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Live, Online: Understanding & Managing Vision Deficits: A Practical Guide for Therapists

November 6, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

$245.00 – $445.00

This workshop has now moved Online! In live virtual format, Understanding & Managing Vision Deficits, will take place throughout FOUR 3.5hr sessions. (November 6, 7, 13, &14, 2020 8:30am – 12pm MST).

This seminar is designed to help therapists develop a comprehensive understanding of vision and how vision can impact on the therapy process.  A three-component model of vision will be presented stressing the importance of optical, visual efficiency and visual information processing disorders.  A screening battery that allows therapists to test for the most common vision problems will be presented.  Treatment options will be discussed at length including both compensatory strategies and rehabilitative techniques (vision therapy).  A therapy sequence for eye movement and visual processing disorders will be presented. Testing and intervention techniques presented will be applicable to the pediatric, acquired brain injury and elderly populations.

Registration includes certificates of completion. *You will need to attend all 4 sessions to complete the workshop and receive your certificate from SAOT. 

Course Outline/Schedule

I. Three Component Model

II. Acuity, Optics, Disease

III. Visual Efficiency Problems

  • Binocular vision (eye teaming) problems
  • Accommodative (focusing) problems
  • Ocular motility (eye movement) disorders

IV. Visual Processing Problems

  • Laterality and Directionality
  • Visual Form Perception
  • Visual Memory
  • Visual Motor Integration

V. Vision Problems

  • Learning Disabled population
  • Developmentally delayed population
  • Brain Injury population
  • Elderly population

VI. Screening for Visual Problems

  • Screening for: Acuity, Optical Problems
  • Visual Field Deficits
  • Accommodative Disorders
  • Binocular Vision Disorders
  • Eye Movement Disorders
  • Visual Information Processing Disorders

VII. Optometric Treatment

  • Use of Lenses, Prism, Vision Therapy

VIII. Intervention Techniques for Therapists

  • Eye movement disorders
  • Visual Processing Disorders
  • Helping the patient to compensate for visual deficits

IX. Direct Intervention Techniques including Vision Therapy

  • Pediatric Population
  • Brain Injury Population
  • Elderly Population
  • Case Studies

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the complexity of the visual system
  2. Identify the 3 major components of the visual system
  3. Describe how various vision deficits affect performance in play, learning, work and sports
  4. Administer a screening battery to identify common vision disorders that can affect therapy
  5. Understand the various treatment approaches available
  6. Plan and implement compensatory strategies to manage vision problems interfering with therapy
  7. Plan and implement direct intervention to manage vision problems interfering with therapy

Speaker Bio

Dr. Mitchell Scheiman is a nationally known optometric clinician, educator, lecturer, and author. He is the author of “Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists” and “Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists published by Slack Incorporated.  Dr. Scheiman has a long and close relationship with occupational therapists.  He now teaches post-graduate occupational therapy students in the Salus University Remedial Vision Rehabilitation program. He has specialized in vision therapy for the past 45 years. Dr. Scheiman is Dean of Research and Professor of Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.  He has written three books for optometrists covering the topics of binocular vision and vision therapy, pediatric optometry, and learning related vision problems and he has published over 210 articles in the professional literature.  He is a Diplomate in Binocular Vision and Perception and a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.


November 6, 2020
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$245.00 – $445.00
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