International Neonatal Therapy Week – Celebrating all Neonatal Therapists! SAVE with ERI!

September 18-24 2022 is International Neonatal Therapy week! 

Started many years ago by National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) this week honors occupational therapists (OTs), physical therapists (PTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who specialize in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Thank you to this group of highly professional, passionate, and driven group of caregivers who dedicate their time to the smallest of patients resulting in a lifetime of positive change

At ERI, professional partners with NANT, we know that neonatal therapists have an emotional connection to their profession and are always looking for ways to improve upon their practice. To help these therapists meet their professional goals, we offer exceptional neonatal continuing education courses taught by renowned faculty.


Look out for a special offer for neonatal therapists available during INTW only!

For one week only we are offering $50 off any ERI webinar, live in person course or on demand series.
If you have an ERI profile and check off NICU as one of your specialties you will receive this special offer in your inbox!


Our courses teach the latest techniques and treatments that can be immediately applied to practice helping therapists improve outcomes in the NICU and beyond. The CEU hours from our evidence-based NICU courses count toward the required 40 hours of education for certification offered by the Neonatal Therapy National Certification Board (NTNCB).

If you’re a neonatal therapist looking to grow your career and improve outcomes, register for one of our life-changing neonatal courses which will remind you why you became a therapist and why you love what you do.  

We offer a comprehensive selection of live courses and webinars:
Continuing Education Courses for Neonatal Therapists

And use our advanced search feature, to search by date, speaker, topic to find an upcoming course. New speakers, topics and dates are continually being added to meet your needs.

 

Education Resources, Inc. Offers “Ambulation, Activity and AFOs: Addressing the Ankle to Improve Gait and Function” as a NEW Online, On-Demand CEU Course

Convenient Online Learning Enables Therapists to Bring Their Practice to the Next Level

ERI is thrilled to offer a NEW online, on-demand course to our community of therapists who wish to learn at their convenience: Ambulation, Activity and AFOs: Addressing the Ankle to Improve Gait and Function-ONLINE 

Amanda Hall, PT, MPT, PCS is an engaging speaker and experienced therapist who developed a framework of pediatric and neuro ankle intervention. In this NEW, online course, Hall teaches advanced evaluation and treatment of the foot and ankle to improve gait and function for adult and pediatric patients with developmental, neurologic, and orthopedic health conditions. After taking this online course, you will:

  • Increase your skill with orthotic recommendations
  • Gain insight into orthotic decision making (when to put a child into orthotics vs. waiting) and “foot-core” exercises
  • Improve your confidence with ankle anatomy and manual therapy skills
  • Learn how to enhance serial casting outcomes including when to refer for serial casting
  • Discover strategies to facilitate neuroplasticity and improving balance in patients with neurological disorders including stroke
  • Gain insight into orthotic design…and more!

Register today! Earn 11 contact hours (1.1 CEUs) for $299/person. SAVE $30 when you register before October 3, 2022 – use coupon code HALLONLINE30 at checkout.

Questions? Please contact ERI at info@educationresourcesinc.com or 800-487-6530.

School Based Therapy Conference – Early Bird Discount Is Extended

Extension of Early Bird Pricing for our popular Annual Therapies in the School Conference.

We understand that it is such a busy time of year for you, and didn’t want you to miss this opportunity to register for quality continuing education.

REGISTER TODAY!

SAVE $100 when you register for ERI’s 23rd Annual Therapies in the School Conference before 8/31/22. Extended to September 17th, 2022 Use coupon code THERAPIES2022 at checkout.
* Coupon code expires 9/17/22, must be used at time of registration. Only available for two day registration. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

ERI is happy to offer a few other special savings to school-based therapists heading back to school! 

We would also like to remind you about the special ERI savings, that we have developed just for you

SAVE $50 on any school-based multi-day webinar*. Use coupon code SCHOOLWEBINAR22 at checkout. 

SAVE $25 on any school-based online series*. Use coupon code SCHOOLONLINE22 at checkout.

* Coupon codes expire 9/17/22, must be used at time of registration. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Valid for webinars $369+/online series $299+. 

ERI is committed to your passion for school-based therapy by offering you learning opportunities that provide tools and strategies you can use right away to improve learning outcomes for your students.

Here’s to a wonderful new school year!

 

 

World Mourns Heidi Als

Heidelise Als obituary, 1940-2022, Tunbridge, VTERI is saddened to hear of the passing of Heidelise (Heidi) Als, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Emerita, Harvard Medical School, Director, Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies, Boston Children’s Hospital, Founder, NIDCAP Federation International, Inc.

As a past ERI faculty member she inspired us to provide quality education for the neonatal therapist, and develop our comprehensive NICU Education Program

“A visionary and a prominent scientist, Heidelise Als has left a legacy that will live on in those she mentored, worked with and befriended, and in the lives of premature and ill infants and their families made better by her vision and tireless advocacy”.

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Boston Children’s Hospital, the Boston Globe paid tribute to Heidelise Als: One Woman Quest To Improve Care for Premature Babies

“We are all connected; we mutually support,
teach, learn from and enrich one another” 

Heidelise Als PhD

Heidelise Als Obituary

Neonatal Therapist Competencies – The Wait is Finally Over, So Let’s Dive In!

Neonatal Competencies

Authored by Anjanette Lee CCC/SLP, CNT

Neonatal Therapists (NTs) have long struggled to find or create competencies that reflect the specialty knowledge and skills needed to provide independent and safe practice with the fragile NICU population.  This past spring, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) released “Practice Competencies for the Neonatal Therapist”.  

This interprofessional set of competencies, developed by the NANT Professional Collaborative, sets the bar for therapists working in the advanced practice setting of the NICU.  

Why have interprofessional competencies?

Skilled neonatal therapy competencies are necessary for NTs to provide independent and safe  interventions from birth to enhance physiologic function and neurostructural development of preterm and medically fragile neonates.  

The disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology all share a need for competency in applying certain common knowledge, skills and interventions within the NICU.  This common ground has been outlined in NANT’s “Core Scope of Practice” document, which is currently under revision. 

What experience levels are the NANT Practice Competencies designed for?

The NANT Practice Competencies were developed for all experience levels of NTs. 

These dynamic set of competencies may be used by NTs providing services in any level of NICU (II -IV) and are designed to guide NTs at all stages of competency development – those beginning to build competency, those working to master basic competency for independent practice, and those working towards advanced competency. Advanced level competency in all areas may be the ultimate goal for some, but this may vary by profession, longevity, and practice environment.

How are the NANT Practice Competencies organized?
Will they adapt to my organization’s competency format?

The NANT Practice Competencies are divided into 3 sections – Fundamental Knowledge, Core Competencies, & Interventions.  Each section is prefaced with recommendations and directions for intended use.

Fundamental Knowledge includes sections addressing the theoretical foundations for practice, medical history, equipment, professional ethics, assessment tools, environment, and body systems. 

address the environment, family, sensory system, neurobehavior, neuromotor & musculoskeletal, and oral feeding & swallowing. 

Finally, Interventions include environmental management, swaddled bathing, diapering, swaddling, dressing, positioning, skin-to-skin holding, non-pharmacologic pain & stress management, facilitating movement patterns, facilitating sensory exposures, lactation support, oral care/oral immune therapy (OIT), non-nutritive sucking, therapeutic tastes, preparation for breast & bottle feeding, breastfeeding, and bottle feeding. 

In addition to these sections, there is a five-page Competency Summary Report that consolidates the 3 sections and allows for more concise departmental documentation of competency.   This report can be used as is, or its components can easily be adapted to meet an organization’s needs for documentation. 

Where do I begin?

The first step is to get a copy of the NANT Practice Competencies!  Next, dive in and see where you stand.  Are there areas of Fundamental Knowledge that need addressing?  Are there knowledge gaps in certain sections of the Core Competencies, or components in which you may be practicing at differing competency levels?  Are there interventions utilized at your facility in which you have not yet demonstrated full competency?

Each NT is unique and thus the competency journey will be also.  A mentored journey is highly recommended.  If you don’t have an immediate option for a mentor, the NANT Ignite program is an excellent way to receive mentoring and education. NANT Ignite is a 10-month mentored program that is self-paced and on demand.  It includes live monthly guidance calls with program mentors so that questions can be thoroughly addressed and ideas can be shared.  It also includes a private Facebook group to allow connection and networking.

For those that would like education regarding the areas covered by the Practice Competencies, a new ERI course series will begin in 2023.  Intro to Neonatal Therapy – Establishing Competency for Independent Practice will focus on building competency by laying a foundation of fundamental knowledge, closing gaps within core competencies and assuring both fundamental knowledge and core competency knowledge are applied during NICU interventions.  This new series will be available via live webinar and on demand.

This series will be perfect for both NTs working to establish competency and those studying for the Neonatal Therapy Certification exam. 

Stay tuned for more information about this new series!

Anjanette Lee has over 25 years’ experience in the NICU, receiving NIDCAP certification in 1999 and then helping her NICU’s quality improvement team incorporate family centered, neuroprotective, and neuropromotive care practices as standards of care. As an imbedded NICU therapist, she is passionate about sharing knowledge with and utilizing all members of the neonate’s care team to support best neurodevelopmental outcomes. As a result, Anjanette provides ongoing education and mentorship for other Neonatal Therapists and NICU staff both within her hospital system and across the nation. Anjanette is certified in Neonatal Touch & Massage and was one of the first Certified Neonatal Therapists in the nation. She has co-authored chapters in Kenner & McGrath’s 1st edition of Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants, and Case-Smith & O’Brien’s 7th edition of Occupational Therapy for Children.

She serves as co-leader of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Professional Collaborative and has co-authored NANT’s Neonatal Therapy Core Scope of Practice and Practice Competencies for the Neonatal Therapist. Anjanette also serves on the NANT national conference planning committee and is part of the teaching faculty for the NANT Ignite program.