VISCON 2024 Vision Rehab Summit

This special event weekend was developed to go beyond the basics of vision. Featuring recently published authors and longtime vision practitioners, this event shares the knowledge needed to help you more efficiently utilize evidenced-based techniques to treat visual dysfunction no matter what your practice area.

This open discussion will talk about areas where improvements could be made to further the collaboration of therapists and optometrists.

Course Requirements:

Course Objectives

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


Course Instructor(s)


Amber Fessler

OTD, MS, OTR/L

Amber Fessler, OTD, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist of eighteen years residing in Rapid City, SD. She
graduated from the University of Mary with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2004 and completed her
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy with a specialty certification in Remedial Vision Rehabilitation from Salus University in
2020. Amber has a diverse clinical background in pediatrics having worked in early intervention, public school, outpatient,
and vision therapy clinic settings. Currently, she is the owner and occupational therapy practitioner of a private practice
focusing on pediatrics with learning-related vision deficits in close collaboration with optometry doctors. She is a
contributing author for book chapters in the upcoming 4th Edition of Understanding and Managing Vision Deficits: A Guide
for Occupational Therapists and published research on occupational therapy and optometry collaboration in the care of
pediatric patients in the Vision Development and Rehabilitation journal.


Robert Constantine

OTR\L

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



Meghan Chemidlin

OTD, MS, OTR/L

Meghan Chemidlin, OTD, MS, OTR/L, received her bachelors, masters and post professional
Doctorate degrees from Elizabethtown College. She received her clinical doctorate in both
Trauma Informed Practice and Interdisciplinary Autism Support. She primarily treats individuals
who have sustained mTBIs but also works with adults, teens and pediatrics diagnosed with ASD,
ADHD and other neurological conditions. Meghan has been integrating her passion for
interoception interventions into all populations, diagnosis and ages for several years. She is in the
process of publishing her OTD research titled: Impact of an Interoception-Based Intervention on
Self-Regulation in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Pilot Study. She is a Certified
Brain Injury Specialist, Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and a Functional
Vision Rehabilitation Specialist. Meghan enjoys traveling to speak about and educate on
interoception and her adapted version of the interoception curriculum for several organizations,
colleges and professionals.


Alicia Reiser

PPOTD, MS OTR/L, CBIS, ADHD-CRP

Alicia Reiser, PPOTD, MS OTR/L, CBIS, ADHD-CRP graduated from Misericordia University in 2001 with her Master’s degree and found her passion shortly thereafter within the neurological population. After several years in inpatient rehab centers, she transitioned settings to outpatient where she established her love for vision and wanted to learn more. She obtained her clinical doctorate in vision remediation from Salus University (Philadelphia College of Optometry) in 2018 and grew her private practice to treat those with concussion and other brain-based diagnoses. She works closely with optometry and uses a collaborative approach when treating visual inefficiencies, using an integrative model to improve her patient’s brain, body, function and life. Locally, she is on the Cedar Crest College Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Advisory Board. Her published research includes Concussion-Related Vision Disorder Practice Patterns in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Curricula Patterns for Acquired Brain Injury-Related Vision Disorders for Entry-Level Programs. Most recently, she has co-authored 2 chapters in Dr. Mitchell Scheiman’s Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits: A Guide for Occupational Therapists. Alicia is a certified brain injury specialist, ADHD certified rehab provider and has a special interest in those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.



Suzanne Briggs

OTD, OTR/L

Suzanne Briggs, OTD, OTR/L, has been practicing occupational therapy in acute, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient throughout her 20-year career. Her area of focus is rehabilitation after neurological events, including vision rehabilitation. She currently works at Centura Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO. She provides services to children and adults who have experienced acquired brain injuries or other physical/neurological concerns.

Suzanne received her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Salus University in 2023 with a certification in remedial vision rehabilitation. Suzanne graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Alumni Association Award for Top Graduate. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is interested in research involving remedial vision and acquired brain injury. She is also a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), which facilitates the collaboration of multiple disciplines for successful outcomes for patients with neurological diagnoses. Suzanne was trained in NDT and is SAEBO certified.

Suzanne developed a passion for remedial vision rehabilitation when working with acquired brain injury patients who had vision limitations. This passion led her to further her education in remedial vision. Suzanne has developed the remedial vision program at her clinic and provides treatment in collaboration with neuro-optometrists. Her patients also benefit from her extensive mCIT, stroke recovery, and concussion knowledge. Suzanne has presented as a guest lecturer at local brain injury support groups, universities, and hospital professionals.

Suzanne provides her patients with evidence-based treatments to improve vision limitations and improve vision-related function. She plans to use her degree to advance the support of occupational therapy’s role in remedial vision rehabilitation through research, education, and successful patient care.


Course Agenda

120 Minutes
Opening Roundtable - The OT/OD Collaboration
120 Minutes
Session 1 - Using an Integrative OT/VT Model to Treat Concussion
120 Minutes
Session 2 - Interoception: Using An Interoceptive-Based Approach To Improve Vision-based Functional Deficits
120 Minutes
Session 3 - Understanding Visual Spatial Deficits for Improved Therapeutic Outcomes
120 Minutes
Session 4 - “Can You See Me Now?”: Measuring Remedial Vision Success
120 Minutes
Closing Roundtable - The Future
12.0 Hours
Total

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 12 Hours
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (1.2 AOTA CEUs)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. AOTA Course approval ID#8798
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (12 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the Texas Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CIAO is a PT Approved Provider #BAP202310092 for the Oklahoma Medical Board. All PT courses for the 2022-2023 reporting period are approved.
  • Approved for:
  • 12 Hrs. PT/PTAs in CA, IL, OK(#BAP202310092), TX (APTA TX #2502009 for 12 CCUs)
  • 14 Hrs. OT/COTAs, PT/PTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-1199500)
  • 14.4 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 12 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN
  • 12 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for PT/PTAs in AZ, GA, OK, SC, TN


The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.




CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.



CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)