NICU Awareness Month 2020

While September was Neonatal Intensive Care Unit awareness month we continue to recognize the families experiencing a stay in the NICU and the health professionals who care for them. Every year, approximately 10 percent of babies born in the United States are admitted to a NICU. There, babies receive around-the-clock care from a team of experts including pediatric therapists and nurses who receive specialized training to ensure the best possible care is given to these precious newborns. ERI provides exceptional CEU courses for neonatal occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dieticians, and nurses working in the NICU and beyond. Our clinically relevant, evidence-based courses are taught by distinguished, internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in their field. Our team is dedicated to helping NICU professionals provide unmatched care for babies and their families. If you are a NICU professional seeking to expand your knowledge and training, register for an upcoming live webinar, and take your practice to the next level. 

Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise
Course Instructor – Holly Schifsky
October 23-24 2020
9:40 am EST • 8:40 am CST • 7:40 am MST• 6:40 am PST (US)

Challenges and Solutions for Infants and Children with Complex Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Course Instructor- Joan Arvedson
October 24-25, 2020
8:40 am EST •  7:40 am CST •  6:40 am MST •  5:40 am PST (US)

Tools and Strategies for Developmental Care of Special Populations in the NICU 
Course Instructor – Lisa Kleinz
November 4 • November 11 • November 18 • December 2, 2020
5:40 pm EST • 4:40 pm CST • 3:40 pm MST • 2:40 pm PST (US)

Baby Beats and Breaths: Therapeutic Interventions for the Premature Infant with Cardiopulmonary Compromise
Course Instructor – Holly Schifsky
November 7-8, 2020
9:40 am EST •  8:40 am CT • 7:40 am MST •  6:40 am PT (US) 

Advanced Practice for the Complex Neonate: Strategies for Success in the NICU, PICU and SICU
Course Faculty – AJ Lee
November 14 and November 21, 2020
9:40 am EST •  8:40 am CT • 7:40 am MST •  6:40 am PT (US) 

Intervention in the NICU: A Neurodevelopmental Approach
Course Faculty – Roberta Gatlin
November 21 – 22, 2020
9:40 am EST •  8:40 am CT • 7:40 am MST •  6:40 am PT (US) 

Challenges and Solutions for Infants and Children with Complex Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Course Instructor – Joan Arvedson
December 5-6, 2020
8:40 am EST • 7:40 am CT • 6:40 am MST •  5:40 am PT (US)

Press Release: ERI’s Annual Therapies in the School Conference Goes Virtual in 2020

World-Renowned Instructors and School-based Therapists to Connect Remotely in the Conference’s 21st Year


BOSTON, Sept. 23, 2020-— Education Resources, Inc. a leading provider of continuing education courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and special educators will offer this year’s Therapies in the School Conference as a live webinar on November 19 and 20, 2020. Therapists can register for the two-day conference online and are encouraged to sign-up before September 30, 2020 to receive a reduced rate of $375. EXTENDED Through October 9th, 2020

Conference faculty are working hard to make the program pertinent to school-based therapists around the country, whether working in person, hybrid or fully remote and are updating their information in real time to reflect the changes happening. Now in its 21st year, the conference is attended by hundreds of therapists and focuses on meaningful therapeutic treatment and strategies to help children inside and outside the classroom. This year’s format enables therapists who have been prohibited by travel to participate.

“For 21 years, ERI’s Therapies in the School Conference has brought together school-based therapists and renowned, expert speakers,” said Carol Loria, President and co-founder of Education Resources, Inc. “While this year’s conference is virtual, attendees will experience the same world-class learning and leave with new therapeutic innovations, practical tools, and evidence-based research that will bring their practice to the next level.”

Speakers include Suzanne Davis Bombria, Sharon Cermak, Sue Cecere, Lauren Holahan, Lillian Savard, Angie Sterling-Orth, Colleen Whiting, Kim Wiggins, Kimberly Wynarczuk, and Emily Zeman. The conference will also include a special virtual yoga session with Anne Buckley-Reen.

This year’s topics include essential information addressing present-day circumstances including adapting school-based practices to telehealth, integrating trauma-informed treatment strategies (including COVID-19) into practice, evaluating participation, applying best practices for school-based learning, supporting students with sensory processing disorder using the STAR frame of reference, and much more.

During the conference, ERI will present the “Excellence in Creative School-Based Therapy Award” to a therapist or assistant for significant contributions to school- based therapy and award a scholarship to a therapist new to school-based practice.   

About Education Resources, Inc.

Education Resources, Inc. (ERI) is an accredited provider of continuing education for PTs, OTs, and SLPs. Founded in 1985 by therapists Barbara Goldfarb and Carol Loria, ERI’s mission is to provide continuing education that makes a difference for therapists and patients. For more information, visit, or call 800-487-6530.

We’re Hiring! ERI Webinar Host 

SEPTEMBER 2020 – We’re hiring a Webinar Host!

ERI, a small business that provides dynamic, evidence-based continuing education courses for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and assistants is hiring several part-time webinar hosts to help host its new live webinars. We are seeking hosts that are available to facilitate at least two webinars each month (through the end of this year, December 2020). This is a wonderful opportunity for PTs, OTs, SLPs, assistants, and therapy students to connect with presenters and learn new strategies and tools, while earning CEUs.  

Fee: In addition to receiving CEUs and additional opportunities for professional development, hosts will also receive an hourly rate commensurate with experience for each live webinar. 

Job responsibilities include: 

  • Participate in a two-hour orientation training to learn the online platform and the process for hosting 
  • Participate in a 45-minute practice session with each new course instructor 
  • Host 2-3 webinars per month between now and December 2020: 
  • It is required that hosts be available for: 
    • At least one weekend webinar each month AND either a second weekend webinar or a weeknight series webinar  
  • Time commitment: On average, the total number of hours for each webinar is between 10-14 hours  
    • Weekend webinars: 
      • Scheduled on Sat & Sun and average between 6-8 hours each day  (i.e. Sat & Sun from 10 am – 6 pm EST)
    • Weeknight series webinars:   
      • Course is spread out over several weeks in the evenings (i.e. every Monday night from 6-9 pm EST for 4 weeks)
    • Courses are scheduled 3 months in advance 
    • Provide the following services at each webinar: 
      • Admit attendees to webinar
      • Introduce speaker to attendees
      • Manage chats and call on attendees with “raised hands”
      • Launch polls and results of polls 
      • Help problem solve participant technological problems (i.e. audio/video issues) as they arise 
      • Read participant questions to instructor during the course 
      • Email handout links to participants if needed

The ideal candidates will have these skills: 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to build a rapport with course instructors and course participants 
  • Basic knowledge of technology and willingness to learn new technology. Experience with the online platforms such as Zoom is a benefit but not required. We will train you!  
  • Ability to be flexible and trouble-shoot 
  • A positive attitude and an appreciation of the important role therapists serve in improving the lives of patients 
  • Technology Requirements 
    • Operating system: Windows 7 – Windows 10 Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) – macOS Mojave 10.14 
    • High speed internet connection – Internet connection1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended) 
    • Webcam 
    • Headset/microphone – as needed
    • Quiet space to host, uninterrupted  

To apply for this role, please submit your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Webinar Host Application.  

 We look forward to hearing from you! 

Scholarship Winners Announced! Advancing Excellence in Infant Care

Thank you to all for applying for the Advancing Excellence in Infant Care Scholarship that Dr. Brown’s Medical has generously funded. We received 367 submissions and were inspired by each of your compelling submissions. We are thrilled to congratulate the scholarship recipients:

  1. Mollie Ironside, an SLP who practices in the NICU and PICU. She exemplifies our values of leadership and passion through the Hugs Program she introduced at Prisma Health.
  1. Cara Daubenspeck, an OT who practices in EI. She exemplifies our value of collaboration through her team work specializing in helping babies with feeding difficulties.

Mollie and Cara – will receive free tuition to an ERI live webinar to help her further her potential to significantly contribute to therapy practice in the NICU, PICU, and/or EI settings. 

We are continuing to partner with our expert faculty to develop new live webinars to help support your critical work. For a list of the latest offerings coming this fall please click here, and be sure to let us know of new topics you need. Including:

Advanced Practice for the Complex Neonate: Strategies for Success in the NICU, PICU and SICU
Course Faculty – AJ Lee
September 12-13, 2020
Learn how to treat the complex neonate using a neuroprotective framework in this interactive and engaging course

Thank you for choosing ERI for your professional development.

You’re Invited! Join the “Amputee Rehabilitation ERI Discussion Group” on Facebook

We’re excited to invite our therapist community to join the Amputee Rehabilitation ERI Discussion Group on Facebook. As therapists, many of us know that clinical expertise on limb loss can be difficult to obtain since the population is a small proportion of the rehabilitation caseload. Our new forum provides therapists the opportunity to ask questions, share treatment ideas, get advice, and connect with other therapists who treat patients with limb loss. 

Join us on Facebook for the Amputee Rehabilitation ERI Discussion Group– and be sure to invite your friends as we collaborate, engage, and discuss how we can improve our practice and patient outcomes.