Clinical Training

ChildServe's mission is to partner with families to help children with special health care needs live a great life. As part of that mission, we recognize the importance of partnering with members of the health care community by providing continuing education and other resources to physicians, nurses, case managers, therapists, and other health care providers.


01/19/17 - Preventing Problem Behaviors through an Emotional Regulation, Relationship-based Approach

Date: January 19, 2017

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Family Registration: Register online through ChildServe

Staff Registration: Register online through ChildServe


Fees: FREE


Problem behaviors remain one of the most difficult and stressful challenges for practitioners, parents and persons with autism. Progress has been made over the past two decades with the introduction of positive and preventive approaches to problem behavior. However, practices following a behavior management approach remain constrained, as they have not yet infused a developmental and relationship-based perspective that focuses on enhancing children’s emotional regulatory abilities, and developing positive, trusting relationships with others. Participants will learn about practical, respectful and innovative ways to assess, prevent problem behavior and to design learning environments, supports and activities that enhance the ability to stay well-regulated emotionally, to maximize learning, social participation and relationships in everyday activities and routines.


  1. Participants will gain an alternative emotional regulatory perspective to understanding problem behaviors for persons with ASD.
  2. Participants will learn universal principles of preventing and responding to problem behavior.
  3. Participants will learn specific strategies to prevent and respond to problem behaviors.


Course Presenter: Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.

Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP has more than 40 years experience as a clinical scholar, researcher and consultant to young children with communication and socioemotional difficulties and their families. He is Director of Childhood Communication Services, an Adjunct Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He has developed family-centered programs for newly diagnosed toddlers with social-communicative disorders and their families in hospital and university clinic settings. Dr. Prizant has published extensively on children with language and communication disabilities and autism spectrum disorders and presents seminars and keynote addresses nationally and internationally. Currently, he consults to agencies and school districts, for teams serving preschool through high school age students. He was an invited speaker for the 2013 United Nations World Autism Awareness Day. His latest book is “Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism” published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster.

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04/14/17 - Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

Date: April 14 - 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration: Register online through ChildServe

ChildServe Staff Registration: Register online through ChildServe.

Fees: $525


This 2 day course provides an overview of evidence based practice for vestibular related impairments in children, and is appropriate for physical & occupational therapists and assistants working in pediatrics. The didactic content includes: 1) detailed review of the anatomy, physiology and development of the vestibular system, 2) the epidemiology of vestibular dysfunction in children, 3) diagnostic and clinical vestibular function, and 4) examination and evaluation of vestibular related impairments, and 5) intervention for vestibular related impairments in children. Hands-on demonstration and training of evaluation and intervention are included. Case reviews and discussion are used to facilitate application of the material. Handouts are on-site. Reviewed and approved by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).


  1. Identify 75% of the anatomical and physiological mechanisms underlying impairments related to vision and balance impairments related to vestibular dysfunction in children.
  2. Based on a case scenario, select age appropriate clinical tests of vestibular function.
  3. Based on examination results in a case scenario, correctly identify vestibular function status (central and peripheral).
  4. Based on a case scenario, identify and select appropriate functional vision and balance tests representative of vestibular related impairments in children.
  5. Given case descriptions,identify children for whom testing of vestibular function and related impairments is warranted.
  6. Based on evaluation results, choose appropriate intervention for vision and balance impairments related to vestibular dysfunction in children.


Course Presenter: Rose Marie Rine, P.T., Ph.D.

Rose Marie Rine, P.T., Ph.D. is a licensed physical therapist. She has numerous publications on balance, the role of vestibular function in development, and the identification of and intervention for vestibular related impairments in children. She received her entry level degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut and the doctoral degree from Northeastern University. She has presented her work, funded by NIH, the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA, at national and international meetings. She served as a consultant for the NIH National Childrens’ Study and was a member of the Scientific Coordinating Committee for Health Measurement. She has been on faculty at the University of Miami, Northeastern University, and Marshall University and is sole proprietor of Specialty Therapy Source, LLC. No conflict of interest.

Course Brochure: Click here to view the course brochure for Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation..

Continuing Education

Nurses: Nursing CEUs will be awarded by ChildServe (provider IBON# 160). The amount of contact hours awarded varies with each course. ChildServe does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, creed or religion.

Self Requesting of Credit: Copies of course descriptions, objectives, and speaker credentials are available at the registration desk for those needing to submit them for educational credit. You will receive a certificate of completion.