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Proper Vision Development and Success in Life – Focus on Pediatric Populations

May 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

$125 – $245

Presenter:  Dr. Cheryl Letheren, B.Sc. OD FAAO

Friday, May 12, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Edmonton, Alberta

This workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the anatomy of the vision pathways and neuro-optometric theories. In particular, the enriched strategies, practices and hands-on approach gained from this workshop will expand your understanding of development, behaviour, motion and, most of all, what your patient actually sees and recognizes from the world around them. Participants will review various cases, assessments and treatments. Whether you work in the intensive care nursery, the school setting, orthopedics or mental health, this vision workshop will help you develop new and impactful skills needed to improve the occupational performance of your clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the important factors involved in success of development and education including primary reflex integration, laterality and directionality, visual-auditory integration, visual -motor integration, tracking skills and visual analysis skills;
  • Discuss the importance of visual-neural-motor integration with education success;
  • Review visual diagnoses common to children and key concepts of neuro-motor development;
  • Review cases, assessments, treatments to include software programs, optometric vision therapy, prisms, lenses and counselling;
  • Examine special populations, such as children autism and autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, physically challenged children and developmentally delayed babies;
  • Understand the importance of visual-motor-neural integration; and
  • Grow your practice skill set with many techniques that you may choose to quickly incorporated into your therapy tool-box.

Break refreshments included. Lunch is on your own. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants.

About the Presenter

Dr Cheryl Letheren has had more than 14 years of experience with vision rehabilitation. She has been on staff at Parkwood Hospital, a rehabilitation facility, for the last seven years, seeing acute in-patient and out-patient brain injury, complex care and stroke patients; she also acts as a consultant for adult concussion patients. Recently, Dr. Letheren has been trained in ImPact, a concussion assessment tool. She helped to form the first multidisciplinary team to assess and treat brain injury patients in a hospital setting in Canada. Most recently, Cheryl has been completing the three part program, Neuro-Visual-Postural Therapy by Dr. W. Padula, a world expert in brain injury.

In her private office, Dr Letheren does consults for patients with chronic conditions, motor vehicle injuries, head injuries, developmental conditions, learning disabilities and concussions in adults and children. Together with her highly qualified vision therapist, who is an internationally trained Optometrist herself, Dr Letheren provides assessment and treatment for binocular vision problems, strabismus, amblyopia, learning difficulties, autism, and sports vision as well as concussions and head injury.

Dr. Letheren earned her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 1995. She has completed the Optometric Extension Program’s core curriculum courses, the vestibular integration course and primary reflex integration program and is a member of OEPF. She is a member of and fellowship applicant for the College of Vision Development, a behavioural vision association, and has attended numerous courses in brain injury and learning development. She is a member of and fellowship applicant in NORA, the neuro-optometric rehabilitation association, which is a multi-disciplinary association for brain injury rehabilitation, and has completed the clinical skills program.

Dr Letheren is the former chief of optometry for TLC, the Laser Centre in London, Ontario (1995-2000). She is a graduate of Western University in physiology and has her Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo. She did additional training at the school of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr Letheren has been in private practice in central London for over 24 years.


May 12, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
$125 – $245
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University of Alberta
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