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EXHIBITOR AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at our Popular School Based Conference 2017


Eighteenth Annual
THERAPIES in the SCHOOL Conference
November 15 -16 -17, 2017
Framingham, MA

Looking to be a Sponsor or to Exhibit?

There is no better way to reach school therapists

A NEW Opportunity to Exhibit at our Pre-conference in 2017

There is no better way to reach school based personnel than to showcase your relevant products and services at this popular  annual conference, “Therapies in the School”.

For many years, this conference has attracted 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. 

 The pre- conference on November 15 attracts approximately 300 special educators, teachers, psychologists and school based therapists to learn a program “The Zones of Regulation”, which provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses.

The “Therapies in the School” annual conference on November 16-17 continues the learning with another 300 school based therapists (OT, PT and SLP). The course content focuses on aligning motor needs with educational needs, and how to improve executive function in children who are receiving therapy services in the school setting. Strategies to reduce anxiety and problem behaviors in the classroom, as well as the latest advances in technology to address cognitive deficits and executive skills, are discussed.

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!

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!


Premium Level
Complimentary Guest Registration (1) to attend the conference and earn CEUs if applicable. 

We offer a buffet breakfast on each morning of the conference,
a wonderful opportunity for participants to network.

Lunch (limited to three sponsors)
Our participants enjoy a sit-down luncheon to reconnect and
network with colleagues on the last day of the conference.

Coffee Break (multiple opportunities available)
Our participants do not go hungry!
We offer breaks on each day. 

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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Therapist Survey: Enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card

Share your thoughts and help us shape the future of continuing education.
What do you love about our courses? Where can we improve?
Share your opinions and let us know what makes a CEU course truly rewarding
for you as a therapist.

Be sure to submit your contact info at the end of the survey to enter to win a
$100 gift card.

Thank You from the entire Education Resources team

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Last Chances to Attend Advanced NICU course

Beth McManus

We are sad to announce that a much loved and respected member of our faculty; Beth McManus is taking a break from teaching for a while to spend time with her family.

Beth recently spoke at the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) annual conference and was extremely well received by all.

We are honored that she will be teaching 3 more dates for us this year, and we want to make sure that you don’t miss them:

Advanced Clinical Practice in the NICU
June 9-10, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA

October 6-7, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN
November 3-4, 2017 – San Leandro, CA

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.

Please click here for full course details, to download brochures or to register. 

On behalf of all our community of therapists we would like to thank Beth for sharing her knowledge, experience and skills with us.

We wish Beth all the very best, and will stay in touch with her.

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Congratulations to the Winners of our NANT Conference Raffle

I am happy to announce that Nancy from CA, and Linda from OH were chosen as our winners from the raffle we held at last weeks NANT 7 conference (National Association of Neonatal Therapists)


We randomly chose names from all of the therapists who opted to join our email list. Nancy and Linda will each win a two day live course of their choosing.

We were lucky enough to be able to speak to many neonatal therapists – but would love to hear from all of you and welcome all thoughts and ideas for new topics, speakers and potential venues.

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NANT 7 – Amazing Experience for all Neonatal Therapists


Carol and I have just returned from an absolutely amazing few days surrounded by almost 500 passionate, dedicated and influential neonatal therapists.

We heard their needs, their suggestions and their thoughts for the future and were consumed with their absolute devotion to their babies and parents.

As professional partners with NANT (the National Association of Neonatal Therapists) we were honored to attend their annual conference in Phoenix. Three full days listening to experts in the field of feeding, research, advanced clinical reasoning….. and the support of our most fragile population.

We were privileged to be able to spend time with many, discuss CEU needs, hear the excitement and need to bring new faculty and courses to their facilities, but also to hear about frustrations and how they want to bring about change. We admire the absolute passion and drive.

Carol Loria with Roberta Pineda

We spent time with some of our own dedicated faculty members and were excited to speak to potential new speakers (watch this space!) about new content and ideas for new courses. 

Our deepest congratulations to Sue Ludwig and her dedicated team for the inspiration and support of this specialized, dedicated group of therapists

Carol and I came away with new found friends, and with a desire to be able to provide for the needs of these wonderful therapists.

For those of you who were there……. stay tuned …. we will be announcing the winners of our raffle very shortly 🙂

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Celebrating 100 years during OT Month – OT Scholarship


APRIL 2017

We would love to celebrate our community of
Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants and
our OT Faculty Members

In recognition of this centennial year we would like to offer an OT Scholarship

Any OT who registers during the month of April for any course will be entered into a randomized drawing for a 2 day course

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 Online Sessions for School Therapists Added for 2017 – Introductory Offer

Our NEW  Online Sessions are Now Available!


We have added four new online courses to our e-learning program.

Recorded live at our Seventeenth Annual Therapies in the School conference, these sessions will  help you address the most pressing cognitive, behavioral, motor and sensory challenges.

Introductory Special Rate of $499 for the Complete Package of  these New Courses 
(regular price $599)
Please use code “Online2017” and register by April 24th, 2017.

Recorded live at our Therapies in The School Conference 2016
You can choose from four individual courses, or choose the complete package of all courses;
a great option to share with your colleagues or district:

  •  Improve Sensory, Motor, Behavior and Learning Outcomes
  • Therapists Supporting Students Through Effective Collaboration: Focus on the Child with Mild Motor Challenges
  • Access for Students with Moderate to Severe Physical Challenges: What is Relevant
  • Visual Processing/Visual Deficits: Treat, Remediate, Compensate, Refer?

Introductory rate of $499 using code: Online2017

Combine These Sessions with our Other Pediatric Online Courses

Please share this information with your colleagues

Our Online Courses offer:

  • Strategies to Implement in the Classroom
  • Professional Development On Demand
  • Convenient and Flexible Learning
  • Cost Effective Continuing Education

It’s the next best thing to attending live!


$144-$179 per session ($34 per additional registrant – up to 19)
$599 for all sessions ($44 per additional registrant up to 19)
Each session meets the criteria for 3 – 4.5 contact hours (0.3 – 0.45 CEUs)
CEU certificates will be downloadable following successful completion of a post test.

Individual registrations are available online.
Please call the office with any questions and for group/district registrations or click here for a Registration Form and mail or fax in the form with payment

We know that for some of you, it may not be possible to attend every conference you would like, and for others, supplemental materials will enhance your learning when attending our highly regarded live programs. Still others have told us that they want to share the material they have learned at one of our live courses with their colleagues, administrators and the families they serve. That is why we developed our new e-Learning program taught by leading experts in their fields.     

Please visit our FAQ Page and CEU Page  for more information. 

We continue to strive to meet your needs as you develop your skills to meet the ever changing demands of health care and education. These are our first online course offerings and we welcome your suggestions for future online courses.

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Welcoming New Respected Clinician, Debra Evans Rogers to our Faculty

Debra Evans Rogers

We are thrilled to announce that Debra Evans Rogers, PT,PhD,PCS, internationally known and respected clinician and published researcher is joining the Education Resources faculty. She received her bachelor’s degree in PT from the University of Missouri-Columbia; Master’s of Science in Special Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and PhD from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. She is certified as an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. In addition to completing the NDTA Certificate course in the Treatment and Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy , she completed the Advanced Baby Course in 1998, and has attended other advanced courses. She has served on the NDTA Board of Directors as the Director of Regions and Past President (appointed). She was an adjunct professor for the Masters PT Program at Old Dominion University from 1992-1995.

She  offers a unique perspective combining clinical expertise with pediatric research knowledge. She has assisted students and presented pediatric courses throughout the United States and abroad including Romania, Nicaragua, India, China, and Chile. She is a pediatric physical therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience specializing in assessment, intervention and research in children with neuro-motor involvement. She is trained in pediatric Neuro-developmental Treatment and baby treatment and is an NDTA PT Instructor and CI candidate.   She has worked in private practice both in the home and clinic settings, schools, early intervention, home health, acute care, NICU and outpatient hospital clinics offering insightful information in a variety of physical therapy settings.

Debbie is currently an NDTA PT instructor. She resides in Houston, Texas with her family and works with the University of Texas-Medical Branch ECI Program.

Look out for her new course coming to Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Oregon in 2017:
Pediatric NDT: Treatment Intensive

This course will address utilizing current NDT intervention strategies for the pediatric client aged 0-18 with neuromotor challenges (eg CP, Down Syndrome, TBI and other syndromes). Information presented will address using the ICF for assessment/evaluation while practicing intervention strategies for improvements towards function. Participants will be assisted to improve their observational and direct handling skills with analysis and problem solving using NDT techniques. Both didactic lecture and hands-on labs will be presented throughout this course.

Click here for full details, dates, venues, to download a brochure or to register.
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Why is this year’s Kindergarten class not developmentally “ready”?


Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece and the views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Education Resources, Inc.

This year has been a tough one. Lots of new referrals. I did more new referral evaluations from September to December than I did all of last year. And most of the kids came on program. These kids are hot messes. The majority in kindergarten (although there were a few needy first graders too). As I travel from school to school in my district (five elementary schools), I heard the same thing. This kindergarten class is tough. Needy. Young. Not ready for kindergarten. The parochial school in district (which I also service) had the same complaint. I flippantly joked, “What was in the water six years ago?”

Then, at the Therapies in the School Conference, I had a similar discussion with a therapist from New Hampshire. And then one from Massachusetts. It wasn’t just me. It wasn’t just here. This class is a hot mess.

I guess it’s good for one teacher to know that others are struggling, but it’s not fixing the problem either. And I like to know why. There are some easy answers. Some of our kids didn’t have preschool experience. Some of our kids are from very poor, disadvantaged homes, which we know impacts education and educational-readiness. It seems a disproportionate number of our kids are super young this year, just making the cutoff date (which, in New York, is December 1st, so we have lots of four-year-olds throughout September and October and into November). We’re still following the developmentally inappropriate guidelines of the Common Core Learning Standards.

All of these things make sense, but they don’t really explain the difference between a class two or three years ago and this class. Why is this class so not ready?

I don’t know the answer, but I have a theory. In addition to the factors listed above, there are two main factors that I think are significantly impacting the development and school readiness of our children.

The container lifestyle and mobile technology.

As therapists, we all recognize the detrimental effect the container lifestyle has on early development. Here are my thoughts on this:

  • The constant position in supine and flexion impacts motoric development that is initiated through prone. Lack of prone positioning and extension through prone impacts visual tracking and development, especially convergence and divergence, which is especially used in education in shifting gaze between the board and the desktop.
  • The reticular activating system, responsible for transitioning between sleep and wake and into periods of high alert and attention, is stimulated through cervical extension. Lack of extensor muscle development fosters poor posture in which capital extension is present but true cervical extension is not, thereby inhibiting activity in the RAS. Babies are stuck in flexion, which impacts the sleep-wake cycle.
  • There is more and more retention of primitive reflexes because babies do not move through the developmental sequence to re-wire the brain to integrate these reflexes. This impacts a child’s ability to cross midline (and therefore have a hand dominance), maintain a seated position especially while moving the head, and maintain emotional regulation, particularly in the case of the retained Moro reflex.
  • Use of standing containers facilitate extensor posturing and an on-toe weightbearing pattern, which can cause tight gastrocs and contribute to toe-walking. It also encourages increased capital extension, scapular retraction with elevation, lumbar lordosis, and knee hyperextension. All the compensations PT’s work diligently to break in adults with postural dysfunction. And we’re causing this as soon as the baby is facing gravity.
  • Poor tolerance to prone causes decreased quadruped crawling, which leads to shoulder girdle weakness. This causes poor development of the palmar aches, in addition to impaired fine motor skills.
  • Plagiocephaly which can lead to torticollis, which can impact visual tracking as well as overall posture and ability to maintain one’s positioning in a chair.

There may be more as well.

Now, the second piece: mobile technology and screen time. The explosion of iPads and smartphones and other mobile devices being accessible in most homes took off approximately six to seven years ago. Just as this year’s kindergarten class was being born. The majority of these children have always had screens in front of their faces. The constantly shifting images, the bright colors, the stimulation from the LED screens, the audio input. From birth. How many times have we seen toddlers working their parent’s phones? One year-olds with their own iPads? Babies with a video playing on a phone while the adults enjoy an uninterrupted dinner? Heck, they even make a potty with it’s own tablet.

Here’s my thought: Kids today can’t function without a screen. They can’t listen and process verbal directions without the ever-shifting visual stimulation. There appears to be a significant underdevelopment of audio skills with an over reliance on visual input (and this could be further impacted by impaired eye development as discussed above). We have a whole grade-level of kids who can’t learn from a person because they’re so used to being engaged by a screen.

If I’m right, this is frightening.

Don’t get me wrong—I love my technology. My kids have tablets and iPods and Chromebooks (although they did not have access to this technology until at least the age of seven). I may be slightly addicted to my phone. But I really worry about five and six year-olds who simply cannot follow two and three-step commands.

Here’s how I figured this out. I watched a class doing a GoNoodle Yoga video (one of the Maximo ones). The class looked great. Then, I had the teacher leave the audio on, but turn the picture off. Initially about half the class continued what they were doing, and even completed the next step. The other half of the class immediately stood up (they had been bent over, stretching to one leg), and seemed paralyzed by the fact that the image had disappeared. The teacher gave the instruction to listen and follow along. At the end of the video, every single child was bent over as they had been when the image was turned off. They should have been standing. Not one single child had been able to listen and follow the directions.

I’m not a researcher, and I don’t have data (although I may start collecting some) to support this. These are my theories and hypothesis of why these kids are struggling so. Try the GoNoodle (or similar video) trick and see if your kids can continue on once the image is turned off. What do they do?

What do you think? How are your kindergarteners this year?

~Kathryn Biel, PT, DPT


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NEW Online Certification Course – SAEBO UE Orthoses – Improving UE Motor Recovery

Saebo Certification Education Resources


Education Resources, Inc. is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Saebo, Inc. offering a new online course to train and certify therapists to use Saebo’s Functional Dynamic Orthoses:

Saebo UE Orthoses – Improving UE Motor Recovery Following Neurological Injury – Online Course

The certification was developed to provide occupational therapists, physical therapists and assistants with practical experience and training to incorporate the latest evidence based treatment approaches for UE neurological rehabilitation to benefit patients. The course will review current research findings related to the treatment of the hemiparetic UE, teach participants to identify which patients with a variety of diagnoses will benefit, teach participants how to correctly fit and adjust the Orthoses (SaeboFlex, SaeboReach, and SaeboStretch), as well as teach participants to establish patient specific treatment plans that can be immediately incorporated into clinical practice.

Participants may earn eight CEU hours while becoming certified.   

“Our partnership with ERI comes at a very exciting time. As we strive to improve the education experience for our therapists, we recognize the importance of adding an online self-study platform. This new format provides the therapists with an opportunity to access the same effective training that is provided at our Live Certification Courses, but with the increased flexibility and ease of completing the course at their own pace, stated Henry Hoffman, Co-Founder of Saebo.”

The course includes video lecture and lab activities that may be done at the therapist’s convenience. Henry Hoffman, MS, OT/L, the inventor and co-founder of Saebo and Shannon L. Scott, OTD, OTR/L, faculty in the Occupational Therapy Program at StonyBrook University teach the course and facilitate the lab component.

Education Resources, Inc. is an approved provider for Live and Distance Learning-Independent courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and has been a long-time provider of continuing education courses to help therapists improve outcomes for patients with neurological diagnoses.

Please click here to learn more about the course, to download a brochure or to register 

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