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A Wonderful Endorsement of Mary Massery’s Approach from our Guest Blogger


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel

The year was … well, a long time ago. I was a PT student at Boston University, and Larry Cahalan was teaching a cardio-pulm class. I don’t remember which one exactly, but I know it was the semester before my second clinical. He brought in a guest lecturer, Mary Massery, who talked a lot about postural control and breathing, and the relation of the two.

You know it’s a good lecture when almost twenty years later, you remember what you learned. In the short term, on my second clinical the following semester, I was able to take some of the applications and help a very complex medically involved baby (I think he was about a year old). This baby, whose list of diagnoses was long and complex (and he had a brother with the same mysterious condition), didn’t tolerate therapy. He shut down and pretended to sleep, opening his eyes as soon as the door closed. One of the things I noticed is that he was using his accessory muscles to breathe, making it a very rapid and inefficient breathing process. Calling on the discussion from Dr. Massery’s lecture, after discussion with my C.I., I worked on different positioning and handling techniques to facilitate the more effective and efficient diaphragmatic breathing in this client.

I would say that it wasn’t much. But, as the title of Dr. Massery’s course indicates, “If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function.” This child, facing so many challenges simply on the basis of his anatomy, had to learn how to breathe efficiently. The application of Dr. Massery’s teacher gave him that.

I kept in touch with the family for a few years after I graduated. I went to work at a special education school for medically fragile children because of working with this child (and his fabulous family). In one letter (remember when we actually wrote pen and paper letters?), the mother let me know that they still worked on the positioning to facilitate breathing. She said that there hadn’t been one single intervention that had impacted his life as much as that. Now that he was breathing better, he didn’t shut down for therapy, and was more available to work on new skills.

I often wonder how this family is doing today. My client would be in the tail end of his years in the school process. I do know that the lecture from Dr. Massery shaped my career in terms of working with this family, and I particularly enjoy working with the medically-complex, multiply-involved children to this day. I can’t promise that Dr. Massery’s course, “If You Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function” will change your life the way it did mine, but I have a feeling it will.

P.S.- This past weekend, while cleaning out the basement, I found Dr. Massery’s business card from that lecture. I’ve kept it in my PT stuff all these years because I knew how valuable it was. While other things went into the recycling pile, I think I’m going to hold onto that for a little while longer.

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT

Don’t Miss Her Courses:

If you Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function – Introductory Course Plus TWO days of Intensive LAB
March 10-12, 2017 – Chicago, IL
March 24-26, 2017 – St. Louis, MO
July 27-29, 2017 – Mountainside, NJ
(an option is available to attend a one day introductory course)

 

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How to Wrap-up Your In-Service Presentation


Carol Loria, President ERI:

 

Leaving your colleagues inspired and wanting for more information can be a challenge.

In your final comments, repeat your main points.  Tell your colleagues how they can obtain further and more in-depth information.  If you are so inclined, invite them to observe you treating a patient using this new information or offer to consult on one of their challenging patients.

Don’t forget to share reference materials that colleagues may need to provide evidence and support for this clinical approach.

Good luck! 

Feel free to post any specific questions you may have as you pull together an effective in-service for your colleagues.

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New SOS Feeding Certification


Education Resources, Inc. is pleased to offer courses that therapists may apply toward the Star Foundation’s
new SOS Certification.

The STAR Foundation recently announced a new SOS Certification Program, designed to provide current SOS practitioners with additional training, mentorship and expertise in the implementation of the SOS Approach to Feeding. The SOS Certification Program includes a combination of didactic lecture, case study presentations, written homework and observation of participant videotapes of clinical sessions.

Occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists who fulfill all of the requirements will be awarded with the SOS Approach to Feeding Certification. These requirements include demonstrating competency in the following areas: a global understanding of SOS principles, intervention, parent education, and personal development. The Certification Program is ideal for SOS Trained Therapists who are looking for further training and additional feedback regarding their SOS Feeding Therapy intervention with children and families.

Therapists may become trained by fulfilling the following pre-requisite requirements:

  1. Completion of the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course (3.75 Day) within the last 5 years, OR completion of the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course (3 Day) Plus the Advanced Topic Online Course = Tools in Your Pantry: Effectively Using the New Oral Motor Steps, both within the last 5 years
  1. Completion of the Advanced Topic Course: Parents as Partners: Helping the “Challenging” Family within the last 5 years
  1. Therapists who attended an SOS Approach to Feeding Course before 2010 would be expected to repeat the Basic course

The Certification was developed to address therapists’ needs for additional assistance implementing the SOS philosophies into their work environment and to receive guidance on specific treatment cases. “The certification program provides participants an opportunity to have individualized coaching and feedback on implementing the SOS Approach to Feeding philosophies into their practice and unique work environments. Certified participants will be placed on our professional referral list for which we are consistently providing to families in need of quality services across the country.” – Bethany C.F. Kortsha, Occupational Therapist, SOS Feeding Solutions at STAR, Director of Clinical Mentorship Toomey & Associates

Education Resources, Inc. has been a long-time supporter of the SOS Approach to Feeding and the Basic SOS Approach to Feeding Course taught by Dr. Kay Toomey.

If you have not taken Kay’s course within the last five years or if you are new to this course, check out the new content and format here:

When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders. Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding
April 27-30, 2017 – Memphis, TN
June 8-11, 2017 – Sioux Falls, SD
November 16-19, 2017 – New Britain, CT

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions

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Refer a Friend and Both Save With Education Resources


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Refer a friend to Education Resources and you will both save.

It’s Simple!

When your friend registers they just mention your name,
and $25 is deducted from their registration fee.
A $25 credit is deposited into your account for future use.

Your friend must call the office to take advantage of this offer
And register for a course by February 13th 2017
Can be used for multiple registrations, each time both therapists will receive the $25.

PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL

Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. 
Non-Transferable. 
Only one discount may be used per conference. 
Friend must apply discount at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for. 
Not for online courses.

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email or visit our website with any questions

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10 Words to Use to Enhance your In-Service Presentation to your Therapy Department…..


Carol Loria, President ERI:

Use emotion words and logic words. 

Use some of these words if they are appropriate to your content and comfortable for you:  

 Emotion words such as instinct, felt, reaction, sense, confident. These words are most helpful in describing clinical situations or patient responses.

In Service TrainingLogic words such as research, study, evidence, substantiate, proof. It goes without saying that these words are used to support the theoretical framework or approach that you are presenting.

I hope that you are feeling more confident by now.

 

Stay tuned; next time we’ll be talking about how to bring your in-service to a thoughtful and inspiring conclusion.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Holiday Coupon Extended


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
From Education Resources

To give you a little more time in choosing those valuable CEUs we have extended our deadline for our Holiday Coupon

Wishing our Community of Therapists
Peace Happiness and Joy for the upcoming year
We would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through January 3rd 2017
Apply code: Holidays2016

Let Education Resources help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2017.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

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! 

Please call, email or visit our website with any questions 

Please click here for our full listing of courses

Thank you
 Mandy

 www.educationresourcesinc.com 508-359-6533 ● 800-487-6530

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Therapies in the School Conference – Time Well Spent


As the Education Resources team are coming back down to earth from another amazing conference, I wanted to share this wonderful posting I just received from Kathryn, who has attended  the Therapies in the School conference for many years.

It was, yet again, so wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and to hear about what has been happening in your school systems. Wheels are already in motion for 2017!!

GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel

For me, the deadline is November 30th. Ever three years, by November 30th, I have to report to the state of New York and indicate that I’ve had 36 hours of continuing education in the past three years. The simple breakdown is 12 hours per year, because, let’s face it, no one wants to try to cram 36 hours into the last few months.

Continuing education is one of those love-hate things that we all have to do. We hate the logistics—time off from work, travel, time away from family. And there’s nothing worse than juggling our daily lives only to go sit in a course that’s a waste of time. On the other hand, I love well-done continuing education. There’s something about learning that I love. I find it invigorating and stimulating. It’s probably no wonder that I’m drawn to working in the schools—I love being a part of the educational environment and want to impart on others the joy that learning brings for me.

For me, the timing of the annual Therapies in the School Conference (the third week in November) falls right into the love-hate thing. This year, my Friday sessions took a hit, and my schedule didn’t allow for make-ups. And, I host Thanksgiving every year, and cleaning my house takes several weeks (cleaning is not a strength of mine).

But for seven of the past eight years, I’ve gotten up freakishly early and driven almost three hours out to the conference. And for seven of the past eight years, I know the logistics, the missed sessions, the planning ahead for the kids, the cleaning to follow—they’re all worth it. What I tell my supervisors (and anyone who will listen, frankly) is that the Therapies in the School Conference is the best conference I’ve ever attended. Even after working in this field for seventeen years, I still learn at this conference. I learn so much. And the best part is that it is 100% applicable to my current job.

After the conference, that purple book accompanies me to treatment sessions and into meetings. I email people about research presented. I educate teachers and principals and parents about the things I’ve learned. I try new things with my kids. As is the purpose of continuing education, I am a better therapist for attending this conference.

If you haven’t yet attended the annual Therapies in the School Conference, you should consider it for next year. If you’ve attended the conference, what is your favorite part? What did you learn? What would you like to learn?

I plan on continuing to review my course materials, as well as view the online course offerings from the break-out sessions I was unable to attend. It sort helps with that now being able to clone myself.

Now if I could just figure out a way to get my house cleaned while I’m at the conference … maybe next year.

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT

 

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Holiday Discount Coupon From Education Resources


Joy, Peace & LoveSEASONS GREETINGS
From Education Resources

Wishing our Community of Therapists
Peace Happiness and Joy for the upcoming year
We would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through December 30th 2016
Apply code: Holidays2016

Let Education Resources help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2017.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

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! 

Please call, email or visit our website with any questions 

Please click here for our full listing of courses

Thank you
 Mandy

 www.educationresourcesinc.com 508-359-6533 ● 800-487-6530

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EXCITING NEWS! Internationally Renowned Mary Massery Joins the Education Resources Faculty


We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring you Mary Massery’s course: If you Can’t Breath, You Can’t Function. 

This course will challenge the practitioner to make a paradigm shift: connecting breathing mechanics and postural control with management of trunk pressures. 

Mary Massery

Mary Massery PT, DPT, DSc

As a new graduate, Mary noticed that her colleagues perceived the cardiopulmonary system as primarily a “medical” problem area. She embarked on what has become a career-long mission to change the way that therapists look at respiration.

Through her extensive treating, teaching, writing, consulting, and mentoring, she has challenged therapists internationally to recognize that every muscle of the trunk has a dual role in respiration and the postural control of movement.

Thus, Mary has insisted that the cardiopulmonary system cannot be evaluated and treated separately from issues pertaining to motor performance; that breathing must be viewed as part of the natural interactions that occur between the sensory-motor system and the cardiopulmonary system, rather than as separate occurrences.

Through her model of postural control (Soda Pop Can Model), Mary links breathing mechanics with motor and physiologic behaviors (a multi-system perspective). Research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom will be presented. Numerous interventions will be presented that use positioning and ventilatory strategies to optimize motor performance. Neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques will be the focus of treatment labs. Multiple patient cases will be presented throughout the course. The emphasis of the course will be on developing practical, quick clinical solutions for pediatric and adult patients in all practice settings.

Dr. Massery has been invited to give over 800 professional presentations in 49 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 15 countries worldwide, including more than 100 presentations for the American Physical Therapy Association, and a full-day post-conference program at the World Congress of Physical Therapy in Singapore.  

Dr. Massery has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, honoring one’s “outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy” and the honorary Linda Crane Memorial Lecture. She has been honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 alma maters. And in 2016, she was awarded Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Nechama Karmen MSPT

Nechama Karmen MSPT

Mary Massery has developed all of the courses that she teaches. She is currently developing faculty to be primary instructors and we are thrilled to welcome her prodigy; Nechama Karman, 

Mary and Nechama are offering a one day Introductory Breathing and Postural Control course or a three day course to include the one day introductory course and two days of intensive lab work.

Limited Engagements:
March 10-12, 2017 – Chicago, IL
March 24-26, 2017 – St. Louis, MO
July 27-29, 2017 – Mountainside, NJ

Please Click here for detailed course information, a schedule, CEU information, to request/download a brochure or to register.

And always feel free to contact us with any questions:
info@educationresourcesinc.com ♦ 508-359-6533 ♦ 800-487-6530

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CEUs for the Neurologic Therapist


Brain Reconstruction

 

Hone your skills with our array of Neurology Continuing Education Courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with  problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system.

Our courses offer evidence based, clinically relevant content taught by experts in their field, that can immediately be applied to your Neuro Rehab patients

 

 

Topics include: 

Geriatric Neurology
Balance and Falls
Home Care
Brain Injury and Post Concussion
Postural Control
Degenerative Diseases
Vestibular Rehabilitation
Neurological Rehabilitation

Please Click Here For a Listing of Our Dynamic Courses  – Live and Online

Call or email to discuss bringing one of these courses to your facility:
508-359-6533 ♦ info@educationresourcesinc.com

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