Professional Development Programs continuing education course From Eyesight to Insight for pediatric therapists
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From Eyesight to Insight:
Visual/Vestibular Assessment & Treatment

12.5 Contact Hours (1.2 AOTA & 1.25 ASHA CEUs)
Speakers: Carl Hillier, OD, FCOVD
and either Mary Kawar, MS, OT/L or Rita Montez, MS, OTR/L
Intermediate Level Course

"Every OT needs to come to this course if they are working in peds."

“Thank you! The course was very informative and insightful! I’m really glad I came!”

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Video:
See a short clip of Mary Kawar demonstrating a basic flow move on PDP's YouTube Channel. This lab activity is featured in the Eyesight course.

Description:
This 2-day workshop provides a practical opportunity for participants to interact with a sensory integrative occupational therapist and a developmental optometrist as they collaborate on the goal of facilitating optimum performance in children with movement and vision issues. Many children have unidentified visual and vestibular challenges which interfere with the development of physical, emotional, and cognitive skills including receptive and expressive language, reading, and writing. Speakers will reveal and clarify some of the mysteries of previously ambiguous performance issues in childhood. Participants will develop a broader net for capturing the subtleties of visual-vestibular behavior by gaining insight into underlying causes.

Hands-on experience will provide ample opportunity for participants to learn how to administer a vision screening examination. Comprehensive treatment protocols, including the Kawar Oculo-Vestibular Protocol, will be shared so that therapists are exposed to a broad range of practical, innovative, sequential vestibular-visual activities and exercises for use with their clients. This course has been well received by occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologist, psychologists, developmental optometrists, and special educators.

Included in the tuition is a CD containing valuable resources and a Vision Screening Kit, which participants receive and use at the workshop (a $50 value).

This course is offered for 1.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area)

This course is offered for 1.2 AOTA CEU's

Suggested Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPs, and interested others

Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Administer a vision screening examination.
2. Refer clients for optometric evaluation effectively using standardized criteria.
3. Demonstrate powerful treatment strategies that utilize the vestibular-oculomotor-cervical triad.
4. Describe the paradigm shift that indicates that functional performance is driven by vision and movement.

Schedule* (12.5 contact hours)
Day 1
7:30 Registration
8:00 • Introduction • Visual system support for movement and function
• Vestibular system: Functional anatomy
• Clinically relevant vestibular system function
9:30 Break
10:00 • Evaluation of the vestibular system: Lab • Referral criteria
• Therapeutic use of vestibular stimulation strategies • Proprioceptive system
11:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 • Infinity Walk lab • Yoked prism lab
1:15 • Posture & movement
2:00 Break
2:30 • Flow lab and Tracking Tube lab
3:15 • Visual anatomy • Definition of terms used in visual testing, analysis and treatment • The visual process of reading • Behaviors that indicate difficulty
with a part of the visual system
4:30 Adjourn

Day 2
8:00 • Visual perceptual skills & information analysis • Treatment for visual
perceptual skills & information analysis • Cognitive visual-perceptual testing
• Vision screening lab
9:30 Break
9:45 • Vision screening lab
11:15 • Vision treatment
11:30 Lunch on your own
12:30 • Vision treatment continued
1:00 • The Multi-Matrix
1:45 • Spatial Visualization
2:15 Break
2:30 • Treatment slides and video demonstrations
3:30 Adjourn

* Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.

  

Disclosures:
Mary Kawar
• Financial disclosure: Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.

• Financial disclosure: Receives royalties from Vital Sounds for published materials.
• Non-financial disclosure: Speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Carl Hillier
• Financial disclosure: Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.

• Financial disclosure: Receives a royalty from Professional Development Programs for products developed.

• Financial disclosure: Receives a royalty from Desert Bay Productions for products developed.
• Non-financial disclosure: Speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Rita Montez
• Financial disclosure: Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.

• Non-financial disclosure: Speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Participant comments

“Wonderful collaboration!”

“Mary’s creativity and wealth of knowledge was just wonderful!”

“Course was amazing – good balance of instruction, hands on.”

“Thank you! The course was very informative and insightful! I’m really glad I came!”

“This is an excellent course for speech language pathologists, especially those who work with an occupational therapist or wish to understand more about the goals occupational therapists have for their clients. However, even if the SLP does not have direct access to an OT, this course will provide the therapist with information that can broaden their knowledge base regarding their clients. Many children that an SLP sees have sensory integration issues, vision and vestibular issues and dyslexia or other reading dysfunctions. This course provides the SLP with in-depth knowledge regarding the neural basis of these issues and how to screen, treat, or refer to the appropriate professionals, especially if there is a need to refer to a developmental optometrist. Most importantly though it will allow the SLP to see their clients more holistically.”

“Mary Kawar and Carl Hillier did a fantastic job presenting the info and I would recommend this course to anyone.”

“Wonderful, wonderful course. Needed the skills for visual screening and better integrating vision into treatments. Thank you!”

Everything was perfect.”

“This was a fantastic class and I’m thrilled to have been here. Both speakers did an exceptional job. Carl is a wonderful, humorous, playful, lighthearted teacher presenting some big material in an accessible way. Thank you!”

“I really enjoyed this presentation. I thought the information provided was very helpful and useful to my clinical practice. I also appreciated the neuro anatomy that was included.”

"Excellent - in all my years of continuing ed, I rate this very high, especially for usable therapy suggestions."

"The Tx suggestions were very concrete and applicable. Many conferences give vague suggestions."

"I appreciate that both presenters were willing to answer questions throughout the session, and further explain any information needed."

"All course materials and lectures were excellent. The speakers were engaging and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed both speakers and I feel the information is relevant and realistic."

"Every OT needs to come to this course if they are working in peds. It seems like (the) workshop was two separate workshops. Great information. Best workshop I've been to in a long time."

"I very much appreciate the experience and knowledge base that the presenters brought to the workshop. Excellent workshop. Very valuable to my practice."




 

 

   

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