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John Pagano – Fabulous Testimonial for our Highly Acclaimed Faculty Member

Testimonial from Debbie:

Outstanding Course! John is extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. Very interactive instruction. There was so much more information packed into this course that most other CEU courses I’ve attended. The handout provides us with excellent tools to use for treatment ideas and continual resources. Take this course  - you won’t regret it!

John Pagano

John Pagano

John Pagano PhD., OTR/L is presenting his popular course:  Effectively Treat Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Sensory Challenges twice more this year:
September 27-28, 2014  Jacksonville, FL
October 10-11, 2014 – Coon Rapids, MN

with multiple dates coming up in 2015:
April 10-11, 2015 – Houston, TX
May 2-3, 2015 – Detroit, MI
October 23-24, 2015 – Monroe, NC
November 20-21, 2015 – New Brunswick, NJ

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


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Considering Getting an AOTA Specialty Certification in Feeding and Swallowing?

Did you know that many of our feeding and swallowing courses can serve to meet the objectives you set for yourself to become certified for advanced practice

Applicants for advance certification are welcome to use any continuing education course that covers this topic in order to meet a criterion for certification. For feeding, eating, and swallowing, you may reference the SCFES Part 2 – Portfolio of Evidence Forms under “Formal Learning” at the AOTA website in order to see what is required by applicants. You may use up to 10 continuing education/contact hours to fulfill the “formal learning” portion of the requirement. 

You may search our website by an area (“pediatrics”) or by speaker to see which feeding courses will be in your area. Most of our 2015 feeding courses already have a home, so plan now to attend at your convenience!

Please click here for a listing of our current feeding courses

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School-based PT Seeking Advice on Writing Educationally Relevant Goals?


DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I have a question that I have struggled with the answer for a while now. I understand how our services as school based therapist are supposed to be educationally relevant. We get referrals of children of all types for services. What do my fellow PTs do with the child whose gross motor skills are behind that of his peers? I always try to make things functional for access to the school environment. Do you ever write goals/objectives for children who can’t hop on one leg or balance on one leg, skip, jump consecutively etc? In the past I have, but we are having to revamp how our goals are written to support the present level of performance in the educational environment. The only standardized test I have available has been the Peabody and really I don’t see how that test is educationally relevant except for the stairs,walk, run part. So if you get low scores, the parent still feels you should see the child even if they can maneuver in the school. We have ordered the School Function Assessment recently but have not used it yet. Seems it does not even look at gross motor skills. Do you include higher level gross motor skills goals if it is a deficit for the child? And how do you write said goals on the IEP if you do so? I just want some pointers so I know if I am doing the right thing. I typically include goals for gait, stairs, and balance/coordination GMS, but it seems best practice is steering away from this. Advice please

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School Sensory Modulation Strategies – John Pagano

Our Faculty member John Pagano has a great blog: FAB STRATEGIES That Improve Self Control

We would like to share his recent post with you:

Sensory modulation strategies, a component of sensory integration intervention, help improve behavior and reduce the need for harsh discipline in schools. Sensory modulation strategies teach students to be aware of and regulate their arousal levels for appropriate behavior and learning.  Sensory modulation strategies are particularly useful for students with behavioral, mental health, trauma history, developmental, and/or sensory processing challenges.

Sensory modulation strategies help students adjust their arousal level for improved self-control. They learn to notice whether their arousal level is low (they feel numb), medium (just right for learning) or high (too hyper to pay attention) and use coping strategies to adjust their energy level.


Most students learn best when they’re in a quiet alert state rather than overly relaxed or excited.


Maintaining appropriate arousal levels also involves social skills, as different levels of arousal are expected during class and at recess.  Occupational and mental health therapists can team with teachers to use sensory modulation strategies with students who have self-control challenges. Clinical research shows that sensory modulation strategies can improve behavior and reduce the need for restraints and other harsh discipline methods.

Sensory modulation strategies are especially affective for students with severe behavioral, mental health, trauma history, developmental, and/or sensory processing challenges.  Students are taught to identify when they begin experiencing environmental and body triggers to use their most affective sensory coping strategies


If sensory modulation or behavioral interventions alone are not working, combining both strategies using picture reminders can be helpful.

Busy teachers may sometimes attend to disruptive and ignore appropriate behavior, and reversing this can make a huge difference. For some students, individual sessions with an occupational and/or mental health therapist are used to teach sensory modulation, while others learn sensory modulation strategies by therapists working with the teacher or leading groups. Sensory modulation strategies can include teaching students to do pushups for self calming when they’re hyper or going to a quiet area for a few minutes to calm down so they won’t misbehave and are able to learn. Therapists need to try various strategies with students to find what works best.  Sensory modulation strategies in schools may involve the use of a quiet area in the class room,


a sensory coping room



adaptive equipment


or bulletin boards reminding students of class rules  and sensory coping strategies.  Working together therapists and teachers can use sensory modulation strategies to improve their students’ behavior and learning.


Chalmers, A., Harrison, S., Mollison, K., Molloy, N., & Gray, K. (2012). Establishing sensory-based approaches in mental health inpatient care: a multidisciplinary approach.Australasian Psychiatry, 20(1), 35-39.


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2015 CEU courses from Education Resources

2015We are pleased to announce our 2015 schedule of continuing education courses.

We listened to your suggestions and requests and we are excited to offer many new speakers, with new titles and content.

Please click here to search for courses that are relevant and of interest to you

You will be able to search by field of interest,  by date and by location.

We will continue to post venues as they become confirmed. So please check back regularly

Join our targeted email list to receive notifications of courses relevant to your field that are coming to your region

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Jennifer Bottomley – Fabulous Testimonial for our highly acclaimed faculty member

Testimonial from Staci:

I recently attended the course, “Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client”, presented by Dr. Jennifer Bottomley. I wish to thank her again for coming to Scranton, PA, and hope that she will return again in the near future to present more of her courses. She presented a wealth of knowledge with enthusiasm and humor. It is obvious that her great knowledge and many accomplishments, which have benefited our senior population and PT profession, are driven by her compassion. I left feeling that I not only learned many new assessment and treatment ideas, but was also inspired!


Jennifer Bottomley

Jennifer Bottomley

Jennifer Bottomley is presenting her highly acclaimed course three more times this year:

October 24-25, 2014 – Weymouth, MA
November 14-15, 2014 – Minneapolis, MN
December 5-6, 2014 – Englewood, NJ

with multiple dates upcoming for 2015

Please click here for a brochure with full outline and schedule

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New Faculty Member Presenting New NICU Course

We are thrilled to be offering a new evidence-based NICU CEU course coming to Louisianna and California in November

Intervention in the NICU: A Neurodevelopmental Approach
Theory  • Assessment • Application • Evidence Based Practice

This course is designed to provide participants with evidence based research that will contribute to their development and implementation of best practices of therapeutic intervention programs within a NICU environment. This course is designed to provide the therapist currently practicing within a NICU setting the knowledge base to apply evidence based assessment, application and intervention services. 

Bertie Gatlin

Bertie Gatlin

Taught by Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin PT, ScDPT, PCS who graduated from University of Memphis with a BS in Special Education and from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Physical Therapy. She completed her Doctorate of Science in Physical Therapy and received her Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialty. Her experience draws from over 25 years of pediatric work within the NICU and 0-3 year population. She is currently Assistant Professor at UTHSC College of Health Professions in Memphis, TN. Bertie currently provides clinical care for two metropolitan NICUs and PT services for the University Therapists outpatient department. Her research focus is on the late preterm infant and their risk for developmental delay. She currently holds the chair position of the Memphis district TPTA, Tennessee State Representative for Section on Pediatrics for the APTA and vice-chair position for the NICU specialty interest group.  

Please click here for full course details, to download a brochure and to register for the course

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Register now for our Annual Therapies in the School Conference

We would like to remind you to register for our popular conference. 
This conference sold out last year and we would not want you to be disappointed:

Therapies school house Fifteenth Annual


November 20-21, 2014
Framingham, MA

Join us at this popular conference to learn creative, effective, evidence-based strategies that reflect the best practices for collaborative school based interventions. 
Network with therapists and educators from other school districts and learn how others are handling the very challenges you face each day. Nationally acclaimed speakers will address school-related topics such as visual and motor strategies to promote learning and participation, self-regulation skills, addressing gross motor needs and priorities, prioritizing and writing measurable and obtainable goals, practical tools to address sensory versus behavioral issues, the neurodevelopmental classroom, the top down model of assessment, and dealing with the anxious child.

Please click here for full information, a brochure and to Register

To avoid disappointment please remember to indicate your chosen breakout sessions

Join us to celebrate 15 years of coming together to meet the challenges of school based practice 

We 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

We look forward to seeing you at this years conference



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Calling all Therapists Treating Vestibular Patients

As we launch our new advanced vestibular rehab course and are currently developing new vestibular courses we would like to create an avenue for you to discuss any clinical challenges or tips with other colleagues and would like to know if you would find this beneficial?

We have an established pediatric community and therapists are benefiting from sharing relevant information,clinical challenges and solutions and tips.

We are looking to offer similar discussion groups for vestibular therapists, and value your input. 

  1. Do you regularly visit clinical discussion groups? If so which ones?
  2. Would you visit/contribute to a discussion group dedicated to vestibular rehab and therapy?
  3. Is there a particular format in which you would like to see the discussion group offered?
  4. How would this be most beneficial to your practice?

Please comment below or email me here with your comments and suggestions.

Thank you so much for any input as we strive to meet your needs.



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NEW Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation CEU course with the Expert; Richard Clendaniel

Richard Clendaniel

Richard Clendaniel

We are thrilled to be able to offer another course from our renowned expert: Rick Clendaniel. Anyone who has attended Rick’s Vestibular Rehabilitation course previously will benefit from this new course.

This advanced course will focus on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and dysequilibrium from unusual vestibular causes. The course is designed for clinicians (PT & OT) with prior vestibular rehabilitation course work and clinical experience. Material covered will include advanced techniques for treating anterior and horizontal canal BPPV, central causes of dizziness (including concussion), identification and treatment of cervicogenic dizziness, chronic subjective dizziness, migraine and other unusual vestibular disorders. As vestibular disorders occur across the lifespan and with various disorders, this information is applicable to a large patient population with symptoms of dizziness.

As vestibular disorders occur across the lifespan and with various disorders, this information is applicable to a large patient population with symptoms of dizziness.

Prior vestibular rehabilitation course work and experience treating patients with vestibular disorders are necessary before taking this course.

“Richard is a credit to the profession; he is knowledgeable, well spoken, and an extremely pleasant presenter. The content of the material covered was detailed and well organized.” -Fran Kramer 

Vestibular Rehabilitation – Advanced with Intensive Labs
lick here for more information to download a brochure or to register

September 12-13, 2014 – White Plains, NY
January 17-18, 2015 – Wallingford, CT
April 11-12, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA
May 30-31, 2015 – Matthews, NC

With further dates to be added

Please contact us if you need further information


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