Enter to win Free Registration for Therapies in the School 2013

Dear Therapies in the School Participants:

We are still flying high from sharing a thought-provoking two days with 250 school-based therapists from around the country and all of the innovative, evidence-based discussions that took place. It was great meeting and connecting with many of you and hearing your ideas for the future –

We are already planning for next year’s conference!

We would really enjoy hearing your thoughts about the conference, and hearing about how you will implement what you learned into your practice. Please share them, with us and your colleagues, here on our blog.  All those posting a comment will be entered to win FREE registration for Therapies in the School 2013! Winners will be chosen from a random drawing in January.



Announcing the winner of a free CEU course from Education Resources

Thank you to everyone who has submitted ideas, questions and clinical challenges for the ERI Acute Care blog. We will continue to post all your great submissions over time, as separate blogs, involving our community to help with your clinical challenges and to share your ideas with them.

We would like to announce that from our random drawing of all the submissions, therapist Judy will be receiving a free Education Resources CEU course. Congratulations Judy!

We encourage everyone to post any new challenges or questions. They can be posted here: http://www.educationresourcesinc.com/blog-submission

Thank you again – we do hope that this blog will continue to be a great resource for you.



OT CEUs Explained

“I’m an OT…what are my requirements for continuing education?”

I have to take a deep breath before explaining the continuing education requirements for OTs. First of all, Education Resources is an approved provider of CEUs from AOTA. Having said this, some states (25 of them at last count) have their own approvals and do not accept AOTA. Our best advice is to check with your state licensing board to see whose approval they are looking for! We will apply for pre-approval in the state where the course is being held in this case.

In addition, ERI is registered with NBCOT in the Professional Development Provider Registry. In order to keep your certification, you must obtain 36 PDUs in a 3 year cycle, which can be comprised of various professional activities, (such as peer review of a professional manuscript or textbook, publishing an article, volunteer work, participating in a professional study group,) but often is comprised of attending a workshop given by an approved provider. In this case, each hour of the seminar gives you 1.25 PDUs.

The good news is that if you attend 3 ERI courses, the 4th one offers a $100 discount as a thank you to you, our loyal customer! 

As always, feel free to call us (508-359-6533) or blog with your CEU questions. If we can’t answer your question, we will research it and get back to you!


Our Esteemed Faculty Member; Ann Buckley Reen – Research is Published in AJOT


[caption id="attachment_607" align="alignleft" width="150"] Anne Buckley-Reen[/caption]Occupational therapists use school-based yoga programs, but these interventions typically lack manualization and evidence from well-designed studies. Using an experimental pretest–posttest control group design, researchers, Kristie Koenig, Ann Buckley-Reen, and Staviga Gargthese examined the effectiveness of the Get Ready to Learn (GRTL) classroom yoga program among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The intervention group received the manualized yoga program daily for 16 wk, and the control group engaged in their standard morning routine. Challenging behaviors were assessed with standardized measures and behavior coding before and after intervention. Students in the GRTL program showed significant decreases (p < .05) in teacher ratings of maladaptive behavior, as measured with the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, compared with the control participants. This study demonstrates that use of daily classroomwide yoga interventions has a significant impact on key classroom behaviors among children with ASD.

This research was recently published in AJOT, 
(doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.004390 American Journal of Occupational Therapy September/October 2012 vol. 66 no. 5 538-546)