Dr Alicia Groce – Workshop 10:30 AM EST- 2:30 PM EST (bring your own breakfast or lunch):
Creatively Caring for Special Populations:
Modifications to the Visual Evaluation, Therapy and Multidisciplinary Care of Special Populations
Description: This course will focus on the Optometric care of special populations with focus on management and vision therapy and how patients with special needs require modifications to evaluation, therapy, and multidisciplinary care.
Goal: Review visual and motor development and the role that developmental delays and special needs have on the visual system and visual processing. Provide ways to modify evaluation and therapy techniques for special populations.
- Identify key aspects of vision development.
- Identify how vision and motor development are linked.
- Identify how developmental delays can affect the visual system and learning
- Identify common learning related visual problems.
- Identify modifications to the evaluation of special populations.
- Identify modifications to vision therapy for special populations.
- Identify key players in the multi-disciplinary care team and how to collaborate on patient care.
Focus will be on special populations and management and vision therapy and how patients with special needs require modifications to evaluation, therapy, and multidisciplinary care. Special focus on autism, cvi and brain injury.
The lecture will be interactive with an intro to the topic and overview of different social populations, followed by a few cases for discussion. Be prepared to have a case ready so the group can troubleshoot together.
Bio: Dr. Alicia Groce is an Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry. She earned a Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Groce completed a one-year residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
Dr. Groce currently sees patients in The Eye Center's Pediatrics, Teen and Vision Therapy Clinics. She is also one of the four members of the Rehabilitation Team that serves patients with visual problems from traumatic brain injury in the local rehabilitation hospitals.
Dr. Groce’s areas of interest include vision therapy, traumatic brain injury, autism, special needs, vision development, learning related vision problems and infant vision care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).