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Anne Buckley-Reen – Yoga Therapy in The Classroom – a Popular Continuing Education Course for School Therapists

Anne Buckley-Reen

Anne Buckley-Reen

I am very happy to share these wonderful testimonials we received from therapists; physical therapists, occupational therapists, special educators, behavior specialists and school counselors who recently attended Anne Buckley-Reens continuing education course: Get Ready to Learn: Yoga Therapy in the Classroom

This was probably one of the best continuing ed. courses that I have attended. I feel as though I can go back to my district and present the material to teachers and make a real behavioral change. As well as improving students motor skills in the process“. Gina, PT

I am so excited to begin implementing GTRL. I have been wanting to incorporate yoga into the school day to help ALL students. The fact that there is a curriculum attached that is supported by data and research makes it an easier “sell” for administators to also buy into the program“. Heide, School Counselor

This was by far the best and most relevant workshop that I’ve ever attended. I only wish that more teachers had attended. This is a program that would benefit any classroom“. Debbie, Sp.Ed

Anne presents this information in a way that makes,  you believe a program would work no matter where you work, who you work with or the difficulties they face. The course is very complete with yoga labs/films of actual students performing the practices, data, testimonials and research based improvement“. Kelly, OT

We are thrilled to offer this course:
March 7-8, 2015 – Sewickley, PA with other possible dates in 2015.

Anne also teaches another dynamic workshop:
Yoga Therapy for the Child with Developmental Challenges
February 6-7, 2015 – New Brunswick, NJ
September 25-26, 2015 – Tualatin, OR
November 13-14, 2015 – Chicago, IL
December 4-5, 2015 – Hartford, CT

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NEW CEU COURSE – Neurologic Upper Extremity

We are thrilled to offer a new course:

Improving Functional Outcomes in The Neurologic Upper Extremity

LaMar Bolden

LaMar Bolden

Presented by LaMar Bolden, OTR, DPS, C/NDT an advanced clinical specialist at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, with 12 years experience treating patients with central neurologic dysfunction.   LaMar received the “Award of Merit for Innovative Treatment in Physical Disabilities Practice” from the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association. 

In this highly interactive continuing education course, for physical therapists and occupational therapists, the focus is on improving functional outcomes in patients with upper extremity dysfunction due to central nervous system deficits using assessment and treatment strategies within a contemporary paradigm.  Designed as an integration of evidence-based treatment approaches, current neurophysiologic understanding of motor control, motor-learning, that can be immediately applied to practice in any treatment setting.  This course will incorporate selection of the best outcome measure to evaluate and document progress to support intervention approach. 

Course Objectives:  At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Determine treatment approach, reasonably predict targeted outcomes/goals based on current neuroscience and evidence.
  • Implement evidence based treatment strategies and techniques to improve functional outcomes.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan of care that addresses upper extremity function at participation level.
  • Choose appropriate standardized assessments to support measurable outcomes.
  • Analyze movement patterns and correlate to stage of recovery to select best practice interventions.

We are pleased to offer this course in multiple locations in 2015:
February 27-28, 2015 – Laurel, MD
March 27-28, 2015 – Fort Worth, TX
June 19-20, 2015 – Weymouth, MA
August 28-29, 2015 – Derby, CT
October 16-17, 2015 – Burlington, NC

Please click here for more information to download a brochure and to register

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My Perspective on Sensory Integration – John Pagano

Blog Post from Faculty Member John Pagano

I frequently use Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing Intervention in my work as an occupational therapist with clients who have severe behavioral, sensory processing and developmental challenges. I get criticism both by professionals who question the validity of sensory processing intervention and those who dislike my integrating it with other treatment approaches. It is time to transcend the polarizing debate about the sensory processing model and put it in perspective.

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Like most occupational therapists my treatment grew from my clinical practice and the influence of many gifted teachers. I was introduced to sensory integration intervention in my entry-level occupational therapy training and studied it extensively at the post-graduate level. I spent thousands of dollars on my sensory processing training and although I’m frugal (my son says “a cheap skate”) it was worth every penny.

My sensory processing teachers have had so many students that they wouldn’t even know my name, but they transformed my professional and personal life through their mentoring. Among my most effective sensory processing teachers were the late Ginny Scardinia, Mildred Ross, Winnie Dunn, and Lucy Jane Miller. Each holds a distinct view of sensory processing intervention, is an occupational therapist, master teacher, and base their practice on the teaching of A. Jean Ayres the founder of Sensory Integration.

I first met Mildred Ross as a guest lecturer in my undergraduate occupational therapy class. Using sensory (e.g., touch, movement, smells) strategies she developed individual and group interventions that improve the functioning of individuals with severe psychiatric and developmental challenges. Disagreeing with the “experts” who viewed these clients as “hopelessly regressed psychiatric patients”, Mildred motivated her clients by respecting them as people, caring about them, and beginning at their current developmental level then gradually improving their functional skills. Mildred used a similar approach with occupational therapists, teaching us what an honor it was to help others and motivating us to improve our skills. I remember that the professors and conference leaders who invited Mildred to speak often set an egg timer for one hour before she began, and kept it ringing until she stopped speaking. Although they told me the timer was essential and I usually hate listening to people talk, I always hoped the timer would break so I could listen to her all day.

After five years as a school occupational therapist a unique experience introduced me to my next mentor Ginny Scardinia. I was watching my OT student treat a 6-year old girl who had developmental, behavioral, and PTSD challenges using a net swing when the girl suddenly spoke for the first time. I’d been treating that girl for half a year and gotten little response, but after that single half-hour session from my OT student the child was able to consistently speak in school. My OT intern told me that she’d learned sensory integration treatment during her previous affiliation with Ginny Scardinia at the Ayres Clinic. I soon located Ginny, took classes with her, and bugged her to teach me whenever she could from that day on.

Ginny Scardinia was unique in her ability to motivate me to do whatever it took to learn to help children like she could.  I recently learned that Ginny inspired many occupational therapists, and a research study was conducted summarizing her skills as a master mentor Over 25 years have past but I still remember that after she first saw me treat she said, “You’re off to a good start, but you need to learn a lot more about neurology and sensory integration and honey, I can teach you”.   I knew that she was right and although I never reached her level as a clinician I am still trying.

Ginny inspired me to take all the sensory integration courses I could and to take motor learning classes at Columbia University T C. The motor learning research taught me that clients have the ability to recover from neurologically based challenges through engaging in developmentally appropriate sensory experiences in their natural environments. My experiences with Ginny and Mildred Ross inspired me to lead a group for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with the help of occupational therapy students and the children’s parents.


I met Winnie Dunn and Lucy Jane Miller at an AOTA symposium where they were mentoring new researchers by letting us help with their projects. I remember asking them both why they were developing assessments when new treatments were needed, and they told me that until we learned to measure sensory integration interventions we couldn’t improve and validate our treatments. Winnie Dunn developed the Sensory Profile, a reliable and valid measure of sensory processing Dr. Dunn also went on to develop an intervention model that used the sensory profile to coach clients on adapting their sensory modulation styles so they could function more effectively.  While I still do direct and group interventions I always include consultation to the client, family, and teachers regarding how their sensory styles impact their interactions and functioning.

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By taking the Sensory Profile I found I had significant Low Registration and Sensory Sensitivity, at a level where only 2 out of 100 adults my age score. Being low registration influences me to often miss sensory input that others notice. Because I am also sensory sensitive I also frequently get overwhelmed by sensory input I do notice and take a long time to accommodate to touch (e.g., I’m bothered by neck ties, rings and watches).

I’ve learned to stomp my feet and look people in the eye when they are telling me something important, and to take an hour walk when I’m feeling overwhelmed so I don’t yell at anyone. I still can’t wear a tie when I speak but can tolerate wearing shoes rather than sneakers. Knowing my sensory profile helps me accommodate my behavior to the needs of my clients. I tend to talk loudly and quickly, but consciously speak softer and slower when working with clients who have sensory sensitivity and attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

As a new researcher who was a member of Lucy Jane Miller’s team I learned to be a better observer. Although she is arguably one of the most influential leaders in sensory processing intervention (helping to create the term) what inspired me most about her was her honesty. I was putting off getting my Ph.D. because I felt I wasn’t smart enough, but was inspired when Dr. Miller asked me for help changing her flat tire. I figured if someone that smart couldn’t change a tire I could try to get my Ph.D. even though I didn’t feel smart enough.

Dr. Miller has evolved from developing assessment tools to supporting sensory processing intervention research through the Sensory Processing Disorder Her organization presents workshops on sensory processing basic and clinical research. I refer parents and clinicians to her organization because it is both factual and parent friendly.

My clinical experiences have shown me that sensory processing intervention helps clients with severe sensory processing, behavioral and developmental challenges to improve their functional skills. I have discovered the value of sensory processing intervention through individual, group, client/family education, and environmental consultation treatment. My perspective on sensory processing and professional vision wouldn’t have been possible with out my teachers and mentors. To paraphrase Isaac Newton, “If my professional vision has expanded it is because I stand tall on the shoulders of giants”


Dynamic courses with John Pagano coming up in 2015:

Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations,  PTSD and Other Challenges
April 10-11, 2015 – Houston, TX
May 2-3, 2015 – Detroit, MI
October 23-24, 2015 – Monroe, NC
November 6-7, 2015 – New Brunswick, NJ

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NEW course: Post Concussion Syndrome

Education REsources Post Concussion SyndromeNew CEU Course for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Speech Therapists:


With distinguished speaker:
Christina Finn

This course will help clinicians apply the latest research on diagnosis and management of concussion and post concussion syndrome.  This course will focus on the latest relevant assessment and treatment strategies for adults and children with prolonged visual, vestibular and sensory complaints as a result of concussion.  Effective treatment strategies to improve visual skills, balance and sensory integration for optimal return to all daily tasks will be highlighted.  Participants will engage in clinical problem solving via group case analysis and discussion.

Age/Patient Population: This course is relevant for therapists working with individuals of all ages including school aged children, young adults, and older adults who may have sustained a concussion as a result of fall, MVA, sports injury, or accident.

Upon Completion of the Course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply current research to diagnosis and treatment of concussion and post concussion syndrome.
  • Determine when referral is indicated to address co-morbidities.
  • Assess visual function, balance and ability to participate in daily tasks (including cognitive).
  • Implement treatments to remediate oculomotor dysfunction, sensory integrative dysfunction and visual motor skills impairment.
  • Implement training techniques and compensatory strategies including cognitive strategies to help the patient transition back to work, school and daily tasks.

Please click here for dates and venues, to download a brochure or to register



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NEW Faculty Member – Christina Finn

Education Resources Christina Finn

Christina Finn

We are thrilled to introduce Christina Finn as a new member of Education Resources’ faculty.

Christina Finn MS, OTR/L is a clinical specialist in visual perceptual rehabilitation at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center in NYC and an adjunct professor at Long Island University in Brooklyn.  Christina graduated from the University of Scranton in 2004 with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.  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 on the topics of vision rehabilitation, perceptual rehabilitation, management of concussion, and neurological rehabilitation.  She has developed competencies for training staff in management of concussion/mild traumatic brain injury and for management of visual perceptual deficits. 

Christina Course:
Post Concussion Syndrome


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Happy Holiday Season from Education Resources

Education Resources Holidays


Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday season and we look forward
to an exciting 2015, with dynamic new speakers and course offerings.

Please click here for a listing of all our 2015 courses


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Help needed from pediatric PT’s and OT’s! Positioning for a complex 13 month old.


Posting from Megan:

Hi folks!
I am hoping to start a brainstorm thread for a really complicated kid I have picked up.
He 13 month old boy, one of triplets – his identical brother did not survive and there was twin-to-twin transfusion resulting in my guy losing most of his frontal lobe. He is a very involved kid. The biggest concern at this point is that he needs to be held – practically all the time, even asleep – because if he is not held in a tight “clamshell” he goes into extreme extensor tone and screams and cries. He can tolerate his belly on a rigged up cushion from an OT for about 30 seconds. I have been brainstorming a list of things to try with him but would love any ideas.
His positioning when he is comfortable is sitting on mom’s leg, hips and knees flexed, spine kyphotic except cervical spine hyper extended (strangely he has pretty good head control) but this cervical posture is concerning in the long term. He hates any pressure on the back of his head that would bring his spine into better alignment.
Basically the family is looking for something that will hold him in his comfortable position without their hands.
My thoughts to try:
Full seating/positioning eval with a very skilled vendor
Stander? He would need AFOs
He is getting started with Perkins (MA school for the blind)- maybe they could build him a chair that would work??
Togrite to hold him in the clamshell on his side on floor (OT gave them a gait belt to try for this, didn’t work)
Nada chair?
They have a clamshell seat thing – maybe was some kind of stadium seat – which has been a little bit useful inside a baby hammock – but he still extends out of it. Thought about drilling holes in it for belt at key points of pelvis to keep him in it.

Any other thoughts and suggestions, things you’ve tried or found helpful for a very involved kid like this would be fantastic! Thank you! 

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Discussion Group – Win a Free Online Course

Vestibular Rehabilitation

We are excited to announce the launch of our Vestibular Rehabilitation Discussion Group.

As our new Cerviocogenic Dizziness online course is proving to be popular and our live courses continue to attract large crowds we felt that there was a need for an avenue for therapists to discuss any clinical challenges or tips with colleagues.



Just share a clinical challenge or your tips and suggestions with other therapists and we will randomly choose a winner in January
Post in the comments box below or email me your post:

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

Vestibular Rehabilitation Advanced: Intensive Labs 
Richard Clendaniel

Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation in the Management of Post Concussion Syndrome (mTBI) 
Gaye Cronin

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Jeffrey Walter



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Whats on the horizon for stroke rehab?

Researchers at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center may have found a way to help prep a stroke victim’s brain prior to physical therapy to aid a more complete recovery. A non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS,  prepares a stroke patient’s brain for physical therapy by sending low-frequency magnetic pulses painlessly through a victim’s scalp to suppress activity in the healthy part of the motor cortex. This allows the injured side to make use of more energy during physical therapy, which immediately follows the TMS.

Please click here for the full article found in the Washington Post

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Holiday Coupon from Education Resources

Education Resources Holiday CouponLet Education Resources
help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2015.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

We would like to offer a 
$50 discount toward any conference fee 

Register now through December 30th 2014
Apply code: Holidays 2014
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


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