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April is National Autism Awareness MonthApril is National Autism Awareness Month. To help raise awareness for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), HomeCEUConnection.com is promoting continuing education courses with a focus on autism and sensory impairment issues.

Autism Statistics

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the prevalence of autism rose to 1 in every 68 births in the United States in 2014 – almost double the 2004 rate of 1 in 125. It is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189).

Autism-Spectrum Disorder Symptoms

A child with ASD has, to at least some degree, trouble in the following three areas: communicating verbally and non-verbally, relating to others and the world around them, and thinking and behavior difficulties. Specific signs and symptoms include:

  • Lack of or delay in spoken language
  • Cannot start a conversation or may only start a conversation to make requests or label items
  • Fails to respond to his or her name or appears not to hear you at times
  • Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
  • Does not appear to understand simple questions or directions
  • Does not appear to be aware of others’ feelings
  • Resists cuddling and holding and seems to prefer playing alone
  • Lack of interest in peer relationships
  • Inappropriately approaches a social interaction by being passive, aggressive or disruptive
  • Little or no eye contact
  • Lacks facial expression
  • Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
  • Persistent fixation on parts of objects
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm; may use a “sing-song” voice or robot-like speech

ASD Diagnosis

A diagnosis of ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately:

According to the CDC, “ASD begins before the age of 3 and last throughout a person’s life, although symptoms may improve over time. Some children with ASD show hints of future problems within the first few months of life. In others, symptoms may not show up until 24 months or later. Some children with an ASD seem to develop normally until around 18 to 24 months of age and then they stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had. Studies have shown that one third to half of parents of children with an ASD noticed a problem before their child’s first birthday, and nearly 80%–90% saw problems by 24 months of age.”

ASD Treatment

Early detection of autism is key for parents. Don’t take a “wait and see” approach. The earlier a child is diagnosed, the better chances for improvement with targeted treatment. Click here for more information regarding ASD treatment. There are also many great apps on the marketplace with touchscreen programs that help with communication, understanding and daily living.

HomeCEUConnection.com’s Continuing Education Courses for Healthcare Professionals

Behavioral and Daily Challenges with Children with Autism
Contact Hours: 2
Professions: OT, COTA, SLP

Children with autism may face challenges on a daily basis across various areas of daily living. Communication deficits, difficulties with processing sensory input, challenges with skills in daily living may all contribute to the formation of behaviors. It is important to consider behavior as a form of communication. The ways in which a child may verbalize or demonstrate difficulty with transitions are explored in this course. Autism itself does not cause behavior; rather the child’s response to various stimuli is demonstrated by the behaviors he exhibits.

This course explores the use of strategies and supports that a child can employ to ease transition, improve task initiation and completion, and better improve overall function. This course expounds on the numerous strategies that have significantly improved participation and overall behavior of children with autism. Assessment tools and observation techniques are also discussed.

Innovative Interventions to Treat Children on the Autism Spectrum
Contact Hours: 5
Professions: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP

This course addresses the recent changes in diagnostic criteria of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the evaluation tools that rehab professionals and other health professionals may use to assess needs in areas of: executive function, sensory, motor, behavioral, visual, social-emotional and communication skills, and performance of daily living activities.

Both evidence-based interventions and alternative treatment options such as animal assisted therapies and iPad technologies are discussed. This courses also explains activity adaptations and teaching strategies that promote engagement, motor skills, sensory processing, and functional skills to help children of all ages succeed to the best of their abilities.

Sensory Brain Development: Critical Information and Science Based Approaches You Need to Know
Contact Hours: 6
Professions: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Therapists today face an ever-growing challenge of providing effective interventions for special-needs children, including those with neurodevelopmental delays, autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing issues. Standard treatment interventions approach these challenges from “behaviors-in,” without addressing the underlying neurological dysfunctions that may be driving delayed or incomplete sensory-motor processing.

This course provides therapists with critical information about embryological development, the scientific rationale behind developmental interventions, and science-based approaches that best serve the needs of clinicians while facilitating optimal body-brain-behavior outcomes in the pediatric population. Therapists explore the neurological grounding of autonomic function to enhance self-regulation, learn to identify common wiring dysfunctions to appropriately tailor their interventions, and acquire important treatment strategies for neurodevelopmental or sensory dysfunction patients of all ages, including the 0-3 population. Parent and caregiver needs are also addressed, with simple strategies and resources provided for optimal support and family success.

Sensory Impairments across the Lifespan
Contact Hours: 2
Professions: PT, PTA, OT, COTA

Every year in the US Medicare spends nearly $90 billion dollars on care associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and a significant percentage of school districts commit large budgets into autism programs. The treatment strategies for autism and Alzheimer’s mirror each other and have very similar pathologies. When therapists increase their awareness of these similarities, they can increase their grasp of comprehensive programs developed for both groups.

This course aims to improve therapists’ ability to provide optimum care for patients (both young and old) who suffer from varying degrees of sensory disorders. Therapists are shown how individuals process sensory information and how these concepts can be integrated into a plan of care. Developing a better understanding of these disorders allows the therapist to design effective care plans, treatments, and goals that address patients’ needs within the boundaries of their specific capacities.

Share Your Experience with Autism

Do you have experience with a child with autism or ASD? Please share your experience below to help others who are seeking support during National Autism Awareness Month.

References:

[1] http://www.autism-society.org/

[2] http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/addm.html

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20021148

Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month With a Special CE Offer!

 

ot2015Hey hey hey! Happy OT month, guys and gals! As Occupational therapy professionals, you are an integral component part of a field of rehabilitation that helps people across the lifespan live full and active lives. And we are ever so grateful for that.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants do so much to give children with disabilities the ability to actively participate in school and in social situations. OTs, OTAs and COTAs are dedicated to helping people recovering from injuries to regain abilities, to providing aging adult with the tools to remain independent, and to offering personalized support and services to people from all ages and in all circumstances.

To help keep you on your game and build up your skillset with the best possible tools and resources, we’re discounting our popular OT/OTA Flex packages even further in honor of OT Month and all the hard work that you do. Simply use the promo code “OT2015” when shopping for your package for an even better deal.

Thanks again for all that you do to keep us going!

Andrews Research & Education Institute and HomeCEUConnection.com Partner to Provide Elite CEU Online Classes

andrewshceu2HomeCEUConnection.com, the leader in online continuing education, has partnered with the Andrews Research and Education Institute, serving the campus of the Andrews Institute, the preeminent Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center of the nations top professional athletes, to offer elite online CEU classes for rehab professionals and athletic trainers.

Reinforcing their commitment to providing high-quality online continuing education courses at affordable prices, premiere provider HomeCEUConnection.com announced a new partnership with the Andrews Research and Education Institute. The two prominent companies have joined forces to distribute elite online ceus on HomeCEUConnection.com.

Football-injuryNow Athletic Trainers, PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs can acquire their CEUs by taking courses taught by the nation’s most prominent orthopaedic and sports medicine physician with the new Andrews Research and Education Sports Medicine Series.

Initially presented as individual learning sessions at the prestigious Andrews Research and Education Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, these new video based continuing education sessions provide hours of the highest quality athletic training content as presented by James Andrews, M.D. and associates. Dr. Andrews, author of Any Given Monday and founder of the Andrews Institute, is the team physician for Alabama, Auburn and the Washington Redskins, and has treated some of the nation’s most famous professional athletes including Adrian Peterson, Jack Nicklaus, Drew Brees, Robert Griffin III, Michael Jordan and more.

“We are so excited to offer these new CEU courses from the Andrews Research and Education Institute” says DeAndrea Laub, Director of Operations for HomeCEUConnection.com. “While our current catalog offers over 650 hours of accredited elite CEU courses for health professionals and athletic trainers, the Andrews content is a great addition to our growing library. And all of this new content is just as convenient as the rest of our catalog; Health professionals can work on their required online CEUs right in the comfort of their own home on any device.

soccerinjuryfemaleWorld renowned Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine physician, Dr. James Andrews, states, “We are pleased to partner with HomeCEUConnection.com to provide elite educational content for rehabilitation and athletic professionals. This content will generate new techniques, technology and methodologies to immediately implement in direct patient care and improve the lives of people of all ages.”

Rehabilitation professionals and athletic trainers can now purchase the new Andrews Research and Education Sports Medicine Series in the HomeCEUConnection.com continuing education course library.

About HomeCEUConnection.com
HomeCEUConnection.com is a leader in providing elite CEU online classes for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapists and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists. To learn more, visit HomeCEUConnection.com or call 1-800-55-4CEUS.

About the Andrews Research and Education Institute
AREI has a network of physicians that provide expertise and counsel to others across the country and internationally to help those in need receive the best medical care for their respective conditions. We offer training throughout the year to physicians, residents, interns, and visiting medical personnel located throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, AREI has passes nearly 16,000 square feet of dedicated research laboratories and education and conference facilities. AREI houses three distinct research laboratory facilities instrumented with state-of-the-art research instrumentation.

New Georgia Physical Therapy CE Reporting Rules

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On February 5, 2015, the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy updated their continuing competence rules to require that all licensees report compliance by using the free online system aPTitude.

How does this affect HCEUC customers?

Nothing has changed with our courses being accepted for your license renewal. All HomeCEUConnection.com physical therapy continuing education courses are still approved* and valid under the revised rules, and will count toward your Georgia PT /PTA licensure requirements as outlined in section 490-4-.02 (1)(b) which states that continuing education programs “approved by the physical therapy association of Georgia or any other state chapters will be accepted”.

So what HAS changed?

All Georgia Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants must have a free aPTitude account that needs to be created prior to June 1st, 2015. To register, you will need the following information: your first name, last name, license number, and email address.

It’s free and easy!

What else do I need to know?

Georgia PTs & PTAs must report all physical therapy continuing education courses completed prior to their December 31st license renewal via aPTitude, starting with any courses completed after January 1st, 2014.

Looking for fast CEUs for your Georgia continuing competence requirements? Click the big button below to see the awesome stuff we have just for you!

Fast CEUs

*Please note that the Georgia PT Board may deny credit for approved CE courses based on various factors, including repetition of similar courses.

Reporting To CE Broker: Your Questions Answered!

With the February 28th Florida OT/OTA license renewal deadline looming, we field lots of question every day about reporting occupational therapy continuing education credits. We hope to help by tackling some of the more common ones.

 Q How are my CE credits reported to the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy?
 A The Florida Department of Health uses CE Broker as their official continuing education reporting system. When an occupational therapy continuing education course is completed, it’s sent to CE Broker who record and track all OT CE credits.
 Q Who reports my CEs and how long does it take?
 A HomCEUConnection.com submits your occupational therapy continuing education on your behalf. Once we have submitted your CE course, it takes CE Broker about 24-48 hours to process the credit. So you can expect to see your completed courses in your account within 48 hours.
 Q  How often do you report to CE Broker?
 A Effective immediately, HomeCEUConnection reports every day. Please allow up to 48 hours for your credits to appear in your account.
 Q  I can’t wait, can I report my CEs myself?
 A Absolutely! It’s a little time-consuming, but possible. Simply log in to your CE Broker account and follow the steps. Please note that all HomeCEUConnection.com courses are currently categorized as “LIVE”. To find the course code, do an approved provider search (under HomeCEUConnection.com and “LIVE”), locate the course you need and click on it:

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Questions about reporting that we haven’t covered? Drop us an email at Anne@HomeCEUConnection.com!

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