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Meet the Newest Member of Our Faculty, Louisa Ferrara, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT

We first connected with Dr. Louisa Ferrara at the NANT Conference in April 2018. An exceptional practitioner experienced in providing care for neonates, medically-fragile children, and children with complex medical and developmental needs, Louisa impressed us with the many distinguished post-nominal letters after her name. But just as notable is her genuine desire to help children and families manage neonatal issues and her passion and commitment to advancing the field of pediatrics.  We instantly knew that Louisa would be a valuable resource for practitioners – especially for the many neonatal therapists who asked us for courses focused on treating the complex neonate and the developmental consequences of infants born with cardiac, respiratory and/or neurologic diagnoses.

Dr. Louisa Ferrara, PhD., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT faculty member at Education Resources, Inc.

Louisa has worked in numerous pediatric settings, most recently as a Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders at a Level III NICU, where she developed and currently manages the hospital’s NICU Feeding Program. Louisa also has a Doctorate degree in Speech and Language Pathology and received her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders through ASHA. She recently earned specification as a Certified Neonatal Therapist through NANT. If you’re looking to read up on swallowing mechanism in neonates under various conditions and the use of VFSS and FEES as diagnostic tools, check out Louisa’s published research articles.

OTs, PTs, and SLPs will benefit from Louisa’s extensive experience by learning to refine neonatal care practices and improve strategies when working closely with other medical professionals.  

Sign up for Louisa’s “Therapeutic Management of the Complex Neonate: Cardiac, Respiratory, Neurologic Challenges in the NICU, PICU, SICU and EI Settings,” January 19-20, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV, and March 15-16, 2019, in New Brunswick, NJ.  This engaging, interactive, and functional course is a “must-take” for the advanced clinician looking to make real progress with children experiencing complex medical issues.

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Glowing Reviews for CEU course Addressing Visual Issues

“This is one of the most interactive and practical courses I’ve ever taken. I learned so many applicable treatment approaches, and I can’t wait to start applying all I’ve learned”. – Alyson, OT

“This was a great course that offered a lot of creative treatment ideas as well as covering various diagnoses, in order to make the information applicable across many populations and settings”. – Hannah, PT

We just had to share these wonderful testimonials for our new course this year:

Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
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. 

and for the new dynamic member of the ERI faculty, Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L who teaches this course:

“This is definitely the best course I have been to in a long time. Melissa is knowledgeable and authentic. She creates an active atmosphere or learning and sharing”  – Paula, OT

 Don’t miss these dates coming up in 2018:

November 3-4, 2018 – Bridgeville, PA
December 8-9, 2018 – Robbinsdale, MN

and in 2019:
March 23-23, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN
May 4-5, 2019 – Denver, CO
September 21-22, 2019 – TBA
October 19-20, 2019 – New Brunswick, NJ
November 9-10, 2019 – TBA

To download a brochure and to register

We also offer Melissa’s Online Courses:
Visual Processing/Visual Deficits Treat, Remediate, Compensate, Refer?


Aligning Strategies to Support Motor Needs with Curriculum Goals

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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

In recognition of all our community of Physical Therapists, we would like to offer you the opportunity to win a free live CEU course with ERI.

When you register for a course during the month of October you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a free 2 day CEU course of your choosing  (to be applied toward a future registration). We will randomly choose a winner in early November. #PTMonth


Discounts apply to live open enrollment courses only, and not applicable for online courses or one-day courses.
Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits.
Non-Transferable. Can not to be used for previous registrations

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Celebrating Neonatal Therapists with an ERI Winner

ERI supports INTW 2018We were excited to join our professional partners, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) in celebrating neonatal therapists everywhere during International Neonatal Therapist WeekERIMembers of NANT were offered entry into a drawing to win a 2 day ERI course of their choice.

We received a tremendous response and would like to congratulate Alyssa, a Speech Language Pathologist from TX as the winner of our randomized drawing. 

Celebrating 30 years of life-changing learning, ERI provides evidence-based, clinically relevant CEU courses for neonatal  occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists, Dieticians and Nurses working in the NICU, and beyond. Learn skills you’ll use right away, through hands-on learning. It’s about improving outcomes by improving patient care. Our cutting edge courses are taught by distinguished internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in their field.

Please click here to check out our CEU courses for the neonatal therapist and to learn more about NANT 

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Everything You Need to Know About Being a School-Based Therapist (Okay, maybe not everything, but this will certainly help)

GUEST BLOGGER and ERI Faculty Member: Kathryn Biel  

Going back to school doesn’t seem that complicated. New pens and pencils. Bright sneakers with good laces. Backpacks. I mean, after all, we were all students once. And if you’re a new PT, OT, or SLP graduate, you’re probably sick of school. But this time, when the staff badge is hanging around your neck, things are different.

School-based therapy is a specialized area of the rehabilitation therapies, walking a fine line between the medical and the educational systems. For therapists, it can be a difficult shift between the two. While therapy is therapy, working in a school setting is a whole different ball of wax than working in a hospital, nursing home, or outpatient clinic. Additionally, due to the nature of how therapists are hired in the schools (at least here in New York), there don’t seem to be many opportunities for students to do fieldwork/clinical affiliations in the schools to gain experience.

And let me tell you, very little about being a student prepares you for being the teacher.

It’s a whole new world of federal plans and school policies. There are acronyms and abbreviations and of course, these are always changing. And most of the time, the school district doesn’t know what to do with the therapists either, so they may not have some of the answers we need. We may be classified as “teachers” but don’t require the same certifications and professional development criteria that certified teachers do. Often our administrators don’t provide and don’t even know where to start providing appropriate (and state approved for licensure) continuing education for us.

That’s where Therapies in the School comes in. I stumbled upon this conference a decade ago, and have been attending ever since. Even though I started my career in special ed schools and had been doing EI and pre-school evals, as well as treating peds in an outpatient clinic, I found myself in over my head once I went back to school. I’d been hired by a contract agency and tossed into a large, urban district with one other PT and two PTAs (not all of us full time in the district) to cover 16 schools. I knew a little.
I didn’t know enough.

I came home from my first day of work, bought a large binder, folders, page protectors, and pencils, and proceeded to cry a little as I tried to make sense of the stacks of paper I’d been handed at “orientation.”

If only I’d had a crash course in how to navigate the schools.
I don’t, but you do.

If you’re a new graduate (congratulations, you made it!) or new to the school system, consider attending my session, Support for Beginning Practice, School-Based Therapy 101 at the Nineteenth Annual Therapies in the School Conference on Thursday, November 15th. Together with Occupational Therapist, Nicole Barmen, we’ll fill you in on the ins and outs of the special education system, give you an inside key to all the abbreviations that use more letters than a Sesame Street episode, help fill up your toolbox, and help you back up your clinical opinions with research and data that your administrators can’t ignore.

Plus, if we have enough time, Nicole and I are rehearsing an interpretive dance for your viewing pleasure.

Oh, and one of the best things about going back to school every year are the new pens and pencils, bright sneakers with good laces, and backpacks. For you.
Trust me, you’ll need them.

See you in November!

Kathryn R. Biel, PT, DPT is a school-based physical therapist in Upstate New York. She’s a loyal attendee of the Therapies in the School conference, and occasionally blogs for Education Resources, Inc. When not doing all of that, Kathryn chauffeurs her children, begs her husband to do the grocery shopping, and writes novels that are romantic and funny.

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ERI is Celebrating Neonatal Therapists During International Neonatal Therapy Week

ERI supports INTW 2018Honoring all our community of Neonatal Therapists, we are joining NANT (National Association of Neonatal Therapists) to celebrate your dedication to premature and sick infants and their families and to acknowledge the work you do to improve your patients outcomes.

If you are a NANT member you will already be receiving the special new resources in honor of your work and your week!

We ask you to look out for a special resource from ERI.
To be Announced by NANT! 🙂

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Are you a Therapist NEW to the School System? We have a Course for You!

For all new therapists or therapists NEW to the school system, learning to navigate school-based therapy can be its own education!

Our popular Annual Therapies in The School Conference offers a session just for you!

This course will highlight the structure of related services in the education system, evaluations, assessments,and tools used by therapists in the school, as well as a crash course in the Alphabet Soup that is the education system (IEP, IDEA, PLP, RTI, IST, CST).

Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT

Kathryn Biel PT, DPT

Taught by Kathryn R. Biel, PT, DPT  (our resident blogger) and Nicole Barmen, OTR/L.

Kathryn received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Boston University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. She has worked in both public and county-run school systems, pediatric residential facilities, adult and pediatric rehab, outpatient, preschool, and Early Intervention. 

Nicole Barmen, OTR - Education Resources Faculty

Nicole Barmen, OTR/L


Nicole has 18 years experience in a school-based pediatric setting. She is a graduate of Colorado State University, and has worked in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, Day Habs, Home Health, Article 28
sites, preschool, and Early Intervention.


Therapies in The School Conference is being held on November 15-16, 2018 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, Framingham, MA

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Physical Therapists in Pennsylvania – Are you Looking for CEUs Before your December Deadline?

Just a gentle reminder 🙂 

If you are a physical therapist licensed in Pennsylvania, your renewal is due by December 31st, 2018

We wanted to make you aware of these courses coming to Pennsylvania and surrounding states prior to the deadline. 

CEU: Applications have been made to/approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for those courses held in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

Please click on each link for course details, schedule, CEU information, to download a brochure or to register.

Intensive Handling and Problem Solving for Function: An NDT Approach
Linda Kliebhan
September 7-8, 2018 – New Brunswick, NJ

Improving Function: Tools to Enhance Motor Learning, Motor Control and Strength – A lab course
Paula Cox
September 29-30, 2018 – New Brunswick, NJ

Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
Melissa Gerber
October 5-6, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
November 3-4, 2018 – Bridgeville, PA

Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent
Inger Brueckner
October 5-6, 2018 – Cedar Knolls, NJ

The SOFFI Method SM: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
Erin Ross
October 5-6, 2018 – Bayside, NY

Children’s Brains, Neuroplasticity and Pediatric Intervention: What’s the Evidence?
Patricia Montgomery
October 19-20, 2018 – New Brunswick, NJ

Therapeutic Yoga for the Child with Developmental Challenges
Anne Buckley-Reen
October 19-20, 2018 – Bayside, NY

Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client
Jennifer Bottomley
October 19-20, 2018 – Wilkes Barre Township, PA

Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Tracilyn Urruela
October 26-27, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA

Treating the Cardiac Patient: Decrease Re-Admissions Promote Optimal Outcomes
Donna Frownfelter
November 2-3, 2018 – Englewood, NJ

ICU and Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge Decisions
Chris Wells
October 27-28, 2018 – Doylestown, PA

Is it Sensory? Or is it Behavior? Assesment and Intervention Tools for OT’s, PT’s, and SLP’s
Debra Dickson
November 3-4, 2018 – Middletown, NY

Contemporary NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child
Suzanne Davis
November 9-11, 2018 – New Brunswick, NJ

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Evaluation and Management of Individuals with Dizziness and Balance Disorders
Richard Clendaniel
November 10-11, 2018 – Staten Island, NY

Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise
Holly Schifsky
November 16-17, 2018 – Englewood, NJ

Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussive Syndrome and Neuroplasticity: Tools and Strategies to Promote Recovery
Marie-Celine Alexander
December 7-8, 2018 – West Haverstraw, NY

Myofascial Release and Its Application to Neuro-Developmental Treatment
Gail Ritchie
December 7-8, 2018 – Cedar Knolls, NJ

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Saying Goodbye to Beloved Faculty Member Lezlie Adler as She Retires.

One more Opportunity to Hear Lezlie Adler Speak Before she Retires.

We want to thank Lezlie Adler for nearly 25 years of her commitment to working with ERI to provide Continuing Education that has been life changing for therapists throughout the United States and the world. Through her dynamic, humorous, clear and comprehensive teaching style, Lezlie has inspired therapists by reminding them of why they love what they do. Leaving one of her workshops is “like getting a shot in the arm” to see patients with a new lens, to have a tool box of new strategies, and to have sharper critical problem-solving skills.

You have one more opportunity to hear Lezlie speak before her well earned retirement:

Integrating NDT, SI and Motor Learning Perspectives in Pediatrics
December 1-2, 2018 – UCP of Central Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

We will miss you Lezlie and we thank you for providing us with your protege, Kimberly Westhoff, OT, who will carry on your legacy in 2019.

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Welcoming A New Member to the ERI Faculty – Jocelynn Wallach

Following on from an extremely well received afternoon session at our Annual Therapies in the School Conference in 2017, Jocelynn B. Wallach, MS, OTR/L  has developed a new 2 day course.

We are excited to announce, coming in December:

Practical and Effective Strategies to Improve
Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning Skills
In Children with SPD, ASD, EF Dysfunction, Anxiety and Learning Difficulties

Do you have students who have difficulty sitting still, initiating tasks, working through assignments to completion, or attending to the details of their work? Do they have difficulty applying active listening skills and memory strategies to support their learning and academic performance?
This course will teach participant tools and effective strategies that address these challenges directly. Given the demands of the Common Core Standards for independent work habits, sustained attention and motor output, students have an increased need to develop selfregulation and executive function skills in order to progress successfully through grade level curriculum. Participants will learn successful methods to facilitate the development of self-regulation, attention, organization and memory as well as environmental accommodations and modifications

Please join us in welcoming Jocelynn who created this course together with Nancy Williamson, M.Ed., CCC/SLP.

Jocelynn has worked in a variety of settings developing pediatric occupational therapy departments for the Brockton Visiting Nurses Association, MA, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, MA and the New England Sinai Hospital, MA. She taught at Boston University, The Education Cooperative, Westwood Public Schools, MA and lectured nationwide on sensory processing and executive functioning. For the past 20 years she has worked in the Westwood Public Schools and maintained her private practice “Capable Hands and Associates”.

Dates currently scheduled for this NEW course:

December 1-2, 2018 – Livingston, NJ
March 30-31, 2019 – Hamden, CT
April 12-13, 2019 – Plantation, FL
October 12-13, 2019 – Aurora, IL

Also please do check out the online version of Jocelynn’s session from Therapies in the School Conference 2017:

How to Assist Children with Executive Function Dysfunction as a Related Service Provider


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