Post-conference Program

DCD-14 post-conference workshop

CO-OP: The Overview is an introductory workshop offering six hours of interactive lectures and learning exercises designed to provide participants with a basic understanding the Approach, its theoretical foundations and the evidence supporting its use with a variety of populations. The course provides an overview of the seven Key Features of CO-OP and how they are implemented in practice. 

At the end of this course, participants will be able to determine the applicability of the CO-OP Approach to their work, be it practice or research. Note:  This course does not provide any practice competencies.


Rose Martini, PhD, Professor, University of Ottawa:  Dr. Rose Martini is an occupational therapist, a researcher and an educator. Her research program is focused on enabling occupational performance in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly those with DCD. This includes the adaptation and development of evaluation measures, as well as the study of the effectiveness of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach with respect to skill acquisition, retention, and transfer. Her more recent research work aims to better understand everyday occupations in families. Dr. Martini is a founding member of the International Cognitive Approaches Network (ICAN) and is also associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Helene Polatajko, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto:  Dr. Polatajko, PhD, is an internationally respected occupational therapy scholar and educator. Her work has focused on occupation and its enablement. Prominent among her contributions are co-authorship on the internationally acclaimed Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and the two Enabling Occupation books, and leading the creation and development of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance approach. Dr. Polatajko has been granted numerous top awards and distinctions including the Muriel Driver Lectureship, election to The American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy of Research and being named as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Introduction to CO-OP (hybrid)

1 day: July 10 in-person at UBC or over Zoom

  • CO-OP Intro session: $180 CDN 
  • CO-OP Intro session student rate: $60 CDN 

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Please note that CO-OP registration is separate from the DCD-14 conference. Please register here.


Physicians’ Role in Assessing, Diagnosing, and Managing DCD

Sat July 9, 2022 1-3pm at Sheraton Wall Centre

This workshop is designed for physicians to better understand their role in the assessment, diagnosis and management of DCD in the office setting. The focus will be on school aged children and the format will include case-based learning and opportunity for questions and or case discussion from the participant’s own practice. The DCD Toolkit for Physicians will help guide discussion.


The participant will learn how to:

1.       Enhance the developmental history taking by focusing on questions specifically targeting symptoms of DCD.

2.       Refine the neurological/physical examination to elicit possible signs of DCD and how to distinguish these findings from other neurological, genetic, musculoskeletal or behavioural conditions.

3.       Interpret and integrate the results of the developmental history, neurological/physical exam findings, results of the DCDQ questionnaire and the MABC-2 in order to make a DCD diagnosis.

4.       Prioritize interventions/management of DCD in the context of other co-morbidities.

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Mickelson, BSc (PT), MD, FRCPC is a Developmental Pediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, UBC and she has over 30 years experience in the field of developmental pediatrics. Her current academic focus is on quality improvement and knowledge translation of DCD and her clinical work is in the area of autism spectrum disorders, including identifying co-occurring DCD in children with ASD.