This course will be over the internet. Length: 5 days over two weekends. Continuing Education Credits: 35 hours. Prerequisite: VT/Visual Dysfunctions For: Optometrists and Vision Therapists
This course has limited registration. Our highly interactive, small group presentations and hands-on activities will provide the experience you need for the confidence you desire. This course offers free follow-up case consultation.
Dr. John Abbondanza, OD
Dr. Abbondanza graduated from Milford High School and from Boston College (Go Eagles!) with a degree in Psychology. He graduated with honors in the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society from the New England College of Optometry, where he was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor of Optometry in 1991. He is a past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, where he was the youngest President in the almost 100-year history of the organization. Dr. John has also served on the Suffolk Superior Court Medical Malpractice Tribunal. He lectures extensively to optometrists, educators, occupational therapists, and other groups on how Behavioral Optometry helps people in their daily lives. Dr. John is also certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy, where contact lenses are used to reshape the cornea as an alternative to eyeglasses or LASIK. He is in private practice at Vision Care Specialists in Southborough with a specialization in vision related learning problems.
The Learning Related Visual Problems Course adds to the core Visual Dysfunctions (VT I) course the necessary testing and therapy activities to successfully diagnose and treat patients with learning related visual problems. 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 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 application of the appropriate plus lens for near, and/or the more basic VT 1 program. The key tests taught have been selected to help you get the most information in the least amount of time. These 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 eye care has been unable to help.
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….
Course will run 10am to 6pm daily and will end at 5pm on last day
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410 561 3791
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We are not offering any cancellation fee at this time only voucher towards future courses with a valid cancellation reason.
Dr. John Abbondanza, OD
This course is highly interactive, with small group presentations and hands-on experience that will provide the experience you need for the confidence you desire.
The Evolution of a Model and A Model of Vision (Read The Evolution of a Model first.) are included to introduce you to our approach to teaching. These two papers describe the process for much of what comes in the courses and we hope you understand that we instructors evolve in our thinking much like we hope you will. We hope to take you on a compressed journey through the evolution of our thinking. We will begin an area by showing you where we were at one time in our development. Then we present the unanswered questions that became the foundation for looking at things in a different way. We will then present our understandings now and include new information for where we might go in the future.
The Evolution of a Model was presented at the Skeffington Symposium in Washington DC in the early 1980’s. This paper charts the development of Paul Harris’ model of vision from what he assimilated from his years at SUNY (1975-79) until the time of the writing of the paper. Much of the change came as a result of a presentation by Dr. Robert A. Kraskin and involvement in the Washington DC based OEPF study group, the Institute for Behavioral Optometry. A Model of Vision was initially presented at the Skeffington Symposium in Washington DC and then adapted for the JOVD.
The following articles have been put in the recommended order to be read:
**Retaking a course (A&S, VT1,VT2,VT3) previously attended. Must be able to provide proof of completion if asked.