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NEW Post Concussion Syndrome Course Coming in the Fall


We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kim Fox, PT, DPT to as a member of our distinguished faculty.

Dr. Kim Fox PT, DPT

Dr. Kim Fox PT, DPT

She began her career in the United States Air Force having served both active duty and reservists. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, with special recognitions for neurology and research, and received her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. Dr. Fox successfully completed the competency based vestibular course through Emory University and additionally holds several advanced vestibular coursework certificates from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fox has opened therapy clinics and currently owns Western Carolina Physical Therapy, and The Asheville Balance & Vestibular Center, specializing exclusively in the diagnostics and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders, bringing together a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Fox is on the editorial review board for the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), is a published author for VEDA, implemented VestibularJobs.com in partnership with VEDA, is a member of the WNC Fall Prevention Coalition and teaches a variety of balance and vestibular courses.

Her NEW Course is being offered in the Fall:
Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptons: Post-Concussion Syndrome
October 1-2, 2016 – Johnston, IA
November 12-13, 2016 – Salem, OR

Please Click Here for More Course/CEU Information, To Download a Brochure, or To Register.

This course is approved by the Board of Certification to offer CEUs for Certified Athletic Trainers.
This courses is approved by ASHA for Audiologists. This course is offered for up to 1.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
This course meets the criteria for 14 contact hours (1.45 CEU’s). The OR Board of PT recognizes other Board’s approvals.This course meets the requirements of the IA Dept. of Public Health Bureau of Professional Licensure for continuing education for physical therapists for 14.5 hours.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 14 contact hours – Intermediate Level Occupational therapy Process: evaluation, intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA

 

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NEW NICU course for Neonatal Therapists with Distinguished Faculty Member Roberta Pineda


We are extremely thrilled to welcome Roberta Pineda as a new member to our Faculty.

Roberta Pineda

Roberta Pineda

“Bobbi”  is a renowned clinician and research scientist and dynamic speaker with an interest in developing interventions that can optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes in high risk newborn infants, specifically born prematurely. Bobbi has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a NICU based Occupational Therapist and has been involved in defining and implementing interventions with families and NICU staff to optimize outcomes. Her research has been focused on investigating the effects of the early neonatal intensive  care unit environment on brain development.  She has published many articles in peer reviewed journals. She is certified as a trainer on the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment and is certified in the use of Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment.  Bobbi is the chair of the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board.  She is the mother of 3 prematurely born children.

Her NEW course titled: Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU and During the Transition to Home will focus on practical strategies to address behavioral, developmental and feeding assessment and intervention with high risk infants in the NICU.  Factors related to parenting, the NICU environment, and the effects of altered sensory and motor experiences will be explored.  Through video analysis, demonstration and case examples, participants will practice their clinical problem-solving skills for this specialized setting. Participants will enhance their observational and clinical skills, improving early identification of therapeutic needs that define targeted interventions in the NICU and during the transition home.

A study led by Bobbi Pineda, PhD, has documented the developmental differences between premature babies in the NICU and full-term babies. The research points to opportunities to intervene in the NICU, to improve preemies’ long-term outcomes. 
https://source.wustl.edu/2012/11/study-documents-preemies-development-in-nicu-suggests-early-interventions/

UPCOMING COURSE DATES:
September 30-October 1, 2016 – Boston, MA
November 19-20, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV
January 21-22, 2017 – Houston, TX

with further dates to be confirmed in 2017

Please click here for further course details, to download a brochure or to register.

Any Questions: 800-487-6530 ♦ info@educationresourcesinc.com

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Questions from a Neonatal Therapist – Please offer your thoughts


We received these questions from a neonatal therapist, who is looking for your thoughts and advice:

I am looking for a more detailed assessment that I can use with our 35-36 week preterms which I screen for development and feeding. I am happy with my assessment of neonatal reflexes, posture, tone and feeding, but feel that my sensory assessment is too general, especially in regard to visual function.

My second question is in regard to the Prechtl training. Could you give us your opinion on whether this is worth the investment and also if there are components of the assessment that would be accessible to those who cannot afford this training but would like to be able to identify at risk infants?

Lastly, as all NICU therapist’s know, there are often restrictions in this setting for the amount of time a neonate is alert and active without heading toward the point of no return, so if you have opinions on what parts of the developmental screening that are most pertinent to look at or vice versa, what parts are not as pertinent, ie, parts that can be sacrificed when time is of the essence, please advise. In these cases, I usually look at tone and feeding and postpone the reflex and sensory portion of the evaluation.

What are your thoughts?

Thanks!

Randi  MS, OTR/L

Please share your thoughts with our community of neonatal therapists
Thank you

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Seeking Your Input As We Revise Our Advanced Course for Neonatal Therapists


We are seeking your advice and input on revising our current course addressing advanced clinical practice for NICU therapists.  While the course is constantly updated by our distinguished faculty member, Beth McManus, to reflect current evidence based practice, Beth is seeking input on what you, the advanced practice NICU therapist, are challenged by.

For those of you who have taken and loved (everybody does!) Beth’s course, please do let us know what additional topics or issues you would like to see added to the course. For those of you who have not yet had the privilege of learning from Beth, please take a look at the outline and let us know if there are additional topics that you are struggling with and would like to see addressed.

When we designed this course in 2013, you, the NICU community, provided us with invaluable input so that Beth could design a course to meet your needs.  Please do let us how we can help you meet your next level of professional development.  Beth will be working on these revisions during this summer.

Please click here for the current outline for this workshop.

We want to be sure that it meets the needs of the advanced NICU therapist.  As a valued member of our community, we would greatly appreciate any feedback, (positive, negative, suggestions, comments) you may have for us.   

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEND ME YOUR RESPONSE

Thank you so very much

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Florida Continuing Education Courses for Therapists, Dietitians, Athletic Trainers


Education Resources is pleased to bring the following cutting-edge, evidence-based continuing education courses to Florida.
Let us help you meet your professional development needs for re-licensure. 

Our live courses are engaging, relevant, immediately applicable to your practice and are based on the latest clinical information and research available.

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Education Resources is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

Florida Physical therapy associationWe apply to the Florida Physical Therapy Association for approval

The GA Board of Physical Therapy recognizes other state’s approvals Documentation is provided in accordance with the GA Board of Occupational Therapy for license renewal.

The American Occupational Therapy Association, inc.AOTA provider
          APPROVED PROVIDER PROGRAM

Approved by BOC to offer CEUs for Athletic TrainersNATABOC LOGO 2012

Application is made to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for appropriate courses

Please do not hesitate to call/email for more information:
800-487-6530 ♦ info@educationresourcesinc.com

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Send us your comments, thoughts, clinical challenges, and topic/speaker suggetions

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NEW Pediatric Strength Training Course


Bobby Nabeyama picture resizedWe are excited to welcome a new member to our faculty: Bobby Nabeyama, PT, DPT, MS a well respected clinician and dynamic instructor received his BS in psychology from Queens College CUNY, an MS degree and DPT degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens College.  He currently serves as consultant and evaluator for numerous agencies contracted by the New York City Board of Education.  He served as senior physical therapist and coordinator of education at The Children’s Learning Center and United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County.  He served as adjunct faculty at Stony Brook University Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program.  He has taught evidence-based practice and the scientific-practitioner model directly to clinicians and students for over a decade.  He also practices within an outpatient setting treating those with numerous disabilities including orthopedic and neurological involvement. 

Bobby will be presenting his acclaimed course:

Positive Functional Outcomes Through Strength Training in Children with Developmental Disabilities
August 26-27, 2016 – Rockford, IL
November 5-6, 2016 – Middletown, NY

Most children with disabilities and motor impairments have strength deficits and weakness-related impairments.  These strength deficits correlate or directly interfere with their functional level and participation across multiple environments including at home and school.  This seminar with focus on how to best apply available literature into clinical and educational practice for optimal outcomes.  Through practice, extensive case problem analysis and discussion, participants will learn best practices in data driven, scientific based interventions for strength, endurance, and function.  This seminar will encourage the success of children with special needs and set up high standards in outcomes.  

This course will help therapists set realistic goals, prioritize treatment and implement successful programs for children with disabilities including cerebral palsy, multiply handicapped, obesity, chronic orthopedic conditions, and autism from preschool through school age, adolescence, and towards adulthood.

Please click here for full details, CEU information, to download a brochure and to register

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ASHA Approved Courses For Audiologists


NEW
Education Resources Offers ASHA Approved Courses for Audiologists

We would like to highlight our Vestibular Rehabilitation courses that are relevant for Audiologists looking for their professional development hours.

Education Resources is thrilled to offer live continuing education courses that are evidence based, engaging, relevant, and immediately applicable to your practice.

We are at the forefront of continuing education with cutting edge, evidence based continuing education courses that are immediately applicable to your practice. Owned by two physical therapists, Education Resources has been highly respected for over 25 years and ensures that all CEU courses reflect the latest clinical information and research available.

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ASHA Approved CE Providers plan, conduct, evaluate, and continuously improve their continuing education (CE) courses using the standards and requirements established by the ASHA Continuing Education Board (CEB).

Please click on the following links for full course details, dates and venues, CEU information , to download a brochure or to register:

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

Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation in Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) 
Gaye Cronin

Post-Concussion Syndrome: Rehab for Vestibular, Balance and Related Symptoms
Kim Fox

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness and Balance
Jeffrey Walter

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Have a Seat!


GUEST BLOGGER:

Kathryn Biel

This is me, asking for help. You know when you have your favorite shade of lipstick or hair color, only to find out it’s been discontinued the next time you go to buy it? I’m there.

I knew it happened. Rifton stopped making their Toddler and Compass chairs. I knew it. But because their products are so durable, it didn’t bother me until now. I need a chair or two. Really, I need the Compass chair, but could make the Toddler work as well. While I love the Rifton Activity chair, it’s too much. I have some friends who simply need a heavier chair. One with a back and arms to define space. To give a little guidance as to where one should maintain his or her body.

I’ve been combing the internet looking for something comparable. It’s not going well. So, I’m turning this out to you (because I know I’m not the only one in this boat right now).

What chairs are you using now in place of the Rifton Compass and Toddler Chairs?

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT

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A Pep Talk for Clinicians. Restoring Focus – We Are Making A Difference!


GUEST BLOGGER:

Kathryn Biel

This isn’t about helping our kids who struggle to pay attention. This blog is a pep talk for us, the clinicians. I’m mostly coming from the stand point of the school-based clinician, but this can certainly apply to those in other settings, so keep reading.

I have 26 days left in the school year. Not that I’m counting or anything. 26 days is not a lot of time, especially when you consider that I have at least one meeting scheduled on 16 of those 26 days, and I’m taking one of those days off while my son graduates from elementary school (please pass the tissues). Then there’s the packing and cleaning and sorting. Not to mention all the reports I have left to write. I’m starting to—no, I’ve already got angina—thinking about it all.

And the worst part is, I don’t feel like doing anything. I’m rapidly approaching burn out. I don’t have time to finish my evals. To chase down prescriptions for summer school that the parents haven’t sent back yet. To deal with the parent demanding to know why we won’t evaluate at her child, even though no concern has been raised all year. I’m still trying to treat. To squeeze my kids in where I can. I do (HAHA) make-ups, especially if I chronically miss the same kids.

Then I look at the kids who either haven’t come as far as I’d hoped, or who are starting to fall apart. Why wouldn’t they fall apart—the adults are even having trouble keeping it together at this point. I write up the eval for the student with the progressive, terminal condition and try not to make it look too bad, even though we all know it is. I work with the child who I just cannot seem to get through to and wonder what kind of goals I can even write for him, because he ignores me the entire session as it is.

But then, I have a day like yesterday. A day that brings it all into focus. A day that reminds me why I’m here, and why I work so hard. A day where I made a difference in a child’s life. For this child and his family—a heartbreaking situation where nothing we’d tried made a difference. Watching the mom cry at meetings because her child was suffering. This mysterious condition that has been robbing him of his ability to communicate with the world. To make friends. To participate in life. And I said to her, “He doesn’t live inside the box, so we’ve got to think outside of it to help him.” And that’s what I did. And it may have changed his life. At least for yesterday, he had the ability to communicate. We’ll see what next week brings.

I am going way outside the box. I’m a physical therapist, but I’m trying to figure out what is going on in this kid’s brain. What is driving (or getting in the way) of his motor control. Way outside my comfort zone. But I stepped outside of my box and tried. And this one time, it was successful. Yesterday, my heart was full. I knew that all the paperwork, the bodily fluids, the tantrums (from students, parents, and coworkers alike), the running around, the exhaustion—it is all worth it.

For the rest of my 26 days this year, I will remember that. Why I do what I do. Why we all do what we do. When you’re approaching that burn out. When you don’t want to think. When you’re ready to just phone it in. Remember, what we do makes a difference. We may not be told that. Parents may not express their gratitude. Students may not realize that all that hard work has had results. Teachers may not realize what we’re doing. But we’re making a difference. We’re helping, each and every day.

And that is something on which we should stay focused.

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT

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Cancer Rehabilitation – There is a Need.


Great article from the New York Times in April related to Therapy in Cancer Rehabilitation

After Physical Therapy, Why Not Cancer Therapy? – The New York Times
By Susan Gubar April 7, 2016 12:30 pm

“Cancer patients like me would profit from supportive care aides who could spring us from this induced passivity and its accompanying fear. In my case, such a counselor would have allayed the bewilderment of treatment and also empowered me to exert a modicum of control over the broken rhythms of everyday existence.
………
Why not use the model of the occupational and physical therapist in orthopedics to create a central role for therapists in oncology, advisers who could help cancer patients help themselves in taking small, strengthening steps? After surgery and at the start of chemotherapy, my family and I would have given anything for the house calls of a creature we never imagined: an oncological therapist”.

Please click here for full article

We are excited to offer this course presented by Lisa VanHoose:
Evidence Based Cancer Rehabilitation Resources and Its Role in Cancer Survivorship
Advances in the medical management of cancer have steadily increased survival rates. Research shows that most cancer survivors will have at least one physical side effect of cancer treatment, including fatigue, neuropathy, muscle weakness, and balance deficits. This interactive course will provide evidence-based tools and strategies for the care of patients with diverse cancer types across the cancer continuum. The course will also address functional outcome measures and reimbursement concerns.

August 26-27, 2016 – Laguna Hills, CA
September 23-24, 2016 – White Plains, NY
October 28-29, 2016 – Framingham, MA
November 18-19, 2016 – Hollywood, FL

There is obviously a need for Cancer Rehab. Therapy.
What are your experiences and thoughts?

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