Message to our Students

The School of Rehabilitation Science is committed to supporting our students and minimizing any negative impact on their academic progress. We will continue to communicate with our students about course delivery and any changes to the curriculum through our normal channels and meetings.

 Although all University buildings are currently closed, the faculty and staff of the School of Rehabilitation Science are working remotely and will respond to all inquiries as soon as they are able.

 Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require assistance.

Faculty and Staff Resources

Teaching remotely

There is information available online for faculty who are looking for support to set up their courses remotely.

  • Going Virtual - Faculty Development
    • Faculty Development has compiled resources to help you transition to online formats for your presentations, courses or programs on the new Going Virtual page.
    • There are also links that are regularly updated on COVID-19 in the Clinical Resources section of thewebsite. 
    • In the Wellness tab there are new resources that focus on faculty and learner wellness with the challenges of COVID-19.
    • Be sure to contact Faculty Development if you require help and support. 
  • USask Teaching and Learning also offers suggestions for planning, tools, best approaches and FAQs. Learn more

 

Working remotely

The university supports working from home/telecommute arrangements in situations where work can be performed from home (or at an alternate location).

However, ICT’s current priority and focus are to support the transition for teaching remotely, and therefore, ICT services may be limited due to the demand during this transition.

If applicable, employees and their People Leaders should discuss and determine the feasibility of a work from home/telecommute arrangement applying the principles, criteria and guidelines.  

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. 

If you need help, use the university's employee and family assistance plan. Also, be considerate to the people around you. The World Health Organization has put out a Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak factsheet

Health and Wellness Resources for Students

You can find accurate updates and detailed information on symptoms, prevention, and spread of the virus on the following websites: 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being says Mental Health Commission of Canada https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/news-article/13920/choosing-sources-information-carefully-critical-covid-19-mental-well-being-says

211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential information and referral system for thousands of community and government organizations.

https://sk.211.ca/

Saskatoon – www.covidsupport19yxe.ca

Contact Student Central, they will fill out a form and send it to the appropriate person to coordinate the request.

  • Emergency Financial Aid 
  • Nasser Family Emergency Student Trust

The Science of Well-Being: Yale University is offering this course online free. In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits.

How to Use Mindfulness in Times of Crisis and Challenge – Mindfulness, which is being fully aware in the present moment, is an effective strategy for dealing with  the stressors and trauma of crisis situations. 

TED talks on Mindfulness

Meditation is helping this ER doctor cope with the rising stress of fighting COVID-19 

COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-Being 

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety: American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/coronavirus-anxiety [apa.org]

Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks American Psychiatric Association (APA)

As physical distancing expands amid COVID-19 pandemic, some worry about a social recession

The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need - https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/pulling-through/202004/the-pandemic-toolkit-parents-need

Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/02/well/family/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html [nytimes.com]

Just for Kids: A comic Exploring the New Coronavirus National Public Radio: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus [npr.org]

Parent/Caregiver guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf [nctsn.org]

Staying physically active and getting regular workouts is critical right now. Working out keeps your immune system strong and your state of mind clear, calm, and stress free. Here are a few resources to make sure you stay moving.

  • DownDog App has made all their apps completely free until May 1st. You can choose from hundreds of at-home yoga, HIIT, Barre, and 7-minute workouts. 
  • Glo is offering free online yoga, meditation and pilates workouts to help deal with anxiety. 
  • Workout for Women app:  You don’t need any equipment. Plus, they make it super easy to get in a 7-minute workout.
  • Yoga with Adriene offers amazing free yoga classes on YouTube, and is welcoming to all abilities and body types.

Did you know that research shows laughing is proven to reduce stress and improve your immune system? 

Here are some IG posts that are brightening my day:

  • Some people are taking group workouts to a whole new level in Spain.
  • This group sing-along in a Copenhagen apartment complex is… EVERYTHING.
  • Doctors and nurses dancing to keep spirits high in Tehran.

Social distancing during coronavirus doesn’t have to mean total isolation or feeling lonely. Technology offers countless ways to stay connected to your family, friends, and community.

  • NextDoor has quickly become an essential way to connect with your neighbors while you’re hunkering down inside. You can connect with others, check in on the vulnerable around you, and if you have extra supplies or an essential that someone else needs, you can drop them at your neighbor’s door. 
  • Netflix Parties. This Chrome plugin lets you watch your favorite Netflix show in tandem with friends, making you feel like you’re at a slumber party from the comfort of your own home.  
  • Take a virtual field trip! Watch sea animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, go on a tour of the Louvre, explore Yellowstone National Park, or hop on over to the Van Gogh museum.
This is a fantastic blog post written by a cancer survivor who spent nearly 9 months self-isolating last year and has some great tips on how to stay happy, healthy, and connected to the people you love.

HealthFlix hosted an online conference on wellness from March 31 – April 12. Click on the link below to access all of the recorded sessions!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYsJiao0JnUSOh_DmLDTduw/videos

Learning Opportunities

Strength Jedi Council Webinar Series

Free lectures and webinars!

Click below to view free webinars, lectures, and lecture series. More added regularly; subscribe for notifications!

https://thestrengthjedi.com/strength-jedi-council-webinar-series

 

COVID-19 Rehab Resources

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance has gathered rehabilitation resources for COVID-19 patients. Access these resources below.

http://rehabcarealliance.ca/covid-19-rehab-resources

NeuroSask: Active and Connected

A virtual program tailored to people with neurological conditions for physiotherapy-guided exercise and social-connection during COVID-19. The doors to your local group may be closed, but we are open for active connection! 

Find out more and register here.

Telerehabilitation in Saskatchewan

Considerations for Telerehabilitation for Saskatchewan Physical Therapists

 Webinar

This webinar was co-hosted between CERS and the School of Rehabilitation Science in partnership with SCPT on use of telerehabilitation in Saskatchewan.

Presented by: Dr. Stacey Lovo, Dr. Brenna Bath, and Dr. Scotty Butcher

 Telerehabilitation for Saskatchewan Physical Therapists: A Resource Document

 Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ document has graciously been provided by Saskatchewan based business SimpleSet. An exercise prescription software, designed by physiotherapists. The team at SimpleSet have been working within the world of privacy and regulations since their outset in 2009. More recently they have added telehealth to their existing platform. SRS and CERS is grateful to receive this information.

*This information is provided for educational purposes only. Practitioners are responsible for ensuring all legal compliance requirements for their practice.