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Coming soon! (Fall 2019)

 

SMARTER Steps for Healthcare Providers Is currently In Development

A life-changing injury or illness is something no one is ever prepared to experience. Helping that person progress through treatment, to regain their health and independence, requires a dedicated team. We are here to be part of that team.

Practitioners and family members are often focused on the outcomes. This makes so much sense for obvious reasons. When it comes to rehabilitative care, it is important to understand that the progress made is directly related to the quality of the goals written. Because services and reimbursements are driven by these goals, creating them effectively is imperative. Specific, measurable, and targeted goals are most effective in maximizing the services offered, resulting in greater gains towards independent living. This requires that the entire care team comprehends the process as well as the desired outcomes. to establish goals that are challenging, yet attainable, and measurable.

Our proprietary process meets all compliance regulations and provides the steps necessary to enable formation of a cohesive, collaborative and effective rehabilitative team – resulting in greater effectiveness. Smarter Steps offers an abundance of resources to help caregivers, healthcare professionals and administrators understand the significance of well-developed care goals and guide them through the process in a simplified, 7-step process.

Caregivers

Healthcare

Professionals

Administrators

Life can be turned completely upside down when a loved one faces injury or illness. Previous priorities now take a back seat, as your primary objective becomes getting them well. In addition to feelings of sadness and empathy, you may also crave direction on how you can help. Know that there are things you can do to help the one you love achieve gains towards recovery and independence.

Your passion is helping people recover. Unfortunately, your time spent working with them is often stifled by requirements of copious paperwork and laborious processes. You understand the need for well-written, individualized care goals but need a system that can help you be more effective and efficient in their development. We have the tools to help you navigate to greater rehabilitation for the people you work so hard to heal.

As the administrator of your healthcare organization, you wear a lot of hats. Among them is ensuring that rehabilitation services not only meet all compliance regulations but also maximize results while being managed in a fiscally responsible manner for both your patients and the organization. Now there is a process that improves patient outcomes, resulting in better reimbursements and greater financial competence. With Smarter Steps you can deliver enhanced client experiences with your program.

Caregivers

Life can be turned completely upside down when a loved one faces injury or illness. Previous priorities now take a back seat, as your primary objective becomes getting them well. In addition to feelings of sadness and empathy, you may also crave direction on how you can help. Know that there are things you can do to help the one you love achieve gains towards recovery and independence.

Healthcare Professionals

Your passion is helping people recover. Unfortunately, your time spent working with them is often stifled by requirements of copious paperwork and laborious processes. You understand the need for well-written, individualized care goals but need a system that can help you be more effective and efficient in their development. We have the tools to help you navigate to greater rehabilitation for the people you work so hard to heal.

Administrators

As the administrator of your healthcare organization, you wear a lot of hats. Among them is ensuring that rehabilitation services not only meet all compliance regulations but also maximize results while being managed in a fiscally responsible manner for both your patients and the organization. Now there is a process that improves patient outcomes, resulting in better reimbursements and greater financial competence. With S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps you can deliver enhanced client experiences with your program.

Memberships

The Smarter Steps Membership gives you tools and ongoing support to make your life easier. We have hand-crafted each webinar, product, and service based on 50 years of combined experience in the field of education and rehabilitation. We have worked with families and professionals to address the multiple needs of healthcare teams.

Our mission is to increase optimal outcomes for people with disabilities and reduce stressful disputes. We know that one of the best ways to empower care-givers and professionals is through training, continuing education, and consultation.

Further, we know that “one and done” webinars are not the most successful in creating change or staying current. That’s why we provide continuous training and open communication with our members so we can customize and adapt tools for each person’s needs. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives to make the world a better place for people with disabilities. At SMARTER Steps, your goals are our goals.

Consultation And Training

Consultations and trainings include:
• Certification Training for individuals and groups
• Professional Development Plans
• Group/Individual Seminars
• Individual Consultation

Who we are

Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield met in 1992 as graduate students at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. It was a time before email and smartphones, when medical charts were still hand written.   Documentation was required in carbon copy, triplicate form. Now, there are computerized charts and electronic communication methods that allow all of us to get on the same page. Over the years, they gained experience in a variety of settings. Kelly and Lara having worn many different hats as both professionals and caregivers.  They are ready to help you. 

Testimonial

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Dr. Lara Wakefield is the brightest person I have ever run across in this field. She truly is devoted and highly knowledgeable. We were blind sided by a medical diagnosis and Lara was a life saver in getting my kid the resources she needed and deserved. She was 110% more effective than the school faculty. I don’t mean that disrespectful in any means, I love our educators, Lara was just better informed.

- Christina L. Robinson

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"How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals"

“How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals” is the overview webinar of the SMARTER Steps system.  Learn this easy 7-step prompting system to gain a solid foundation on how to develop goals for optimal outcomes for children with IEPs. This webinar is for everyone: parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, college students, and university instructors.  This webinar is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length and was recorded on 5-21-18. This is an example of our SMARTER series recorded webinars available through our membership program.

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