PhD(C) OT Reg (ON), Instructor
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Gail is a status-only Lecturer with the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. She is a PhD candidate with the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at University of Toronto. In her doctoral research, affiliated with Bloorview Research Institute in Toronto, she is using critical social theory perspectives to study everyday experiences, understandings and practices of inclusion among youth who use augmentative and alternative communication. Gail’s clinical experience as an occupational therapist was focused in children’s rehabilitation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and assistive technology. Gail is a Past President of the Board of Directors of Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT).
2013 Research Innovation Award, Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, CIHR Doctoral award
2011 Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) Doctoral Scholarship Award
2009 Year of Excellence Award, for Outstanding Clinical Contributions and Achievements, Bloorview Kids Rehab
2003 Teaching Award: School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba
2001 Teaching Award: Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
Published Refereed Papers
- Teachman, G., Mistry, B., Gibson, B. E. (in press). Doing qualitative research with people who have communication impairments. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications, Inc.
- Teachman, G., & Gibson, B. E. (early online, 2013). ‘Communicative competence’ in the field of augmentative and alternative communication: a review and critique. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
- Teachman, G., & Gibson, B. E. (2013). Children and youth with disabilities: Innovative methods for single qualitative interviews. Qualitative Health Research, 23(2), 264-274.
- Gibson, B. E., Teachman, G. (2012). Critical approaches in physical therapy research: investigating the symbolic value of walking. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: Philosophy and Physiotherapy, 28(6), 474-484.
- Gibson, B. E., Teachman, G., Wright, V., Fehlings, D., Young, N. L., & McKeever, P. (2012). Children’s and parents’ beliefs regarding the value of walking: rehabilitation implications for children with cerebral palsy. Child: care, health and development, 38(1), 61-69.
- Lu, E., Falk, TH., Teachman, G., Chau, T. (2010). Assessing the Viability of a Vocal Cord Vibration Detection Switch for Four Children with Multiple Disabilities, The Open Rehabilitation Journal, (3), 55-61
- Chan, J., Falk, TH., Teachman, G., Morin-McKee, J., Chau, T. (2010). Evaluation of a non-invasive vocal cord vibration switch as an alternative access pathway for an individual with hypotonic cerebral palsy – a case study, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 5(1), 69-78.
- Tam, C., Teachman, G., & Wright, V. (2008). Paediatric application of individualised client-centered outcome measures: A literature review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(7), 286-96
Teachman, G. (2006). Becoming a writer: Social construction of writing from children with cerebral palsy (Masters dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (AATMR2114)
Published Contributions to a collective work/Book Chapters
- Brenchley, C., & Teachman, G. (2011). Foreword. In Friedland, J. Restoring the Spirit: The Beginnings of Occupational Therapy in Canada, 1890-1930. MQUP
- Teachman, G., Tam, C. (2010). Advances in technologies to support children with communication needs. In T. Chau & J. Fairley (Eds.), Paediatric Rehabilitation Engineering: From Disability to Possibility, CA, CRC Press.
- Teachman, G., Tam, C., Mays, J. (2006). Assistive Technology. In I. Killoran & M. Brown (Eds.), There’s Room for Everyone: Accommodations, Supports, and Transition – Infancy to Postsecondary (pp. 121-136) Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International
Published Articles in Professional Publications (without review committee)
- Teachman, G. (2009, April). Telecommunications and AAC: Consumers talk about their Communication Journey, Figuratively Speaking, (34), 6-8. [invited submission]
- Teachman, G., Ettorre, M. (2008, July). Chat Club: A program to expand social networks and increase community participation for young people who use AAC, Figuratively Speaking, (32), 4-6. [invited submission]
Children’s rehabilitation, critical qualitative inquiry, augmentative and alternative communication, assistive technology.
- OCT1172Y: Neuromotor and Neurocognitive Perspectives in Occupational Therapy
- OCT1251H: Occupational Therapy with Children Part 1
- OCT1252H: Occupational Therapy with Children Part 2