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School Based DPT Struggling to Move past Bachelors plus 36 – Needs Your Input


We received this question from one of the school therapists in our community, she would like to hear your thoughts and experiences:

I am a PT in the school system in Foxborough , Ma. I got my BSPT in 1982 and went back and got my DPT in 2005 thru a transitional DPT program at MGH Institute. The transitional DPT program was 8 classes but only 15 credits. They keep credits low to encourage enrollment. I went on to take 21 more credits of graduate courses. In my district this moved me to the bachelors plus 36/masters salary scale. However, I can not move past that level since I did not get my masters. Since there is no longer a master’s program in PT, I am trying to have my district look at my unique situation. It seems unfair I can not move past the bachelors plus 36 level when I have my DPT, the preferred degree in my field. It is a contractual year and I have asked my superintendant and union rep to look into this. They asked if I could reach out to other districts to see how other towns are handing the situation. I spoke with a college friend who is an OT with the Boston Public Schools and she said the entry level DPTs there are on the doctorate sale. I have gotten emails from your organization where therapists are trying to get ideas from other therapists. I wonder if there is a way to send this to a school therapist distribution list if you have one.

I am particularly interested if there are any BSPTs who went on to get their DPT through a transitional DPT program to see where they are paid on the salary scale. It is tricky since the entry level DPTs have many more credits than I do. Could forward this email to anyone who may have insight into this situation. Thanks in advance for your help. Lisa MacDonnell

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Pediatric Rehab Therapy Service and Unmet Needs

Recent research led by our distinguished faculty member Dr. Beth McManus, PT was recently published in Physical Therapy Journal 


McManus.2013“Which Children Are Not Getting Their Needs for Therapy or Mobility Aids Met? Data From the 2009–2010 National Survey of Children With Special Health Care Needs”
February 2016 Volume 96 Number 2 p.222

Objective The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of and factors associated with caregiver perceived needs and unmet needs for therapy or mobility aids among children with special health care needs living in the United States.

Conclusions This evidence serves as a baseline about the future impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Pediatric rehabilitation professionals should be aware that children with special health care needs whose condition more frequently affects function and who have insurance discontinuity may need more support to meet therapy or mobility aid needs.

Don’t miss Beth present her popular continuing education course:

Advanced Clinical Practice in the NICU:
This intermediate-advanced course will focus on clinical decision-making for medically and developmentally complex patients in the NICU and transition to home and EI. Emphasis will be on in-depth knowledge of pathophysiology of common NICU diagnoses and special populations; choice and interpretation of evaluation tools and evidence-based therapeutic interventions, implementing developmentally supportive oral feeding interventions, and transition to post-NICU care. Labs and video case analysis to allow attendees to integrate course material for complex clinical decisions around behavioral, developmental and feeding intervention.

June 10-11, 2016 – Renton, WA
August 13-14, 2016 – Decatur, GA
September 24-25, 2016 – Washington, DC
September 30-October 1, 2016 – Robbinsdale, MN
November 4-5, 2016 – San Antonio, TX

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

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How to Treat a Patient on a Heparin Drip


Post from Paula, PT:

Would you treat a patient that is currently on a Heparin Drip?

Please share your thoughts and experiences.

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NEW JERSEY CEUS in 2016 for PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s

Education Resources is thrilled to offer multiple opportunities for CEUs coming to New Jersey  in 2016 

We are pleased to  offer you our continuing education courses that are evidence based, engaging, relevant, and immediately applicable to your practice.

Education Resources applies to the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for all relevant courses being held in New Jersey and neighboring states.
You will not find all of our courses listed on the NJ Board’s website as they are behind in posting their approved courses on their site. However all our applications have been approved or we expect them to be approved.

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.

Applications are made to ASHA for all relevant courses.

Please click here for a full listing of our continuing education courses
hosted in New Jersey in 2016

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Therapies in the School Early Bird Discounts. Announcing Zones of Regulation® Pre-Conference

We are excited to share with you the outline for our popular annual school based conference:

November 17-18, 2016
Framingham, MA

we are thrilled to bring you an optional Pre-Conference: 
The Zones of Regulation®
A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

Wednesday November 16, 2016
Framingham, MA

Please register early to avoid disappointment


 We would like to offer you our 
Discounted Early Bird Registration

Register for the TWO DAYS of the Therapies in the School conference 
and get a reduced rate of $420 (saving $55).
Register for Therapies in the School (2 days) and the pre-conference
and get a reduced rate of $620 
Deadline June 17th, 2016

Mention “Therapies Early Bird” when you register
Must be used at time of registration. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Limited Time offer.
The Zones of Regulation® preconference presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages

This year’s Therapies in the School conference focuses on collaborative approaches to supporting instruction in the classroom with related services, the functional but struggling child, how to support fine motor skills, and what is realistic for the moderate to severely involved child. In addition the conference will highlight mindfulness, movement and music, therapeutic implications of our current knowledge of how the brain works, motor issues in ASD, and visual processing as it affects learning.


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John Pagano shares his FAB Strategies at the AOTA Conference

Our, well renowned faculty member and friend of Education Resources, John Pagano enjoyed presenting his poster on behavioral and sensory strategies at the AOTA conference. Don’t miss his popular course coming to Millbrook, NY – close to Poughkeepsie, Albany and the CT border on May 13-14:

Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations,  PTSD and Other Challenges

From John’s Blog:

I developed FAB Strategies (Functionally Alert Behavior Strategies) to help children, adolescents and young adults who have complex behavioral challenges.  The FAB Strategies Form guides the use of environmental adaptation, sensory modulation, positive behavioral support, and physical self-regulation strategies.  The FAB Strategies forms enable teachers, families as well as occupational, physical, speech/language and mental health therapists to work towards the same functional behavioral goals using consistent strategies.  The copyrighted FAB strategies forms are offered free of charge to therapists for use in developing home programs that improve functional behavior.  FABPre&KStratForm  FAB STRATFORM


FAB Strategies combines positive behavioral support and sensory processing strategies to improve behavior.   School occupational therapists can effectively team with parents and school staff to reduce school aggression, restraint and seclusion.





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Celebrating OT Month! Win a Free Course!

Celebrating OT Month 2016CELEBRATING OT MONTH!

April 2016 is OT Month


We would love you hear your thoughts about being an OT.
Enter our competition, by sending us a few paragraphs on ONE of the following topics:

  • Tell us about what inspired you to choose Occupational Therapy as a career and how it has been important to you…
  • Tell us about a patient clinical experience that was transforming for you professionally or personally (please no real names of course)….
  • Tell us about how you mentored another OT, or were mentored, and what you learned form the experience

We will share the winning story on our blog and on our social media pages.
A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in May

Winner receives a certificate for a free 2 Day live course: $435 value. Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. Non-Transferable. Must be applied at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for.
Education Resources offers many relevant CEU courses for , Occupational Therapists and assistants. 
Join us to learn creative, effective, evidence-based strategies.



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NEW Faculty Member, NEW Course: “Promotion of Recovery Post -Stroke”

Promotion of Recovery Post-Stroke: Evidence Based Therapy in Current Healthcare Environments.

In this course, you will learn/review the current research and thinking of neuroplasticity and motor learning as they relate to optimizing recovery in patients post-stroke. The ultimate end goal is that you will integrate current findings into your everyday practice of neurorehabilitation. A key focus will be integrating the evidence in these areas into current clinical practice in current healthcare environments across the continuum of care. We will examine a broad overview of treatment approaches and participants will apply this information to case studies as a group. Evidence-based examination and treatment approaches will be discussed in the context of experience-dependent neuroplasticity. The course will promote application through the use of case studies.

Maureen Whitford, PT , PhD

Maureen Whitford, PT , PhD

We are thrilled to welcome Maureen Whitford  to our faculty. She is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Cleveland State University, where she teaches pathology and treatment techniques for neurologically impaired patients and also conducts research exploring recovery post-stroke. Maureen received her BS in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University, her MHS from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy, her MS in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California, and her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Minnesota. She has presented locally and nationally on recovery of patients post-stroke. Dr. Whitford has broad clinical experience treating patients post-stroke in a variety of settings for over 23 years. She currently practices prn in the acute rehab unit at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Her courses emphasize theoretical underpinnings of motor learning and neuroplasticity as they relate to current treatment interventions and integration into practice.

Upcoming Courses in 2016:
June 17-18, 2016 – Wallingford, CT
August 20-21, 2016 – North Richland Hills, TX

For more detailed information to download a brochure or to register, please click here to visit the course page on our website.

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Announcing NEW Professional Partnership for NICU Education

NANT logo high qualityThe National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) located in Cincinnati, Ohio and Education Resources, Inc. (ERI) headquartered in Medfield, Massachusetts announce a partnership to strengthen the quality and accessibility of continuing education for neonatal therapists.

Neonatal occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists have struggled for decades to find relevant and specialized education to meet their needs in serving infants and families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Neonatal therapists address developmental challenges and milestones encountered by infants and their families in the NICU and in transition home.

Education Resources NICU coursesThe evident lack of specialized resources, and the inconsistent neonatal care that followed, led occupational therapist, Sue Ludwig, to found NANT in 2009. She explains, “Neonatal therapists were largely self-educated in the past and had no way of connecting with each other. That led to inconsistent practice and isolation. Therapists deserved access to age appropriate education and resources so that infants and families received the best possible care. We needed a trusted space, a home, so we could connect and grow.”

NANT provides multiple ways for neonatal therapists to connect, learn, mentor and inspire while advancing this focused field of therapy on a global level. NANT provides a significant percentage of its education online with one major exception, its annual conference.

Carol Loria and Barbara Goldfarb, both pediatric physical therapists, founded Education Resources over 25 years ago with a vision of providing valuable education for therapists that can truly make a difference in their patient’s lives. Providing over 350 live courses per year, with an ever-growing number focused on neonatal-specific content, Education Resources, Inc. has a reputation for providing quality, evidence-based continuing education (CEUs) presented by some of the best speakers in the neonatal space.

According to Carol Loria,   “We are very excited about this partnership as it will enable any neonatal therapist regardless of their years of experience, to access resources to enhance their professional development in terms of skills and critical thinking.”   This formal collaboration allows both organizations to maintain their individual identity and structure while extending their reach, and deepening, broadening and streamlining their educational offerings.

Education Resources, Inc. will expand its live workshops and in-house trainings for NICU and developmental therapists while NANT will continue to master online education for its members and global learners. The collaboration does not influence NANT’s annual conference.

It is a partnership that truly serves the founders’ visions for better education resulting in improved patient outcomes.

To learn more about NANT visit and for live courses for neonatal therapists from ERI visit

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Therapies in the School Conference- Education Resources

Following on the heels of such a successful sold out conference at the end of last year; we are busy planning our School Conference for this November.

Each year our popular annual conference; “Therapies in the School,” attracts key decision makers in disciplines such as occupational, physical, and speech therapy, psychology, teaching, and special education from all over the U.S. and Canada.

This year’s conference focuses on collaborative approaches to supporting instruction in the classroom with related services, the functional but struggling child, how to support fine motor skills, and what is realistic for the moderate to severely involved child. The second day focuses on mindfulness, movement and music, therapeutic implications of our current knowledge of how the brain works, motor issues in ASD, and visual processing as it affects learning.

There is no better way to reach school based therapists than to showcase your relevant products and services at this popular event.

We are now pleased to offer multiple levels of sponsorship opportunities.

We hope to see you at this year’s conference.

Limited Availability so Reserve Early!


Premium Level
Complimentary Guest Registration (1) to attend the conference and earn CEUs if applicable. (1) six ft draped table and two chairs
Printed Marketing Recognition:
Your company logo, website and contact info will be included on the sponsor page of our conference handout
Online Marketing Recognition:
Your company logo, website, and contact information will be included on the course sponsor page on our website.
You will also be highlighted in an email blast targeted to all our school therapists
Social Media Marketing:
Your company will be recognized on our Facebook and Linked In Pages
prior to the conference

We offer a buffet breakfast on both mornings of the conference,
a wonderful opportunity for participants to network.
Sponsorship includes printed recognition in the conference
handout and online on our website.
Sponsor will also be recognized with signage at the breakfast
to welcome participants. 

Lunch (limited to three sponsors)
Our participants enjoy a sit-down luncheon to reconnect and
network with colleagues on the second day of the conference.
Sponsorship includes recognition from the conference podium,
in the printed handout, and online on our website.
Sponsor will also be recognized with signage at the luncheon.

Coffee Break (multiple opportunities available)
Our participants do not go hungry!
We offer breaks on both days Sponsorship includes
recognition in conference materials and signage

Other Sponsorship Opportunities Customized to Suit your Needs

Please contact me with any questions 
Mandy: 508 359 6533 800-487-6530

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