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Richard Clendaniel – Vestibular Expert, Publishes Paper in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy


Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD

Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD

Richard Clendaniel, PhD, PT, vestibular expert and instructor for Education Resources publishes a paper in the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (34:2): 111-116, 2010 

Summary: 
The efficacy of both habituation and adaptation exercise interventions in the treatment of unilateral vestibular hypofunction has been demonstrated in several prior studies. The purpose of this paper, by Richard Clendaniel, was to describe the preliminary results of a study that compared the effects of these two different exercise approaches on outcomes related to vestibular function. 

Seven participants with unilateral vestibular hypofunction completed a 6-week exercise intervention after randomized assignment to either habituation (H) exercises, or gaze-stability (GS) adaptation exercises. The following measures were taken pre-treatment and post-treatment: Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) to measure the symptom impact, motion sensitivity quotient (MSQ) to assess sensitivity to head movements, and the dynamic visual acuity test (DVA) as a measure of gaze-stability during head movements.

Gaze-stability and habituation exercises have previously been shown to decrease symptoms of dizziness and increase function in individuals with vestibular disorders. The preliminary results of this study indicate that both exercise interventions lead to a reduction in the self-report measure of the impact of symptoms on the ability to function, a decrease in the sensitivity to movements, and an improvement in the ability to see clearly during head movements. The author states: “Continued investigation will be needed to determine if these results will hold, to determine if there are different effects of the two interventions, and to determine the mechanisms of improved visual acuity.”

The actual mechanisms underlying the improved dynamic visual acuity test (DVA) for either intervention are not known. Analysis of the eye movements during the DVA test both pre- and post-intervention may help elucidate these mechanisms but were considered beyond the scope of this paper.

Dr. Clendaniel, recently appointed to the Medical Advisory Board for VEDA; Vestibular Disorders Association, teaches a number of Vestibular Rehab courses for Education Resources including the new Cervicogenic Dizziness online course:

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Advanced

Online Course:Vestibular Rehabilitation: Cervicogenic Dizziness

Clinicians: What has been your experience treating patients with unilateral vestibular hypofunction? Do you utilize habituation exercises, gaze-stability adaptation exercises or both? Will this research change what you do clinically?

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Colorado Physical Therapists – Looking for CEU Courses?


As taken from the CO PTA website: Beginning Nov. 1, all active physical therapists shall maintain and demonstrate continuing professional competency in order to renew, reinstate, or reactivate a license to practice physical therapy in the state of Colorado. 

Education Resources is pleased to offer these upcoming courses in Colorado:

Management of Acutely Ill Patients: An Evidence Based Approach from a Cardiopulmonary Perspective
Komal Deokule
January 24-25, 2015 – Denver, CO

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child
Barbara Connolly
February 21-22, 2015 – Denver, CO

Treating Complex Neuro and Geriatric Patients: Falls Prevention and Balance
Carole Burnett
April 18-19, 2015 – Denver, CO

Management of the Complex  Acute Care  Patient
Daniel Malone
July 18-19, 2105 – Parker, CO

Treating the Cardiac Patient: Reaching Full Potential Safely
Donna Frownfelter
November 8-9, 2015 – Denver, CO

These courses meet the Colorado PT requirements for Cat. 1 Contact hours (points) – Intermediate Level

Please click on each title; for full course details, CEU information, to download a brochure or to register.

We are continuing to add dates and venues for 2015 – please check our website regularly for any new additions.

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Vestibular Rehab Series Now Available Online from Education Resources Inc.


Vestibular RehabilitationEducation Resources, a leading provider of evidence-based continuing education, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new vestibular rehabilitation online course series.

The first offering in the series,

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Cervicogenic Dizziness 

 

 

is recorded live from international vestibular expert Dr. Richard Clendaniel’s highly acclaimed Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders course, and is now available. 

This 5 hour course will focus on the assessment and treatment of one cause of vertigo, cervicogenic dizziness, and how to distinguish it from central vestibular deficits.  Through lecture, case studies, demonstrations and extensive directed lab practice, participants will enhance their skills in vestibular rehabilitation. It is recommended for individuals who have experience with or who have previously taken a two day course in vestibular rehabilitation. 

$159 for 5 CEU hours 

Education Resources online courses are the next best thing to attending live:

  • Engaging CEU’s on demand
  • Learn at your convenience – access the courses for a full year
  • Advance your skills
  • Expand your knowledge
  • Learn from leading experts

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Therapies in the School Speaker Highlight – Cathy Stern


As the annual Therapies in the School Conference draws near we would like to highlight one of the dynamic speakers and the session she is presenting:

Dr. Cathy D. Stern OD, FCDO, FCOVD, FNORA  is known for “treating the visual side of learning”. She provides developmental, behavioral and neuro-optometric rehabilitation in private practice and as a consultant at the Massachusetts Hospital School. Dr,. Stern is She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1980. She is a developmental and behavioral optometrist with specialized training in learning-related vision problems, vision rehabilitation, computer vision syndrome and sports vision strength training.

She has extensive experience working with children and adults with learning problems, add/adhd, non-verbal learning disability, cerebral palsy, autism and the multiply challenged. She also is involved with vision rehabilitation following head trauma and stroke. Dr. Stern has presented workshops and seminars for physicians, teachers, psychologists, occupational, physical, speech therapists and other professionals who work with special populations.

She is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) and the College of Syntonic Optometry (FCSO). She is also trained in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Dr. Stern is State Director of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Vice President of the College of Syntonic Optometry and Massachusetts Keyperson for the American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section. The Massachusetts Society of Optometrists recently recognized her as a leader in vision therapy.

Presenting:

Visual Thinking: A New Paradigm to Maximize Success with School-Based Therapies
Visual Thinking involves seeing clearly and processing visual information in the brain for accurate motor action. We will demonstrate techniques to help a student better use visual thinking for reading, writing, math, attention, memory and sports.

Cathy is presenting this session with Donna McCrorey OTR/L an Occupational Therapist at the Massachusetts Hospital School for over twelve years where she specializes in the care of children with multiple disabilities including: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, head injuries and other rare genetic conditions. 

Please click here for more information, to download a brochure or to register

 

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Therapies in The School Conference – Don’t Miss Out


Therapies in the School ConferenceDon’t Miss Out!

Some of our sessions in our popular Therapies in the School Conference are now beginning to fill and we would love for you to get into your first choice

NOVEMBER 20-21, 2014 – Framingham,MA
Please click here for more information or to register

We also invite you to attend our wine and cheese reception for our:
15th Annual Conference Celebration

Thursday November 20 at the end of the first day of the conference.
Please indicate your attendance on the registration form
 

 

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Calling all Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in Virginia


A reminder for all Physical Therapists from Virginia: your required 30 hours of continuing education (a minimum of 20 contact hours must be type 1) need to be completed by December 31st 2014, and Physical Therapist Assistants must complete 30 hours. (a minimum of 15 contact hours must be type 1) 
We are offering dynamic Type 1 CEU courses in Virginia through the end of the year.

CEU information:
Virginia Physical Therapy Association approves CEU courses from Education Resources as we are approved by other state agencies and by BOC.

Upcoming Courses:
Please click on a link for a full course description, faculty bio, course brochure including a schedule and registration information. 

Treating Complex Neuro and Geriatric Patients: Falls Prevention and Balance
Carole Burnett
November 7-8, 2014 – Salem, VA

Improving Outcomes for the Medically Complex Patient: Acute Care, Home, Rehab, SNF, OPD
Suzanne Clark
November 15-16, 2014 – Fairfax, VA

 

 

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New Appointment for Distinguished Faculty Member Richard Clendaniel


Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD

Richard Clendaniel, PT, PhD

Education Resources is pleased to announce that our acclaimed faculty member Richard Clendaniel, PT, Ph.D., has just been appointed to the Medical Advisory Board for VEDA; Vestibular Disorders Association

Richard is an assistant professor in the Department of Community & Family Medicine, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, Duke University Medical Center. He received his MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a clinician and faculty member at UAB for several years before receiving his Ph.D., in Behavioral Neuroscience (Department of Psychology) from UAB. He completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in neuro-otology with Susan Herdman, Ph.D., PT. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, he was on faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery, where he was director of the Vestibular Rehabilitation program. He maintains an active practice evaluating and treating patients with vestibular disorders and dizziness. His primary research is in the normal function of the vestibular system and the plasticity of the vestibular system following injury.



We are thrilled to offer Richard’s Courses:

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders Day 1-2

Vestibular Rehabilitation Advanced: Intensive Labs 

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Wonderful Testimonial for Acute Care Course


Testimonial from Vivian 
Attendee at Management of Acutely Ill Patients – KY 

“This particular course has given me clarity on how my treatments can profoundly improve my patient’s outcomes. I feel like I now have a voice in the medical field laced with evidence based knowledge and am seeing the immediate positive outcomes! “

Komal Deokule is presenting this course in multiple locations in 2014 and 2015, with some dates yet to be scheduled.

October 17-18, 2014 – Portland, OR
December 5-6, 2014 – East Point, GA
January 24-25, 2015 – Denver, CO
May 29-30, 2015 – Jacksonville, FL

Carmel Valley physical therapist helps people with heart and breathing problems improve quality of life
Click here to read about Komals physical therapy facility designed to help people with heart and breathing troubles improve their mobility and quality of life.

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The Affordable Care Act: New Opportunities for Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Workplace?


As cardiovascular health takes on a greater focus under the Affordable Care Act  opportunities for therapists to take on a greater role in this area  will be rapidly expanding.  

The current era of health reform in the United States that has been stimulated by the Affordable Care Act provides an ideal opportunity to reconsider worksite health programs as an essential partner in the health care team.

Are you up-to-date in addressing the latest management of cardiovascular disease and cardiac complications?

We offer relevant CEU courses that will benefit your practice:

Improving Outcomes for the Medically Complex Patient: Acute Care, Home, Rehab, SNF, OPD
Suzanne Clark

Management of Acutely Ill Patients: An Evidence Based Approach from a Cardiopulmonary Perspective
Komal Deokule

Maximizing Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function in Patients to Decrease Re-Admissions and Reach Optimal Outcomes. If You Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters
Donna Frownfelter

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APTA Releases Physical Therapist Practice Guide, Free to Download Until September 30


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has released the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0. The latest version provides update to date information on the evolving physical therapy profession

An overview from PT products: The new online only resource aims to offer more dynamic content while continuing to deliver the most comprehensive description of an evolving profession, according to an APTA news release. The newest version of the guide is focused on physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistants (PTA) 

The Guide is available for free here  

How are you seeing practice evolve?

What are your new professional development needs?

We’d love to hear from you!

 

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