Seeing the Big World: The Role of Vision and Pediatric Therapy

June 25-26, 2022
8:00 AM - 4 PM Saturday

8:00 AM - 4 PM Sunday



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Course Description

So much of what we know about our world comes through our visual system. It affects reading, writing, posture, use of communication, and some much more, yet we are taught so little about this system that has such a huge impact on the functional abilities of our children.

This course presents the most complete pediatric vision course curriculum ever offered. This expanded course will explain the anatomy and physiology of the visual system and, through evidence-based research, demonstrate the role vision plays in making academics more difficult for some children. Therapists will learn to recognize the simple signs of undiagnosed vision-based learning impediments so they might better interpret the results of standardized testing. Through lab practice and case studies, attendees will gain confidence in assessing ocular motor and near vision focusing skills then design programs and use modifications to get the best possible outcomes. Therapists will learn the common signs of dyslexia and get the truth on computer vision syndrome. Attendees will then learn easy and fun techniques for improving these skills. This course offers a curriculum to make the novice therapist into the “go-to” vision resource.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret behaviors and difficulties that could indicate an undiagnosed vision problem
  • Illustrate the role vision is playing in the development of their pediatric patients
  • Describe the development of the visual system
  • Observe glasses to identify the condition they are managing
  • Explain the eye care professionals best suited for your patient's vision problem
  • Describe the parts and function of the near vision triad
  • Summarize basic vision related diagnosis and the therapist's role in their management
  • Assess ocular motor skills and the near vision focusing system
  • Utilize strategies to improve ocular motor skills
  • Describe computer vision syndrome and the role of blue light
  • Recognize ocular motor problems from dyslexia
  • Indicate when to perform visual perception testing and when to wait
  • Choose modifications during treatment to compensate for visual dysfunction

About the Instructor

Robert Constantine, OTR\L, is a 1997 graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy program where he was awarded the Charles Brooks Award for Creativity. He has practiced in home health, and skilled nursing contexts and spent 9 years as the clinical specialist in brain injury at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute where he developed a passion for evidenced-based treatment, sharing information and the functional effects of the visual system. Beginning in 2013, he enjoyed a 3 year tenure at an optometry practice where he learned techniques working closely with low vision, pediatric and adult optometrists. He has received Clinical Level 1 and 2 training offered by the Neuro-Optometric Rehab Association. He was also instructed in sports vision training working with the High Performance Vision Associates, a national group of optometrists that offer sports vision screenings to elite athletes. He developed specialized Drag Racing Glasses and has worked with NHRA Sportsman and Professional Drag Racers. He continues to provide vision rehabilitation services to pediatric and adult patients at the Pearl Nelson Center and Kindred at Home in Pensacola, Florida. Robert has been a national and international presenter for since 2016. His courses are engaging and full of personal experience and the latest evidence-based research.

Financial Disclosure: Rob receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of this course.

Non-Financial Disclosure: None


Day One
07:30-08:00 Course Registration & Sign-in/Breakfast
08:00-08:45 Introduction to the problem and our role

08:45-09:00 Understanding the Who and What of the Pediatric Eye Exam

09:00-09:30 Vocabulary of the Eye doctor's office

09:30-10:15 Better or worse...glasses and their purpose

10:15-10:30 BREAK

10:30-10:45 Development of the Visual System

10:45-11:15 Anatomy & Physiology of the Visual System from Cornea to Cortex

11:15-11:35 Common Congenital Visual Disorders

11:35-11:45 Discussion/Q&A

11:45-12:45 LUNCH
12:45-02:30 Assessing Ocular Motor & Near Vision Focusing Skills

02:30-02:45 BREAK
02:45-03:15 Understanding Common Vision Diagnoses

03:15-03:45 Is it Dyslexia? Vision Problem? Both?

03:45-04:00 Q&A Session


Day Two

07:30-08:00 Course Sign-in/Breakfast
08:00-08:30 Q&A/Review

08:30-09:15 Visual Profiles of Common Pediatric Diagnoses

09:15-10:15 Treating Ocular Motor and Near Vision Focusing

10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:00 Telehealth & Vision

11:00-12:00 Treating Posture & Balance Through the Visual System

12:00-01:00 LUNCH
01:00-01:30 Visual Perception & Visual Motor Integration

01:30-02:00 Case Study #1

02:00-02:30 Case Study #2

02:30-02:45 BREAK

02:45-03:15 Case Study #3

03:15-03:30 Resources to Learn More

03:30-04:00 Q&A Session


Texas Children's Hospital Feigin Center

1st Floor Conference Room A
1102 Bates Street
Houston, TX 77030

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Who Should Attend

This course is applicable for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, and SLPs


13 contact hours or CCU's.