Yoga Improves Balance Following Stroke

A VA study, published recently in the journal “Stroke” reveals that starting yoga – even long after your patient suffered a stroke – may noticeably improve their balance. 
VA Study: Yoga Improves Balance Following Stroke

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Learn about new tools to enhance functional outcomes, promote balance and decrease falls with renowned therapist: Tim Dreher

ERI offers Tims course: Clinical Applications of Pilates, Tai Chi and Yoga
March 2-3, 2013 – Decatur, GA
May 10-11, 2013 – Staten Island, NY
October 26-27, 2013 – Pembroke Pines, FL
November 22-23, 2013 – Derby, CT


Child with Oppositional Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder. Help!

I am a P.T. seeing both children and adult patients. I am seeing a 4 year old child diagnosed with sensory and speech impairments and oppositional disorder. He has shown significant improvement in both sensory and speech areas. His teachers are concerned that he can’t understand other students personal space. He seems to often want to grab them or sit near
them (or even sit on them) and the children ask him to move away or not touch and he doesn’t seem to understand it makes them uncomfortable. Does anybody know any articles or any advise I can give the parents or his teachers. Thank you Jackie P.T.


Leslie Davidson – Therapy for Post Concussion Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury and Return to Sports

Concussions that lead to TBI can have permanent detrimental effects. Therapy can help.

By now you may have heard the news that former NFL Dallas Cowboys players are suing the NFL over concussions that lead to more serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The suit has been filed because the players state that the NFL ignored the link between concussions and permanent brain injuries that have lead to dementia and other issues later on in life.

According to the article Ex-Cowboys sue over concussions on, the suit states, “The bottom line is that the NFL has put its profits ahead of the health and well-being of its players.” The NFL, in contrast, states that player safety has long been a priority and by no means did they ever mislead players, stating that the suit has no merit. 

How the suit is settled is going to be up to the courts, however we as physical and occupational therapists as well as athletic trainers know how serious concussions really are. There is no such thing as a “minor” concussion. TBI, or Traumatic Brain Injury can lead to cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical impairments that can be permanent. 

It is our job to get the message out to all athletes young and old about the potential dangers of concussion, the proper way to handle one once they occur and when to recommend when an athlete can return to the field.  

Learn more about post concussion syndrome and literature based guidelines for re-entry to sports and daily activity from TBI expert Leslie Davidson. 
ERI offers her course: Traumatic Brain Injury: Maximizing Functional Outcomes 
March 22-23, 2013 – Fairfax, VA
April 5-6, 2013 – White Plains, NY 

  • How do you get the message out to your community about the potential dangers of concussions? 
  • Is your community open to receiving input from you, the therapist? We recognize that there are regional differences and would like to hear your experience in this arena.

Kay Toomey and Erin Ross Bring SOS Approach to Feeding to California

We listened to all your requests, and we are thrilled to announce that our esteemed faculty Kay Toomey and Erin Ross are bringing their popular course:

Picky Eater vs Problem Feeder: The SOS Approach to Feeding
to Auburn California on May 16-18, 2013

This highly successful transdisciplinary approach starts with addressing the reasons why a child is struggling to eat. It uses a whole child perspective, integrating sensory, motor, oral-motor, behavioral/learning, medical, and nutritional factors for both assessment and intervention, resulting in strategies to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.

Their optional 4th day will now feature new topics:

  • Helping Children Transition off Supplemental Tube feedings
  • Tools in your Pantry: Effectively Using the New Oral-Motor Steps to Eating
  • Working with Children with severe Developmental Impairments 
Please use the link above to find full details and a brochure for this course, and to register.
They are also teaching this course on October 3-6, 2013 in Columbus, OH.
Our other esteemed faculty who specialize in feeding include:

Physical therapy in the intensive care unit benefits hospital's bottom line

Study, funded by Johns Hopkins Critical Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, refutes financial concerns that early rehabilitation raises costs

In a study evaluating the financial impact of providing early physical therapy for intensive care patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the up-front costs are outweighed by the financial savings generated by earlier discharges from the intensive care unit and shorter hospital stays overall. An article describing the findings, “ICU Early Physical Rehabilitation Programs: Financial Modeling of Cost Savings,” is published online today ahead of print in the March issue of Critical Care Medicine.

Please click here for full article

Education Resources offers a complete offering of acute care courses by renowned faculty, including: Christiane Perme, Donna Frownfelter, Jennifer Bottomley, Ellen Hillegass, Dan Malone, and Julie Stierwalt 
Please view all our acute care courses here