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Nancy Torgerson O.D.,FCOVD
&
Jared Torgerson, COVT
 
Visual Processing for a Lifetime of Learning
 
Have you ever seen through someone else’s eyes? Has anyone ever seen through yours? How do you know if what you’re seeing is “normal” or not?
 
 
How do we communicate this with patients and families? How do we teach patients of all ages and abilities to be intentional with their vision, and guide them towards taking an active role in their own visual process?
 
 
          Learn to better communicate with patients, families, and your own team in order to build better understanding and engagement in Vision Therapy. Join us for interactive demonstrations of VT activities and visual evaluations, and how to modify for all skills and ages.
 
 
 
Session 1:  Visual Processing for a Lifetime of Learning
OD/Vision Therapists:
 
  • Visual exam and processing assessment: seeing through a patient’s eye​
  • Looking beyond numbers and norms through observation, engagement, inquiry and active listening
  • Understanding the visual struggle
  • Creating awareness and understanding with patient and family through analogy, demonstration and communication
  • After the visual assessment, what’s next?
  • Patient highlight: A Vision For Life
Session 2:  Guiding Patients Toward Taking An Active Role In Their VT
OD track
 
  • Goal setting and possibilities
  • Teaching patients of all ages and abilities to be intentional with their vision process      
  • Day 1 of VT: ready to learn?
  • What’s your learning style? Tapping in to clues from the visual and processing assessment
  • Starting with the visual basics
  • Unloading VT activities
  • Patient Highlight:A Father’s Perspective of How VT Made a Difference
 
Session 3:  Hands On VT Activities:  Regulating Attention
OD Track
 
  • VT activities to train sustained attention, alternating attention and simultaneous attention. Ex. Visual Motor Worksheets and Infinity Walk.
  • Learning to function in environments with “sensory clutter”.
  • Patient Highlight: It Helps When You Can Pay Attention
 
Session 4:  Hands on VT Activities:  Visualization and Memory, Time and Space 
OD Track
 
  • VT activities to for those that have poor visualization skills, to learn how to harness and develop this skill for use in work, school and hobbies. 
  • VT activities help guide lifetime learners on developing visual memory to be used when it would be more advantageous than auditory memory and to rely on auditory memory when it would be most advantageous.
  • VT activities to develop an understanding of time and space through the use of the metronome and rhythm
  • Patient Highlight:    I Thought That Would Be Cheating
 
Session 5:  Hands on VT Activities:  Visualization and Memory, Time and Space 
Vision Therapist Track
 
  • VT activities to for those that have poor visualization skills, to learn how to harness and develop this skill for use in work, school and hobbies. 
  • VT activities help guide lifetime learners on developing visual memory to be used when it would be more advantageous than auditory memory and to rely on auditory memory when it would be most advantageous.
  • VT activities to develop an understanding of time and space through the use of the metronome and rhythm
  • Patient Highlight:    I Thought That Would Be Cheating
 
Session 6:  Power of TEAM – Ending the Senseless Struggle And Igniting Lifetime Learning
OD/Vision Therapist TEAMS
 
          The Power of Why
          Elephants
          Dream Big!
 
 
“Never forget that you are one of a kind.  Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place.  And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world.  In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes in the world come about.  So be that person.”  Buckminster Fuller
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
 
 
 
 


 
Linda Sanet
 
 
Goals:
 
“I should not like my words to spare other people the trouble of thinking.  But, if possible, to stimulate someone to thoughts of their own.” 
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosophical Investigations
 
Principles:
  1. Piaget’s  theory of child development as seen from the perspective of Dr. Harry Wachs
  2. How to talk so children can learn (Ginott, Faber and Mazlish)
  3. Growth mindset (Carol Dweck)
 
Therapist Stream:
Vision as a function of intelligence – the genius of Dr. Harry Wachs
  1. Piaget’s investigations
  2. Piagetian model in the Wachs framework of Vision Training
  3. High level – low level thinking
  4. Concept versus Content learning
  5. Open Mind – Whole Mind
  6. Parquetry activities
How to talk so children can learn (Ginott, Faber and Mazlish)
  1. Amy Chua – “nothing is fun until you are good at it.” Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
  2. Dr. Haim Ginott – “my personal approach creates the climate”
  3. How to Talk So Children Can Learn (Faber and Mazlish)
 
  1. Criticism, praise, self-esteem - praise that doesn’t demean, criticism that doesn’t wound
  2. Problem Solving (interactive group participation)
 
Therapists and Optometrist individual streams:
Mindset – Carol Dweck
  1. Growth mindset versus closed mindset
  2. How praise can result in each type of mindset
  3. Creating conditions for change
  4. Communication and creating intrinsic motivation
  5. Responsibility – Doctor, Therapist, and Patient
 
Therapist and Optometrist combined stream:
Mindset – Carol Dweck
Problem solving - interactive group participation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
Patricia Fink
 

First Section :  SAY IT !!!

This section is all about communication and how to properly use a format that will get your patients to sign up for VT during consultation appointments and for therapists to properly communicate the VT activities.  Emphasis will also be placed on language and the importance of the use of words when communicating.

Second Section:  Do IT !!!

This section is all about doing.  Hands on activities on how to get your learning related patients moving forward, unstuck and grounded.  The use of syntonics, binasals, primitive reflexes and some wonderful technology will be used. Combination of techniques will be discussed to make your sessions faster and more efficient.  You will be expected to bring equipment for this section and an equipment package is being compiled by sponsors if you do not already have the materials.  

Third Section:  Energize IT !!!

This section is going to review how to use proper mindset for success in the VT room.  How to project your patient’s goals, your goals, and the parents’ goals properly. How to keep yourself as both the doctor and therapist healthy so you can continue to be present for your patients.  This will energize you and your patients and will prevent burn out. Techniques will include how to help your patients with anxiety, confidence, and belief.  

 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 


 
 
 
 


 
 
 
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