

Learn more about National AccessAbility Week here: https://loom.ly/y_HSF_Y

Woosh! ๐ŸŽ‰

Coming next Tuesday, May 28! It's Movies on the Square! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐ŸŽฅ Bring your family and friends to Churchill Square for an inc...
05/25/2024

Coming next Tuesday, May 28! It's Movies on the Square! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐ŸŽฅ Bring your family and friends to Churchill Square for an incredible outdoor movie experience!

The first movie on May 28th is Sonic the Hedgehog 2! ๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿ’™ Join Sonic and his sidekick Tails as they search for the Master Emerald.

๐ŸŽฌ ๐Ÿฟ Enjoy FREE outdoor movies in the heart of downtown Edmonton! Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy fabulous pre-movie entertainment before watching the blockbuster hit on a HUGE screen!

For more info and future Movies on the Square dates, visit the City of Edmonton website! ๐Ÿ“… ๐Ÿ’ป https://loom.ly/CbsxgWo

Gather your friends and family and come out to Churchill Square for the ultimate outdoor movie experience!

Autism 101 is a presentation by Alarie Guhle, Family Supports Coordinator from the Autism Society of Edmonton. โ™พ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŸ May ...
05/24/2024

Autism 101 is a presentation by Alarie Guhle, Family Supports Coordinator from the Autism Society of Edmonton. โ™พ๏ธ ๐ŸŒŸ

May 27, 6:30pm MDT at the Family Connection Centre.

The presentation offers an introductory overview of autism and neurodiversity and covers the following topics:

๐Ÿ”˜ Overview of Autism
๐Ÿ”˜ Characteristics of Autism
๐Ÿ”˜ Sensory Processing
๐Ÿ”˜ Sensory Toolbox
๐Ÿ”˜ Sensory Diet
๐Ÿ”˜ Introduction to Visual Supports

Register at eventbrite: https://loom.ly/Uyr-0Vw

05/23/2024

During her educational journey, Coach Cat discovered interests that helped her fill in some skill gaps. She realized that her shyness and fear of talking when she was younger was actually selective mutism. Understanding this has helped her make sense of her experiences and challenges. ๐Ÿ“šโœจ

๐ŸŽง Ready to dive into ? Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ‘ Tune in and join the fun! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธโœจ

12/09/2023

"I wear underwear! You wear underwear! We all wear underwear!" ๐Ÿ’ฉ

Coach Lisa likes to use humorous books to help de-stigmatize topics and "Vegetables In Underwear" by Jared Chapman is one of those awesome books that makes learning fun ๐Ÿฅฆ โฃ๏ธ ๐Ÿฅ•!

๐ŸŽ™๏ธ ๐ŸŽค - Episode 5 is about books for all abilities and Coach Lisa shares her favourites!

Tune in to learn about some great choices for reading and learning that is fun! ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ“– Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, and Google Podcasts! ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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