Over the past 40 years, the genetic predisposition to visual problems has not changed. However, due to society’s sedentary lifestyle, unregulated TV viewing, excessive video game play, and poor computer habits, more and more children are demonstrating visual challenges at home, at school, and at play.
This recording is designed to help professionals understand common visual problems in children (0-21 years old), what children are “seeing,” why they are seeing it, and how to fix these visual challenges. Combining research-based lecture and interactive labs, this course provides attendees the proper tools to identify and treat visual neglect, cross dominance, eye teaming, visual processing, and scotopic sensitivity. Correcting these issues ultimately improves the child’s quality of life, as reading, handwriting, and playing are enhanced.
Grounded in evidence-based information, this recording offers comprehensive coverage of established techniques that can be implemented immediately and effectively in therapy, at home, and in the classroom.
Scott Berglund, OTR/L, MOT, is a licensed occupational therapist practicing in the state of Wyoming with an emphasis in pediatrics. He is a recognized expert in vision and movement and has been doing rehabilitation in the areas of vision and its relationship to reading for the past 10 years. Over that time, he has taught classes in Dyslexia Rehabilitation and Beyond Dyslexia in multiple settings.
He has helped to develop reading rehabilitation programs for clinics in multiple states. Scott is certified in the McInnis Assured Readiness for Learning, the ARL Phonological Awareness Program and the original Rosner Auditory Motor Program. His research looks into the connection between the eyes, auditory system and movement and its effect on reading challenges.
Financial: Scott Berglund is owner and president of Silver Linings Therapy Group – CJB Enterprises, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Scott Berglund has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Recognize the anatomy of the visual system in relation to the motor and auditory systems and how they work together to affect and rehabilitate visual issues.
Determine functional movement, reflexes, and righting reactions and the influences on reading, handwriting, and play.
Identify quick and easy ways to detect visual challenges in a child through his or her productivity and functional responses in various locations.
Implement the treatment for parallel pathway learning by utilizing movement and balance.
Discover positioning and its effect on visual processing, focus, eye teaming, and hand-eye speed.
Demonstrate researched based visual rehabilitation techniques for unilateral neglect, visual perceptional challenges, ocular conditions, scotopic sensitivity and cross dominance.
ANATOMY OF THE VISUAL SYSTEM
Pathway of sight
Parallel pathways and the LGN
Parvocellular retinal ganglion cells
Magnocellular retinal ganglion cells
Pathway overlap and short circuits (Dyslexia Theory)
Primary visual areas
Secondary visual areas
Interpretation of these areas
VISUAL-MOTOR INTEGRATION IN THE BRAIN
Primary motor pathway
Cortical interactions between the motor system and the visual system
Secondary visual area interaction
POSITIONING, MOVEMENT, & THE EFFECTS ON VISION
Reflexes: acquiring visual-motor control
Righting reactions: proprioception, vestibular, and visual system interaction
Pelvic girdle: power, visual awareness, and alertness
Shoulder girdle: head and neck control, ocular motor activation
CROSS DOMINANCE: WHEN HAND DOMINANCE & EYE DOMINANCE DON’T MATCH
Defining and identifying cross dominance
Why do we have a dominant eye when half of each eye has control?
Directionality and play issues
Treatment techniques and relationship to the brain
Vertical midline activities
UNILATERAL VISUAL NEGLECT
Definition of neglect and the identification
Issues during play, work, and school
Handwriting clues associated with visual neglect
EYE TEAMING TRACKING & SACCADES
Musculature of the eye
What do problems look like?
When should I treat and when should I refer?
Gross motor problems
Orthopedic pelvic dysfunctions
Training and lab
Motor system treatments
Understanding visual processing
Visual spatial relations
Visual figure ground
Effects on handwriting
Space-moment and cortical learning
Relationship to saccades and eye teaming
SCOTOPIC SENSITIVITY & ITS SECONDARY EFFECTS
Definition and theory
Effects on visual pathways and secondary visual areas
Treatment techniques and effect on visual spatial relations, tracking, and scanning
Additional Participant CPD must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.