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Reducing Anxiety & Problem Behaviors in Sensory, Autism & ADHD
Daily Relief and Creative Solutions for Reducing Anxiety & Problem Behaviors in Sensory, Autism & ADHD

Instructor: Bek Wiltbank, OTR/L, MOT

This interactive one-day workshop will present sensory integration techniques to bring relief to children struggling with the anxiety and challenging emotions of living with learning or developmental difficulties. Participants will explore strategies that can be applied across the spectrum of child development for improved communication, enhanced learning, and reduced frustration for the child, parent, teacher and therapist. Through hands-on activities and interactive discussion, attendees will receive treatment techniques to immediately support problem solving and self-regulation in the classroom, playground, public events, and home. You will return with the tools to build a foundation for greater success and function in all areas throughout the child's life. more...

Complementary Interventions for Autism, Asperger's, Sensory & ADHD in Children & Adolescents
Complementary Interventions for Autism, Asperger's, Sensory & ADHD in Children & Adolescents

Instructor: John F. Taylor, Ph.D.

This brand new, practical seminar explores clinical applications from several directions for maximum impact on the child, teen, and family. You will find truly CREATIVE and USER-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES that REALLY WORK for any involved professional or concerned family member. Because it provides a comprehensive set of practical strategies, this seminar is a pivotal training experience for anyone concerned with helping a child or teen with Autism, SPD or ADHD. It details many factors that can decrease symptoms, and you will be able to immediately create and implement a potent program of symptom control upon return to your practice, school, institution or home. It features extensive assessment information and hundreds of specific corrective activities. more...

Documentation Bootcamp for Skilled Therapy Services
Documentation Bootcamp for Skilled Therapy Services

Instructor: John Adamson, PT, M.Div.

Documentation Bootcamp is a one-day workshop designed to take you through the steps to denial-proof documentation. You will learn how to interpret assessment data for patients on Medicare, set realistic functional goals, and effective interventions to facilitate improvement of function based on accurate assessment data. By strengthening therapy documentation skills, you protect your patients from prematurely being discharged from deserved care; prevent extra demands upon therapists due to denied claims that have to go through challenging appeals; and ensure stable levels of reimbursement for companies that employ therapists. more...

Medicare Documentation Requirements
How to Comply with Medicare Documentation Requirements for Part B Therapy Services

Instructor: Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT

This workshop will provide you the current Medicare guidelines for outpatient physical and occupational therapy services according to the Centers for Medicare Services. Participants will learn proper documentation practices which protect them in the event of a Medicare audit, and ensure reimbursement for treatments delivered. Participants will practice writing patient goals and notes throughout the workshop, and these will be discussed so the participant will be able to identify the changes that must be made within their own practice setting in order to become compliant with Medicare rules. This workshop will facilitate healthcare professionals' understanding of the medical review process and teach proper documentation of the medical necessity of therapy services. The day will conclude with a session on measuring a patient's current level of function using an outcome measure and reporting the findings to Medicare using G Codes. more...

Therapeutic Exercise
Creative Approaches for Therapeutic Exercise in the Older Adult Population

Instructor: Michael Stare, DPT, CSCS, FAAOMPT, CNS

There has been an explosion of research documenting the ability of exercise to reduce morbidity and enhance function in the older adult. This innovative one- day workshop will provide strategies & techniques based on best practices and the latest research to implement effective geriatric exercise interventions. This course is designed to go beyond discussing the aging process & simple bed mobility exercises. Through the use of video, case studies, hands on demonstration & discussion, attendees will be able to assess, design, & implement effective exercise interventions for the older patients' unique needs, abilities, & environment. You will return to your patients with tools to quickly determine how to treat common conditions in the older adult and ensure patient compliance for the best results. more...

Falls and Balance Disorders
Evidence-Based Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment for Falls and Balance Disorders

Instructor: John Gwilliam, PT, MHA, CWS

This comprehensive workshop will provide you with techniques and tools to help you to identify clients most at risk for falls and to understand the risk factors for fall-related incidents. You will review and understand the most current assessment and multi- factorial based interventions that target underlying reasons for falls, along with the most effective treatments for post-fall clients. In addition, you will learn how emerging technologies are impacting assessment and treatment and how to adapt these to fall victims. After attending this workshop you will return to your practice or facility with effective and proven strategies to identify fall risk factors, reduce the incidence of falls, and improve the quality of life for fall patients. more...

Treatments for Vestibular Disorders
Differential Diagnosis & Treatments for Vestibular Disorders: A Comprehensive Rehabilitation Workshop

Instructor: Jean A. McConnell, MS, PT, ATC

This workshop will identify the broad-based aspects relating to the complicated dizzy/vertigo/headache/balance compromised patient. There will be an overview of the multiple diagnoses and many syndromes associated with complicated patients who exhibit potential vestibular dysfunction. A review of anatomy will be provided, as well as treatment options detailing different manual therapy approaches to calming the variety of symptoms relating to patients suffering from multiple diagnoses. Jean will detail headache syndromes, balance disorders, and vestibular disturbances including inner ear dysfunctions. She will give attention and detail to manual therapy techniques including Mulligan, Maitland, Travell, Myofascial Release, Cranial Sacral Release I, Muscle Energy, and Jones Strain Counter Strain techniques. Jean's 25 plus years with a concentration as a manual therapist has gained her a perspective in realizing the many facets involved in treating the difficult multiple problem patient. She has modified many aspects of manual therapy techniques and uses these modified techniques to satisfy the soft tissue and bony malalignments common to pain syndromes and vestibular upset.  more...

Vestibular Rehab & Balance Training
Vestibular Rehab & Balance Training | A Fundamental Seminar Designed for PTs & OTs

Instructor: Karen Hogan-Curran, PT, DPT

This interactive workshop will cover the anatomy, physiology and function of the vestibular system and the vestibular system's important role in balance and mobility. It is designed to give therapists and clinicians basic essential information needed to assess and treat vestibular dysfunction as well as incidence, diagnosis and treatment of balance related disorders. Attendees will learn the various types of vestibular disorders, how they affect different populations and basic clinical tools for appropriate evaluation and treatment strategies. The instructor will frequently use case studies and hands on labs to bring real world relevance. more...

Common Knee Pathologies
Common Knee Pathologies Non-operative and Post-operative Rehab

Instructor: Daniel Bien, PT, OCS, CSCS

These workshops will allow therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals to improve their fundamental understanding of comprehensive assessment, treatment, and prevention of various knee pathologies. The instructor will discuss conservative non-operative management, pre and postoperative rehabilitation, return to sport considerations, athletic performance enhancement, and injury prevention program development and screening. Participants will receive instruction in biomechanics, pathogenesis, injury risk factors, and basic science to develop an evidence-based rehabilitation plan in treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendinopathy, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscal injury and repair, articular cartilage injury and surgery, and knee osteoarthritis. Lab sessions will provide the opportunity for instruction in hands-on manual therapy techniques, functional and neuromuscular lower extremity and core stability assessment, corrective exercise prescription, and injury prevention/athletic performance improvement. more...

The Athlete's Knee
The Athlete's Knee: ACL Rehabilitation, Optimizing Return To Sport, Enhancing Athletic Performance, and Developing Successful Knee Injury Prevention Programs

Instructor: Daniel Bien, PT, OCS, CSCS

These workshops will allow therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals to improve their fundamental understanding of comprehensive assessment, treatment, and prevention of various knee pathologies. The instructor will discuss conservative non-operative management, pre and postoperative rehabilitation, return to sport considerations, athletic performance enhancement, and injury prevention program development and screening. Participants will receive instruction in biomechanics, pathogenesis, injury risk factors, and basic science to develop an evidence-based rehabilitation plan in treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendinopathy, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscal injury and repair, articular cartilage injury and surgery, and knee osteoarthritis. Lab sessions will provide the opportunity for instruction in hands-on manual therapy techniques, functional and neuromuscular lower extremity and core stability assessment, corrective exercise prescription, and injury prevention/athletic performance improvement. more...

Diagnosis and Treatment for The New Autism 7 7
Diagnosis and Treatment for The New Autism 7 7

Instructor: Russell C. Gaede, PsyD, CMHC

This workshop will dispel common myths about the new ASD and Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders presented in the DSM-V. At the conclusion of this dynamic workshop, you will have a better understanding of the changes and more comfortably use severity rating scales to provide an accurate ASD diagnosis and associated supportive treatment interventions. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to effectively assess and meet the treatment needs of individuals with ASD in school, home, community, and emergency situations. more...

Coding, Billing and Documentation for Behavioral and Mental Health Services
Coding, Billing and Documentation for Behavioral and Mental Health Services

Instructor: Patsy Dunson, CPMA, CHP, CPC

This timely one-day workshop will provide behavioral health professionals with guidelines for ensuring accurate use of diagnosis and procedure codes. Topics covered will also include the documentation and clinical reasoning necessary to support medical necessity for services provided. Completion of the workshop will provide you with an understanding of the documentation requirements for Medicare and third-party insurers, why claims are denied, and the proper procedures for appealing denials. more...

Using the DSM-5 for Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Using The DSM-5 for Accurate Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Instructor: Jason H. King, PhD, CMHC, DCMHS

The DSM-5r represents a fundamental shift in how disorders are conceptualized and diagnosed. This timely workshop provides more than an overview of the manual's new organization and other innovations such as spectrum disorders. Participants have the chance to practice using the new system and its changes as they relate to major psychiatric diagnostic groups . Dr. King's workshop acts as a powerful tool to help participants effectively apply the methodology of the DSM-5r to every day practice. You will learn effective interpretation strategies to make sure you diagnose and set treatment plans with the level of accuracy required for the new diagnostic protocol. more...

Early Identification and Treatment for Motor Skill Development in Children with Autism and Developmental Delays
Early Identification and Treatment for Motor Skill Development in Children with Autism and Developmental Delays

Instructor: Britta Schasberger, MSPT, Ed.D

Early and accurate identification of developmental delays is critical for optimal early intervention. It is estimated that approximately 17% of children under the age of 18 have some form of developmental disability. This program presents guidelines for successful assessment and progression of treatment and discharge for patients with impaired motor skill development. Typical and atypical development will be studied to provide a framework for analysis and guidelines to incorporate current evidence and accepted treatment strategies. Short video case presentations will demonstrate how to link assessment to treatment followed by lab and discussion. more...

Practical, Ready-to-Use Strategies for Children with Autism
Practical, Ready-to-Use Strategies for Children with Autism

Instructor: Joani M. Richardson, OTR/L

This fast-paced, practical and evidence-based workshop will help you gain a full understanding of the world of Autism. You will leave with a framework to guide your problem-solving and decision making along with intervention strategies for day to day success. Extensive use of examples, pictures and anecdotes will prepare you to use the strategies immediately and effectively. From low to high functioning, this seminar will help you put the pieces together to discourage negative behaviors and to foster growth and skill development in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. more...

Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens
Breakthrough Solutions for Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens

Instructor: Lori Benson-Adams, M.Ed.

Research is urgently voicing the need for the teaching of executive functioning skills and how they effect the social, emotional and academic performance of children and teens. This highly engaging, practical workshop offers support to parents and professionals seeking to assist children in the development of effective time/space/emotional control. By providing insight into the development and assessment of executive functioning skills, participants will understand what to look for in struggling students. Hundreds of specific tools and strategies will give individuals hands-on, ready-to-use information for immediate and easy use. more...

Developing Effective Sensory Diets
The BrainWorks Approach to Developing Effective Sensory Diets for Children and Teens

Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) impacts a person's ability to translate signals from the senses properly. One important component of sensory processing is sensory modulation, which is the ability to respond appropriately to incoming sensory information. While this can be a stand-alone disorder in some individuals, we commonly see modulation issues overlap with Autism, ADHD, ADD, anxiety, genetic disorders and learning disabilities. The use of a sensory diet is a research-based method of providing these individuals with the sensory input they need to function their best. This practical and evidence-based seminar will equip therapists (beginning to intermediate level), teachers, and caregivers with the ability to determine the sensory needs of the child and implement a sensory diet to meet the child's needs effectively. Through case-studies, interactive stations, and a make-it, take-it project, you will leave with the knowledge and tools to make a difference in a child's life the very next day! All participants will receive a membership to BrainWorks Online, a sensory diet creator tool -- a $45 value! more...

Treating Torticollis Evidence-Based Assessments & Interventions
Treating Torticollis Evidence-Based Assessments & Interventions

Instructor: Britta Schasberger, MSPT, Ed.D.

This workshop presents strategies for successful examination and progression of treatment for patients with torticollis. The modalities demonstrated incorporate current evidence and proven routine-based, family-centered treatment strategies. Video case presentations will demonstrate treatment techniques and discussion will follow. Upon completion of this workshop you will have the proper tools for evaluating and treating an infant with torticollis and/or plagiocephaly. more...

Understanding & Addressing Behavioral Challenges in Early Childhood Autism
Preschoolers & Autism: Understanding & Addressing Behavioral Challenges in Early Childhood Autism

Instructor: Cindy Lee, M.S.Ed

In this workshop you will learn the various types and common causes of behavioral problems in young children with autism and associated conditions. Understanding the functions of behavior and developing effective intervention strategies will be the focus of this workshop. Through videos and guided practice, you will analyze various behaviors common in the population of children with autism spectrum disorders, develop intervention plans and select strategies to effectively address these behaviors. In addition, the creation of mechanisms to support children that are predominately proactive instead of reactive will be stressed.  more...

Effective Early Childhood Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Effective Early Childhood Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders Building Blocks For Early Success

Instructor: Shanon Gibson, Ed.D.

This workshop provides an insight into the diagnostic process that is used with young children who demonstrate atypical developmental patterns. A variety of treatment approaches, and the research supporting each approach will be discussed and interventions using the approaches will be practiced in an interactive lab-based format throughout the day. This workshop examines issues regarding emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication, and socialization. Strategies to support the development of positive replacement behaviors will be presented. This workshop will provide you with effective teaching strategies backed by the latest research, giving you the tools you need to facilitate successful early intervention in pre-school children on the spectrum.  more...

Language Development Strategies for Early Childhood Autism
Language Development Strategies for Early Childhood Autism

Instructor: Deborah Adams, PhD, CCC-SLP

This innovative workshop will provide you with interdisciplinary interaction during hands-on labs that analyze the communicative behaviors of young children with ASD, from 0 to 5 years. This workshop will distinguish between neurotypical developmental communicative behaviors and the behaviors of those presenting with an ASD. By inventorying behaviors, you will develop strategies to build and effectively implement a plan of treatment. You will learn to integrate the most effective therapeutic early language interventions to facilitate socialization and develop communicative strengths in children on the spectrum to lay the foundation for success in the transition from pre-k to early childhood.  more...

Preschoolers & Autism
Preschoolers and Autism: Keeping Calm When They're Carrying On

Instructor: Cindy Lee, M.S.Ed.

Participants in this workshop will acquire knowledge about the diagnostic process for young children who demonstrate atypical developmental patterns. Effective tools to support family members with understanding the diagnosis and treatment recommendations will be provided. Various treatment approaches will be discussed along with research based conclusions regarding the efficacy of each. Common issues that arise in children's behavior, emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication, and socialization will be reviewed in depth with practical strategies to mitigate negative effects. You will leave this workshop with practical tools that can be immediately implemented to effectively support the youngest learners. more...

Preschoolers & Autism Keeping Calm When They're Carrying On
Preschoolers & Autism Keeping Calm When They're Carrying On

Instructor: Shanon Gibson, Ed.D.

This workshop provides an insight into the diagnostic process that is used with young children who demonstrate atypical developmental patterns. A variety of treatment approaches, and the research supporting each approach will be discussed and interventions using the approaches will be practiced in an interactive lab-based format throughout the day. This workshop examines issues regarding emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication, and socialization. Strategies to support the development of positive replacement behaviors will be presented. This workshop will provide you with effective teaching strategies backed by the latest research, giving you the tools you need to facilitate successful early intervention in pre-school children on the spectrum. more...

Functional Behavior Assessments and Intervention Plans
Functional Behavior Assessments and Intervention Plans

Instructor: R. A. Stewart, M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC

This interactive and solution-focused workshop will identify the nature of a child's problematic behavior and teach an effective ready to use three-step approach to performing Functional Behavioral Assessments in educational and therapeutic settings. You will gain practical knowledge of the elements of an FBA, the influence of mental health on behavior, how to identify desired outcomes, and positive interventions and strategies to support children and adolescents with challenging behaviors in affirming and constructive ways. This hands-on workshop balances applied behavior theory with essential, easy-to-learn skills that are immediately applicable and proven successful in the classroom, home and community. more...

Early Intervention for Autism & SPD
Early Intervention for Autism, SPD: Evidence-Based Assessments & Interventions

Instructor: Rochelle Marx-Asher, MS Ed., OTR, CIMI

Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior and educational progression. This practical and evidence- based workshop will provide the therapist, teacher, caregiver and any special needs professional with the latest assessments and interventions critical to providing services to this unique population of children. You will receive the most current research in clinical fields, the best home-based interventions and leave the workshop with practical tools to use with your youngest clients in the clinic or at school the following day! more...

Advanced Workshop in Sensory Modulation
Advanced Workshop in Sensory Modulation

Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR

This advanced course is appropriate for all DAY ONE participants, as well as any therapists or teachers who have already reached a comfort level in the use of sensory strategies to assist with sensory modulation. Gwen will guide you through the neurochemicals involved in sensory modulation, the correlation between related disorders such as Bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism, and introduce you to a whole-brain approach to addressing difficult behaviors from a sensory perspective. This innovative one-day seminar will leave you with handy forms, intervention tools, and the knowledge you need to differentiate behavioral issues from sensory ones and to use a combination of best-practice, evidence-based approaches to meeting the needs of your most difficult clients. All participants will receive a membership to BrainWorks Online, a sensory diet creator tool -- a $45 value! more...

Treating Speech and Feeding Disorders in Young Children
Treating Speech and Feeding Disorders in Young Children

Instructor: Cheryl A. Rondinella, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSHH

In this workshop you will learn to assess and treat a wide range of feeding disorders with confidence. You will acquire easy to implement assessment strategies to treat the whole child by taking into account the role of respiratory and gastrointestinal dysfunction along with other systems that can indirectly contribute to a feeding issue. By identifying hidden factors that play a role in a child's feed dysfunction you will significantly improve outcomes and overall nutrition. By the end of the day, you will have a toolbox of effective interventions and behavior modifications you can implement immediately for dysphagia, cleft palate, and tube-feeding, from birth to early adolescence. more...

Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Assessment & Early Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: A Sensory & Motor Approach

Instructor: Rochelle Marx-Asher, MS Ed., OTR, CIMI

In this innovative, one-day workshop you will learn the difference between typical and atypical feeding patterns and how to analyze feeding for sensory and motor problems resulting in atypical feeding. Participants will be introduced to common feeding problems and intervention strategies to treat them. Different considerations for nipples, cups, and straws will be discussed. A strong problem solving approach is used to help participants generalize and apply knowledge to many different situations. Common feeding problems such as food stuffing, poor chewing, and tactile aversions will be addressed along with specific intervention strategies. more...

Play as a Tool for Social and Academic Growth
Interactive Workshop Focusing on Play as a Tool for Social and Academic Growth

Instructor: Lori Benson Adams, M.Ed.

This interactive, one-day workshop is designed to evaluate the current research on the developmental stages of play skills, and how they tie directly to the advancement of language, social, sensory and executive functioning skills. By evaluating how each stage of development promotes cognitive and social growth, and assessing how current societal changes in childhood play schemas may be interrupting some of these areas of growth, you will be able to identify breakdowns in play development, determine the impact on social, academic and executive functioning development skills, and identify how to specifically and intentionally select play activities to therapeutically support a child's most optimal level of performance. Participants will develop skills through lecture, discussion, video analysis, and group interaction/case studies. Additionally, participants will learn how to cross reference skill deficits with specific games and play opportunities designed to facilitate growth in deficit areas. more...

Preschoolers and Autism: Effective and Practical Interventions for Early Learning Success
Preschoolers and Autism: Effective and Practical Interventions for Early Learning Success

Instructor: Cindy Lee, M.S.Ed.

Participants in this course will acquire knowledge about the diagnostic process for young children who demonstrate atypical developmental patterns. Effective tools to support family members with understanding the diagnosis and treatment recommendations will be provided. Various treatment approaches will be discussed along with research based conclusions regarding the efficacy of each. Common issues that arise in children's behavior, emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication, and socialization will be reviewed in depth with practical strategies to mitigate negative effects. Participants will leave this workshop with practical tools that can be immediately implemented to effectively support the youngest learners. more...

Strategies for Sensory-Based Behavioral Challenges: Infants and Children
Strategies for Sensory-Based Behavioral Challenges: Infants and Children

Instructor: Kathleen Morris, MS, CCC-SLP

Focusing on infants and young children, this workshop will help you understand what is contributing to developmental delays. In addition, participants will gain a foundation and comprehension of why and how behavior issues play out at this young age and how to intervene based on sensory struggles. By attending this workshop, participants will also gain knowledge and skills to assist in improving the development or infants and children with sensory deficits and work with their sensory issues at school and home more...

Strategies for Sensory-Based Behavioral Challenges: Teens and Adults
Strategies for Sensory-Based Behavioral Challenges: Teens and Adults

Instructor: Kathleen Morris, MS, CCC-SLP

As children grow into adolescents and young adults, sensory deficiency can impact their lives at school, at the workplace and in their relationships. This workshop will focus on the older child from middle school through high school and address their behavioral, learning and relationship building challenges. After completing the course, you will have the skills to incorporate intervention mechanisms, routines and activities that to are specific for the teen and adult age group immediately. more...

Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets
Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets: Practical & Effective Modulation Plans for Children of All Ages

Instructor: Donna Schulman, OTR/L

Children with SPD often require a daily routine that incorporates various calming and organizing activities referred to as a Sensory Diet. It is essential that therapists, clinicians, teachers, and parents have a comprehensive set of practical and proven sensory-based strategies necessary to create a Sensory Diet that is effective across all functional environments. This exciting, hands-on workshop will provide participants with the latest conceptual and practical information to be able to further understand and obtain a complete picture of a child's sensory functioning at home, school or virtually any setting. Every child is different and when one treatment plan may work for one, it may be ineffective for another. Using the latest assessment tools, treatment strategies and real life case studies, you will be able to immediately create and implement a specifically designed Sensory Diet (a.k.a. sensory modulation) upon return to your practice or home. From certain types of tactile objects, foods and smells to music, sounds and movement you will be able to individualize an activity schedule that a child needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day and keep the body functioning at its optimal level. more...

Developing Effective Sensory Diets
Developing and Implementing|Effective Sensory Diets|for Children and Adolescents

Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR

This exciting hands-on workshop will provide participants with the latest conceptual and practical information to be able to further understand and obtain a complete picture of a child's sensory functioning at home, school or virtually any setting. Every child is different and when one treatment plan may work for one, it may be ineffective for another. Using the latest assessment tools, treatment strategies and real life case studies, you will be able to immediately create and implement a specifically designed Sensory Diet (a.k.a. sensory modulation) upon return to your practice or home. From certain types of tactile objects, foods and smells to music, sounds and movement you will be able to individualize an activity schedule that a child needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day and keep the body functioning at its optimal level. more...

Strategies for Sensory Based Behavioral Challenges
Strategies for Sensory Based Behavioral Challenges: Interventions and Activities for Sensory Deficits in Infants and Children

Instructor: Kathleen Morris, 7MS, CCC-SLP

This exciting workshop is designed to help pediatric therapists, school and early childhood personnel, mental health professionals, parents and caregivers in varied settings better understand a comprehensive classification of sensory disorders. Attendees will learn the indicators for each disorder sub-type as well as functional strategies to address sensory dysfunction. You will gain evidence-based insights into how learning and communication are specifically thwarted due to sensory deficits which in turn helps establish the need for early intervention as we follow outcomes through adolescence. This presentation includes current research on the brain's plasticity that corroborates that crucial intervention is not limited to the early years but is significant throughout the life span. Participants will review startling statistics on the consequences of television, computers, and video game use affecting the developing brain and contributing to sensory deprivation and receive strategies to lessen the effects. This workshop identifies the three most user-friendly auditory programs available to families and clinicians and includes participatory activities on staying focused and alert which can be used with children in various settings. Kathleen Morris is one of this field's foremost authorities so don't miss out - logon to www.summit-education.com and register today! more...

Tackling Tough Behaviors
Tackling Tough Behaviors Effective Interventions for Aggression, Sexuality and Social Skills in Children and Teens with ASD and ADHD

Instructor: Gary Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Tackling Tough Behaviors Effective Interventions for Aggression, Sexuality and Social Skills in Children and Teens with ASD and ADHD This brand new workshop will present cutting-edge behavioral interventions. First, you will explore methods for decreasing and coping with melt-downs vs. tantrums (yes there is a difference). Interventions that consider the safety of the professional and students will be taught as well as preventative techniques to avoid physical and sexual abuse or simple bullying. Societal over exposure to violence will also be discussed as will methods for helping the child with autism respond to public tragedies such as school shootings. This workshop will not emphasize theoretical understanding of ASD and ADHD. Rather, treatment and specifically, non-pharmacological treatment will be taught. Video presentations and role playing will be used to bring effective interventions into the classroom. You will leave with fresh ideas to attenuate aggression, inappropriateness and social immaturity at home and community.  more...

Interventions for Aggression, Sexuality & Inappropriate Behavior (Tackling Tough Behaviors)
Interventions for Aggression, Sexuality & Inappropriate Behavior: Effective Solutions for Children and Teens with Autism and ADHD

Instructor: Gary M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., CPQ

This brand new workshop will present cutting-edge behavioral interventions. First, you will explore methods for decreasing and coping with melt-downs vs. tantrums (yes there is a difference). Interventions that consider the safety of the professional and students will be taught as well as preventative techniques to avoid physical and sexual abuse or simple bullying. Societal over exposure to violence will also be discussed as will methods for helping the child with autism respond to public tragedies such as school shootings. This workshop will not emphasize theoretical understanding of ASD and ADHD. Rather, treatment and specifically, non-pharmacological treatment will be taught. Video presentations and role playing will be used to bring effective interventions into the classroom. You will leave with fresh ideas to attenuate aggression, inappropriateness and social immaturity at home and community.  more...

Pay Attention!
Pay Attention! School-Based Strategies Using Apps, Visual Exercises, Primitive Reflexes, and Sensory Tools

Instructor: Kimberly M. Wiggins, OTR/L, HWT, CP-BC

Professionals around the country are finding out that the two most effective strategies to address poor attention are multi-sensory techniques and technology. Children that receive movement breaks and learn in a multisensory approach are able to retain information better, and there are now many technology tools that can be used to increase motivation and attention spans while working on the basic fine motor and visual perception skills. Unfortunately, technology and sensory equipment can be expensive and hard to come by. This workshop will teach you attention grabbing strategies that can be implemented immediately into practice. Resources on where to find sensory equipment as well as low-tech options and instructions on how to make your own sensory items will also be presented in this interactive workshop. After completing the course, you will have gained activities, exercises, and resources that you will be able to use the very next day to benefit individual students. more...

How to Integrate Smart Technology
How to Integrate Smart Technology into Special Needs Therapy and Education

Instructor: Polly Benson, OTR/L

Therapists and teachers are challenged with time and financial constraints and can be hesitant to combine traditional learning with new technology. This innovative one-day workshop is designed to teach therapists and teachers to unlock the potential of apps for smart phones, tablets and other smart technology and guide them through the many beneficial ways to incorporate it into traditional treatment situations. This beginner to intermediate course will help participants to think outside the box and utilize new treatment tools available to them. There will be focus on various touch screen technologies for all ages, all levels of cognition, and multiple diagnoses to help improve treatment outcomes. We will learn to motivate and engage our students, work with all team members for the best rehab and school- based practices. In addition to improving treatment outcomes, this workshop will show you how to manage productivity and organization using Apple, Android, and Window tablet/smartphone technologies. more...

Pediatric Yoga
Pediatric Yoga: Evidence-Based Therapeutic Activities and Self-Regulation Strategies for Attention, Sensory, Behavioral and Developmental Disorders

Instructor: Chrys Kub, MSPT, ERYT500

This course equips you with the skills to practice yoga therapy for the child with hypotonia, hypertonia, musculoskeletal imbalance, chronic and/or progressive disorders, and sensory dysfunction. You will learn to perform a unique and functional assessment to determine the needs of each child and to utilize breathing/pranayama, asanas/postures, sound therapy, and relaxation techniques to improve the child's overall health, well-being and function. You will learn effective documentation and billing procedures to go along with these dynamic new interventions. This workshop will add to your treatment toolbox by integrating therapeutic yoga principles that will allow you to supplement traditional modalities and treatment methods with therapeutic exercise modifications that offer functional holistic solutions to keeping your patients engaged and active in their treatment program. more...

Hands-On Labs and Tools for Assessment and Treatment of Balance Disorders
Hands-On Labs and Tools for Assessment and Treatment of Balance Disorders

Instructor: Julie A. Neal, OTR/L

This course offers participants the opportunity to take their understanding of the vestibular system to the next level. Participants will learn the various assessment tools used for ocular motor control, vestibular system and balance control. Hands-on lab sessions will allow practice of various assessment tools. The day will be completed with case studies of various patients with various diagnoses. more...

Home Modifications
Home Modifications: What Every Therapist Needs to Know

Instructor: Marnie Renda M.Ed., OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

The course demystifies the Medicare guidelines for commonly used DME and shows clinicians where to find the "truth." New products at every price level are explored. Hands on learning opportunities enable clinicians to learn powerful new online tools and apps available for evaluation, treatment, patient education and improving outcomes. more...

A Strength-Based Approach to Dementia Rehabilitation
A Strength-Based Approach to Dementia Rehabilitation

Instructor: Nicole Dawson, PT, MA

Older adults with dementia are 9 times as likely to require a stay in a skilled nursing facility as their cognitively intact counterparts. Skilled rehabilitation is an integral part of an older adult's return to the optimal functional level of independence following an injury or illness. Patients with dementia pose unique challenges to rehabilitation professionals. Severe deficits in attention, judgment, memory, communication, and language are common in individuals with dementia. It is commonly thought that patients with dementia cannot benefit from rehabilitation services because of behaviors, lack of communication, or difficulties in learning. However, the current literature demonstrates that this is not case. Patients with dementia benefit as much from rehabilitation as individuals without dementia, but it is up to us as the rehabilitation professionals to understand how to exploit the strengths and abilities of these individuals to help meet our goals. more...

Effective Geriatric Rehab
Applying the Evidence for Positive Outcomes | Effective Geriatric Rehab | A One-Day Seminar for PTs and OTs

Instructor: Andy McCormick, DPT, OCS, CSCS

This dynamic one-day seminar will cover best-practice evaluation and screening techniques that are essential in every therapist's clinical toolbox. Dr. McCormick will cover outcome measure selection and application for area-specific dysfunction as well as how to apply the findings for effective treatment. Attendees will develop manual therapy skills that can be effectively combined with functional training. Participants will learn to use the most current evidence- based functional testing procedures and how to apply their findings. Case studies and demonstration will show effective progression principles that can be used at work the next day. more...

Functional Geriatrics
Hands-on Assessment & Treatment for Functional Geriatrics: What Every Therapist Must Know to Improve Function and Outcomes in Aging Adults

Instructor: George A. Summers, MPT, OCS, C-IDN, CES, PES

This timely workshop provides the latest clinically proven and research backed approaches for appropriate treatment and optimal outcomes for our aging adults. Using hands-on labs and enhanced assessment and treatment strategies, you will be guided through rehab techniques that will lead to improvements in functional geriatric outcomes. This unique workshop will provide you not only the tools for best case treatment sequencing, controlling pain, correcting posture, gentle and easy manual therapy approaches to treating nerves, muscle, and fascia, stretching and strengthening for improved function, but also a few proven effective treatment jewels that cannot be found in the books. There will be a brief discussion on reimbursement and improving documentation as well as improving functional patient screening. The workshop offers an upbeat, interactive, and fun approach to improving your clinical skills. You will return to your practice with an improved focus on patient care and some fresh ideas to dramatically improve patient quality of life.  more...

Geriatric Rehab: A Functional Testing Approach
How to Design Comprehensive Functional Test-Driven Rehab Programs for Aging Adults

Instructor: Michael Kett, PT, MS, CEEAA

This one-day workshop provides a continuum of practical and comprehensive evidence-based approaches for assessing, preventing and rehabilitating injuries of aging adults in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and home care. The course has been designed for clinicians wanting to go beyond the standard practice of treating aging adults primarily by using the Tinetti Test and a "3 sets of 10" treatment philosophy. Through the use of videos, lab, and case studies, attendees will be able to perform the most effective tests and measures for aging adults, and immediately implement practical low tech exercises for functional movements, strength, balance, and flexibility. more...

Effective Geriatric Assessment and Interventions
Effective Geriatric Assessment and Interventions Improving Mobility, Balance, Functional Strength and Outcomes in Older Adults

Instructor: Neil A. Evans, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

This one day workshop will provide you with practical evidence-based strategies for assessment, evaluation and intervention of musculoskeletal changes in older adults in a variety of rehabilitative settings. The workshop will not only reinforce the functional outcome measures used to address movement disorders, but will teach you innovative interventions to help manage your patients' movement disorders. You will leave the course with many strategies to immediately apply in clinical practice helping to improve documentation and patient outcomes. more...

Assessments & Treatments for Balance Deficits & Preventing Falls
Assessments & Treatments for Balance Deficits & Preventing Falls

Instructor: Christopher Brechtel, PT, MBA, GCS, CSSGB

This comprehensive, lab-based workshop on balance and fall prevention is designed to teach clinicians to assess the entire patient and devise a treatment plan that will provide optimal outcomes. Standard assessments to reduce risk factors for falls will be combined with a thorough explanation of individualized treatment plans to broaden the attendee's assessment skill set. Vestibular rehabilitation strategies and techniques will be practiced in a lab format to ensure participants leave with treatments that can be implemented the next day in practice. Techniques to insure compliance, improve documentation efficiency, and optimize re-imbursement will be explained and demonstrated. The techniques you will learn in this workshop will allow you to provide better balance assessments and effective treatments that will be invaluable to you, and you staff to prevent falls in your practice. more...

Preventing Falls in Older Adults
Preventing Falls in Older Adults Evidence-Based Assessment and Interventions

Instructor: Christopher Brechtel, PT, MBA, GCS, CSSGB

This comprehensive, lab-based workshop on balance and fall prevention is designed to teach clinicians to assess the entire patient and devise a treatment plan that will provide optimal outcomes. Standard assessments to reduce risk factors for falls will be combined with a thorough explanation of individualized treatment plans to broaden the attendee's assessment skill set. Vestibular rehabilitation strategies and techniques will be practiced in a lab format to ensure participants leave with treatments that can be implemented the next day in practice. Techniques to insure compliance, improve documentation efficiency, and optimize re-imbursement will be explained and demonstrated. The techniques you will learn in this workshop will allow you to provide better balance assessments and effective treatments that will be invaluable to you, and you staff to prevent falls in your practice. more...

Fall Prevention: Evidence-Based Assessments and Interventions for Decreasing Fall Risk Factors
Fall Prevention: Evidence-Based Assessments and Interventions for Decreasing Fall Risk Factors in SNFs, Home Health & Acute Care

Instructor: Susanne Pickering, MPH, MS, OTR/L, CHES, CAPT (Ret.) USPHS

This solution-based workshop is designed to give you the tools and techniques to identify fall-risk factors and help you implement strategies that can significantly reduce the incidence of falls among your patients. Attendees will be taught to assess the most observed and cited risk factors, and predict with increasing accuracy those individuals most at peril. Through case studies, current population incidence reports and recently published evidence, you will learn how to beat the national benchmark for falls reduction and save your facility the often unnecessary financial and legal burden created by falls related injuries. Therapists, administrators, nurses, and rehab professionals will all benefit from this coherent packaging of assessment and intervention strategies. more...

Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatment of Functional Disability
Evidence-Based Assessment & Treatment of Functional Disability

Instructor: Nicole Dawson, PT, MA

Older adults can pose unique challenges for clinicians due to their sedentary lifestyle and potential for complex medical history. This uniquely interactive workshop is filled with functional assessment and treatment strategies to facilitate successful outcomes in older adults. By combining evidence-based principles of exercise prescription with psychological strategies to motivate the most resistant geriatric client you will learn and practice training methods that are both effective and justifiable as medically necessary.  more...

Functional Gait Assessment and Therapeutic Exercise Systems
The Gait Assessment and Training Clinic Functional Re-training Solutions for Neurological and Orthopedic Disorders

Instructor: John B. Perry, PT, CSCS

This interactive, hands-on workshop is designed to look beyond an inspection of the walking foot and into an extensive geriatric gait analysis using an applied functional science perspective. Through biomechanical assessments, participants will discuss proven principles, strategies and techniques for comprehensive and individualized gait analysis. Early interventions based on gait analysis and the different factors and disorders affected by gait will be examined. Utilizing live & video case studies, you will discuss plans of action required after analysis and the tools required for proper implementation, including instructions for functional, proprioceptive-based exercise routines. You will return to your practice with an enhanced knowledge of geriatric gait biomechanics and the ability to immediately implement a functional exercise plan based on gait analysis findings.  more...

Design, Construction and Funding Essentials: Getting the Job Done
Design, Construction and Funding Essentials: Getting the Job Done

Instructor: Marnie Renda M.Ed., OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

In this workshop, you will explore the product, construction, and funding options available to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully live at home. This workshop examines solutions for common environmental barriers, incorporating tons of case studies. This includes an in-depth look at funding sources, complete with a tour of the options available in your state! You will leave with the knowledge to confidently make recommendations that can be implemented considering the funding, resources and client preference. more...

Stroke Recovery: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Improve Functional Cognition
Stroke Recovery: Evidence-Based Evaluation and Treatment to Improve Functional Cognition

Instructor: Anysia J. Ensslen, Ed.D., M.S., CCC-SLP

This workshop will provide you with the latest evidence-based knowledge related to cognitive deficits and their impact on stroke recovery. You will learn how to apply principles of experience-dependent neuroplasticity to select and implement functional treatment objectives that help your patients to maintain and improve their current levels of function. This workshop will increase your ability to apply patient-focused interventions that facilitate more independent completion of language-based ADL's. You will learn about proper documentation of patient goals and outcomes to optimize reimbursement for skilled services provided.  more...

Home Health Care
Advancing Your Skill Set in Home Health Care

Instructor: Eileen Bach, PT, M.Ed, DPT

This comprehensive course is focused on the evidence-based tools and clinical and team-based strategies needed to thrive in the home health care setting. Dr. Bach brings resources, case examples and interactive discussions to build your portfolio skills in delivering home health rehabilitation therapy care. Attendees will immediately be able to bring the key therapy competencies and understanding of how to optimize the delivery of home therapy services to their clinical practice. more...

Setting and Implementing Effective Goals and Interventions in Home Health Rehab
Setting and Implementing Effective Goals and Interventions in Home Health Rehab: Improving OASIS Accuracy and Plans of Care, Meeting Documentation Requirements

Instructor: Karen Yong, MA, PT

This important workshop is designed to provide rehab therapists and managers with the knowledge and tools needed to establish an effective rehab program for their patients in the home health setting based on the quality measures and documentation requirements from Medicare. Topics include discussion of current Medicare regulatory changes relevant to Home Health Rehab and managing quality domains related to medication management, pressure ulcer prevention and falls prevention. Participants will also learn OASIS guidelines for functional scoring, documentation recommendations to maximize reimbursement, and the knowledge and tools for setting up plans of care. Information gained from this workshop will allow attendees to be more effective as rehab professionals, and deliver quality care in the home health setting. more...

The Fundamentals of Home Health Therapy & Rehab
The Fundamentals of Home Health Therapy & Rehab

Instructor: Phyllis L. Ehrlich, MS, OTR/L, CHES

This practical and creative workshop is designed to give you adaptive equipment ideas, alternative treatments and documentation updates required to meet the many needs of the Home Care patient. Whether its growing risk factors such as falls, gait/balance disorders, age related cognitive decline, orthopedic disorders, or interventions to improve activities of daily living, this workshop will prepare participants for the next standard of geriatric care. Through real world examples and contemporary "outside the box" thinking, you will develop the skills necessary to produce better quality of living and improved patient outcomes for the rapidly approaching increase of home care patients. This workshop is aimed at those entering homecare. more...

Creating Accessible Home Modifications Facilitating Safety, Function and Options
Creating Accessible Home Modifications Facilitating Safety, Function and Options for Independence in the Home

Instructor: Rob Horkheimer, MPT, CEAC, CAPS, ECHM

This workshop will provide essential knowledge and tools for accessibility evaluations and solutions. Participants will receive practical strategies for home modification essentials including assessment, task analysis, product knowledge, funding resources, and special considerations for design and selection of ramps, lifts, and grab bars. These approaches will be presented, and practiced so that you may help individuals of varied functional levels (from high functioning to dependent). Healthcare professionals and accessibility consultants will return to work with cost effective, aesthetic, and tested solutions for environmental modifications. more...

How to Improve Patient Care at Home: Effective Home Health Care
How to Improve Patient Care at Home Effective Home Health Care

Instructor: Timothy K. Dunn, PT, DPT, GCS, COS-C

This timely one-day seminar will provide the home health therapist OASIS-C concepts that incorporate a multidisciplinary approach aimed at achieving measurable, meaningful characteristics & abilities useful to the patient. Participants will examine strategies for incorporating best practice principles of evidencebased care that are driven by patient centered goals. You will return to your agency and patients with tools to streamline service delivery, improve patient outcome & process measuring, and lower re-hospitalization rates - all while preserving the bottom line in a world of shrinking financial margins. more...

Hands-On Labs and Treatment Interventions to Improve Function in Vestibular Patients
Hands-On Labs and Treatment Interventions to Improve Function in Vestibular Patients

Instructor: Jean A. McConnell, MS, PT, ATC

Day two will focus strictly on hands-on lab time relating to evaluation and treatment for the multi-symptom complicated vertigo patient. Upon completion of this course the clinician will have manifested the ability and confidence in treating the dizzy, BPPV, migraneous, post concussive, cervicogenic, craniocervical, balance dysfunction, etc. diagnosed patient with assurance. more...

Improving Functional Mobility and Outcomes in Older Adults
Improving Functional Mobility and Outcomes in Older Adults

Instructor: Erica A. Pitsch, PT, MPT, DPT, NCS

This workshop will allow you to systematically challenge your patient's cognition while improving their mobility. Dr. Pitsch has designed this workshop to provide an understanding of cognitive domains you can apply immediately to your overall assessment and treatment strategies. By layering cognitive challenge with motor function, clinicians will be able to more effectively screen for fall risk or for deficits warranting referral to another healthcare provider for further work up. Armed with this knowledge, therapists will be able to create effective activities that yield results using everything from the simplest cues and props to complex video games. more...

Strength-Based Dementia Rehabilitation
Strength-Based Dementia Rehabilitation: Adaptive Treatment Strategies to Improve Assessment, Documentation, and Functional Outcomes

Instructor: Nicole Dawson, PT, MA

This contemporary workshop will provide you with a better understanding of cognitive aging through discussion on which parts of cognition are the strongest throughout the progression of dementia. Barriers to treatment will be discussed along with best practice, and evidence-based approaches to overcome these challenges to improve functional outcomes for these patients. This workshop will distinguish the different types of dementia, and utilize effective strategies to maximize patient outcomes. Understanding the use of a strength-based approach will be emphasized to help you and your staff better treat this growing group of challenging patients more...

Re-training Solutions for Geriatric Gait Mechanics & Functional Limitations
The Gait Assessment and Training Clinic Functional Re-training Solutions for Neurological and Orthopedic Disorders

Instructor: John B. Perry, PT, CSCS

Mobility, fluidity and gait mechanics with our clients looks different from setting to setting. Although the scientific principles remain the same, the strategies and techniques of our programs can vary. In this workshop, we look at movement awareness as it pertains to human movement during activities of daily living. We will also focus on the varied approaches to gait assessment, treatment, goal setting, and documentation based on specific rehabilitation settings throughout the geriatric population. This workshop addresses exercise progressions and specific program planning for a range of work environments including outpatient, hospital, and home health. SNF strategies will all be addressed. Rehab strategies for improving proprioception, functional mobility, injury management, and decreasing the risk of falls will be the focus. You will come away with an improved knowledge of biomechanics and exercise strategies as it pertains to human movement that are available for specific, immediate application. more...

Evidence-Based Interventions for Functional Stroke Recovery
Evidence-Based Interventions for Functional Stroke Recovery

Instructor: Julia Castleberry, MS PT, DPT, CLT, GCS

This workshop will provide you with the foundational information and help stroke patients to progress in their recovery. You will expand your treatment tools to include co-morbidity assessments, objective measures with built-in clinical interventions, and treatment progressions. Create your personal therapy toolbox utilizing easily accessible resources available for immediate clinical use. This workshop will prepare you for the growing demand for stroke rehabilitation. more...

Evidence-Based Interventions & Treatments for Stroke Rehab & Recovery
Evidence-Based Interventions & Treatments for Stroke Rehab & Recovery

Instructor: Karen McCain, PT, DPT, NCS

Some experts believe that stroke could soon be the most common cause of death worldwide. It is already the second leading cause of death in the western world, ranking above cancer, killing 144,000 people each year and is the leading cause of adult disability in the US and Europe. Stroke related physical disabilities include gait and balance problems, paralysis, speech loss, vision loss, apraxia (inability to perform learned movements) among others. The incidence of stroke increases exponentially at age 30, and with the baby boomers entering the section of the population that requires the most medical care, the amount of people affected by stroke will overcome many long-term care facilities, hospitals and other clinical settings. more...

Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Stroke Recovery
Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment for Stroke Recovery: Long-Term and Short-Term Interventions to Improve Functional Mobility in the Upper and Lower Extremities

Instructor: Ron Sheppard, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FABDA

This hands-on one day course is designed to guide you through effective, non- invasive treatment techniques for tone inhibition, edema reduction, increasing mobility of the upper extremity, realignment of the capitate bone, improving fine motor coordination of the hemiplegic hand, personalized Neurological Fine Motor Coordination (FMC) Activities "bag of tricks", and movement strategies for imbalance of the antagonist and agonist muscles toward flexion/ extension of the upper extremity. You will focus on the fundamentals and techniques of Neurological FMC as well as specific applications appropriate for persons with stroke to improve independence with ADLs, IADLs, and Leisure Performance. This course will provide you with functional reimbursable techniques you can immediately integrate into your treatments that can be used in virtually any environment with few contraindications. more...

Kinesiology Taping for Geriatrics
Kinesiology Taping for Geriatrics: Strategies for Stroke, Pain, Posture and Improving Functional Outcomes

Instructor: Angela Reimer, MOT, OTR

This hands-on, one day course is designed to guide you through appropriate therapeutic taping applications for the expanding geriatric population. Participants will focus on the fundamentals and techniques of taping as well as specific applications appropriate for this population including pain, edema, shoulder subluxation, stroke rehab, applications to improve posture and positioning, and many more. This course will provide you with taping techniques you can immediately integrate into your practice. You will learn non-invasive, practical methods of managing conditions specific to this population. Taping techniques learned can be used in virtually any environment with few contraindications. more...

Kinesiology Taping for Geriatrics
Kinesiology Taping for Geriatrics: Evidence-Based Interventions for Stroke, Arthritis, Safety and Improving Functional Outcomes

Instructor: Marlon Jant, DPT, PT

This hands-on, one day course will provide participants with an understanding of both orthopedic and non-orthopedic uses of kinesiology taping in geriatric patients. You will learn techniques to assess common orthopedic limitations of the upper and lower body, and gain skills to determine the appropriate integration of kinesiology taping with therapeutic exercise and other treatment techniques to improve function. Non-orthopedic uses for pain, stroke and edema will be explained and demonstrated, along with applications for scar management. Through hands-on labs and demonstrations, participants will practice taping techniques that can be applied to their practice the next day, and develop skills to improve function, safety and healing in their geriatric clients.  more...

Differential Diagnosis & Treatment of Vestibular Disorders
Differential Diagnosis & Treatment of Vestibular Disorders

Instructor: Jean A. McConnell, MS, PT, ATC

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, nearly 100 million Americans have experienced a vestibular problem at some point in their lives. There are numerous causes of vestibular dysfunction and the symptoms are many. Head trauma, cervical dysfunction, soft tissue and bony malalignment, bacterial or viral infections, are just some of the causative factors relating to headache, dizziness and vertigo related syndromes. This workshop is designed to enhance your awareness of the various indicators relating to headaches, dizziness, vertigo, gait and balance dysfunctions. Individuals with a diagnosed vestibular problem who also exhibit symptoms have an incidence of falling that is 12 times that of the general population. Overall, the cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion per year in the US. Getting effective treatment is frequently complicated by the challenge of diagnosing the specific source of the problem and finding clinicians with the knowledge and experience to treat these individual co-morbid diagnoses. more...

Assessment and Treatment of the Vestibular System
Assessment and Treatment of Vestibular System: Evidence-Based Examination and Interventions

Instructor: Amy Pause, DPT, PT

This evidence-based, hands-on workshop will provide the participant with an understanding of the vestibular system and its interactions with sensory balance structures that are vital for stability and function. Disorders of the vestibular system and secondary dysfunction will be reviewed. This course is designed so the participant can perform a basic comprehensive examination of the vestibular and sensory systems, interpret findings, and develop a treatment plan with evidence- based interventions to help maximize functional outcomes in this patient population.Hands-on lab instruction will complement course content and provide the therapist with clinical tools. more...

The Fundamentals of Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
The Fundamentals of Vestibular Assessment and Treatment

Instructor: Jeff I. Ladinsky, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS

Through an integrated format of lecture, lab, case studies and open discussion, this workshop will provide therapists with the foundation and latest evidence to effectively evaluate and treat common vestibular disorders. You will acquire assessment tools to determine if dysfunction or faulty integration may exist within the vestibular, visual or somatosensory systems, along with treatment solutions to improve ADLs and quality of life for your clients. This workshop is applicable to clinicians without vestibular experience while maintaining the interest and expanding the clinical skills of the more experienced vestibular rehabilitation clinician. more...

Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
Vestibular Assessment and Treatment Critical Thinking and Appropriate Treatment for Common Disorders

Instructor: Julie A. Neal, OTR/L

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation through anatomical study of the vestibular system and effective treatment modalities for one of the most common vestibular disorders. The first day will cover the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and provide analysis of the interdependence of the vestibular, visual and somatosensory systems. Common diseases of the inner ear, current medical assessments, and treatments will be discussed and reviewed with a focus on treatment strategies for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Hands-on lab sessions will give participants an opportunity to practice the knowledge to truly ground their understanding of the content in practical application and prepare therapists who are new to vestibular disorders for day two. more...

The Shoulder Clinic: Innovative Treatments for Post-Surgical and Sports-Related Shoulder Disorders
The Shoulder Clinic: Combining Evidence & Innovation for the Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Shoulder Disorders

Instructor: Robert McCabe, MS, PT, OCS

Shoulder disorders are common in the post boomer fitness enthusiast, recreational and professional athlete. The ability to accurately identify dysfunction or the weak link along the kinetic chain is critical and can challenge even the most advanced clinician. This dynamic course reinforces practical evaluation techniques of key performance factors in sports (baseball and golf) and their relationship to shoulder dysfunction. This unique workshop blends evidence-based biomechanical concepts with innovative rehabilitation strategies for the athlete or high level patient following injury or surgery. Upon completion of this course, the clinician will understand the biomechanical rationale and reasoning for implementing regular vs. accelerated rehabilitation protocols for patients following specific shoulder surgeries. Attendees of this course will be able to immediately use practical strategies to maximize outcome, even in the most demanding or complex patient. This pivotal workshop features lecture presentations, videos of innovative rehabilitation interventions, open discussions, and ample lab time to practice newly learned techniques including corrective exercises and taping techniques for scapula dyskinesia. more...

Coding, Billing, Documentation & Compliance for Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Services
Coding, Billing, Documentation & Compliance for Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Services

Instructor: Patsy Dunson, CPMA, CHP, CPC

This timely one-day workshop will provide physical, occupational and speech therapists and assistants with guidelines for ensuring accurate use of diagnosis and procedure codes, as well as an understanding of the documentation and clinical reasoning to support medical necessity for services provided. In addition to learning proven coding, billing and documentation strategies, you will understand why claims are denied, the claims appeals process, and how to prepare for and respond to a Medicare audit. more...

Medicare Coding, Billing and Documentation
Medicare Coding, Billing and Documentation for Outpatient Physical & Occupational Therapy

Instructor: Julie B. Barnett, PT, DPT, MTC

This timely one-day workshop distills down the principles and background of coding, billing and documentation for outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy services, and how to achieve a clean claim without denials. Through hands-on practices, you will learn how to correctly utilize CPT and HCPCS codes for services and supplies, and when and how to use G-Codes in functional limitation reporting along with severity modifiers. You will participate in tracking a therapy insurance claim through a billing cycle from evaluation to payment received. Outcome instruments will be demonstrated, performed and scored along with appropriate documentation to support medical necessity. You will also learn how to prepare for a Medicare audit, what constitutes fraud and abuse, and how to safely incorporate digital data with patient care and medical records for HIPAA compliance. Effective strategies for communicating policies and collecting from patients will also be demonstrated and practiced. more...

Applying Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy Combining Current Trends in Evidence-Based Practice
Applying Therapeutic Exercise and Manual Therapy Combining Current Trends in Evidence-Based Practice

Instructor: Alex Siyufy DPT, ATC, SCS, Cert. MDT, Cert. DN

This workshop will enhance the clinician's critical reasoning process by providing the most recent advances to further enhance evidence-informed practice. Each participant will receive a comprehensive workshop manual with multiple summary tables that detail "take home" findings from the research studies. Expand your toolbox and learn manual therapy techniques to deactivate trigger points. The exercises and manual therapy techniques taught can be immediately implemented into practice with patients, athletes and clients. more...

Kinesiology Taping and Manual Therapy
Kinesiology Taping and Manual Therapy

Instructor: Myra M. Meekins PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

This one day, lab-intensive workshop will teach clinicians how to utilize various taping techniques for the healthy, acute, sub-acute and chronic health population. You will apply knowledge of relevant region-specific anatomy and biomechanics to the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, and learn how to integrate manual therapy with taping techniques for spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle. Workshop sessions are hands-on and interactive to ensure successful comprehension and retention of techniques that can be used immediately upon return to practice. Proper documentation and billing codes will also be covered..  more...

Manual Therapy for Managing Neck Pain
Manual Therapy for Managing Neck Pain

Instructor: Philip Toal, PT, DPT, OCS, C-OMPT, FAAOMPT

During this workshop, cervical spine functional anatomy, mechanics and medical screening are reviewed with a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice. Disorders affecting the connective, muscular and nervous tissues of the cervical spine, correctly identifying patients that are appropriate for physical therapy and screening for non-musculoskeletal disorders that warrant a medical referral will be reviewed. Cervical disorders will be analyzed for proper evaluation and treatment and participants will be able to subcategorize patients into a treatment classification based on a patient's clinical presentation. Participants will be able to apply appropriate hands-on techniques and skilled exercise prescription to expedite patient recovery. more...

The Shoulder Clinic: Hands-On Manual Therapy for Shoulder Disorders
The Shoulder Clinic: Combining Evidence & Innovation for the Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Shoulder Disorders

Instructor: Robert McCabe, MS, PT, OCS

The management of patients with shoulder dysfunction often challenges the most experienced clinician. Increasing the clinician's ability to accurately identify sources of dysfunction will serve to enhance the quality and efficiency of patient care by indicating the most appropriate and effective treatment protocol. This unique course offers evidence-based biomechanical treatment approach that incorporate advanced manual therapy techniques and innovative rehabilitation exercises for regular and challenging patients with common surgical and non-surgical shoulder disorders. An important aim of this course is to provide the clinician with new clinical tools that can be applied immediately to a wide variety of patients. This pivotal workshop features lecture presentations, videos of surgeries and innovative rehabilitation techniques, open discussions, case studies and shoulder / scapula mobilization techniques. Extensive lab time will be devoted to a hands-on instruction approach, with ample time for practicing newly learned techniques. more...

Shoulder Disorders
Shoulder Disorders | Diagnosis, Management and Evidence-Based Treatment

Instructor: Donald Earley, OTD, MA, OTR

The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to assist the clinician, therapist and trainer in the advancement of their expertise in evaluating and treating frequently seen shoulder conditions. Mr. Earley will take you step-by-step through the pathoanatomy of the shoulder and the assessment of dysfunction around the scapulo-thoracic and gleno-humeral joints utilizing case studies of recurring, complex shoulder problems. Current evidence-based interventions are presented and analyzed for a variety of diagnoses. You will return to your practice with more tools to evaluate, assess and treat difficult shoulder problems in less time and with less expense to the patient. more...

The Difficult Shoulder Assessment and Treatment Solutions for the Frozen Shoulder, Total Shoulder Replacement, and Other Complex Shoulder Surgeries
The Difficult Shoulder Assessment and Treatment Solutions for the Frozen Shoulder, Total Shoulder Replacement, and Other Complex Shoulder Surgeries

Instructor: George A. Summers, MPT, OCS, C-IDN, CES,

A skilled therapist will help a patient reduce their pain quickly and dramatically, and avoid surgery. When surgery is the only option, a skilled therapist will help the patient obtain the best outcomes, with the least amount of discomfort, and in the least amount of time. This workshop will provide you with all the tools you will need to successfully evaluate and treat any shoulder problem you are presented with. Through hands-on assessment and live case studies, you will be taught how to systematically list all underlying causes of shoulder dysfunction, and then be given the tools to correct those underlying causes. This unique yet simple approach to the shoulder has been developed over 20 years. Bottom line, It gets results and makes therapy fun! This could be the most in-depth, yet easily understood and useable shoulder approach you will find.  more...

Effective Treatments for Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction
Effective Treatments for Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction

Instructor: Philip Toal, PT, DPT, OCS, C-OMPT, FAAOMPT

Much attention is given to assessing shoulder pain in athletes, especially overhead throwing athletes. However, shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint in the general population and proficiency in treatment of the non-athletic patient is just as essential. Participants in this course will practice evaluation and treatment techniques aimed at identifying the root of shoulder issue(s) to restore function and decrease pain. Differential diagnosis will be applied using the best available special tests and applying hands on therapy to improve ROM and decrease pain. Attendees will learn which exercises are best to target the muscle groups intended to best achieve outcomes through practical application and handson practice. more...

Shoulder Rehabilitation: An Approach Beyond Standard Protocols
Shoulder Rehabilitation: An Approach Beyond Standard Protocols

Instructor: Tambra Marik, OTR/L, OTD, CHT

As part of the workshop, you will explore the relationship of regional mechanical systems to recurring shoulder pain and replace diagnosis specific protocols with an individualized methodology for the assessment and treatment of muscular movements related to pain. Going beyond standard post-op protocols, you will gain knowledge to customize and progress rehabilitation programs based on scientific principles and individual patient characteristics/life-style. With a clear understanding of the musculoskeletal connections within the upper quadrant kinetic chain, you will return to your practice with the ability to implement exercises, manual techniques, and proprioceptive training methods to customize a patient's rehabilitation program to reach optimal clinical outcomes. more...

Corrective Exercises and Training Techniques for Successful Return to Sport
Corrective Exercises and Training Techniques for Successful Return to Sport

Instructor: Darren Riccio MSPT, COMT, CFT, CWT

This lab-oriented workshop will teach you to successfully evaluate the injured athlete, especially once they have passed through the maximum and moderate protective phases of recovery to allow for a smoother transition back to athletic participation. You will expand your knowledge base as to why the recent increase in the rate of injury in our athletic populations has transpired. This workshop will also provide hands on experience and practice of functional testing used to assess athletes as a whole, how to implement appropriate corrective exercises and movement preparation skills, as well as how to apply advanced sport specific exercises to their treatment and training regimens. more...

Kinesiology Taping, Manual Therapy & NeuroMuscular Re-Activation
Kinesiology Taping, Manual Therapy & NeuroMuscular Re-Activation Combining Evidence-Based Approaches for Optimal Outcomes

Instructor: Michael Blubaugh, MSPT, CPT

This one-day workshop focuses on the most effective taping and proper billing practices to ensure that you are not only able to achieve superior clinical outcomes with your patients but are also able to receive full reimbursement for the services rendered. A test-treat-retest methodology is practiced so that immediate effects of treatments can be modified as needed for optimal effectiveness, and after completing the workshop, you will be able to immediately implement the strategies you learned for immediate positive outcomes. more...

The Fundamentals of Therapeutic & Kinesiology Taping
The Fundamentals of Therapeutic & Kinesiology Taping

Instructor: Matthew Casseday, PT, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN

This hands-on workshop gives participants an interactive opportunity to learn the benefits of therapeutic taping, using kinesiology taping and other valuable taping forms. You will participate in hands-on taping labs to optimize joint, alignment, improve joint proprioception, and treat a variety of issues, while facilitating or inhibiting muscular function. You will practice these taping strategies, which can be implemented immediately in their current practice providing added value and benefit to athletes and/or patients. more...

Kinesiology Taping and Manual Therapy
KinesiologyTaping and Manual Therapy: Combining Two Evidence-Based Approaches

Instructor: Mark Murphy PT, MTC, MPT, FAAOMPT, OCS

This lab-intensive, one day course will guide the participant through implementation of taping techniques for an array of pathologies throughout the human body for both athletic and non-athletic applications. Kinesiology taping strategies will be taught in a hands-on interactive format to ensure participants receive an effective modality that can be implemented immediately upon return to their practices. In addition to being able to effectively implement treatment through therapeutic taping, information will be provided on the latest taping and billing codes to be certain course participants are able to receive full reimbursement for the treatments covered throughout the day. more...

Kinesiology Taping Strategies for the Full Body
Kinesiology Taping Strategies for the Full Body

Instructor: Ryan Palkoner, PT, MPT, Cert. ART

This lab-intensive workshop will take you through the process of recognizing the pathologies that will most benefit from kinesiology taping techniques and how to effectively implement them. Kinesiology taping strategies will be taught in a hands-on format to ensure that you receive an effective modality that can be instantly utilized upon returning to your practice. You will learn strategies to improve joint mobility, ROM and improve outcomes across the board for every patient population by utilizing a full body approach to effective kinesiology taping. This workshop will teach you to effectively inhibit and facilitate muscle movement to meet the challenges and produce results for a wide variety of pathologies encountered throughout the body. more...

Therapeutic Taping, Posture and Positioning Techniques
Therapeutic Taping, Posture and Positioning Techniques for Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Instructor: Tambra Marik, OTR/L, OTD, CHT

Therapeutic taping has been shown to provide external support to optimize joint alignment, inhibit overactive synergistic or antagonistic muscles, facilitate underactive movement synergist, promote proprioception, reduce pain, and unload irritable neural tissue. Because of these benefits, the application of therapeutic taping is widely used among rehabilitation therapists. This interactive lab-based course will introduce participants to evidence-based techniques combined with theoretical constructs to support therapeutic taping as an adjunct to rehabilitation programs. Extremely relevant and practical clinical skills will be learned by combining therapeutic taping, posture exercises, and positioning interventions for the treatment of common upper extremity pathologies. You will immediately optimize patient outcomes for both, conservative and post-operative conditions. more...

The Fundamentals of Therapeutic and Kinesiology Taping
The Fundamentals of Therapeutic and Kinesiology Taping

Instructor: William Oswald PT, DPT, OCS

Through an integrated format of lecture and hands-on labs, you will review the evidence for therapeutic and kinesiology taping, and learn specific taping protocols that can be quickly integrated into practice. Kinesiology tape can be a valuable clinical tool used in conjunction with other treatments and modalities to have immediate positive effects on movement and performance, while reducing pain and improving clinical outcomes for your clients and patients. more...

Using Evidence-Based, Standardized Tests and Measures
Using Evidence-Based, Standardized Tests and Measures

Instructor: Gerard Mounic, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, C/NDT, COS-C, AOTA Board Certified Physical Rehabilitation

This workshop will focus on how to use objective, evidence-based, standardized tests and measures to accurately and appropriately document and justify overall function. These tests also track performance in the areas of motor, sensory, perception, vision, cognition, and pain and cardiopulmonary status. The use of these standardized measures will improve and substantiate documentation, validating skilled services and justifying continued services by taking patient progress out of the realm of guessing and hypothesis into the world of proven data. In one day you will review many of the tests and measures covered with hands-on practice labs that will improve clinical documentation and substantiate sustained need while implementing evidence-based care. This workshop is beneficial for multiple disciplines, populations, and settings and offers skills and techniques that can be implemented immediately.  more...

Evidence-Based Assessments and Treatments for Thoracic Spine
Evidence-Based Assessments and Treatments for Thoracic Spine: Integrating Manual Therapy & Neuromuscular Re-education for Improved Functional Outcomes

Instructor: David Smith, PT, MPT, OCS

This lab-intensive workshop utilizes an anatomical and biomechanical approach to treatment of the thoracic spine. Mr. Smith will guide you through the patient analysis and demonstrate how to make the best clinical decisions regarding evaluation, plan of care development, and selecting the best interventions for patients with thoracic back pain and pathologies. You will review and practice the use of exercise to complement manual therapy and other lines of treatment to effectively improve outcomes. Evidence-based practice sessions will be utilized throughout the day to ensure you are able to implement these effective treatment strategies immediately upon return to the clinic. more...

Myofascial Trigger Point Identification and Treatment
Manual Therapy Techniques for Myofascial Trigger Point Identification and Treatment

Instructor: Joseph E. Mancuso, PT, ATC

This dynamic course provides trigger point techniques and implementation methods that will allow therapists to provide patients with myofascial release interventions that create lasting results. Attendees will learn the highly effective pain management techniques of the Travell/Simons' methods with an emphasis on restoring balanced posture and efficient movement patterns using myofascial trigger point procedures. Attendees will participate in hands-on evaluation and elimination of trigger point labs which will demonstrate how to use your proprioceptive senses to detect changes in tissue mobility, texture and tone. You will review precipitating and perpetuating factors and return to your practice able to create an effective rehabilitation program to help relieve persistent pain, loss of function and movement impairments.  more...

Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Right-Brain Thinkers
Learning Interventions and Strategies for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and Right-Brain Thinkers

Instructor: Lori Benson-Adams, M.Ed.

Visual-spatial learners have powerful right brain hemispheres, thinking and learning in pictures as opposed to a step-by-step presentation of information. They tend to grasp ideas as a complete whole, or big picture, and do not learn in smaller steps of drill, practice or repetition. This innovative, new workshop takes you inside the mind of the visual-spatial learner to view the classroom, and home through the child's eyes of complete concepts and pictures instead of words. Comprehensive assessment tools will be outlined to identify the characteristics of the visual spatial learner. You will learn methods to build auditory skills while teaching to the visual strength of the child. more...

Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia & Right-Brain Thinkers
Breakthrough Learning Interventions for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia & Right-Brain Thinkers for the Visual Spatial Learner

Instructor: Lori Benson-Adams, M.Ed.

This innovative new workshop takes you inside the mind of the visual-spatial learner to view the classroom, and home, through the child's eyes of complete concepts and pictures instead of words. Comprehensive assessment tools will be outlined to identify the characteristics of the visual spatial learner. The sometimes overwhelming task of accommodating various learning styles will be presented in a clearly formatted and effective approach. Attendees will learn methods to build auditory skills while teaching to the visual strength of the child. You will return to your classroom or clinic with functional intervention strategies and visualization tools to engage children and help them learn more effectively. more...

Shoulder Evaluation and Treatment for the Throwing Athlete
Shoulder Evaluation and Treatment for the Throwing Athlete: An Evidence-Based Approach to Managing Pain, Preventing Injury and Returning to Sport

Instructor: Jonathan C. Sum PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS

This engaging, hands-on workshop will allow physical and occupational therapists, PT assistants, COTAs, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physician assistants, and other health care practitioners to improve their fundamental knowledge of common shoulder pathologies and disorders commonly associated with the overhead athlete. This workshop will include anatomic, physiologic, and biomechanical information related to the shoulder, as well as throwing specific biomechanics overview and risk factors, which will include trunk and lower extremity contributions to throwing. Discussion and extensive hands-on labs will be utilized to provide you with a comprehensive evidence-based knowledge and skills to immediately implement in your training and therapy regimen. more...