Vision Education Seminars

Vision Education Seminars sponsors continuing education courses for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and educators of the visually impaired.

This website is designed as a resource for information about vision, vision rehabilitation and vision therapy.

Vision Education Services

Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists

Suggested Audience
This seminar is designed for therapists and assistants (occupational, physical, speech) who work with either the pediatric, acquired brain injury or the elderly population, and teachers (preschool, special and early education, visually impaired).
Course Description
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. Case studies will be used throughout the presentation. Testing and intervention techniques presented will be applicable to the pediatric, acquired brain injury and elderly populations.

11.5 hours of continuing education credit (1.15 CEUs)

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the complexity of the visual system
  • Identify the 3 major components of the visual system
  • Describe how various vision deficits affect performance in play, learning, work and sports
  • Administer a screening battery to identify common vision disorders that can affect therapy
  • Understand the various treatment approaches available
  • Plan and implement compensatory strategies to manage vision problems interfering with therapy
  • Plan and implement direct intervention to manage vision problems interfering with therapy
Day One
Designed for those who are interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of vision, how to screen for vision problems and how vision deficits may affect performance.
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 by Population 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
Day Two
Designed primarily for therapists who want to learn how to manage vision problems in therapy.
VII.Optometric Treatment Use of Lenses, Prism, Vision Therapy
VIII.Intervention Techniques for Therapists Helping the patient to compensate for visual deficits
IX.Direct Intervention Techniques including Vision Therapy
Pediatric Population
Brain Injury Population
Elderly Population
This 2-day workshop will provide you with practical applications that you can use immediately to achieve results

Course Reviews

Dr. Scheiman's enthusiasm for and expertise in vision therapy is engaging and valuable. This course certainly met all of my expectations. Also I really enjoyed that Dr. Scheiman presented the information as an optometrists with a good understanding of OT and OTs potential to VT because it is clearly demonstrated how to successfully interact within an interdisciplinary situation.

Amanda Shafer, Erie, PA

As a COTA, I was concerned that I would be "over my head". However, Dr. Scheiman made the information very understandable and present in a logical and easy to comprehend manner.

Heidi Sowers, COTA/L - Carlisle, PA

This was a great course. Very informative. I feel as though I am ready to try these interventions on my patients.

Suzanne Morganti, OTR - Seneca, NY

I am a PT and gave >30 years experience working with a variety of diagnoses and age groups. I attended this seminar for increased awareness in the area of visual deficits. Eve tough the workshop is geared toward OT treatment, many of the techniques can be incorporated into the PT scope of rehabilitation.

Mary Smith, OT - Ventura, CA

Great workshop - very practical and useful information. You were very easy to listen to and the handbook and resources were very helpful.

Lisa Nathanson, OTR - Erie, PA

I enjoyed the exposure to other aspects of visual behavior besides just low vision. The course was well structured and provided useable information that I can immediately apply. It was nice that you gave financial and reimbursement information. The handout was a very valuable resource. Great Course!

Brian Davies, OTR - Front Royal, VA

This class was one of the few classes that I did not have to fight with staying awake. I already had a pretty good base, but it helped to clarify and it was nice to see some of the techniques I am already ding. It also helped with what an OT can and cannot do.

Warrie Walser, Wichita, TX

It is so refreshing to have our profession (OT) valued by a professional of your caliber. It would be so nice to have a course similar to yours offered in OT school instead of a few short lectures on this topic. I will be taking lots of valuable information from this course back to my rural practice where I work with all populations. Thank you for all of the resources, forms, and activities we can use immediately.

Heidi Bitney, OTR/L - O'Neill, NE

This was a great conference. I appreciate the time spent on intervention techniques as well as the theories. The binder is a wonderful resource. Thank you!

Rachel Roberts - Phoenix, AZ

This has been the most useful workshop I have attended in 9 years of practice.-

Gwyn Ortiz, OTR, El Paso - TX

Dr. Scheiman's presentation was very engaging and informative. Great audiovisual skills and use of technology. Great information that can be applied in the hospital setting.

Roger Kim, Long beach, CA

This workshop was well-organized and perfectly tailored tot he OT who needs t manage visual deficits across different contexts and populations. Thorough coverage of low tech to high tech vision therapy interventions. I have always Had a strong interest in vision and ow after this course I believe I have found my niche.

Michele Moccia, OTR - Staten island, NY

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