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Brain and Sensory Foundations, rhythmic movement and primitive reflexes
Dates of course: : On going
Location(s): : Online, Open Enrollment Now through May 31, 2018

Summary: Would you like to impact a root cause of sensory issues and challenges with learning, anxiety and focus?  Get measurable results more quickly using effective rhythmic developmental movements, floor games and in-depth reflex integration protocols in this highly-rated online course. These calming, transformative and playful movements mature the brain, body and sensory systems and are effective for all ages.

1.6 CEUs awarded for OTs, OTAs completing course.

8 CCUs for PTs, PTAs completing the course (FSBPT)

Use these neuro-movements for promoting:
. Calm sensory processing
. Sleep
. Emotional regulation
. Speech
. Balance, Strength, Coordination
. Learning/Cognitive skills

Perfect for everyone with busy schedules.
. Online, video-based movement instruction available 24/7
. Course Manual, 100 page hardcopy, with color photos and instructions.
. Live, online group Q & A sessions, recorded for easy access.

The Brain and Sensory Foundations course is excellent for OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, Vision Therapists, foster parents, counselors, social workers, educators, yoga and massage therapists, trauma specialists, healthcare providers and caregivers.

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Dynamic Core for Kids 
Dates of course: On going
Location(s): Online

Therapists document challenges with core stability in the majority of children who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), hypotonia, etc.

Join us for an exciting 2-day course that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of core recruitment, using breathing as an access point for all children.

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Practical Paediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 Months
Location(s): : Online

Brief Description of course:: Practical Paediatric Physiotherapy 0-6 months, is the first in a series of courses designed to breakdown and explore gross motor development in the first 6 months of life. In this course, we will look at normal development, as well as common conditions and delays that usually require physiotherapy intervention. The aim of the course is to give the therapist a toolbox of information, interventions, and exercises to use in babies under 6 months of age. The course is designed to teach practical handling as well as give a greater understanding of the theory behind the choices of treatment. Practical paediatric Physiotherapy will introduce a new paediatric therapy technique – Cuevas MEDEK Therapy and allow the therapist to learn and become familiar with some basic exercises from the technique.

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Intro to NDT, Current Concepts and Evidence to Guide your Clinical Practice | Lisa Madigan-Carey, PT, MS, c/NDT |4 Wednesday evening series. 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 2017 | New Beginning Pediatric Rehab, 9256 Bendix Rd, Ste 105/106, Columbia, MD 21045

Course Times: 6:00pm- 9:45pm Wednesday evening series

Register: 410-796-8499 or email shari@newbeginningpediatric.c om
Credits: MD PT Board 1.4 CEUs – MD OT Board 14.0 contact hours

Cost/Person: $420.00 Early Bird by Jan 11, 2017; $400 group discount (3 or more) by Jan 11, 2017; $450.00 Standard after Jan 25, 2017

Snacks & Beverages provided

Shari Marchese-Kennedy, MPT

Clinical Director
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877-384-9028 Fax

New Beginning Pediatric Rehab

Treating Towards Vertical and Functional Skills: A Multi-Framework Approach for Gait and Daily Activities
Dates of course: 09/14/2017 09/15/2017
Location(s):  Easter Seals DuPage – Villa Park, IL

This 2-day introductory to intermediate level course is designed for physical and occupational therapists treating children with neurological challenges whose functional goals require attaining and maintaining vertical. This includes the ability to acquire stance, vertical mobility, and daily living activities that occur in vertical. Current philosophy and principles of posture and movement, sensation, and cognition will be presented as it relates to treatment of gait and acquisition of skills in vertical. Experiential labs will be used to facilitate one another through movement transitions and to learn handling techniques for the treatment of function in vertical. Critical thinking will be emphasized in task analysis and problem-solving opportunities via case studies and experiential lab.

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Integrating Vision, Movement and Play in the Treatment of the Neurologically Involved Baby: Learn Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Visual System in the Critical Early Years
Dates of course: 08/31/2017
Location(s): Easter Seals DuPage – Villa Park, IL

Vision supports regulation, movement, anticipatory action,balance, play, and learning. Babies born at risk for, or with neurological problems, often have visual challenges that complicate the developmental challenges. Learning strategies to simultaneously address motor and vision and play in your treatment will result in more effective outcomes, enhance neuroplasticity and functional improvement in the baby’s sensory motor development. Ideas for teaching parents strategies that can be embedded into their family routines will be included.

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The Wrist and Hand: Integrating Kinesiology and Treatment for the Child with Neuromuscular Involvement 
Dates of course: : 02/09/18 02/10/18
Location(s): : Villa Park, IL

Brief Description of course: This two-day course will integrate the kinesiology of the wrist and hand with clinical applications to hand movement and function. Although the course is offered in two one-day parts, each is designed to complement the other. Day 1 will address the anatomic and kinesiologic foundation of normal function of the hand, which includes discussion of the joints and musculature immediately proximal to the hand. Based primarily on material from Don Neumann’s textbook: Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation, this presentation will focus on the essential muscle and joint interaction of the distal upper extremity. The material covered in Day I will be applicable to all age groups and areas of clinical practice, and will provide much of the foundations for Day 2.

Day 2 will address the application of this foundational information as it relates to clinical practice in the treatment of children with neuromuscular impairment (high and low muscle tone).  Development of the forearm and hand begins at birth and evolves as the child matures.  Developmental factors, sensory input and intention influence the child’s ability to use the hand for learning and activities of daily living.  Presenters will provide video analysis of common forearm and hand patterns that result when normal neurological development is altered.  Kinesiologic analysis and intervention strategies will be provided.  Adjuncts to support hand function will be reviewed, including constraint induced movement and bimanual therapy. Therapist and caregiver strategies for all aspects of movement, play and daily living will be emphasized.

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Learn to Play the NDT Way Neuro Developmental Treatment 
Dates of course: 09/09/2017
Location(s): Kansas City, MO

Brief Description of course:: Have fun at the course, have fun with your clients! Join us in therapeutic play – the NDT way! This interactive basic level course for OT/COTA’s, PT/PTA’s and SLP’s will emphasize treatment strategies to promote “natural ways to play” in the child with neurological involvement. Therapists will learn introductory handling techniques to optimize postural control and visual/perceptual skills. Participants will learn how neuromotor control and influences of the sensory systems impact functional outcomes. Participants will learn basic components of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and how these strategies relate to NDT. Therapists will be challenged to facilitate creative play with the children they work with and gain knowledge in the value and foundation of “play”. This course will take you through lecture, handling and movement labs, interactive discussions and problem -solving to spark individual creativity and basic understanding of NDT and IYT.

NOTE: Participant should wear comfortable clothing for labs. Participants should bring a soft doll at least 12 inches with soft moveable limbs (to practice handling) and one toy.

14 hours (1.4 CEUs)

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Primitive Reflexes: Foundations Course
Location(s): : Online

Brief Description of course:: Open enrollment starting on the 1st of every month!  This course includes access the following shorter courses:

Maintaining Brains Everyday
-6 reflex integration exercises plus 4 additional exercises for vestibular and strength improvement

Primitive Reflexes: Foundations for Learning
-7 primitive reflexes: testing, integration, background and research for Moro, Palmar, TLR, Spinal Galant, ATNR, STNR and Fear Paralysis

Harnessing Learning Potential Video Series
-60 short videos on improving learning.

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Alert Program Online Course
Dates of course: : 27 / 06 / 2017
Location(s):  Online

Brief Description of course: If your body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low and sometimes it runs just right. When teachers, parents, or therapists use these simple words with children to begin the Alert Program®, they support self-regulation, self-esteem and self-monitoring skills. Enroll in our online training (and/or use our books, songs and games) to learn how easy it is to help children keep their engines running just right at home or school.

The Alert Program® has been adapted for all ages and all types of disabilities including autism. Typically those children with high functioning autism enjoy using the engine analogy or choose their own special area of interest such as favorite animals, dinosaurs or even Winnie the Pooh characters to describe how alert they feel.

If children are developmentally younger than the age of eight, are non-verbal, or have other learning challenges where talking about engine would be too abstract, the adults (parents, teachers, and other caregivers) learn what they can do to set children up for success, even if the child does not participate in labeling their engine level. Through the Alert Program® adults learn how they can support sensory diets and be detectives in determining what best meets children’s needs for optimal functioning.

This online training, taught by the co-authors, Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger, offers practical, low-budget activities you can use immediately in homes, classrooms or therapy sessions. Join the countless professionals and parents world-wide who help children succeed step by step through approach of the Alert Program®. You’ll find out why thousands have said, “this is one of the best workshops I have ever attended.”
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Evaluation and Treatment of Balance Impairments for Children

Full access for 90 days from date of registration
Online  Evaluation and Treatment of Balance Impairments for Children

This interactive video based course provides an overview of evidence based practice addressing balance impairments in children. Numerous video demonstrations, handouts and a complete reference list are provided.  The purpose of this course is to present current evidence on evaluation and treatment of balance impairments in children using a systems approach.  The course includes 3 units: 1) review of systems approach and the systems involved in postural control and balance, 2) examination and evaluation of balance and 3) intervention targeted on system impairments. Material is presented in an interactive, dynamic format that enables the learner to progress, self-paced through the material. APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS are needed to complete all units and testing. Approved for CEUs in FL,GA, CA and TX. To register go to or 904 7628419

iPads at School: An Occupational Therapy Approach

Various start dates available
Online Course

iPads at School: an Occupational Therapy Approach is an Online Course for school-based Occupational Therapists who want to:

  • improve their understanding of the powerful role technology has in Occupational Therapy
  • increase their comfort level with using the iPad and support in the set up and use of the device to promote independence and skill development
  • learn how to select apps based on an OT framework and based on app features
  • improve their understanding of the types of categories of apps to consider in the school (or home) setting.

All this and so much more!

iPads at School combines online instruction videos, reflection questions, and Action Sheets to help you learn and apply your skills to your present caseload.

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Integrated Rhythms Online Course

The online course is completed over one month, with 3 hours of video course content per week

The Integrated Rhythms Program is for children school-age who struggle with language processing and balance or motor skills.  Program exercises require children to move, listen and organize speech patterns at the same time. Movements are rhythmic and include both translational and rotational patterns.  Integrated Rhythms is a structured program that includes 8 levels of increasing difficulty. or

Infantile Torticollis & Plagiocephaly

Any time

This course contains 3 sections (Background, Evaluation & Treatment) of Infantile Torticollis & Plagiocephaly and 1 Final Exam. An 80% score or better is required to pass the Final Exam. You may take the Final Exam as many times as necessary to pass. The course content includes narration, text, images, and videos. You can start and stop your training at any time. When you return, the course will return you to where you left off. There is no time limit for completing the course. Once you complete the course, your completion certificate will be available immediately for download and print.

VitalStim Therapy Pediatric Certification Course

This dynamic and innovative program is revolutionizing dysphagia therapy! Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists will bring their facilities to a state-of-the-art-level with certification from this course. VitalStim® Therapy is the only FDA cleared treatment approach that successfully combines Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. This energetic certification course will focus on topics such as muscle physiology, kinesiology of the swallowing mechanism as it changes across infancy
through childhood. Focus will also be on pathological swallowing mechanisms and processes. The basic principles and concepts of neuromuscular electrical stimulation will be taught and the VitalStim® Therapy protocol will be extensively reviewed and practiced. The participants will receive one-on-one attention from two instructors, a certified SLP or OT, and a PT. Through extensive hands-on labs, attendees will apply the theory of
neuromuscular electrical stimulation to the treatment of pediatric dysphagia. This exclusive program will provide participants with the building blocks to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program and will add value to therapists, facilities, and most of all patient care!

Advanced Practice Certificate In Pediatric Rehabilitation

Online and in Philadelphia, PA

Designed for physical and occupational therapists looking to study pediatric rehabilitation including early intervention, school-based therapy or other pediatric services. Curriculum consists of three online graduate level courses with the option to add additional course work.  Offers opportunity and resources to prepare for PCS certification through American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists

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