Case Study Protocols

Jen Posts

DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: We are a multidisciplinary pediatric practice and are looking to start doing some case studies. Our last student did some research and came up with a protocol and I was surprised at how involved it was and overwhelmed with the time commitment.

We have quite a few students so that is one way we were going to trial our first case study but I was wondering if anyone else is doing formal case studies specifically in a busy outpatient setting.

Thanks so much
Jen PT
Mainely Kidz


Congratulations to Glen Gillen, receiving highest honor in occupational therapy


Education Resources would like to congratulate Dr. Glen Gillen Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA on his selection as the 2013 AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecturer.

The Slagle lectureship award is one of the highest honors in occupational therapy and recognizes an AOTA member who has creatively contributed to the development of the body of knowledge of the profession through research, education, and/or clinical practice. Dr. Gillen’s lecture will be given at the AOTA Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, California in 2013.

Glen Gillen is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy at Columbia University. He has authored over 50 publications including textbooks, chapters, and peer reviewed research. Glen is best known in the neurorehabilitation community for his contribution to the literature, the textbook Stroke Rehabilitation: A Function-Based Approach third edition and Cognitive and Perceptual Rehabilitation: Optimizing Function both published by Elsevier. Glen’s experience spans the continuum of care from acute to long term care. A past recipient of AOTF’s Award for Clinical Excellence in Rehabilitation and AOTA’s Recognition of Achievement Award, Glen lectures extensively on the local, state, national, and university level regarding multiple topics related to neurorehabilitation. He maintains a clinical caseload working in the areas of acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. He serves on several editorial boards for journals related to physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Glen Gillens courses with Education Resources: 

Evaluation and Treatment of Cognitive-Perceptual Problems: A Function-Based Approach

Treatment of the Neurologic Upper Extremity

What Therapists are saying about Glen Gillen’s courses:
This course did an excellent job of breaking down typical problems with neurologic upper extremity and presenting treatment interventions based on current research. I would highly recommend this to anyone who works with the adult neuro population. 
Renee Schmidt

Glen is probably one of the best speakers I’ve heard. His lecture was organized, knowledge-based and occasionally witty! I would recommend this to everyone. 
Sheryl Morianty

Glen used a great mix of lecture, slides, personal stories and video to keep the course interesting. I definitely feel that I have learned some great ways to improve my clinical skills as an OT.
Stacy Munson

No matter how long I’ve been practicing, I find it refreshing to attend education courses that make me really look at how I practice and how I can be a better therapist. Thank you. Melissa Mielcars



Post Course Discussion With Speakers

We would like to introduce something new: a discussion with our speakers following their course. This is the ideal opportunity for course participants to share their experiences using the new techniques learned, and discuss any clinical challenges, solutions and suggestions. We welcome all therapists to offer their own therapy tips and join this community.

The Pediatric Brain:
Functional Neuroanatomy and the Sensory Systems and their Treatment Applications

Hello all, 

I hope that everyone has had a chance to try some of the treatment strategies that we talked about at my course. I wanted to follow up because some of you had talked with me about your clients and had questions, and I wanted to make sure that everyone’s requests were appropriately addressed. Sometimes there is not enough time through the course of the weekend. If anyone would like to continue discussing their particular clients that were brought up or had any further questions now, or at any point in the future, please do not hesitate to post your questions, thoughts and suggestions on this blog.

I always love to keep communication open and am also eager to learn from all therapists I come into contact with. 

Thanks again and hope some of you got to do some reflex testing, adjust some treatment plans, and throw a little vision activity into the mix!

Janine Wiskind



Pediatric Massage Therapist Anyone?

Britney Posts:

DEAR ERI COMMUNITY: I am a physical therapist in Austin, TX, and I have a patient who is 3 years old who has been diagnosed with an unspecified connective tissue disorder. His mother was asking me if I thought massage would be helpful for his muscle cramps and pain. I found a few articles that support the use of pediatric massage in children with special needs as well as an article speaking to the benefits of use in children with Ehlers-Danlos, as long as caution is taken not to overstretch muscles across joints with hyperlaxity. However, I am having trouble finding a qualified practitioner. Does anyone know of a pediatric massage therapist in the Austin area?



Choosing the right course for you. Principles of Adult Learning (yes…this means you!)


Ok…you are ready to take a continuing education course to help you advance your career as a physical, occupational or speech therapist, and you are trying to choose one. When you look at the outline of the course, ask yourself these questions: 

  1. What is it you wish to attain from this continuing education course? Most adult learners are goal-oriented.  Look at the course objectives and ask yourself if this is what you want to learn. It’s as simple as that!
  2. Is this a practical course or a theory course? Most adult learners are practical, focusing on the aspects of a lesson most useful to them in their work. Does the course address issues that you face at work?
  3. How do you learn best? Most adult learners need active involvement in the learning process with facilitation from an instructor. If this describes you, look for courses with case studies focusing on treatment in a particular area that you treat. Small group work allows for peer interaction, which is also very helpful to the learning process.
  4. Adults have accumulated a foundation of life experiences and knowledge that they want to connect to this new knowledge about the particular topic. If you have experience treating a patient/client with this particular diagnosis, you will probably have that “aha” moment when the learning connections are solidified. This will give you new treatment ideas to take back to the clinic after the course!

 As always, feel free to call us to speak to a therapist to help you choose a continuing education course that is right for you! 508-359-6533