Therapies in the School Annual Conference – Register Now!

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Network With School Therapists and Learn from Experts in the Field


NOVEMBER 21-22, 2019 – Sheraton Framingham Hotel

Year after year, therapists practicing in a school setting gather at our annual conference to learn new innovations, research, evidence and practical tools to improve the lives of the children they serve. Whether new to practice or having worked in a school setting for many years, they anticipate reconnecting with colleagues and meeting new friends who share their passion.

Based on feedback from last year’s conference we are excited to announce that the following renowned speakers will be joining us and sharing their expertise and passion:

Athena Oden, Deirdre Azzopardi, Emily Zeman, Susan Roberts, Susan Saavedra
and welcoming back by popular demand:
Kathryn Biel, Nicole Barmen and Susan Cecere

ERI provides sessions for therapists who have been working for many years, as well as therapists new to practice in a school-based setting, providing a diverse array of options for participants. This year’s topics include cutting-edge sessions including:

  • Discuss how to help children prepare their brains and bodies for learning
  • Summarize neurological approaches to improve self-regulation
  • Discuss how to implement a trauma-informed approach
  • Discuss strategies for building effective groups and improved postural control
  • Summarize how to foster internal motivation in students
  • Relate effective collaboration strategies

Join the ERI atmosphere that promotes therapists building connections, sharing ideas, and actively learning.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

There is no better way to reach school therapists
This annual event is an excellent opportunity to showcase your relevant products to a receptive and curious crowd.

Please click here for more information and to download details of the multiple opportunities offered


Music Therapy Helps CVP Patients Get Their Groove Back

As therapists, we are constantly exploring new and innovative methods to motivate patients, increase engagement, and shorten healing time.  Many therapists have found combining music with physical therapy has a positive and lasting effect on patients with neurological impairments such as CVA, autism, and Parkinson disease. But did you know that music therapy has been shown to have positive effects on patients with CVP issues?

ERI faculty member Donna Frownfelter PT, DPT, MA, is featured in the May issue of PT in Motion where she shares her personal experience with music therapy, the benefits to CVP patients, and how she has incorporated the treatment into her practice. In the article, “That’s Entertainment: Giving New Meaning to the Term ‘Healing Art’,” written by Keith Loria, Donna says, “I have used music with my patients and I used it myself when I had my knees replaced. I have seen its effect on patients – either getting them more involved with activity and motivates in pulmonary or cardiac rehab programs or calming them during stressful procedures.”

You can learn from Donna in her upcoming ERI courses “Maximizing Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function in Patients to Decrease Re-Admissions and Reach Optimal Outcomes: If You Can’t Breathe Nothing Else Matters,” and “Treating the Cardiac Patient: Decrease Re-Admissions Promote Optimal Outcomes.” If you’re a PT, PTA, OT, OTA, working with school-age through adult clients with cardiovascular and/or pulmonary impairments be sure to register for these engaging and informative classes where Donna will help you take your practice to the next level.

Read more about how Donna is treating CVP patients with music therapy, and learn how other PTs and PTAs are treating patients with dancing, singing, and other increasingly popular alternative methods of therapy in this month’s PT in Motion. And be sure to register for Donna’s upcoming courses by visiting

Susan Roberts’ New Book and Teachings Explore a Deeper Understanding of Psychoneuroimmunology  

As more therapists understand the strong link between neuroscience and the immune system, the interest in Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease, has become a popular subject among clinicians.

ERI faculty member Susan L. Roberts, MDiv, OTR/L has used a body, mind, spirit approach developed over four decades of practice to treat patients. She is a great resource for therapists examining the mind-body connection and has recently authored, “Sustainable Health: Simple Habits to Transform Your Life.” In her new book, Susan explores how physical symptoms and ailments that many individuals experience can be mitigated by using tools for self-care based on the five-element theory of traditional Chinese medicine.

Susan will also bring her knowledge of PNI to ERI’s Therapies in the Schools Conference taking place November 21-22, 2019 in Framingham, Mass. Her session, “Self-Regulation and Psychoneuroimmunology: Using a New Model to Determine and Implement Optimal Treatment Approaches for Each Child” explores how combining PNI research with a two-thousand-year-old paradigm from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) links physiology, sensations, and emotions to optimize outcomes for children with self-regulation challenges.

Check out Susan’s new book “Sustainable Health: Simple Habits to Transform Your Life,” and come see her in person at the 20th Annual Therapies in the School Conference this fall. Susan will also teach her acclaimed course “Play with Your Food: An Integrative Approach to the Most Difficult Feeding Challenges” in New Jersey this September and in Virginia this November. Space is limited so register online at

ERI Teams Up with Debra Dickson C/NDT, PT, to Offer Intensive Sensory and Motor Challenges Course

Intermediate to advanced PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and SLPs passionate about strengthening their skills and treatment of children with sensory and motor challenges will not want to miss ERI’s new course “Integrated Pediatric Assessment and Evidence-based Treatment: 4 Day Intensive Focusing on Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges.”

Taught by Debra Dickson, a highly regarded NDT certified pediatric physical therapist, this eye-opening course will fundamentally change how therapists approach physical and behavioral connections and teach new strategies including a “trauma-informed” approach to successfully assess and treat clients in clinics, home programs, schools, and other environments.

With hands-on labs, this course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Primitive reflexes
  • Sensory-motor connections
  • Biochemical influences
  • Integrated sensory systems
  • Visual/Vestibular/Auditory Triad and its relation to Behavior/Attention and Learning
  • Behavioral Optometry
  • PTSD/Trauma/RAD Designing Trauma-Informed Treatment Plans
  • SPD and Sleep Challenges: The Science and Solutions
  • The challenges of the school environment
  • Activities to increase attention, language, reading, writing, and self‑regulation

If you are a PT, PTA, OT, OTA, or SLP looking to take your practice to the next level, register today for “Integrated Pediatric Assessment and Evidence-based Treatment: 4 Day Intensive Focusing on Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges” taking place October 24-27 in Houston, Texas.
Space is limited, register today!


Texas-area OTs, PTs, and SLPs Fixin’ to Earn CEUs Don’t Have to Go Far

It’s true, “everything is bigger in Texas” including the list of continuing education courses ERI is offering in the Lonestar state this year.  Our engaging courses are presented by esteemed faculty members who teach the latest, evidence-based treatments and techniques that help therapists improve their practices and patient outcomes.

And ERI makes it easy to for Texas-area OTs, PTs, and SLPs to meet continuing education requirements; we’re an approved provider of the Texas Physical Therapy Association, our courses meet the criteria approval for Type 2 CEUs by the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, and we submit our courses for clock hours of continuing education credits by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Check out our Texas-based courses below:

Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU
Instructor Lisa Kleinz
July 20-21, 2019
Houston, TX

Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy to Support Development   
Instructor Jan McElroy
August 16-18, 2019
Fort Worth, TX  

Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise
Instructor Holly Schifsky
September 28-29, 2019 
San Antonio, TX

Vestibular Rehabilitation Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness and Balance
Instructor Jeffrey Walter
October 4-5, 2019
Houston, TX

Building the Brain: A Neurobiological Approach to Assessment and Treatment
Instructor Robin Harwell
October 19-20, 2019
North Richland Hills, TX

Integrated Pediatric Assessment and Evidence-Based Treatment:  4 Day Intensive Focusing on Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges
Instructor Debra Dickson
October 24-27, 2019
Houston, TX       

Acutely Adorable: Pediatric Therapeutic Interventions in Acute Care
Instructor Siobhan O’Donnell
October 26-27, 2019
Dallas, TX

Myofascial Release and Its Application to Neuro-Developmental Treatment
Instructor Gail Ritchie
November 8-9, 2019
Pearland, TX

Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning
Instructor June Smith
November 8-9, 2019
Dallas, TX

Feeding and Swallowing in Infancy: Implications for Breast and Bottle Feeding
Instructors Robin Glass and Lynn Wolf
November 15-16, 2019
The Woodlands, TX

Geriatric Neurology in the Medically Complex Client
Instructor Jennifer Bottomley
November 15-16, 2019
Fort Worth, TX

ICU and Acute Care: From Early Mobilization to Discharge Decisions
Instructor Chris Wells
November 16-17, 2019
Houston, TX       

Baby Steps: Building Ambulation Interventions for Infants and Young Children with Posture and Movement Dysfunction
Instructor Jan McElroy
December 6-8, 2019
Houston, TX

Intervention in the NICU: A Neurodevelopmental Approach
Instructor Roberta Gatlin
December 6-7, 2019
Plano, TX

Improve your practice and earn CEUs this year, register for an ERI course online or by calling 800-487-6530. We can’t wait to see you at one of our courses.