COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / DESCRIPTION DES COURS
Dr. Jason Clopton:
SEEing Solutions, NOT Problems
Lecture & Workshop
This lecture and workshop series is all about understanding how and why visual conditions develop. Understanding “the WHY”, helps vision therapists recognise alternative solutions in the VT room. This session will focus on how we can give patients new and better solutions, rather than just overcoming problems.
Have you ever wondered….
- Why do some procedures work well with one patient, but not another?
- Why do some patients excel after therapy, but others only gain modest improvements?
- How can I better understand what my patients with strabismus and amblyopia are telling me?
- How do I work with patients who are suppressing?
- Is the kid that fidgets constantly in my therapy room just trying to annoy me?
- Why DO patients develop convergence insufficiency?
- How and why am I using the same procedures on patients who are so different?
Optometry’s Role in Reading Difficulties
Reading difficulties, and dyslexia have been studied for over 100 years. In this time, competing views and evidence have made it difficult to understand the role of vision in reading problems. Theories are so opposed and disparate that it can be difficult for clinicians, patients and parents to reconcile them. Yet research is shedding new light in a way that we can view these theories in a united way. As Optometrists and vision therapists, we are uniquely placed to view this research as part of a larger visual process. No other profession, or line of enquiry, whether they be neuroscientists, vision scientists, psychologists or educators have the ability to view the complex process of reading difficulties in such a holistic way, as Optometry.
This section is designed to arm vision therapists with the latest theory on how and why we have an important role to play in patients suffering with reading difficulties.
The Role of Movement in VT
What DO you say, when a parent says, “I thought this was eye exercises, so why are you getting my child to lie on the floor and move around?”. Communication is most often, the key to success. Understanding the role of movement in effective vision therapy, and being able to communicate this to others underpins how well we give VISUAL FREEDOM to our patients.
This session will explore principles for managing adverse behaviours in the VT room. This will be a practical discussion from the experience of a clinician, about how to manage behaviours and ideally improve outcomes for patients.
Dr. Curt Baxstrom:
Discussion about therapeutic treatment for acquired brain injury including:
Neuro-therapeutic lenses, Neurolenses, Orthoptic Prism, Combined prisms, Bi-nasal Occlusion, Other occlusions, Syntonics, Other tints, Shaw lenses, Wrap up of lenses (Z),and Active Therapy.
Discussion about concussion: how to test and treat and market your services.
Tests that will be discussed include: Special Focus: balance, dizziness OM, visual spatial VOMS Test, Romberg, Fukuda, Posturography and other neuro-sensory tests
Acquired Brain Injury and CVA
What you have to know to test, treat and market your services.