Therapies in the School Annual Conference Turns 20!

ERI’s widely popular annual conference is turning 20! And to celebrate, we are giving you 20 reasons why you should join us November 21-22, 2019 in Framingham, Massachusetts.

  1. Learn new innovations, research, evidence, and practical tools to improve the lives of the children you service
  2. Join renowned instructor Athena Oden as we kick off the conference with “Ready Bodies Learning Minds: Creating Classrooms that Meet the Needs of All Children”
  3. Instructor Susan Roberts, MDiv, OTR/L returns this year to teach sessions on Self-Regulation and Psychoneuro-immunology
  4. Emily Zeman, MS, OTD, OTR/L will teach “Trauma Informed Care and its Application to the School Based Therapist.”
  5. Join expert Sandra Saavedra PhD, PT for “Identifying Children Whose Postural Deficits may be Interfering with Academic.”
  6. On Day One, choose from one of these four exciting afternoon workshops:
    A.)“Ready Bodies Learning Minds: Strategies for Special Populations (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, DCD, DDD and more)” with Athena Oden
    B.) “Self-Regulation and Psychoneuroimmunology: Using a New Model to Determine and Implement Optimal Treatment Approaches for Each Child,” with Susan Roberts, MDiv, OTR/L
    C.) “Support for Beginning Practice: School Based Therapy 201 Writing Goals, Benchmarks, Measuring and Documenting Progress,” with Nicole Barman, OTR, Kathryn Biel, MS, PT
    D.) “Reframing What Progress Looks Like for the Severely Involved Child: A Lateral Progression,” with Beth Currier, DSc, MS, PCS, PT
  7. Choose from one of these four exciting afternoon workshops on Day 2:
    A. ) “Using the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCo) to Optimize Positioning and Enhance Function (academic performance, playground participation, speech production, and more),” with Susan Cecere, PT, Jocelyn Newell, DPT, MSPT, PT, Sandra Saavedra PhD, PT
    B.) “I’m in Charge! Teaching Kids to Take Charge of Their Lives: A Workshop on Student Self Determination Amy Coopersmith,” MaryBeth Fitzgerald, MA, OTR/L, RN
    C.) “How to Build Effective Groups to Maximize Progress,” with Deidre Azzopardi, OTD
    D.) “Using Components of Motor Learning to Drive Your School Based Practice,” with Julianne Lalik, DPT, PT
  8. Take part in one of three informative lunch breakout sessions
    A.) “Ask the Experts: A session for asking questions and sharing solutions”
    B.) “New to School: Networking opportunity for therapists new to school-based practice (0-5)”
    C. )“Creative Therapies: Bring your best solutions and creative strategies to share”
  9. Earn continuing education credits
  10. Network! Not only do you get to learn from experts in the field, you’ll meet and connect with colleagues who share your passion.
  11. Meet the ERI Team in person
  12. Enjoy a continental breakfast each morning
  13. Explore new vendors offering an array of services and products for therapists
  14. Check out ERI’s new company branding
  15. Celebrate this year’s “Excellence in Creative School Based Therapy Award” recipient
  16. Join a community that fosters therapists building connections, sharing ideas, and actively learning
  17. Stay at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel, centrally located from Boston, Providence and Western, Mass.
  18. Get out of the office (or school) for the day and gain new knowledge in a new setting
  19. Invest in yourself, your career and your practice
  20. Have fun! Make new connections and like-minded friends who help you grow both personally and professionally

There are lots of reasons to attend the Therapies in the School 20th Annual Conference. What’s yours? Tell us in the comments below, and if you haven’t registered, be sure to visit us online and sign up to attend Therapies in the School. See you this November in Framingham, Mass!


ERI has the Course OTs and PTs Have Been Asking For: Introducing Our New, Intensive, 4-day Pediatric Assessment and Interventions Class

Join ERI and Debra Dickson for “Integrated Pediatric Assessment and Evidence-Based Treatment:  4 Day Intensive Focusing on Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges” in Houston, October 24-27, 2019.  This highly informative, hands-on course will provide you with concrete tools and strategies to effectively conduct in-depth physical and sensory/motor function assessments and design effective interventions for clients with varying degrees of involvement. The 4-day class benefits the intermediate to advanced clinician who is looking to improve and incorporate skills into a comprehensive and organized assessment and treatment strategy, integrating NDT, SI, reflex integration, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, and the visual-vestibular-auditory triad. These effective treatment strategies extend to improving self-regulation, visual motor skills, attention, social interaction, picky eaters, sleep disorders, and sensory motor skills utilizing a “trauma informed” approach. 

Debra will teach participants to design effective treatment plans in multiple settings including clinics, schools, and home programs. Held at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, this course meets the criteria for 25.5 CEUS and is approved by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. 

Don’t miss out – space is limited! Register online today.

Attention Pediatric Therapists! Register for “Acutely Adorable: Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Care”

ERI Instructor Siobhan O’Donnell DPT, PCS, PT

We are “acutely aware” that the demand for pediatric physical therapists is at an all-time high. Be ready to provide your patients with advanced care by broadening and improving your skillset. Join renowned clinician Siobhan O’Donnell as she teaches evidence-based therapeutic interventions in her new course “Acutely Adorable: Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Care.”  

An enthusiastic presenter and clinical mentor, Siobhan offers insightful information beneficial to all members of the rehabilitation team.  She teaches evidence-based care and clinical problem-solving skills to treat acutely ill, complex pediatric patients. Her experience in acute care, rehabilitation, home and healthcare facilities provides a unique point of view from which she draws practical approaches to treatment of pediatric patients.

“Acutely Adorable: Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Care” is offered:

Register today – Space is limited!
Have a group or team of three or more people who want to take the course? We offer a discount!
For complete details, visit our course page “Acutely Adorable: Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Care” or call 800-487-6530.

ERI’s New, Enhanced Website is Live!

Improved Website and Updated Brand Logo Highlights Company’s Continued Commitment to the Therapy Community

We’re excited to announce that our new website is up and running. What makes our news so special is that our website is designed with you in mind. We spoke with thousands of therapists, our faculty members, and facility partners and developed a website that offers a more personalized experience and celebrates our commitment to you and our mission to deliver life-changing learning

Our website will continue to offer:

  • Top-quality courses that set the industry standard
  • Hands-on learning based on the latest research
  • Knowledge and skills you’re excited to apply right away
  • Unparalleled customer service and support to advance your career

New features include:

  • Brand new website based upon your feedback, that makes it easier than ever to search for courses, connect with fellow therapists, track your credits, and earn rewards
  • New brand look, reflecting our tradition, our future, and our commitment to you
  • New referral program coming soon, to help you learn alongside more of your friends

We’re excited for you to check us out – and hope you are too!
Use your email address to log into your account at to connect with the ERI community and experience everything that’s new. (if we have your email then you have an account with us!)
Vist our FAQ page for a full guide on how to navigate your new account and profile 

And be sure to let us know what you think by emailing

Yes, there are some changes taking place at ERI, but one thing remains the same is our commitment to the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology community by offering innovative and compelling continuing education courses that patient and student outcomes while reminding you why you love what you do.

Thank You Neonatal Therapists!

September 15 to 21, 2019 is National Neonatal Therapy week!  Started seven years ago by 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, 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 have partnered with NANT and offer exceptional neonatal continuing education courses taught by renowned faculty.  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.  Visit our website and type NICU in the search bar to view upcoming classes around the country.