Live Webinar for Therapists. Complete all three sessions for 10 Contact Hours (1.0 CEUs)
September 12, 14 and 19, 2023
6:10 pm EST • 5:10pm CST • 4:10 pm MST • 3:10 pm PST (US)
This engaging course dives into visual anatomy as well as functional assessment and treatment for therapists in a wide range of settings (school-based, acute care, rehab, LTC facilities). Neurological insults such a stroke and TBIs can have a profound effect on visual skills, perception and processing. Additionally, 60-80% of children with learning disabilities have undiagnosed vision problems because vision is more than just visual acuity. As therapists, we may be the first to pick up on these deficits. Treatments, strategies, and tools to improve visual deficits will be stressed.
This course will arm therapist with intervention tools and strategies to promote functional independence and both children and adults. Case studies and labs will be used to solidify learning and cement clinical reasoning. A “mock” telehealth session will be provided to show how to incorporate these skills in a virtual setting and will include resources for coaching parents and caregivers.
- Identify common visual issues which can impact students/clients
- Select at least three ways the visual system is related to sensory processing, and ultimately student/client function
- Choose a strategy or intervention that can be used to promote improved function for client with various visual issues, given the case studies provided
- Identify when to treat, remediate, or refer for visual issues
- Contrast functional impact of visual processing issues and visual deficits on client daily activities
- Choose a treatment strategy to implement that addresses visual processing, visual perception or visual motor skills.
This course is appropriate for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists working in schools, acute care, rehab and LTC facilities.
Dr. Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L is a seasoned and respected clinician with extensive experience in pediatrics. She began her career in Adult/Pediatric inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation and acute care. Currently, she has been working for the Great Neck Public Schools for the past 21 years. She is president of 4MYKIDSOT, a private practice where she provides therapy and evaluations.
Dr. Gerber has presented at Education Resources, Therapies in the Schools on Visual Processing: Treat, Remediate, Refer. She has presented at Therapies in the schools in 2016 as the keynote speaker and presented on Aligning Motor needs with Educational Goals. She is enthusiastic to share her experiences and provide strategies that can be incorporated immediately. She is also affiliated with Puzzle Art Therapy, and enjoys sharing this program.
Financial Disclosures: Melissa Gerber receives a honorarium from Education Resources.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Melissa Gerber has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
I loved this course. It gave me some concrete ideas on how to evaluate but mostly treatment ideas with my patient. Thank you for making it simple to follow and making it so interesting. -Rachel, physio
I was able to use ideas and evidence learned the next day with my caseload. This has given me insight in how to work better and smarter and implement vision into my evaluations at school. -Claire, OT
I enjoyed this course immensely. It was one of the best courses I have been on in a long while! Melissa provided excellent treatment ideas that I was able to implement immediately. I also appreciate receiving and being educated about a vision screening that is now at my disposal so that I can make the appropriate referrals as needed. Thank you for a great course on vision. -Tammi, OTR/L
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