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ERI Announces Additional Dates for The Zones of Regulation Presentation


ERI is very happy to announce additional dates for:
The Zones of Regulation A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control®
November 15th, 2017 – Framingham, MA
December 7, 2017 – Iselin, NJ
Leah Kuypers
 
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.     -Charles Swindoll
Self-regulation is something everyone continually works on, whether we are cognizant of it or not.  We all encounter trying circumstances that test our limits from time to time.  If we are able to recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to feel better and get ourselves to a better place.  This comes naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced. This is the goal of The Zones of Regulation (or Zones for short).  

The Zones of Regulation® presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brains involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Audience participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands.

Leah Kuypers has practiced as an OT/autism specialist in school and clinical settings, specializing in self-regulation and social learning, and has worked with students of all ages and challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and ASD. Leah created The Zones of Regulation, a framework designed to teach self-regulation, and is author of the book by the same name (2011, Social Thinking Publishing). In addition to working with students, she provides trainings and consultation to parents and professionals, and offers workshops on the Zones to groups across the country. She often presents with Michelle Garcia Winner.

Please click here for full course description, to download a brochure or to register

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Looking for your Clinical Expertise – Clinical Challenge Posted in ERI’s Pediatric Gait Discussion Group


Clinical Question from Holly Leigh:

For the past month I have been seeing a 13 year old who has a pretty typical gait of spastic diplegia; crouch+toe walking who is about 12 weeks out from bilateral femoral derotation osteotomy. Prior to surgery he played basketball and ran track (his mile speed is about 8 minutes, and his longest distance has been 8 miles in about an hour per his report). He used bilateral floor reaction AFOs most of the time but not when running because he kept breaking them (carbon fiber). He has progressed well and has learned how to find a neutral position at the pelvis, spine, hips, and extend knees fully while standing, but simply cannot shift weight onto his heels. He has very poor gastroc/soleus strength. He also has quite a bit of knee pain with terminal knee extension. Not at first, but as the session progresses and he spends more time weight bearing on extended knees instead of crouched knees, his pain gradually increases to unbearable. Taping has helped some.
Wondering if anyone has advice for helping him figure out the weight shift, or does he have so much strength to build that I’m expecting him to learn this sooner than he is able?
And any advice for the knee pain? He says that his knees have never been this straight before, so I almost wonder if after 13 years of crouch there is a structural issue causing pain in extension.

Please offer your suggestions and thoughts.

Please Click Here to Respond in our Facebook discussion group

 

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ERI’s Professional Partners, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists, Send Invitation for Abstracts for their National Conference


Call For Abstracts: NANT 8

By Sue Ludwig

The theme for NANT 8 is Intensive Caring: The Opportunity In Every Moment.

How does that theme relate to you and your abstract submission?

Think about it this way:

By definition, your NICU provides intensive care. Your unit expertly uses all of its resources to save the lives of premature and/or medically complex newborns.

And that’s just the beginning.

In a multitude of ways, you also provide intensive caring – the myriad of actions that exemplify how much you CARE about each and every thing you do…the things that endear families to you for decades to come. (Author and NICU mom Kelley French gave us many fabulous examples of this during her keynote at NANT 7. If you did not attend, read her book Juniper and you’ll understand.)

I would argue that in order to provide intensive caring, a professional must first have expert knowledge about how to interact with the fragile, nonverbal patients we serve. For example, how one handles an infant that is 24 weeks PMA depends highly on her knowledge of his brain and sensory system development as well as his diagnoses and ever-changing array of medical interventions and support.

But it’s much more than that. (And that’s a lot to begin with!)

It’s the unspoken things- the things you may not even count as tasks, or realize that you do over and over again each day. It’s the way you spend 2 extra minutes ensuring baby Emma isn’t lying on any tubes or lines that will exert pressure on her fragile skin for the next few hours. It’s the way you empower parents as you talk them slowly through their first diaper change even while you’re behind schedule. It’s the realization that how YOU are able to help baby Adam learn to eat matters little compared to how you’re able to support Adam’s mom through the complexities of oral feeding in the NICU. It’s the reason you would want THAT nurse or THAT therapist to care for your baby if he was in the NICU. It is the why and how behind every action and interaction.

The thing is, it is possible to provide intensive care without intensive caring. But in that scenario, much of the art of your work is lost.

We believe that truly excellent healthcare includes both concepts, seamlessly intertwined. We believe that our highest clinical aspirations involve not only neonatal therapy specific knowledge and skill, but the self-awareness and commitment to deliver intensive caring in each moment – knowing that moments truly build on moments in our population.

And one last thing:

We go one step further and believe that intensive caring includes how we treat each other and ourselves. It’s hard to provide intensive caring while your coworkers throw you under the bus, while you berate yourself for previous clinical mistakes, or after the not-so-great argument you had at home this morning that lingers heavily in your mind.

It all matters because you bring it with you everywhere you go. Who you are and what you know at the precise moment you put your hands on a 2-pound person matters. It matters to them, to their development, to their families, and to you.

You continue to work in the NICU because you have been touched by the bigger mission at hand – the lifetime scope of your work, the strange combination of adrenaline, birth, loss, joy, grief, connection, isolation, and medical complexity. But most people do not choose to work somewhere quite so all-encompassing. You do choose it. You are committed to staying in the vortex of intensive caring.

We want to help you do that well (with sanity), to the best of your ability, and with the latest and most relevant evidence, practices, and resources.

As a speaker, contribute to your colleagues’ power to provide intensive caring to enrich the experience they deliver to patients and families in every moment.

We invite you to submit an abstract for NANT 8. Any discipline (or parent) with relevant content may submit.

*Submissions accepted for oral presentation, poster presentation, and pre-conference.

**Click here to submit an abstract.

We can’t wait to hear what Intensive Caring means to you. The committee is looking forward to reviewing your submissions!

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Thoughts With All Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey


Our heartfelt thoughts are with all our hosting partners, including Texas Children’s Hospital, River Kids Pediatric, Med Care Pediatric and our wonderful community of therapists affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Please stay safe everyone! 

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Registration is Now Open for our Popular Annual School Based Therapy Conference 2017


Eighteenth Annual
THERAPIES in the SCHOOL
Conference

November 16-17, 2017
Framingham, MA
With Preconference : Wednesday November 15

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FULL BROCHURE

This year’s conference focuses on aligning motor needs with educational needs, and how to improve executive function in children who are receiving therapy services in the school setting. Strategies to reduce anxiety and problem behaviors in the classroom, as well as the latest advances in technology to address cognitive deficits and executive skills are discussed.

We are honored to welcome internationally acclaimed and respected speakers including Jessica Minahan, a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst and special educator, as well as a consultant to schools internationally and
Karen Jacobs, OTR, Ed.D, CPE, FAOTA, a clinical professor in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, an international instructor and past president of AOTA.

Returning this year: Cheese and Wine Networking Event November 16th 5:15pm

By popular demand:
The Zones of Regulation:A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control 
Wednesday November 15th 2017

Nationally acclaimed speaker Leah Kuypers, M.A. Ed., OTR/L will provide therapists, teachers, and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics including the brain’s involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states in response to social demands.


NEW this year we are applying to the PA State Board of Physical Therapy and the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. 
Approved by the New York State Board of Physical Therapy and by the New York State Education Department

Therapists and educators may register directly through Education Resources Inc.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Complete course description, CEU details, speaker bios, registration information and group registration details.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference!

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New Awards Program for School Based Therapy – Deadline Extended


Education Resources Inc. is extending the deadline for nominations for two new awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of school based therapy.
We realize that you are just heading back to school, and we wanted to give you more time!

We will be honoring two unsung heroes. 
One for his/her significant contribution to evidence based practice in the field of school based therapy, and one for his/her significant contribution to therapy practice in the field of school based therapy. 

Please click on the links below to send in your nominations:

Excellence in Evidence Based School Practice Award
This award will be given to a therapist or therapy assistant whose research has contributed to the body of evidence that supports the underpinnings and practices of school based therapy. 

Excellence in Creative School Based Therapy Award
This award will be given to a therapist or therapy assistant who has excellent assessment and intervention skills, uses those skills to meet students’ needs in unconventional and unique ways, and collaboratively engages teachers and staff within the students’ team. 

Award recipients will also demonstrate the core values of collaboration, leadership, integrity, and a passion for improving the lives of his or her students. 

New deadline for submission is September 29th, 2017.

The award recipients will be announced and honored at the
Eighteenth Annual Therapies in the School Conference (November 16-17, 2017)


THERAPIES in the SCHOOL 2017
November 16-17, 2017
Framingham, MA
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE PRICING AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

and 
RETURNING THIS YEAR
we are thrilled to bring you an optional Pre-Conference: 
The Zones of Regulation® 
A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

Wednesday November 15, 2017
Framingham, MA
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE, PRICING AND REGISTRATION DETAILS

Register for Therapies in the School (2 days) and the pre-conference and save!

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Speaker Spotlight – Rona Alexander PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT


Education Resources Faculty  - Rona AlexanderRona Alexander is a speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory-phonatory function in infants and children with neuromuscular involvement. She is a longtime, well respected member of the Education Resources (ERI) faculty, teaching for us for more than 15 years. Dr. Alexander is a qualified speech instructor in Neuro-Developmental Treatment, delivering expert clinical knowledge and a personable instructive style through her basic pediatric and advanced NDT courses. She is an accomplished author; a co-author of the book, Normal Development of Functional Motor Skills: The First Year of Life, and co-developer of The ABCs of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing. She also has served as a member of the ASHA Steering Committee for Special Interest Division 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. Dr. Alexander maintains a private practice, provides consultation services and conducts workshops on oral motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory coordination development, assessment and treatment.

Rona Alexander, speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of oral-motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory-phonatory function in infants and children with neuromuscular involvement.

Rona Alexander SLP – specializing in the assessment and treatment of oral-motor, feeding/swallowing, and respiratory-phonatory function

“The best course I’ve been to, all information I can use on Monday when I get back to work! Any pediatric SLP should take this course.” -Melissa Eck, SLP

“Excellent workshop. Huge amount of update – even for a therapist with 40 yrs of pediatric experience! Able to cue in to current philosophies and treatment regimes for immediate affect on the treatments I do in the medically fragile setting. Thank you.” – Cynthia Johnson, OT

It is a genuine privilege to learn and be taught by Rona Alexander, a master clinician in her field.” Diane Soohoo,OT

Rona was absolutely outstanding. She has a rich experience and complex understanding of oral motor, feeding and swallowing that is hard to find. throughout her presentation she provided invaluable precious nuggets of information to help all pediatric therapists.” Rebecca Pokluda,OT

Rona’s popular course:

Assessment and Treatment of Children with Oral Motor, Feeding/Swallowing and Respiratory Function Challenges: Children with Neuromuscular Involvement
This course delivers clinically relevant assessment and treatment strategies.  A special emphasis is on postural alignment and control as well as on sensory factors that can influence a childs feeding and swallowing. Effective treatment strategies to improve cheeks/lips, tongue, jaw and rib cage function will be highlighted. 

September 15-17, 2017 – Johnston, IA
October 6-8, 2017 – Valhalla, NY
March 9-11, 2018 – TBA
April 13-15, 2018 – TBA
June 22-24, 2018 – TBA
October 5-7, 2018 – Houston, TX
November 30 – December 2, 2018 – Tulsa, OK

Watch for new dates and venues being added very soon!
Please click here for detailed course information, CEU information, to download a brochure and to register

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NIDCD Research – More Than 1 in 20 U.S. Children Have Dizziness and Balance Problems


The research was led by investigators at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Release: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

More than 1 in 20 (nearly 3.3 million) children between the ages of 3 and 17 have a dizziness or balance problem, according to an analysis of the first large-scale, nationally representative survey of these problems in U.S. children. Prevalence increases with age, with 7.5 percent of children ages 15-17 and 6.0 percent of children ages 12-14 having any dizziness or balance problem, compared with 3.6 percent of children ages 6-8 and 4.1 percent of children ages 3-5. The research was led by investigators at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers found that girls have a higher prevalence of dizziness and balance problems compared to boys, 5.7 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively. In addition, non-Hispanic white children have an increased prevalence of dizziness and balance problems (6.1 percent) compared with Hispanic (4.6 percent) and non-Hispanic black (4.3 percent) children. The findings were published online January 27 in The Journal of Pediatrics(link is external).

Please Click Here to Read the Full Report.

Look out for our new Pediatric Vestibular course coming in December 2017 and early 2018.
Vestibular Therapy for the School-Aged Child and Adolescent
Inger Brueckner
December 1-2, 2017 – Oregon, OH
March 2-3, 2018 – Portland, OR
April 28-29, 2018 – San Diego, CA
June 1-2, 2018 – Rockford, IL
October 5-8, 2018 – Cedar Knolls, NJ

This course is designed to help clinicians tailor their vestibular therapy treatments to meet the needs of children aged 5-18. New research has suggested that this population is vastly under served. Children are often difficult to treat effectively because they do not have the vocabulary to describe their complaints, and diagnostic testing requires full cooperation to be useful. This course was developed to address the gap in identification and treatment of common pediatric vestibular conditions such as mTBI, trauma, BPPV, migrainous disorders, autonomic dysfunction, oculomotor dysfunction, visual motion sensitivity vestibular neuritis, and dizziness/imbalance from unknown etiology.

This course will present current evidence, hypothesis of pathology treatment ideas for successful programs to help identify, and progress rehabilitation programs with the goal of improved postural and gaze stability. This course combines lecture, hands on lab, video and case presentations to help the practitioner diagnose and treat specifically for the younger patient. The techniques presented can also be applied to adult populations.

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Speaker Spotlight – Paula Cox, PT, DSc, PCS


Education Resources Faculty member Paula Cox PT, DSc, PCS

Paula Cox, PT, DSc, PCS

Welcoming Paula to the Education Resources Faculty
Paula is a licensed, board certified, physical therapist with over 35 years of clinical experience in pediatric neurological and neuromuscular rehabilitation. She is a member of the APTA, the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), and the IL PT Association. Dr. Cox served on the APPT’s NICU to EI transition work group. She is committee chair for the APPT CE course Advanced Clinical Practice in Pediatric Therapy, an ongoing course that investigates current theories and evidence-based practice across settings. Dr. Cox presently works as an adjunct professor at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She operates a private pediatric practice in the Chicago area and provides ongoing mentoring to PT’s in the Chicago area. She developed and presented an evidence-based pediatric gait course “Walking in My Shoes.” Dr. Cox received her Advanced MS in PT from Long Island University and her Doctor of Science in Pediatric Rehabilitation from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Program. Her doctoral research examined the use of a robotic scooter, the SIPPC, to provide early autonomous locomotion for infants with Down syndrome.

We are thrilled to offer her course:
Tools to Enhance Motor Control, Motor Learning and Strength for Function
This intermediate level lecture and lab course will explore how characteristics of cerebral palsy, autism, and other neuromotor diagnoses influence motor control, motor learning, strength, and function for children from birth to teens. Evidence-based examination and intervention strategies will be presented to promote motor learning and achievement of personal, functional outcomes in light of a child’s specific diagnosis. Using the ICF as a framework for practice, case studies and lab sessions will provide attendees opportunities to integrate the information provided with clinical judgement to develop outcomes, examination plans, and intervention activities for a given child. Therapists will learn to apply valid and reliable tools to measure responses to intervention over time in order to set treatment priorities, document progress and modify intervention
Current scheduled dates:

October 28-29, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA
November 10-11, 2017 – Mountainside, NJ
May 19-20, 2018 – Washington, DC
Watch for new dates and venues being added very soon!
Please click here for detailed course information, CEU information, to download a brochure and to register

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Welcoming A New OT Consultant To The Education Resources Team


We are thrilled to welcome Nisha Hochman, MS, OTR/L as a valuable consultant to the ERI team.

Nisha received both her bachelor of science and post-professional master’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University. She has been practicing occupational therapy in a variety of school settings since 2000, most recently and for the last 8 years, she has been working for the Dover Public Schools in Massachusetts . Her responsibilities entail direct service, consultation and staff training.  

She is certified in Sensory Integration and Interactive Metronome.

Nisha will be working with our team advising on current topics, trends , and the therapy needs within school systems. She has devoted a lot of her research this year to helping our own in house therapists develop the content for our upcoming Therapies in the School Conference in November in Massachusetts.

Please join us in welcoming Nisha to the ERI family.

If you have any ideas for future topics or speakers please do contact us here:
info@educationresourcesinc.com

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