Through the Eyes Pediatric Course May 2020




Date: May 9, 2020

Location: 350 N. Orleans Street, 9000N, Chicago, IL 60654

Course Description:

Given the high prevalence of visual dysfunction in the pediatric population OT serves, therapists need a greater understanding of the complexity and importance of vision and how visual dysfunction can interfere with daily living skills, education as well as participation in therapies. All too often visual motor and perceptual needs and deficits are not fully addressed when working with the pediatric population as an OT.  The occupational (OT) plays a key role in identifying the need for further evaluation and intervention with regard to visual deficits affecting function in a child’s daily activities including school and play activities. OTs  can facilitate the identification of visual deficits and provide oculomotor screening as well as therapeutic intervention and education regarding visual deficits, activities, treatment and compensatory strategies. Additionally, an important role for the OT is referral and collaboration with the appropriate eye care professional. By gaining an understanding of visual motor and perceptual abilities, deficits, symptoms and pertinent diagnoses the OT understands how these deficits affect learning, mobility and function in daily occupations.  The OT can educate their clients, family members , teachers, school personnel and other members of a treatment team about treatment strategies to address these visual needs.  The therapist’s goals are to facilitate improvement with a child’s ability to organize visual information; compensate for visual limitations; and increase ability to utilize functional vision for performance in daily activities.

This course utilizes current research, case studies, hands-on labs, and discussion to identify the impact of visual motor and perceptual deficits on the child’s occupational performance. The course will cover how the occupational, physical therapist and speech therapists are able to assess visual skills and identify deficits that affect functional performance. The connection between reflex integration and visual development also plays a key role in functional vision and will be addressed in this course. How to collaborate with and refer to appropriate eye care professionals throughout the rehabilitation process will be discussed.

Course Objectives:

Describe basic visual anatomy and physiology

Differentiate between vision and sight and their relationship to perception

Describe basic vision development from birth to school age

Describe vision terms associated with functional vision and visual dysfunction

Describe signs and symptoms of visual deficits, pertinent diagnoses, and how visual deficits affect performance in occupational performance including learning and school performance and participation.

Discuss the relationship between vision development and retained primitive reflexes

Discuss clinical observations and appropriate visual assessment methods with children

Incorporate knowledge of visual deficits into occupational and physical therapy assessment and treatment planning

Identify methods for educating  and collaborating with clients, family members, physicians, teachers , school personnel and colleagues in how vision affects function in daily activities

Describe the collaboration and referral process with appropriate eye care professionals

Course Time Schedule and Course Content

7:30- Registration and Refreshments

8:00-9:45- Visual Anatomy, Physiology, and Differentiation Between Vision and Sight; Vision Development; Visual Signs, Symptoms, and Pertinent Diagnoses,how visual deficits affect occupational performance

9:45-10:00- Break

10:00-11:45- Relationship between vision development and retained primitive reflexes ;Clinical Observations and Assessment Methods (LAB)

11:45-12:30- Lunch on your own

12:30-1:45- Occupational and Physical Therapy Treatment Planning for Patients with Vision Deficits

1:45-2:30- Educating Patients, Family Members, Physicians, and Colleagues (Case Studies)

2:30-2:45- Break

2:45-3:45-Collaboration and Referral Process with Appropriate Eye Care Professionals

3:45-4:30- Conclusion and Questions

Course Format and Methods of Instruction

This presentation will utilized current research, case studies, hands-on labs and discussion to identify the impact of visual perceptual deficits on the clients occupational performance; how the occupational therapist is able to assess visual skills and identify deficits that affect functional ability; and how to collaborate with and refer to appropriate eye care professionals in the community throughout the rehabilitation process.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  A tuition refund less $40 administration fee is available if your cancellation request is received in writing within 7 days prior to the program date.  No refunds will be granted after that date.  In the unlikely event that TheraVision LLC must cancel a course for any reason, you will receive a full refund of your paid tuition for the course.  TheraVision LLC does not assume responsibility for any other expenses incurred by the registrant.

Materials presented during this course are for educational purposes only.  TheraVision LLC does not have any proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service or material discussed during the course.

The content in this course has been developed by and is considered the Intellectual Property of TheraVision, LLC. Distribution and/or reproduction in whole or in part of any of the materials provided, by any other party without express written consent of TheraVision, LLC is expressly prohibited. ©2017 TheraVision, LLC. All rights reserved.


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