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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT – Michelle Anderson Haas


ERI Faculty - Miki Anderson Haas

We are so thrilled to welcome Miki Anderson Haas PT, DPT as a new ERI faculty member. She has a passion for treating and educating others on her approach to treating the all-encompassing multi-trauma patient population, and we are excited to share this passion with our ERI community of therapists working in acute care, the ICU and with critically ill patients.

She received her Masters and subsequent Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is a practicing physical therapist in Acute Care with over 10+ years experience at a Level I Trauma Center with the majority of her time spent in the ICU setting.  Serving as the Lead Therapist of Critical Care Medicine for 8 years, she has dedicated her career to program development and education of not only therapists, but also the entire multi-professional team involved with patients who are or have been critically ill.  She assisted in the development and implementation of two specialized hospital teams with a strong focus on coordination and optimization of care that have achieved improved outcomes for patients who are critically ill.  She has experience teaching about the role of PT and OT in the intensive care units to audiences at the national, state, and local levels, while also assisted in teaching the acute care curriculum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 10+ years. 

ERI is excited to bring you to Miki’s dynamic course – NEW for 2018: 

Critically Thinking Through the Critically Ill 
April 7-8, 2018 – CentraState Medical Center , Monroe, NJ
June 15-16, 2018 – Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, FL
September 28-29, 2018 – Summa Health, Akron, OH
November 2-3, 2108 – TBA

Please click on the link above for detailed course information, to download a brochure and to register.

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ERI Offers New Post-Concussion Syndrome Online CEU Course


Post Concussion Syndrome Online CEU Course

 

We are extremely thrilled to bring you the latest in our series of online courses.

The new online series, launching in January 2018, will help physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, assistants, athletic trainers, neuropsychologists, and vocational rehab specialists improve functional outcomes for their patients and clients, of all ages, who suffer from post-concussion syndrome.

For more information and CEU details or to register please visit:
Post Concussion Online Series
or call the office at 800-487-6530.

Researcher, post-concussion syndrome expert, and clinician Christina Finn MS, OTR/L teaches the series through case studies, demonstrations, extensive directed lab practice, and lecture.

“This was an excellent course based on current research and evidence based practice. Great information presented in a clear, concise manner. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone working with concussion patients/clients.”-A. Crawford, SLP

Course topics include:

  • The Concussion Crisis: Diagnosis and Management
  • Concussion: Impact on Visual/Vestibular/Sensory Systems and Overview of Treatment
  • Strategies and Techniques for Transitioning back to School, Work and Sports
  • Visual and Vestibular Impairments: Evaluation and Intervention Tools

There is a national awareness about the growing number of people suffering from post-concussion syndrome and the growing impact it has on function. This online series provides an in-depth collaborative approach for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, their assistants, and athletic trainers to support clients and patients diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. In addition to learning tools and strategies for their respective discipline, all course participants will learn how to intervene in unique circumstances, learn how to support return to school, play and work in accordance with national guidelines, and learn how to guide parents.

Healthcare professionals may access the series for an entire year to hone their skills and sharpen their decision-making at their convenience. Participants will receive downloadable handouts and may earn seven continuing education hours upon completing the series.

Christina Finn - ERI Faculty MemberChristina Finn MS, OTR/L graduated from the University of Scranton in 2004 with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently an assistant professor of occupational therapy at the New York Institute of Technology in Westbury, NY where she teaches classes in physical rehabilitation and motor learning. Prior to attaining a full-time faculty position, Christina worked at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center in New York City for 10 years. She has advanced training in vision therapy and holds a certification in adult vestibular rehabilitation. Christina has experience in all areas of rehabilitation across the spectrum of care, including acute care, inpatient, and outpatient rehabilitation. She lectures nationally and has developed competencies for training staff in management of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury and for management of visual perceptual deficits.

Celebrating 30 years of life-changing learning, ERI provides courses that remind you why you became a therapist. And why you love what you do. Learn skills you’ll use right away, through hands-on learning, both live and online, it’s about improving outcomes – by improving patient care. We strive to be your Preferred Provider – your go-to source for all of your continuing education needs.

Any questions: info@educationresourcesinc.com

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Looking for CEU Courses in Texas in 2018? ERI offers Quality Education by Renowned Faculty


Let Us Help You Education Resources inc CEU courses in Texas
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EDUCATION RESOURCES is committed to ensuring class participants learn effective techniques and critical problem solving skills that can be immediately applied to the work setting.

Improve Outcomes by Improving Patient Care

Education Resources provides continuing education that can truly make a difference for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists assistants, and Speech Language Pathologists and their patients.

Our distinguished and world renowned faculty are leaders in their field, and provide clinically relevant, evidence based, dynamic and engaging CEU courses.

Please click here for a listing of evidence based courses coming to Texas in 2018

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How Physical Therapists Select Continuing Competency Activities


Post submitted by Barbara Goldfarb, MS, PT Vice President ERI

Yes, that is the question we wanted to find out from you! What topics do you want to learn more about? How do you choose what courses and the type of courses you go to?

Do you prefer live or on-line courses?

As luck would have it, the fsbpt (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy) recently did a survey which they just published, giving us some answers.
http://portal.criticalimpact.com/newsletter/newslettercontentshow1.cfm?contentid=178111&id=16471

Most participants in this study preferred live (weekend) courses to gain either minimal or advanced competencies, followed closely by online or on-demand courses. They rated both as being very effective in maintaining minimal or achieving advance competence.

That made us very pleased as we try to give you the choice of learning via either modality. Our live courses give you the chance to network, share treatment ideas with colleagues, and talk directly to the instructor. Many are designed to be small, with hands-on learning and clinical problem solving.

Our on-line courses are very different from the “cookie cutter” one or two-hour courses you typically see. They are filmed “live” and give you the feeling of being in the room, which is a far cry from the “death by PowerPoint” courses offered elsewhere.  From gaining acute care skills, to learning the latest guidelines for concussion, these online courses can be viewed conveniently from your home or at work (lunchtime popcorn anyone?)

The fsbpt survey also asked PTs and PTAs how they choose topics. No surprises here…people choose to pursue topics that they are personally interested in or that help them gain a professional or personal goal, rather than a licensure requirement or employer mandated topic.

This is a wonderful confirmation that PTs and PTAs are professionally motivated to pursue continuing competencies whether or not their particular state requires CEUs for re-licensure. We suspected as much, but now we know it for sure!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Holiday Coupon Extended to January 3rd 2018


2018 CEUs

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 2018
Apply code: HOLIDAYS2017

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

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Plan Ahead – CEU Courses in New England for PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s in 2018


As you are beginning to think about your CEU requirements for 2018 and are looking to advance your skills, please take a look at these evidence based courses that are immediately applicable to your practice.

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

Further courses may be added as venues become confirmed – So please do check back and  SEARCH HERE for courses by state, Discipline and topic.

Treating Falls and Balance Problems 
Jennifer Bottomley
February 2-3, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children 
Cindy Miles
March 2-3, 2018 – Boston, MA
October 26-27, 2018 – Stamford, CT

Treating Complex Feeding Problems: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers 
Amber Valentine
March 9-10, 2018 – Canton, MA

Improving Function: Tools to Enhance Motor Learning, Motor Control and Strength 
Paula Cox
March 16-17, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
Melissa Gerber
March 23-24, 2018 – Hamden, CT

Ataxia, Autism and NDT
Gail Ritchie and Brenda Lindsay
April 7-8, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Assessment and Treatment of Children with Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Function Challenges: Children with Neuromuscular Involvement 
Rona Alexander
April 13-15, 2018 – Derry, NH

Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent
Inger Brueckner
May 4-5, 2018 – Portsmouth, NH

Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach
Linda Kliebhan
June 8-9, 2018 – Canton, MA

Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations, PTSD and Other Challenges
John Pagano
June 15-16, 2018 – Danbury, CT

The SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
Erin Sundseth Ross
June 22-23, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy to Support Development
Jan McElroy
June 22-24, 2018 – Derry, NH

Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Tracilyn Urruela
September 15-16, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Advanced
Richard Clendaniel
September 22-23, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child
Mary Tarbell Bickley
September 28-29, 2018 – Weymouth, MA

Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Toe Walking (Pediatric Equinus Gait) from a PT and OT Perspective
Liesa Persaud
October 12-13, 2018 – Danbury, CT

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child 
Barbara Connolly
October 12-13, 2018 – Derry, NH

Treating Balance, Preventing Falls, in Neuro, Vestibular, Geriatric and Medically Complex Clients
Kim Fox
October 19-20, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning
June Smith
October 20-21, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Treatment of Children with Sensory, Emotional and Motor Challenges: Getting the Beat with Music, Rhythm and Sequencing
Lise Gerard-Faulise
November 2-3, 2018 – Canton, MA

Post Concussion Syndrome 
Christina Finn
November 10-11, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Play with your food: An Integrative Approach to the Most Difficult Feeding Challenges
Susan Roberts
November 30-December 1, 2018 – Hamden, CT

  • Education Resources meets accepted standards for continuing competence for Physical Therapists in CT and MA and NH
  • Education Resources is an approved provider by the New York State Board of Physical Therapy.
  • Education Resources is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  
  • Approved by BOC to offer CEUs for Athletic Trainers.
  • Education Resources, Inc. is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • Application is made to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for appropriate courses.

Search our website for newly added courses, 
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SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT – Melissa Gerber


ERI Faculty Melissa Gerber

Melissa Gerber OTD, OTR/L

Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L is a seasoned and respected clinician with extensive experience in pediatrics.

She began her career in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation and acute care. Currently, she has been working for the Great Neck Public Schools for the past 19 years.

She is president of 4MYKIDSOT, a private practice where she provides therapy and evaluations. Dr. Gerber has presented at Education Resources, Therapies in the Schools on Visual Processing: Treat, Remediate, Refer. She is enthusiastic to share her experiences and provide strategies that can be incorporated immediately. She completed her masters and doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University while working full time in the schools.

We were honored to have Melissa speak at our annual Therapies in the School conference for the last two years and am more than pleased to welcome her as a permanent faculty member.

Welcome Melissa!

Her new course will be offered on multiple occasions through 2018:
Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
March 23-24, 2018 – Hamden, CT
May 4-5, 2018 – Pearland, TX
October 5-6, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
November 3-4, 2018 – Bridgeville, PA
December 8-9, 2018 – Robbinsdale, MN

This workshop will help the therapist determine when they are able to address visual issues within their setting, (including schools, acute care, rehab and LTC facilities) and when they need to refer for further medical attention. It will arm therapists with intervention tools and strategies to optimize function. It will focus on the visual system and how various diagnoses can present with different visual difficulties in both children and adults. We will discuss how to assess for visual processing and visual deficits as well as determining treatment and/or remediation. Case studies will emphasize clinical problem solving and decision making for visual processing, visual perception and visual-motor skills.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
To download a brochure and to register

We also offer Melissa’s Online Course:
Visual Processing/Visual Deficits Treat, Remediate, Compensate, Refer?
This session will highlight visual processing skills and how they impact the student in the classroom. It will discuss when its appropriate to treat, remediate or compensate and when its time to refer the student for further testing.

And watch for her new online sessions  – available in early 2018!

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Another Successful School Conference – Planning has Begun for Future Conferences


Another Successful Conference for the School Based Therapist

Wow….what an amazing few days we had. 
Thank you to ALL for helping to make this year’s conference such an outstanding success, one of the best yet! Thank you for your passion and enthusiasm. 
We as a team always enjoy reconnecting with returning therapists, and enjoyed meeting those joining us for the first time. 

Therapies in the SchoolThank you to our AMAZING speakers, presenting sessions that were invigorating and energizing. We all so appreciate the time you invest to share your passion and knowledge.

Thank you for the many glowing comments. 
“As therapists we often lose our “fire” and become slightly “burnt out” and redundant…. thank you to ALL the speakers for presenting relevant and current material to help me rejuvenate and get my “fire” back! I am excited to get back and provide my students with some amazing therapy and provide my teachers and staff with some new tools ….”

We do hope that everyone was “fired up” to get back to school on Monday and implement the new tools and strategies you learned.Therapies in the school

Planning has already begun for our 2018 conference, and as always we welcome your input for speakers and topics, but we also want to plan a  conference that will meet your needs and will be convenient for all to attend.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TAKE OUR SURVEY

Looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Team from Education Resources

Part of the Education Resources Team

 


Please visit our Facebook discussion group specifically created for school therapists to use  as a venue to discuss challenges in your practice, share thoughts, treatment practices, and success stories. 

Therapies in the school Discussion Group
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO JOIN THIS FACEBOOK GROUP

Please share this group with your colleagues


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OT’s – We Invite you to Take this Survey


We are extremely happy to pass on this invitation to take part in a survey from ERI faculty member Christina Finn MS OTR/L:

The survey examines the knowledge and confidence levels of occupational therapists regarding the assessment and treatment of patients with persistent post concussive symptoms.

An Examination of Occupational Therapists’ Perceived Levels of Confidence and Practice Trends in the Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome

The purposes of this study are: 

  1. to examine occupational therapists’ perceived confidence and knowledge level in the treatment and assessment of patients with post- concussion syndrome

  2. to examine the different types of assessments and treatments being utilized by occupational therapists for post-concussion syndrome

  3. to examine the frequency and types of of referrals to occupational therapy for patients with post-concussion syndrome.

Please Click here to take part in this short survey.
This self-administered survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

Thank you in advance for your participation in this research study.  

Sincerely,

Christina Finn MS OTR/L cfinn02@nyit.ed


COMING SOON 
Post Concussion Syndrome Online Series: Assessment and Treatment

This online series provides a collaborative approach to support clients/patients diagnosed with post concussion syndrome and addresses many issues that each discipline has to deal with collaboratively.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


NEW
DISCUSSION GROUP:
Post Concussion Syndrome – Therapeutic Strategies

A venue for therapists to discuss any clinical challenges or tips with other colleagues.
We have received overwhelming feedback asking for a place to pose clinical questions, receive advice from other therapists and discuss the latest advancements related to post concussion syndrome.
We are creating a forum to serve these needs.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR GROUP

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ERI Holiday Discount Coupon


ERI Holiday Discount Coupon ERISEASONS 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 towards a course registration fee.

Register now through December 29th 2017 – EXTENDED TO JANUARY 3rd 2018
Apply code: HOLIDAYS2017

Let ERI help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2018. Improve outcomes – by improving patient care.

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, or one day courses. Exclusions may apply. (cannot be applied toward registration  for “When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders. Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding”)

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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