Clinical Training

ChildServe's mission is to partner with families to help children with special healthcare 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.


04/14/17 - Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation

Date: April 14 - 15, 2017

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

Registration is full 

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..

05/05/17 - PECS

Date: May 5-6, 2017

Time: 8am - 4pm, registration 7:30-8am

Registration: Register online through ChildServe

ChildServe Staff Registration: Register online through ChildServe

Fees: $399 for professionals • $299 for families


This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS.

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills


  1. The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
  2. Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
  3. The relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches
  4. How to implement all six phases of PECS with target individuals using a behavior analytic orientation
  5. The criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities


Course Presenter:

Julie Hoffmann, MA, CCC-SLP, has been a practicing SLP for over 25 years. She has been on the faculty at Saint Louis University since 1994 and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. She provides clinical instruction for diagnostics and therapy and teaches courses in Phonetics, Survey of Speech Disorders, and Speech/Language Development & Disorders for the Classroom Teacher. Julie has a private practice in Columbia, IL specializing in treating children with severe speech disorders. She has a passion for teaching and working with challenging clients and their families.

Course Brochure: Click here to view the course brochure.

Course Brochure: Click here to view the course listing on Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.'s website.

06/09/17 - LAMP: Language Acquisition through Motor Planning

Date: June 9, 2017

Time: 8:30am - 3pm

Registration: Register online through ChildServe

ChildServe Staff Registration: Register online through ChildServe

Fees: $125 ($100 each for 3 or more from one organization)


LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through a speech generating device. This course will cover the components of LAMP: readiness to learn, engaging the learner through joint engagement, and learning language through a unique and consistent motor plan paired with an auditory signal and a natural consequence. Discussion will include how this approach addresses the core language deficits of autism, device features that are beneficial to teaching language, and how to use those features to implement LAMP components. Videos will be used to illustrate the treatment components.

PRC’s language system and devices will be used to illustrate treatment components; however LAMP principles can be applied to other products. Due to the limited duration of this course, hands-on time with devices will be limited to breaks.


  1. Define the role of readiness to learn and shared focus in the implementation of AAC with children with ASD.
  2. Explain the importance of using motor patterning to develop motor automaticity for children with ASD who use AAC.
  3. Examine the use of a form/function profile as well as an interest inventory for use with children with ASD.
  4. Discuss implementation strategies for teaching children with ASD to use AAC
  5. Discuss strategies for analyzing the efficacy of communication treatment.


Course Presenter:

John Halloran, a speech-language pathologist, is the Senior Clinical Associate for The Center for AAC and Autism. John has worked in the field of AAC since 1994. He has a special interest in children who are challenged by severe physical or cognitive disabilities. He also finds much reward in exploring ways to best implement assistive technology with children who have autism.

John Halloran graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders. He received his masters in Communicative Disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1992. After graduation, he worked at Arkansas Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center, specializing in assistive technology. He has also owned a pediatric therapy clinic and after-school care for children with disabilities. He has taught augmentative communication at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

John maintains membership in several professional organizations, including the American Speech Language Hearing Association and the Arkansas Speech Language

Course Brochure: Click here to view the course brochure.

Course Listing: Click here to view the course listing on the Center for AAC & Autism's website.

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.