Prerequisite: VT/Visual Dysfunctions (VT-1) VT/Learning Related Visual Problems adds to the core VT/Visual Dysfunctions (VT I) course all the necessary testing and therapy activities to successfully diagnose and treat patients with learning related visual problems as well as patients with developmental difficulties. Many of the patients for whom this curriculum is recommended have been labeled dyslexics or "LD/ADD" (learning disability/attention deficit disorder). You will be taught precisely how to determine if a person's reading difficulty requires the VT II curriculum or if their learning related visual problem can best be served by the simple application of the appropriate plus lens for near, as well as possibly only needing the more basic VT I program. The tests taught have been selected to help you get the most information in the least amount of time. The tests also give you the data necessary to demonstrate to the patient the need and benefits to be derived from the VT II program. Of the entire group of courses this is the most fun and will enable you to work with large portions of the population which traditional optometry has been unable to help in any way.
- The tests which will be taught include: NYSOA King-Devic Saccadic Test, Groffman Visual Tracing Test, Wold Sentence Copy Test, Visagraph Eye Movement Analysis, Gates Oral Reading Survey, Monroe III Visual Memory Test, DEM Saccadic Test, Jordan Left Right Test, Motor Free Visual Perception Test, and many more....
- Problems of vision development will be addressed as well as working with tracking, sequencing, and timing problems.
- The relationship between laterality, directionality and, ocular motor dysfunctions will be developed.
- A discussion of the various interpretations of the word "dyslexia" and their many implications will be discussed thoroughly. What really are Attention Deficit Disorders and why are so many people so quick to use ritalin or its derivatives? A full understanding of the attentional mechanisms and an understanding of vision as the dominant process will help you understand the value of behavioral optometric care in working with the youth of today.
- The relationship between visualization, visual imagery, and spelling will be discussed.
- You will be taught how to use positive rewards for positive behavior to modify the behavior of your patients and their support team.
- Juvenile Delinquency and learning related visual disorders will also be dealt with in detail.
- Each course participant will receive a manual with a complete set of procedures, homework sheets, procedure grids and materials explaining how best to handle learning related visual problems.
* Courses begin at 9:00 am each morning and will finish at 5:00 PM. On the last day of the course we begin at 9:00 am and generally finish by 3:00 PM. Lunch is included in your tuition. (NOTE: If you have special dietary considerations please let us know at the time you make your reservation.)