Rehabilitation Services Continuing Education Courses

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Intended Audience: OT/COTA

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Course Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Check in time: 4:45-5 pm
Course time: 5-8 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France avenue S, Edina, MN 55435
International Room

Contact hours: 3.0  
Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $70

Instructors:
Katelyn Brady attended the Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska to receive her doctorate in occupational therapy in 2011. She worked at Creighton University Medical Center in both inpatient and outpatient therapy from  2011- 2015. Katelyn began working at Fairview Acute Rehab Unit in 2016- present. Katelyn has focused efforts in Post-Acute Rehab on appropriate OT cognitive assessments and treatment strategies. Katelyn presented information on EFPT presentation at the Annual MOTA conference in November. 2017 and has presented on this topic for Fairview Rehab Services in 2018. .   

Rosie Taylor attended University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse  receive her Master’s in occupational therapy in 2014. She began working at Fairview Acute Rehab Center in 2016 - present. Rosie’s serves as a representative for the all system cognitive work group, focused on enhancing cognition assessments and treatment across the continuum of care.  Rosie has presented on this topic for Fairview rehab Services in 2018.  

Course Description:
The EFPT was developed by Baum, Morrison, Hahn & Edwards in 2003 at the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University Medical School. The assessment examines executive functioning in the context of a 4 functional tasks. This course will incorporate a workshop portion that will allow each member to practice and engage with the subtests of the EFPT. It will include information on the purpose of the assessment, education on the scoring including examples of its use. The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians an opportunity to focus on familiarizing themselves with how to administer this assessment in a way that helps clinicians feel prepared to bring this back and implement into their practice. 

Relevance to OT:
The Executive Function Performance Test is a performance-based assessment of executive function through observation of four Instrumental Activities of Daily Living.

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  •  Understand the purpose and intended audience for use of this measure.
  • Define the standardization and scoring of the EFPT
  • Recognize the evidence and research behind the use of the EFPT
  • Demonstrate ability to administer this assessment and interpret the results
  • Identify resources needed to implement the assessment in your clinic
  • Add the EFPT to your occupational therapy tool box of assessments to better evaluate cognition deficits in patients with neurological deficits.

Agenda

4:45-5:00 pm       Registration/check in

5:00-5:30 pm       Description of EFPT

                              Scoring and assessment

5:30-7:30 pm      Practice parts of the assessment: 30 minutes per subtest.

7:30-8:00 pm            Reviewing the assessment step up

                              Questions & Answers

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Intended Audience: Pediatric SLP, OT, feeding therapist

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Course Level: Intermediate

Check in time: 7:30-8 am

Course time: 8-4 pm

Location: University of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital

2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Held in the WILF Family Center

Contact hours: 6.5

Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $175

Instructor:

Jessica Grittner is a speech-language pathologist with almost 20 years of experience working with children with disabilities. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and teaches two graduate-level dysphagia courses. For the past three years she has offered the University’s first pediatric dysphagia class. In her clinical role with Fairview, she is an inpatient speech therapist at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Jessica has been awarded Fairview’s Clinical Specialist title for her work in pediatric ICU and dysphagia care, and she brings knowledge gained from working in a hospital that is internationally recognized for its innovative treatments for rare diseases and disorders.

Course Description:

This one-day course will cover a systems approach to feeding therapy diagnosis and intervention. Class participants will gain experience making clinical decisions to establish clear treatment pathways in the face of difficult or novel medical diagnoses, have hands-on opportunities to better understand thickening and enteral diets, and create opportunities for collaboration with colleagues and specialists.

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  •  Conceptualize the systems approach assessment, intervention, and counseling.
  • Use a diagnostic formula to describe challenging cases and outline a treatment plan.
  • Create a plan for collaboration to improve your patients outcomes.

Agenda   

7:30-8:00                     Registration

8:00-9:00                     Introduction

  • The topic: systems approach to feeding therapy
  • Group work

9:00-10:30                   Diagnostic statements, treatment plans & collaboration

10:30-10:45                 BREAK

10:45-12:00                 Thickening & enteral nutrition

  • Summary of the topic
  • Line spread & IDDSI testing for thickness
  • Comparison of thickening techniques
  • Enteral nutrition options

12:00-1:00                   Lunch

1:00-2:00                     Neuromotor system

  • Summary of the topic
  • Analysis of VFSS to understand central vs. peripheral neuropathy

2:00-2:15                     BREAK

2:15-3:00                     Gastrointestinal system

  • Summary of the topic
  • Interactive portion

3:00-4:00                     Questions & Answers/Discussion

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Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, 2019
Audience: Intended for PT, PTAs

**All rehab professionals working in all settings (Acute care, TCU, LTC, Homecare…) are welcome
Course Level: Introductory
Check in time: Saturday: 8-8:30 am
Course time: Saturday: 8:30-4:45 pm and Sunday: 8-5 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France Avenue S, Edina, MN 55435
International Room A and B 

Contact Hours: 15.5 (Including Assessment Centers)
Course intended to be attended in full

Course fee: APTA members: $140 and Non-members $230  Other disciplines: $280

Description: The Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP) provides clinicians with the skills and information necessary to provide a structured learning environment and enhanced educational experience for students. Course content reflects an interdisciplinary approach to experiential learning methods, with an emphasis on didactic content related to clinical teaching, supervision, and evaluation. Participants are expected to understand and integrate the behaviors and traits of highly effective educators, role models, and mentors into their performance as a clinical instructor. Successful course participants will return to their clinic with a greater understanding of:

  • planning and preparing for health care clinical education experiences
  • supportive learning through questioning and effective feedback
  • identifying and implementing performance evaluation metrics
  • managing students with exceptional situations or circumstances
  • exploring legal implications for clinical educators, including issues presented by ADA legislation

This course is intended for health care providers in a clinical setting with more than one year of experience serving as a clinician and who intend to provide clinical education in a supervisory role to students, including physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and health care providers from other professions. Both new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapist assistant educators will benefit from participating in the course. Classroom interaction is emphasized as a means to highlight and discuss different ideas and create a shared learning environment in which each student brings a unique and valuable perspective to the conversation. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who successfully complete this course will receive a credential which verifies their status as an APTA-Credentialed Clinical Instructor (CI), as well as 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which may be used to satisfy licensure renewal requirements.

The “Assessment Center” and formal Credentialing is available only to PT and PTAs, where participants have opportunity to apply information from the program to simulated situations. Successful completion of each station in the Assessment Center results in the APTA Clinical Instructor Credentialing. The 6 Assessment Center stations are integrated into the course, therefore, each participant must attend all sessions of the Program and Assessment Center in in its entirety for credentialing.

Instructors:

Amanda LaLonde PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. LaLonde received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point in 2003, and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Program in Physical Therapy. In 2014 she earned her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through The College of St. Scholastica. She is Board Certified in Geriatrics through the ABPTS. Amanda is the Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota. She has been a Credentialed Clinical Instructor Trainer since 2017 and enjoys working with the clinical community across disciplines. Shaped by her own experiences as a clinician, Amanda strives to ensure students reflect on the complex role of clinical practice; seeing beyond a diagnosis or treatment plan to truly engage with their clients. Through mentoring and education, Amanda believes clinical instructors and students can work together to enhance the lives of the clients they serve.

Sharon L Kimble PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Dr. Kimble received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School.  In 2009 she earned a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Saint Catherine’s University. She is certified in both geriatrics and neurology through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Sharon has been a credentialed clinical instructor since 1999 and a credentialed clinical instructor trainer since 2017.  Sharon was awarded the Excellence in Clinical Education Award from the University of Minnesota in 2018.  One of her areas of expertise in clinical instruction is management of 2:1 placements. 

Objectives:

The course participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of a clinical instructor.
  2. Write behavioral objectives that design and measure the student’s performance.
  3. Identify the characteristics of the adult learner.
  4. Influence the student’s learning by understanding readiness to learn and learning styles.
  5. Facilitate learning in the clinical environment.
  6. Differentiate between formative and summative types of evaluation.
  7. Identify selected tools used in providing evaluative feedback to students.
  8. Manage the exceptional student in clinical education.
  9. Lead co-workers in being better prepared to provide clinical education

Agenda:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

8-8:30 am                 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30-10 am               Section I-Clinician as Clinical Education

10-12:30 pm             Section II-Readiness to Learn

12:30-1:30 pm          LUNCH (On your own)

1:30- 4:45 pm           Section III- Facilitating Learning in the Clinical Environment
                                 Orientation to Assessment Center; Assessment Center Station 1
                                 Assessment Center Station 2

Sunday, April 14, 2019

8-12 pm               Section IV- Performance Assessment in the Clinical Environment
                                 Section V- Legal, Regulatory, and ADA Issues in Clinical Education   

12-12:45 pm             LUNCH (On your own)

12:45-2:45 pm          Section VI- Managing the Exceptional Student in Clinical Education Assessment Center Stations 3, 4, 5, 6

2:45-5 pm                 Debriefing, Scoring Assessment Center

 

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Registration deadline is: March 22, 2019

Audience:  PT, OT, Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Therapists
Course level: Introductory  
Date: Wednesday, April 172019
Check in time: 5-5:30pm  Class time: 5:30-8 pm
Location: University of MN Masonic Children’s Hospital
2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Held in the Wilf Family Center

Contact hours: 2.5 hours will be submitted to the MN Board of PT for approved credits and AOTA
Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course fee: $50

Course Description
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 5.7 million adults live with heart failure. As rehabilitative therapists (PT/OT/CR/PR), we are uniquely situated to help patients living with heart failure by improving quality of life and decreasing overall cost of care. This course will provide an overview of the current evidence for physical therapy management of heart failure, specifically focusing on appropriate exercise prescription based on the New York Heart Association (NYHA) Functional Classification. 
The course will give a brief background on the signs and symptoms of heart failure, medical and rehabilitation management of heart failure, as well as an in depth discussion of advanced heart failure management including use of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). Detailed instruction on how to safely care for and rehabilitate a patient who has an LVAD will be provided, including LVAD parameters, vital signs, and clinical monitoring of exercise in patients with LVADs. Current evidence for exercise in patients with LVADs will be discussed. 
This course will discuss this patient population across the continuum of care including criteria for outpatient cardiac rehab. It will utilize a variety of teaching strategies including lecture, and demonstration, and will include case studies to assist the learner in applying course material. 

Bio's

Deidre King is an experienced clinician with over 10 years of experience in acute care physical therapy, working primarily in the cardiopulmonary unit. Deidre has been an integral member of process improvement initiatives to improve the care provided to our cardiac population. Deidre also currently serves as an admissions liaison for the Fairview Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation and Transitional Care.

Kelli Nielsen graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the Mayo School of Health Sciences and graduated in 2012. She then went on to complete a neurologic residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. She became American Board of Physical Therapy Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist in 2013. She worked full time with inpatient adults at the University of Minnesota Medical Center from 2013-2016 and continues to work part time primarily in the intensive care unit and step down ICU. She is now an assistant professor in the doctoral physical therapy program at Saint Catherine University teaching neurologic, pulmonary, and acute care physical therapy.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Accurately determine exercise precautions and monitoring of patients with left ventricular assistive device. 
  • Apply current evidence accurately for safe exercise prescription in patients with NYHA classes I-IV heart failure. 
  • Determine appropriate exercise intervention options (e.g. high-intensity training) in patients with advanced heart failure.

Agenda:

5-5:30 pm       Registration

5:30-6pm        Exercise precautions and monitoring

6-7 pm            NYHA classes

                        Exercise prescription

7-8 pm            Exercise interventions

                        Advanced heart failure patients

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FAIRVIEW EMPLOYEES: This course is on a wait list for Fairview/HealthEast employees.  If you wish to be placed on the wait list continue to register. 
NON-EMPLOYEES: Seats still remain, please continue to register

Intended Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Course Level: Intermediate

Check in time: 7:30-8:00AM
Course time: 8:00-4:30PM
Location: Woodwinds Health Campus

1925 Woodwinds Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

 Conference Room A, B and C (Main Level)

Contact hours: 7.0
Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $200.00

Instructor:

Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida and Co-Director of the Innovative Mobility Innovative (IMOVE™) Lab. She graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. Dr. Dawson is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with over 16 years of clinical experience along with a PhD in Adult Development & Aging Psychology.  She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy through receipt of the Distinguished Educator Award and the American Physical Therapy Association being awarded the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Faculty Award. Her current area of research includes developing non-pharmacological interventions to improve functional and psychosocial outcomes in patients with dementia, identifying predictors of falls in older adults with cognitive impairment, as well as gaining a better understanding of the disability experience of older adults. Dr. Dawson has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Gerontologist and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She is passionate about the bettering the treatment and care of these patients and is dedicated to assisting students and clinicians in gaining skills and knowledge to better help these patients maximize their potential.     

Course Description:

The current course will provide you with a better understanding of primary aging processes that may affect an older adult’s functional status.  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.  An evidence-based approach for functional assessment and treatment will be thoroughly discussed to ensure that basic exercise science principles are used during assessment and prescription of physical activity. 

Sixty-two percent of adults 65 years and older have limitations with basic or complex activities.  Some of these limitations can be due to the fact that older adults are generally less physically active than their younger counterparts.  In addition to greater functional limitations leading to possible disability, less physical activity can lead to increased risk of chronic diseases and mortality.  Exercise and physical activity have been found to increase average life expectancy in humans as it can reduce chronic disease development and other secondary aging effects.  Exercise also can increase reserve capacity in older adults with sedentary lifestyle thereby affecting the secondary aging process as well as increase aerobic capacity and muscle strength.  Older adults can pose unique challenges for clinicians due to their sedentary lifestyle and potential for complex medical history. Rehabilitation professionals are experts in movement science and should play an integral role in prescription of appropriate physical activity to ensure maximal levels of success with older adults.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Participant will be able to:

  • Describe the processes in primary aging that can lead to functional limitations and disability
  • Recognize the potential barriers and complexities that may impede successful treatment
  • Distinguish the different types of functional assessment tools and understand proper use of each
  • Interpret and integrate information from functional examination to organize proper plan of treatment
  • Provide skilled justification via necessary documentation of functional status and response to intervention
  • Outline current evidenced-based interventions and best practices in literature
  • Utilize effective intervention strategies to be successful with functional deficits in older adults
  • Identify considerations in individuals with comorbidities during treatment using exercise

Agenda:

7:30-8 am               Check in/Continental Breakfast

8-10 am                  Age-related structural and functional changes

  • Disablement Model
  • Aging Stereotypes
  • Benefits of Physical Activity

10-10:15 am           BREAK

10:15-12 pm           Exercise Science Principles in Geriatrics

  • Physical Stress Theory

12-1 pm                  LUNCH

1-2 pm                    Principals of task specificity

2-2:30 pm               Functional Assessment in Older Adults

2:30-2:45 pm          BREAK

2:45-4:30 pm          Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Successful Outcomes

                                Integration of assessment and interventions

                                Questions and Answers

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FAIRVIEW EMPLOYEES: This course is on a wait list for Fairview/HealthEast employees.  If you wish to be placed on the wait list continue to register. 
NON-EMPLOYEES: Seats still remain, please continue to register

Intended Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Course Level: Intermediate
Check in time: 7:30-8:00AM
Course time: 8:00-4:30PM
Location: Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Conference Room A, B and C (Main Level)

Contact hours: 7.0

Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $200.00

Instructor:

Nicole Dawson, PT, PhD, GCS is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Central Florida and Co-Director of the Innovative Mobility Innovative (IMOVE™) Lab. She graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2002. Dr. Dawson is a Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapist with over 16 years of clinical experience along with a PhD in Adult Development & Aging Psychology. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy through receipt of the Distinguished Educator Award and the American Physical Therapy Association being awarded the Margaret L. Moore Outstanding New Faculty Award. Her current area of research includes developing non-pharmacological interventions to improve functional and psychosocial outcomes in patients with dementia, identifying predictors of falls in older adults with cognitive impairment, as well as gaining a better understanding of the disability experience of older adults. Dr. Dawson has been published in peer-reviewed journals including The Gerontologist and the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She is passionate about the bettering the treatment and care of these patients and is dedicated to assisting students and clinicians in gaining skills and knowledge to better help these patients maximize their potential.

Course Description:

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.

The current course 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Participant will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between normal and pathological aging.
  • Distinguish the different types of dementia and their symptomology.
  • Recognize the progression of dementia and appropriate treatment goals for each stage.
  • Contrast differences between strength-based approach and traditional medical model.
  • Evaluate remaining strengths and domains requiring compensation in patients with dementia.
  • Outline current evidenced-based interventions and best practices in literature.
  •  Utilize effective communication strategies and person-centered care to maximize outcome.

Agenda:

7:30-8:00AM Check in/Continental Breakfast

8-10:00 AM Brain Structure and Function

10-10:15 am BREAK

10:15-12 pm   Progression of Dementia

12-1 pm LUNCH

1-2 pm Strength-based Approach to Rehabilitation

2-2:30 pm Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Successful Outcomes

2:30-2:45 pm BREAK

2:45-4:30 pm Current Research on Dementia

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Audience: Speech therapists, Audiologists who supervise students
Course level: Introductory  
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Check in time: 5-5:30pm
Class time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France avenue S, Edina, MN 55435
International Room
Contact hours: 2.0 hours will be submitted to ASHA for approval

Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course fee: $60

Course Description
This course will provide background information about ASHA requirements of students and supervisors in clinical education including upcoming changes for all SLPs.  There will be information and discussion around common barriers to successful supervisory experiences and recommendations to improve the experience for both supervisor and students.  

Bio's

Rebecca Lulai is a Speech-Language Pathologist holding a MN Department of Health license and Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  She has been working in the field for over 20 years in a variety of settings.  She is currently the Director of Clinical Programs in Speech-Language Pathology for the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she has supervised graduate students in clinical service since 2006.  Her clinical interests lie in the area of neurogenic communication disorders in adults and selective mutism.   Rebecca is especially interested in clinical education, interprofessional education, and professional advocacy.  Rebecca also has served as the ASHA to MNSHA State Advocate for Medicare Policy since 2013.  

Financial Disclosure: Jessica will receive honoraria for speaking and teaching this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Learner Objectives:

1.  Participant will list three of ASHA's supervision and clinical education requirements for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

2.  Participant will identify and discuss potential barriers to successful clinical supervision in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

3.  Participant will identify and discuss solutions and practices that foster successful clinical supervision in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Agenda:

5-5:30                    Check In

5:30-6                    Background Requirements, History, Upcoming Changes

6-6:30                    4 Common Barriers to Clinical Supervision

6:30-7                    Group Discussions of Barriers

7-7:20                    Summary of Discussions, Suggestions from Supervisor

7:20-7:30              Questions/Answers

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Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Audience: Pediatric PT/PTA, OT/COTA, SLP
Course Level: Intermediate
Check in time: 7:30-8 am
Course time: 8-3:30 pm
Location: Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125

Contact hours: 6.0
Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

Course Fee: $195

Instructor:

Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most…TALK! She works exclusively with young children, birth to age five, and their families and believes that early intervention is the key to future success. Cari’s son has autism spectrum disorder, apraxia and sensory processing disorder. This allows her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with special needs. She has an energetic personality and this translates to a high-energy speaking style. Join Cari as she explores important issues for enhancing the development of young children…you’ll be glad you took the time!

Course Description:

Young children with special needs will benefit when practitioners work together as a cohesive unit to assess and treat the whole child. This transdisciplinary team approach requires pediatric therapists and educators to understand and synthesize knowledge from the fields of speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and education. Understanding that sensory input drives motor and behavioral output provides the foundation for this course. The way young children take in and respond to sensory information can significantly impact their learning, development and behavior.

Pediatric therapists and early childhood educators can gain confidence and competence by increasing their knowledge related to the impact of sensory-motor issues on speech, language and social development. This one-day course will provide an overview of the external and internal sensory systems along with observable characteristics of sensory over-responsivity, sensory under-responsivity and sensory craving behaviors. Participants will examine the benefits of using a multisensory therapy approach to help young children interact more effectively with their environment.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Contrast how sensory over-responsivity, sensory under-responsivity and sensory-seeking behaviors impact learning, development and behavior.
  • Utilize case studies to understand the sensory explanation behind challenging behaviors.
  • Implement a multisensory therapy approach for children with severe and persistent speech sound disorders.
  • Integrate sensorimotor strategies into pediatric therapy sessions and early childhood classrooms to support learning and development.
  • Recognize how organization of the environment can influence the young child’s attention and ability to learn.
  • Interpret the five functions of behavior and identify the key differences between a behavioral tantrum and a sensory meltdown.

Agenda:

7:30-8 am - Registration/Continental Breakfast

8-8:30 am - Understanding Sensory Processing

  • Sensory processing vs. sensory acuity
  • Defining sensory processing
  • How young children learn best

8:30-10 am - Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • Defining SPD and considering the etiologies
  • Self-regulation, co-regulation and dysregulation
  • Why SPD is not just a concern for occupational therapists
  • “Stimming” behaviors in children with autism
  • The challenge of providing effective therapy services to the dysregulated child

10-10:15 am - BREAK

10:15-11:30 am - Overview of the Sensory Systems

  • Recognizing the signs of sensory over-responsivity
  • Recognizing the signs of sensory under-responsivity
  • Recognizing the signs of sensory craving

11:30-12:30 pm - LUNCH

12:30-1 pm - Communicative Functions of Behavior

  • Examining ABC (Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence)
  • Anatomy of a behavioral tantrum
  • Anatomy of a sensory meltdown

1-2 pm - Supporting the Dysregulated Child

  • Sensory strategies and activities
  • Natural sensory diet

2-2:15 pm - BREAK

2:15-3:30 pm - Documentation

  • Sensory goals
  • Expected outcomes of sensory input

Application and Case Studies

Q & A

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