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How Physical Therapists Select Continuing Competency Activities

Post submitted by Barbara Goldfarb, MS, PT Vice President ERI

Yes, that is the question we wanted to find out from you! What topics do you want to learn more about? How do you choose what courses and the type of courses you go to?

Do you prefer live or on-line courses?

As luck would have it, the fsbpt (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy) recently did a survey which they just published, giving us some answers.

Most participants in this study preferred live (weekend) courses to gain either minimal or advanced competencies, followed closely by online or on-demand courses. They rated both as being very effective in maintaining minimal or achieving advance competence.

That made us very pleased as we try to give you the choice of learning via either modality. Our live courses give you the chance to network, share treatment ideas with colleagues, and talk directly to the instructor. Many are designed to be small, with hands-on learning and clinical problem solving.

Our on-line courses are very different from the “cookie cutter” one or two-hour courses you typically see. They are filmed “live” and give you the feeling of being in the room, which is a far cry from the “death by PowerPoint” courses offered elsewhere.  From gaining acute care skills, to learning the latest guidelines for concussion, these online courses can be viewed conveniently from your home or at work (lunchtime popcorn anyone?)

The fsbpt survey also asked PTs and PTAs how they choose topics. No surprises here…people choose to pursue topics that they are personally interested in or that help them gain a professional or personal goal, rather than a licensure requirement or employer mandated topic.

This is a wonderful confirmation that PTs and PTAs are professionally motivated to pursue continuing competencies whether or not their particular state requires CEUs for re-licensure. We suspected as much, but now we know it for sure!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – Holiday Coupon Extended to January 3rd 2018

2018 CEUs

From Education Resources

To give you a little more time in choosing those valuable CEUs we have extended our deadline for our Holiday Coupon

Wishing our Community of Therapists
Peace Happiness and Joy for the upcoming year
We would like to offer a $50 discount toward any conference fee
Register now through January 3rd 2018
Apply code: HOLIDAYS2017

Let Education Resources help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2017.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. Non-Transferable. Only one discount may be used per conference. Must be applied at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for. Not for online courses

You can register online, call the office or fax in your registration.
Just mention the code! 

Please call, email or visit our website with any questions 

Please click here for our full listing of courses

Thank you

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Plan Ahead – CEU Courses in New England for PT’s, OT’s and SLP’s in 2018

As you are beginning to think about your CEU requirements for 2018 and are looking to advance your skills, please take a look at these evidence based courses that are immediately applicable to your practice.

Please click on a link for a full course description, faculty bio, course brochure including a schedule and registration information

Further courses may be added as venues become confirmed – So please do check back and  SEARCH HERE for courses by state, Discipline and topic.

Treating Falls and Balance Problems 
Jennifer Bottomley
February 2-3, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Torticollis and Plagiocephaly: Assessment and Treatment of Infants and Children 
Cindy Miles
March 2-3, 2018 – Boston, MA
October 26-27, 2018 – Stamford, CT

Treating Complex Feeding Problems: Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers 
Amber Valentine
March 9-10, 2018 – Canton, MA

Improving Function: Tools to Enhance Motor Learning, Motor Control and Strength 
Paula Cox
March 16-17, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
Melissa Gerber
March 23-24, 2018 – Hamden, CT

Ataxia, Autism and NDT
Gail Ritchie and Brenda Lindsay
April 7-8, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Assessment and Treatment of Children with Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Function Challenges: Children with Neuromuscular Involvement 
Rona Alexander
April 13-15, 2018 – Derry, NH

Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent
Inger Brueckner
May 4-5, 2018 – Portsmouth, NH

Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach
Linda Kliebhan
June 8-9, 2018 – Canton, MA

Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations, PTSD and Other Challenges
John Pagano
June 15-16, 2018 – Danbury, CT

The SOFFI Method: Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants
Erin Sundseth Ross
June 22-23, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Infants Born Preterm: Identifying and Addressing Their Special Needs in Early Infancy to Support Development
Jan McElroy
June 22-24, 2018 – Derry, NH

Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU
Tracilyn Urruela
September 15-16, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Vestibular Rehabilitation: Advanced
Richard Clendaniel
September 22-23, 2018 – Wallingford, CT

Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child
Mary Tarbell Bickley
September 28-29, 2018 – Weymouth, MA

Therapeutic Evaluation and Treatment of Toe Walking (Pediatric Equinus Gait) from a PT and OT Perspective
Liesa Persaud
October 12-13, 2018 – Danbury, CT

Praxis: Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child 
Barbara Connolly
October 12-13, 2018 – Derry, NH

Treating Balance, Preventing Falls, in Neuro, Vestibular, Geriatric and Medically Complex Clients
Kim Fox
October 19-20, 2018 – Manchester, NH

Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning
June Smith
October 20-21, 2018 – Hartford, CT

Treatment of Children with Sensory, Emotional and Motor Challenges: Getting the Beat with Music, Rhythm and Sequencing
Lise Gerard-Faulise
November 2-3, 2018 – Canton, MA

Post Concussion Syndrome 
Christina Finn
November 10-11, 2018 – Framingham, MA

Play with your food: An Integrative Approach to the Most Difficult Feeding Challenges
Susan Roberts
November 30-December 1, 2018 – Hamden, CT

  • Education Resources meets accepted standards for continuing competence for Physical Therapists in CT and MA and NH
  • Education Resources is an approved provider by the New York State Board of Physical Therapy.
  • Education Resources is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  
  • Approved by BOC to offer CEUs for Athletic Trainers.
  • Education Resources, Inc. is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • Application is made to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for appropriate courses.

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ERI Faculty Melissa Gerber

Melissa Gerber OTD, OTR/L

Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L is a seasoned and respected clinician with extensive experience in pediatrics.

She began her career in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation and acute care. Currently, she has been working for the Great Neck Public Schools for the past 19 years.

She is president of 4MYKIDSOT, a private practice where she provides therapy and evaluations. Dr. Gerber has presented at Education Resources, Therapies in the Schools on Visual Processing: Treat, Remediate, Refer. She is enthusiastic to share her experiences and provide strategies that can be incorporated immediately. She completed her masters and doctorate degrees from Quinnipiac University while working full time in the schools.

We were honored to have Melissa speak at our annual Therapies in the School conference for the last two years and am more than pleased to welcome her as a permanent faculty member.

Welcome Melissa!

Her new course will be offered on multiple occasions through 2018:
Visual Processing, Visual Perception and Visual-Motor Skills
March 23-24, 2018 – Hamden, CT
May 4-5, 2018 – Pearland, TX
October 5-6, 2018 – Philadelphia, PA
November 3-4, 2018 – Bridgeville, PA
December 8-9, 2018 – Robbinsdale, MN

This workshop will help the therapist determine when they are able to address visual issues within their setting, (including schools, acute care, rehab and LTC facilities) and when they need to refer for further medical attention. It will arm therapists with intervention tools and strategies to optimize function. It will focus on the visual system and how various diagnoses can present with different visual difficulties in both children and adults. We will discuss how to assess for visual processing and visual deficits as well as determining treatment and/or remediation. Case studies will emphasize clinical problem solving and decision making for visual processing, visual perception and visual-motor skills.

To download a brochure and to register

We also offer Melissa’s Online Course:
Visual Processing/Visual Deficits Treat, Remediate, Compensate, Refer?
This session will highlight visual processing skills and how they impact the student in the classroom. It will discuss when its appropriate to treat, remediate or compensate and when its time to refer the student for further testing.

And watch for her new online sessions  – available in early 2018!

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Another Successful School Conference – Planning has Begun for Future Conferences

Another Successful Conference for the School Based Therapist

Wow….what an amazing few days we had. 
Thank you to ALL for helping to make this year’s conference such an outstanding success, one of the best yet! Thank you for your passion and enthusiasm. 
We as a team always enjoy reconnecting with returning therapists, and enjoyed meeting those joining us for the first time. 

Therapies in the SchoolThank you to our AMAZING speakers, presenting sessions that were invigorating and energizing. We all so appreciate the time you invest to share your passion and knowledge.

Thank you for the many glowing comments. 
“As therapists we often lose our “fire” and become slightly “burnt out” and redundant…. thank you to ALL the speakers for presenting relevant and current material to help me rejuvenate and get my “fire” back! I am excited to get back and provide my students with some amazing therapy and provide my teachers and staff with some new tools ….”

We do hope that everyone was “fired up” to get back to school on Monday and implement the new tools and strategies you learned.Therapies in the school

Planning has already begun for our 2018 conference, and as always we welcome your input for speakers and topics, but we also want to plan a  conference that will meet your needs and will be convenient for all to attend.


Looking forward to seeing you all next year!

Team from Education Resources

Part of the Education Resources Team


Please visit our Facebook discussion group specifically created for school therapists to use  as a venue to discuss challenges in your practice, share thoughts, treatment practices, and success stories. 

Therapies in the school Discussion Group

Please share this group with your colleagues

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OT’s – We Invite you to Take this Survey

We are extremely happy to pass on this invitation to take part in a survey from ERI faculty member Christina Finn MS OTR/L:

The survey examines the knowledge and confidence levels of occupational therapists regarding the assessment and treatment of patients with persistent post concussive symptoms.

An Examination of Occupational Therapists’ Perceived Levels of Confidence and Practice Trends in the Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome

The purposes of this study are: 

  1. to examine occupational therapists’ perceived confidence and knowledge level in the treatment and assessment of patients with post- concussion syndrome

  2. to examine the different types of assessments and treatments being utilized by occupational therapists for post-concussion syndrome

  3. to examine the frequency and types of of referrals to occupational therapy for patients with post-concussion syndrome.

Please Click here to take part in this short survey.
This self-administered survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  

Thank you in advance for your participation in this research study.  


Christina Finn MS OTR/L cfinn02@nyit.ed

Post Concussion Syndrome Online Series: Assessment and Treatment

This online series provides a collaborative approach to support clients/patients diagnosed with post concussion syndrome and addresses many issues that each discipline has to deal with collaboratively.


Post Concussion Syndrome – Therapeutic Strategies

A venue for therapists to discuss any clinical challenges or tips with other colleagues.
We have received overwhelming feedback asking for a place to pose clinical questions, receive advice from other therapists and discuss the latest advancements related to post concussion syndrome.
We are creating a forum to serve these needs.


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ERI Holiday Discount Coupon

From Education Resources

Wishing our Community of Therapists
Peace, Happiness and Joy for the upcoming year
We would like to offer a $50 discount towards a course registration fee.

Register now through December 29th 2017 – EXTENDED TO JANUARY 3rd 2018
Apply code: HOLIDAYS2017

Let ERI help you fulfill your professional development and continuing education requirements with our comprehensive selection of dynamic courses in 2018. Improve outcomes – by improving patient care.

Including many NEW courses and distinguished faculty members 

Not to be used in combination with other discounts or course credits. Non-Transferable. Only one discount may be used per conference. Must be applied at time of registration, not for conferences previously registered for. Not for online courses, or one day courses. Exclusions may apply. (cannot be applied toward registration  for “When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders. Assessment and Treatment Using the SOS Approach to Feeding”)

You can register online, call the office or fax in your registration.
Just mention the code! 

Please call, email or visit our website with any questions 

Please click here for our full listing of courses

Thank you
 Mandy 508-359-6533 ● 800-487-6530

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Winners Announced in Inaugural Award for Excellence in Creative School Based Therapy

Vreative School Based Therapy Award ERI

Award Winning Therapy Team from Silver Lake Preschool and Kingston Elementary School

We were thrilled to launch this award to recognize an individual/team who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment and has made outstanding contributions to the practice of school based therapy by enriching the lives of students through creative solutions.

Our awardee team has been described as meeting the most challenging of student needs in  unconventional and unique ways that engage teachers, staff and families collaboratively. 

The inaugural award goes to the therapy team of Leesa Bleicken, Eileen Beaulieu, Sandy Doogue and Kellie Theobald for their creative multidisciplinary approach to servicing their growing medically complex population at the Silver Lake Integrated Preschool and Kingston Elementary School, Massachusetts. They stood out among so many wonderful nominees.

In their nomination papers, the team was cited for several creative service delivery programs including their co-treatment paradigm that incorporated weekly take home sheets outlining the sessions using visuals, motor learning considerations, sensory exploration, music, vocabulary words, sign language, total communication methods and parent resources. Parent engagement and communication grew quickly.

We were honored to meet  such a wonderful passionate group of therapists and present them with the award at ERI’s Annual Therapies in the School Conference November 16-17, 2017 – Framingham, MA.


Thank you to all of you who submitted nominations. There were so many worthy candidates.

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A Celebration of Neonatal Therapists

We were excited to join our professional partners, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) in celebrating neonatal therapists everywhere during International Neonatal Therapist Week

Members of NANT were offered entry into a drawing to win a 2 day ERI course of their choice.

We received a tremendous response and would like to congratulate Angela, an OT from Cleveland OH, as the winner of our randomized drawing. 

Celebrating 30 years of life-changing learning, ERI provides evidence-based, clinically relevant CEU courses for neonatal  occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists, Dieticians and Nurses working in the NICU, and beyond. Learn skills you’ll use right away, through hands-on learning. It’s about improving outcomes by improving patient care. Our cutting edge courses are taught by distinguished internationally renowned faculty who are leaders in their field.

Please click here to check out our CEU courses for the neonatal therapist and to learn more about NANT 

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Nechama Karmen

We are thrilled to announce multiple opportunities to hear our new faculty member Nechama Karman speak:

If you Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function – Introductory Course Plus TWO days of Intensive LAB
December 1-3, 2017 – Wilkes Barre Township, PA
June 22-24, 2018 – San Antonio, TX
September 14-16, 2018 – Alexandria, VA

Annual Therapies in the School
November 16-17, 2017 – Framingham, MA

Nechama Karman, received her MSPT from Columbia University in 1994, her Advanced MS in orthopedic PT from Touro College in 1998, and she has completed all coursework toward a PhD in Health Sciences at Seton Hall University. She has held academic appointments at Hunter College and NYIT. Nechama is chief clinical educator at Mobility Research, providing pediatric and adult trainings, introductory and advanced seminars, webinars, and clinical support for LiteGait in the USA and internationally. She is a primary instructor in LiteGait’s “train the trainer” program. she treats patients with complex neurological conditions and/or complex pelvic conditions.

Nechama had served as a teaching assistant for each of Mary Massery’s courses for over a decade before starting a 2-year faculty apprenticeship in 2014. She became Mary’s first certified faculty member in June of 2016! One of Nechama’s proudest “Mary Massery” moments occurred when she treated a man suffering from prostatectomy-related incontinence using Mary’s approach. She taught him to transfer without incontinence for the first time in 9 months – all in under 15 minutes! She is passionate about helping other therapists learn these important concepts.

Nechama works closely with Mary Massery at Massery PT

What other are saying: 

“This course (If you Can’t Breathe, You Can’t Function – Introductory Course Plus TWO days of Intensive LAB) exceeded my expectations. Everyone should take this course! Many treatment ideas that can be applied easily.” – L. Vanselow, SLP

“Nechama is a very relevant speaker and her presentation of Mary Massery’s information is excellent.” – L Jorns, PT

“Nechama is very knowledgeable and easy to listen to. Great info on anatomy and physiology in relation to postural control. Definitely new outlook on things! The course booklet is very thorough. References are amazing! Slides and case study photos extremely helpful.”

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