Therapies In Schools Conference 2019

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, Sandra 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.


ERI Recognizes School Based Therapists 
Nominations Now Accepted for NEW Scholarship and Creative School Based Therapy Award

Day 1 - Thursday Only
Morning Sessions - General
Choice of ONE Afternoon Session:
A. Ready Bodies Learning Minds: Strategies for Special Populations - Athena Oden
B. Self-Regulation and Psychoneuroimmunology: Using a New Model to Determine andImplement Optimal Treatment Approaches for Each Child - Susan Roberts
C. Support for Beginning Practice: School-Based Therapy 201. Writing Goals, Benchmarks, Measuringand Documenting Progress - Kathryn Biel and Nicole Barmen
D. Reframing What Progress Looks Like for the Severely Involved Child: A Lateral Progression - Beth Currier
Day 2 - Friday Only
Morning Sessions - General
Choice of ONE Afternoon Session:
A. Using the Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATco) to Optimize Positioning and Enhance Function - Susan Cecere, Jocelyn Newell, Sandra Saavedra
B. I’m in Charge! Teaching Kids to Take Charge of Their Lives: A Workshop on Student Self Determination - Amy Coopersmith, MaryBeth Fitzgerald
C. How to Build Thoughtful Groups - Deidre Azzopardi
D. Using Components of Motor Learning to Drive Your School Based Practice - Julie Lalik
Both Days
Morning sessions are general sessions you can choose your afternoon sessions.
Choice of ONE Afternoon Session Per Day
See Day 1 & Day 2