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NEW Dysphgia Course for Therapists


We are excited to introduce a new member to our faculty, Aliaa Khidr, who will be presenting a new course for professionals involved in assessment and management of adults with swallowing disorders. These include Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Dietitians, Social Workers and Physicians

Adult Dysphagia: Treatment and Clinical Decisions in Complex Patients 

This course focuses on providing a solid base for clinical decision making in dysphagia management.  Techniques that facilitate interpretation and communication of swallowing findings will be discussed.   Therapy strategies such as E-Stim will be presented using evidence base guidelines.  The course will focus on adult swallowing disorders with special emphasis on Issues influencing management such as medications and speaking valves; esophageal swallowing disorders; tackling nutrition and hydration issues at the end of life and the role of the SLP on the Palliative Care Team. 

October 24-25, 2015 – New Brunswick, NJ

Aliaa Khidr MD, PhD, CCC/SLP is an internationally renowned clinician and teacher.  She received her medical degree from University of Ain Shams in Cairo Egypt and her PhD from University of Wisconsin, Madison and Ain Shams University.  Dr. Khidr received her Clinical Certificate in Speech Language pathology from the United States in 1998.  She served as a faculty member of the Otolaryngology department in Ain Shams University, Cairo Egypt, the Otolaryngology department of University of Virginia as well as the Human services department in Curry School of Education, University of Virginia.  Dr. Khidr focuses on teaching, patient care and research in adult voice and swallowing disorders.  She presented her research in multiple international and national talks, workshops, journal publications and invited book chapters.  Her scholarly work is published in journals such as Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Laryngoscope, Phonoscope, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology as well as Journal of Voice.  Dr. Khidr was a member of the medical team that developed and validated the widely used “Quality-of-Life Instrument for Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.” 

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Torticollis – Course Spotlight – Discount to attend


 

COURSE SPOTLIGHT

We are thrilled to offer you a discount to attend: 

Torticollis  - Education Resources inc.Torticollis and Plagiocephaly:
Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children

Pediatric Clinical Specialist:
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS, CNDT 

July 18-19, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV
August 21-22, 2015 – Wichita, KS
September 12-13, 2015 – Chicago, IL
October 16-17, 2015 – Portland, OR

 

$50 Discount
Use Code: Torticollis2015 by August 7th 2015

Discount is this course only, and is a one time offer only
Discounts apply to live open enrollment courses only, and are not applicable for online courses. Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits.
Non-Transferable. Must be applied at time of registration, not to be used for previous registrations.
 

This dynamic evolving course will concentrate on progressive, effective treatment schemes for infants and young children with a diagnosis of torticollis with or without plagiocephaly, including challenging cases. Participants will analyze the implications of torticollis, sleep posture and increased use of positional devices on infant postural and motor development. Red flags for related early infancy and preschool diagnoses will be discussed. Clinical pathways for management of torticollis and infant head shape will be reviewed. Functional, clinically oriented evaluation and evidence based treatment strategies for infants and young children that can be integrated into routines and play will be provided. Diagnostic procedures and surgical intervention will be appraised. Current Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from APTA – Section on Pediatrics will be discussed and incorporated Emphasis on home exercise programs and effective strategies to team with parents will be explored. Learning opportunities for therapists and medical professionals involved in pediatrics will transpire through lecture, case reports, group problem solving and video review.

“Cindy did an excellent job of presenting the material on both torticollis and plagiocephaly. I gained new strategies to try with clients on my caseload as well as evidence based research to use to advocate for treatment for both conditions.” Sara Feltovitch, DPT

“This was an excellent course! Cindy is a very dynamic, clear, and engaging speaker. As a new therapist, this class provided wonderful, specific interventions and treatments and provided a more complete picture of Torticollis’ effects on the whole person.” -Jennifer Renell, OT

“Cindy Miles was a very informative and knowledgeable presenter. She kept everyone engaged with personal case studies and treatment ideas. I will definitely be using her strategies with my patients!” -Jeanette Palacios, OT

Please click here for course details, faculty description,
to download a brochure or to register

(508) 359-6533 ● (800) 487-6530 info@educationresourcesinc.com
with any questions

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The Power of Music in Teaching Handwriting


This is the third in a series of blogs from Michele Parkins and Carrie Davis.
The first post can be found here 

The second post can be found here

You know that feeling when you turn on the radio in your car after a long day and you perk up as your body starts to move to the rhythm of the music?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could make our clients feel that way while using evidence-based practice?  Well we can!

Research shows that the auditory and motor systems have a rich connectivity across a variety of cortical, subcortical, and spinal levels.  Music leads to movement in an organized way and significant improvement in upper extremity function.   We have a predisposition to rhythmic movement to music over speech.  How can we use this evidence (references in link below) to facilitate progress for our clients?

  • Use up-beat music during gross motor activities to increase pace
  • Play slow rhythmic music when a child is writing cursive letters
  • Play slow music with a distinct base line or drum beat when a child is writing straight letters
  • Sing songs that enhance body awareness – head, shoulders, knees and toes; where is thumbkin; hokey pokey, etc.
  • Use music that talks about spatial concepts – top, bottom, left, right, under, over

For more references: http://www.connectexperiencewrite.com/references-research.html

Michele Parkins MS, OTR & Carrie Davis MS, OTR

Co-founders of Connect Experience Write, a developmental handwriting program using music and movement to teach pre-writing skills and letter formation

www.connectexperiencewrite.com

We are excited to introduce Michele Parkins and Carrie Davis, two new members of our faculty who will be presenting at our Annual Therapies in The School Conference in November: “Using Sensory Motor Integration and Visual Spatial Strategies to Facilitate Success in Handwriting”. 

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Need New Evidence-Based Ideas for Handwriting Instruction?


This is the second in a series of blogs from Michele Parkins and Carrie Davis.
The first post can be found here

Guided practice has been identified as one of the eight most effective, research-based instructional handwriting practices.   http://ldatschool.ca/literacy/literacy-skills-handwriting/  This practice also enhances working memory – which has been found to be equally if not more important to success in handwriting.  *see references link below.

Here are some fun ways to incorporate this into your practice:

  • Use visual landmarks to identify the important spatial concepts for the letter i.e. top, bottom, over, under
  • Use whole body movements to form the letters of the alphabet. Stand in front of the child and model the movements reaching all the way to the ceiling and down to the floor, all the way to the left and right.  This will further facilitate motor learning through observation.
  • Encourage the child to practice forming letters with movements of one part of their body – arms, fingers, legs, feet.
  • Tape letters on the floor and have the child move along the letters – jumping, side stepping, crawling, rolling, etc.

Medwell, J. & Wray, D. (2007). Handwriting: what do we know and what do we need to know? Literacy, 41(1), 10-15.

Berninger, V. W. and Graham, S. (1998) Language by hand: a synthesis of a decade of research on handwriting. Handwriting Review, 12, pp. 11–25.

Berninger, V. W. (1994) Reading and Writing Acquisition: A Developmental Neuropsychological Perspective. Dubuque, IA: Brown and Benchmark.

Christensen, C. A. and Jones, D. (2000) Handwriting: an underestimated skill in the development of written language. Handwriting Today, 2, pp. 56–69.

Graham, S., Berninger, V., Abbott, R., Abbott, S. and Whitaker, D. (1997) The role of mechanics in composing of elementary school students: a new methodological approach. Journal of Educational Psychology, 89.1, pp. 170–182.

For more references: http://www.connectexperiencewrite.com/references-research.html

Michele Parkins MS, OTR & Carrie Davis MS, OTR
Co-founders of Connect Experience Write, a developmental handwriting program using music and movement to teach pre-writing skills and letter formation
connectexperiencewrite.com

We are excited to introduce Michele Parkins and Carrie Davis, two new members of our faculty who will be presenting at our Annual Therapies in The School Conference in November: “Using Sensory Motor Integration and Visual Spatial Strategies to Facilitate Success in Handwriting”.

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Challenging Vestibular Case: Therapists Please Offer Your Help


 DEAR ERI COMMUNITY:

Post from:
Bernadette 
Corporate Rehabilitation Physical Therapy supervisor

I’ve had 2 recent patients with right posterior canalithiasis where there is a short latency, F/B approx 15-20sec right upward torsional nystagmus and c/o vertigo

The CRM maneuver was done with both patients w/o incident.  Though, it’s come back with both of them.  I’ve done the maneuver about 3x each, but it’s not resolved

The one patient is 80 y/o and the onset idiopathic and the second patient is 34 y/o and post concussion(also w/HA’s, but the migraine food diary did not show a + trigger pattern)

Do you have any recommendations for further tx?

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NEW NICU Course for PT’s OT’s and SLP’s


We are thrilled to add this new course for 2015:

NICU: Challenges, Pitfalls and Practical Tips for Successful Developmental Intervention

This beginner- intermediate course will focus on creating change in the NICU in developmental care for the bedside clinician. Content will focus on learning about neuroprotection for infants and how to provide care to assist with best possible development for the infant. Emphasis will be on practical strategies to implement change. Areas of change will incorporate the healing environment, positioning, incorporating families, and feeding. There will be an opportunity for groups to develop their own process change. 

Lisa Kleinz - SLP

Lisa Kleinz

Taught by a new member of our faculty: Lisa Kleinz, , MA, SLP/L  a Speech Pathologist who has worked in level 3 NICUs for over 20 years. She has also served as a Developmental Care Specialist, working with staff and families to create change in the NICU. She has certifications in Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Assessment Program (NIDCAP), Developmental Care Designation (NANN), Infant Massage Instructor, and Lactation Specialist. She is an active member of National Association of Neonatal Therapists, in addition to being a committee Board member.

In 2015:
September 12-13, 2015 – San Antonio, TX
October 2-3, 2015 – Olathe, KS

With further dates being scheduled for 2016.

 

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

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Why does Anybody Teach Handwriting Anymore?


Handwriting is not as old-fashioned as you think! Certainly keyboarding is an important skill, as technology has become a part of our everyday lives. But, did you know that writing by hand, though slower than typing, has benefits over typing?

Multiple studies have shown that children learn and remember more when they write by hand (versus typing on a keyboard or other electronic device).  Early literacy skills such as spelling, word recognition, phonemic awareness, meaning, language, letter names, idea generation, and the actual reading of words are all facilitated by handwriting.  Handwriting practice also increases brain activation to facilitate performance across all academic subjects, provides a foundation for higher-order skills, and influences language and critical thinking.

Engage your clients in handwriting practice and make a difference in all of these functional areas!

For references: http://www.connectexperiencewrite.com/references-research.html

Michele Parkins MS, OTR & Carrie Davis MS, OTR
Co-founders of Connect Experience Write, a developmental handwriting program using music and movement to teach pre-writing skills and letter formation www.connectexperiencewrite.com

We are excited to introduce Michele Parkins and Carrie Davis, two new members of our faculty who will be presenting at our Annual Therapies in The School Conference in November: “Using Sensory Motor Integration and Visual Spatial Strategies to Facilitate Success in Handwriting”.

This is the first in a series of blogs from Michele and Carrie.

 
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NEW SPEAKER – Inger Brueckner – Presenting Amputee Rehabilitation


We are pleased to announce a new member of our Faculty: Inger Brueckner.

Inger BruecknerInger Brueckner, PT received her BS in Physiology from the University of California at Davis and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Boston University.  She has worked primarily with patients who have limb loss for the last 10 years of her 20 plus year career.  She has co-authored an article on pre-prosthetic training for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America and is currently one of the primary investigators in a randomized clinical trial for transtibial amputations.  Inger has been invited to speak at several local, national, and international medical conferences for patients, therapists, physicians and case workers concerning amputee rehabilitation.  She is excited to share her experiences working with a multidisciplinary team to achieve the highest level of outcomes. 

Amputee Rehabilitation: From Pre-op to Return to Sport using Evidence Based Care

The goal of this course is to enable you to tailor each patient’s treatment for the most effective outcomes in light of the multiple problems that patients with limb loss face. This course offers a multidisciplinary team perspective and highlights issues and therapy implications from amputation surgery through prosthetic prescription. It will address complications and common risk factors that an amputee case load can present.

This exciting course will address multiple levels of limb loss due to diabetic, dysvascular, trauma, cancer and sepsis causes. Detailed analysis of complex cases will help clinicians hone their clinical decision making skills. New technology, surgical options and future directions to address current problems are included.

September 12-13, 2015 – Manchester, NH
November 6-7, 2015 – Washington, DC

Please click here for more details, to download a brochure or to register for the course

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Physical Therapy Role in Chronic Disease Management


From APTA:

The major chronic diseases of our time have direct links to movement and physical activity—which means that physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) have an important opportunity to make an impact on what are literally matters of life or death.

During the recent APTA NEXT conference, some of physical therapy’s top experts on the profession’s role in chronic disease shared an overview of a few of the world’s most pressing health issues—rheumatoid arthritis (RA), cancer survivorship, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (CVD)—and how PTs and PTAs can be life-changers.

Please Click Here For The Full Article

Keep up to date with these continuing education courses that focus on Chronic Disease Management:

Evidence Based Cancer Rehabilitation and Its Role in Cancer Survivorship 
Lisa VanHoose
July 24-25, 2015 – Olney, MD
September 26-27, 2015 – Rockford, IL
October 23-24, 2015 – Englewood, NJ
November 21-22, 2015 – Kissimmee, FL

Improving Outcomes for the Medically Complex Patient: Acute Care, Home, Rehab, SNF, OPD
Suzanne Clark
October 17-18, 2015 – Hollywood, FL

Best Practices in Home Health Care
Suzanne Clark
September 19-20, 2015 – Scottsdale, AZ
November 14-15, 2015 – Fairfax, VA

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
August 7-8, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN
October 3-4, 2015 – New Brunswick, NJ

Treating the Cardiac Patient: Reaching Full Potential Safely 
Donna Frownfelter
November 7-8, 2015 – Denver, CO

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Evidence Based Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease – CEU course for PT’s and OT’s


Education Resources, a leading provider of evidence-based continuing education, is thrilled to announce this CEU course coming to an area near you:

Evidence Based Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Stroke
and Other Neurologic Disorders

Kari Dunning, PT, PhD
a dynamic, interactive instructor renowned for taking complex information and making it practical and clinically relevant.

July 17-18, 2015 – Independence, MO
July 25-16, 2015 – Miami Beach, FL
July 31-August 1, 2015 – Decatur GA Parkinsons CEU course

This course will help make evidence based strategies easy to integrate into your adult neuro-rehab practice. Outcome measures and treatments will be presented for
persons with neurological diagnoses including acute, chronic and degenerative. Current thinking about neuroplasticity, motor learning and cardiovascular fitness will be woven into all treatment approaches. Specific treatments discussed will be both evidence based and emerging, with an emphasis on those that improve functional participation, ambulation, upper extremity skill and prevent falls. Special emphasis will be on treatment programs and strategies that are feasible in the clinic. Presentation and discussion will include details needed for translation to your clinic immediately.

Please click here for course information, schedule, CEU information, to download a brochure or to register 

Let Education Resources help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements.

We would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through June 29th 2015 
Apply code: Spring2015
Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. Non-Transferable. Only one discount may be used per conference. Must be applied at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for. Not for online courses.

You can register online, call the office or fax in your registration.
Just mention the code!

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