Multisensory Model: Neurological Implications for Improved Optometric Success and Treatment

Multisensory Model: Neurological Implications for Improved Optometric Success and Treatment

with Dr Randy Shulman and Dr Celia Hinrichs

COPE approved courses 71021-NO and 71022-NO 

COPE Activity ID #121141

Multisensory Model: Neurological Implications for Improved Optometric Success and Treatment

With Celia Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD and Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD


Course description:

12- hour course presented in two six-hour lectures. COPE approved courses: 71021-NO and 71022-NO

We live in a highly sensory world in which we are continually bombarded with information from each of our different senses. Although optometry has attempted to isolate visual skills for diagnosis and treatment, the latest research indicates that we learn more effectively with multisensory integration mechanisms that support intersensory interaction. Now we have the tools to communicate effectively and create true success with all patients.

With a better understanding of the pathways and the different systems engaged, we are more efficient and effective in treatment. By looking at proprioceptive, vestibular, touch, balance, interoceptive, auditory, visual, and cognitive pathways, function, and integration, we can utilize this information in both the examination and in treatment. The clinician utilizes a multisensory approach as part of the examination, decision -making process, and in treatment, approaches to optimize a patient’s potential, attention and automaticity.

In this course, we will demonstrate the impact of a multisensory approach with a better understanding of the neurological underpinnings. We have developed a checklist to allow the optometrist to use this information in the examination and treatment. Techniques in the evaluation, vision therapy procedures and cases will be reviewed so that the optometrist can implement this information immediately.



Dr. Celia Hinrichs, OD

Celia Hinrichs has been working with children and adults with multiple issues, complicated strabismic patients, and head trauma patients for over thirty years. She has taught at New England College of Optometry’s Specialty Clinic and in the classroom, managed a private practice in optometric vision rehabilitation, and held both teaching and staff optometry positions at the Perkins Low Vision Clinic. For more than twenty years, she developed her own practice where she did optometric vision therapy every day. From 1990-2017, Dr. Hinrichs was the staff optometrist for New England Center for Children, a school geared to children with significant behavioral difficulties and autism. She was selected as Chair of the International Exam Board for College of Optometrists in Vision Development from 2008 to 2011 and won the President’s Award in 2011 for her work. She was excited to complete her clinical career teaching again at NECO Specialty Clinic. Throughout her career, she has lectured, taught and written on the needs of patients with multiple issues, complicated strabismus and head trauma. She continues to develop approaches to allow individuals in these special populations to use their visual skills more effectively in daily living and education.

Dr. Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD

Randy Schulman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She graduated with her Doctorate in Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees from the State University of New York, College of Optometry. Dr. Schulman received her Fellowship in the College of Optometrists for Vision Development and is a Clinical Associate of the Optometric Extension Program, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry.

Dr. Schulman has lectured extensively on behavioral optometry topics such as vision in the classroom, vision and aging, visual difficulties in the developmentally delayed, and lectured and published on vision and autism. She specializes in behavioral optometry and vision therapy, pediatrics, learning disabilities and preventative, integrative and alternative vision care for all ages.


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