Boost Carryover!

Strategic Approaches to Early Developmental Success: 5 Core Measures of Early Childhood Development: A Coaching Model of Treatment

Is This Course Right For You?

 Are You...

An Occupational/Physical/Speech Therapist in NICU, Early Intervention, and Out-Patient settings or a Developmental Therapist, a Special Instructor, or Early Childhood Educator, Pediatric Nurse who...

  • Is often stuck trying to utilize the Coaching Model of Treatment?
  • Needs a clear progression of treatment?
  • Has a desire to promote patient and family well-being?
  • Is frustrated with the lack of carryover with home programs?
  • Is plagued with chronic no shows, no-calls, and cancellations?
  • Struggles with writing goals?
  •  Has difficulty with identifying and addressing developmental gaps.

What You Will Learn



Discover a clear starting point for assessment and treatment


Learn simple coaching techniques to cover 5 core measures of development


Focus tasks to boost parent follow-through on family goals & objectives


Help both your patients and their families grow & thrive!

Exclusive Course Benefits

  • Access to custom parent questionnaires for each core measure.
  • Over 20 tailored handouts for parent education.
  • Video demonstrations illustrating effective techniques.
  • Example goal writing for each core measure for clear, actionable plans.
  • Practical insights for real-world application.
  • "Community" membership in a network of dedicated professionals.
  • Multiple therapy guides to decrease the stress and overwhelm of treatment progression.

This course will be available for ASHA CEUs soon. Date to be announced!

Laura R. Barnhart, OTR/L, CNT, CIIT, is a practicing Occupational Therapist and Certified Neonatal Therapist with over 20 years of experience in home health, out-patient and NICU settings. Her ongoing practice allows her stay relevant in the field and contribute to her teaching effectively.

Since 2014, she has traveled and trained pediatric healthcare professionals all over the United States. Additionally, Laura teaches and mentors international students, sharing her expertise and fostering global collaboration in pediatric healthcare. 

Laura prefers to teach in a discussion style format, encouraging professionals to openly ask questions and contribute to the overall learning experience. Her teaching described as "relaxed and friendly," offers real-life, practical examples, creating an evironment where participants feel comfortable engaging and learning actively.

Disclosures -Financial: Laura is employed by Pediatric Theratools and receives an honorarium for this course. Non-Financial: There are no non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Curriculum

  • MODULE 1


    An overview of a proven treatment model & its 5 Core Measures. Discover how to utilize course skills to gain confidence & put new knowledge to work in the field immediately. (35 min.)
  • MODULE 2

    Protect Sleep

    Discover why sleep is crucial for brain development. Learn to coach families on establishing healthy sleep schedules. Access parent tools and resources to foster good sleep hygiene. (45 min.)
  • MODULE 3

    Manage Pain & Stress

    Discover the detrimental effects pain & stress have on child development. Learn coaching techniques to help parents assess & manage stress, promoting ease with ADLs and therapeutic activities. Custom handouts and video demonstration included. (1 hr. 40 min.)
  • MODULE 4

    Daily Living Activities

    Uncover specific components of ADL's within the birth to 5 population. Boost your skills to coach parents to address positioning, skin integrity and feeding of their child. Custom handouts and video demonstration included. (1 hr. 30 min.)
  • MODULE 5

    Family-Centered Care

    Identify the key concepts of Family-Centered Care. Learn to build a partnership with your families to promote success for your patient. Custom handouts included. (20 min.)
  • MODULE 6

    Healing Environments

    Analyze the 5 components of a healing environment & their role in promoting sensory development. Learn to coach parents on creating a natural environment for successful eating, bathing, dressing, play, and sleep. Custom handouts and video demonstrations included. (43 min.)
  • MODULE 7

    Put it Together

    Review of the 5 core measures, goals and focus tasks & application strategies including a simple scale that will help you document functional improvement. (15 min.)


Is this course approved for continuing education?
This course is approved for 0.6 AOTA CEUs and 6.0 contact hours by multiple state boards. Contact Laura at with any questions concerning contact hour approval.
Are there prerequisites for this course?
No. This is an introductory level course.
How is this course taught?
This is a Distance Learning - Independent course. This course uses PowerPoint, trainer explanation/examples, and videos as teaching methods.
What is required for completion of this course?
* All course completion requirements must be met within the 6 month deadline. * You must be logged in under your unique username and password. * Watch each module in its entirety. * Pass a 15 question multiple choice post test with at least 100% accuracy. (Unlimited retakes allowed.) * Complete a post course survey to receive a completion certificate.
How long do I have access to this course?
After enrolling in the course, you have 6 months to complete the course and receive your certificate. You get to download and keep all handouts provided!
What is the cancellation policy?
A written request must be made within 30 days of purchase if no more than 3 modules have been completed. Email to request a refund. There is no option to cancel after the 30 day, 3 module limit has been exceeded. If the course is canceled by the provider before the 6 month access, the learner will receive a full refund.
How can I make special needs/accessibility requests?
If you need any special accommodations, please email **A reasonable time frame may be needed for accessibility needs.
Who do I contact with any questions or concerns?
You can send an email to
**Any complaint must be submitted within 3 months of course completion.
What are the course objectives?
1. Identify the 5 Core Measures within the UDC Model of Treatment. 2. Explain the importance of each core measure and its impact on development. 3. Summarize the evidence-based research supporting each core measure. 4. Identify methods to support each core measure in NICU, Home Health, and Out-Patient settings. 5. Provide tools students ca use to assess & track outcomes of each core measure. 6. Identify 2 infant positioning techniques that can be used to promote success with feeding. 7. Identify 3 simple feeding techniques that can be used when coaching parents.

What Students Say...

Amazing on-line course! Laura breaks down the science behind parent-coaching and offers access to some great resources. 10/10 Recommend!

-Chelsea M.

The instructor guides you through tricky conversations with parents & staff, goal writing, organizing yourself as a therapist, and helps you truly understand the why behind each core measure.

-Rachael P.

What a great presenter! Concise and purely driven by a combo of experience AND research-based education and practice. So helpful. The handouts are saved on my phone now because I love them so much!

-Holly S

I will use the 5 Core Measures to empower parents with knowledge and skills

-Gioia D.

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