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    Little Eyes: Improving Ocular Motor Skills to Improve Function in Children

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    Add to Calendar 10/21/2022 07:00 AM 10/21/2022 05:00 PM America/Chicago Little Eyes: Improving Ocular Motor Skills to Improve Function in Children Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this LIVE class:
1. As part of the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida
2. Via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world.
Live stream participants will login to the CIAO Website to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor. Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone. Starts 8 Central, 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific

So much of what we know about our world comes through our visual system. It affects reading, writing, posture, use of a communication board and so 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 engaging course will explain the anatomy and physiology of the visual system through evidence-based research and demonstrate the role vision plays in making academics more difficulty 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. Attendees will then learn easy and fun techniques for improving these skills.

Course materials needed: 4 beads on a 24 inch string

Appropriate Disciplines OT/COTA, PT/PTA, SLP/SLPA
Course Level: Introductory
Assessment Methods: Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation
For events that are Live Streamed, the streaming participants will verify attendance through codes given throughout course and complete a multiple choice quiz (80% passing score) and evaluation at the end.

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
  • Identify the eye care professional best suited for your patient’s vision problem
  • Identify the parts and function of the near vision triad
  • Differentiate ocular motor difficulties from dyslexia
  • Document ocular motor and near vision focusing problems
  • Differentiate when to perform visual perception testing and when to wait
  • Observe modifications during treatment to compensate for visual dysfunction

Robert Constantine


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 1

08:00 - 08:30
Introduction to The problem
08:30 - 09:00
Understanding the Who and What of the Pediatric Eye Exam
09:00 - 09:30
Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System from Cornea to Cortex
09:30 - 10:00
Common Congenital Visual Disorders
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 10:45
Assessing Ocular motor and near vision focusing skills
10:45 - 11:15
Understanding Common Vision Diagnosis
11:15 - 11:45
Is it dyslexia? Vision problem? Both??
11:45 - 12:00
Q&A session
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 01:00
Visual Profiles of Common Pediatric Diagnosis
01:00 - 02:00
Treating Ocular Motor and Near Vision Focusing Problems
02:00 - 03:00
Treating Posture and Balance through the Visual System
03:00 - 03:15
03:15 - 03:45
Visual Perception and Visual Motor Integration
03:45 - 04:15
Resources to Learn More
04:15 - 04:30

Delivery VIA:

  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.75 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. AOTA Course approval ID#01694
  • This live course is offered at 0.75 AOTA CEUs Introductory level, OT Service Delivery
  • AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 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 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
  • 7.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX (7.5 CCUs)
  • 9 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 9 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker#20-801246)

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, ME, MO, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • Call CIAO 888-909-CIAO(2426) if you have questions about CE Approval
  • Participants who successfully complete this course will receive CEU Certificate at the end of the course.

  • Introductory Level
    0.75 ASHA CEUs

    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)

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


    "The support from CIAO was nothing short of amazing! I had technical difficulties the day of the live course and they bent over backwards to ensure that I was able to get the content. Dayna was incredibly helpful and returned my email within a few hours AND on a Sunday. Thank you!!!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2021

    "Appreciate the treatment ideas - recommended clearer slides explaining and defining some of those ideas - got tricky to follow the description and write notes on those items. However the course overall was very beneficially and kept my interest for the full day --- that's not easy to do :)"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2021

    "Robert was a fantastic speaker. The information he presented was informative, evidence-based, yet easy to understand and begin to apply to students on my caseload. He gave the theory and practical examples of how to use the information in practice. I appreciate that he gave concrete ideas of treatment examples, while also encouraging creative use and the foundational knowledge to build upon. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Apr 2021

    "Speaker easy to listen too and course was structured well. Thanks!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "This was my 3rd course with Robert. He is a wealth of information and keeps his information relevant and presentations up to date. I appreciate his down to earth style of teaching and did laugh at his jokes. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "This seminar was one of the most informative I have attended in a long time. There was so much information that is practical and applicable to my therapy setting. I look forward to seeing results and differences with the intervention strategies provided following more extensive vision screening with the typical visual perceptual tests. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "I really enjoyed this course and the lighthearted jokes of the presenter. I look forward to participating in more courses in the future. Thank you!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "ABSOLUTELY AMAZING COURSE!! I am so thankful I took it! We found out my four month old has a rare retina disease so I took this course in hopes to not only help my patients but my son as well. This course surpassed all expectations! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Great course! I will implement many of the strategies next week! Presenter was very easy to listen to for entire program. Glad I took course."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Great Course. I look forward to sharing learned knowledge and helping my clients as a more effective therapist. This presenter is amazing and engaging in a topic that could easily be dry."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I was reminded of some strategies that I have not used in awhile and found new strategies to improve function through ocular motor skills in the OT setting. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "This was fantastic! Possibly the best CE course I've taken. Robert was very engaging and so good at explaining the information and answering questions clearly. I'm so glad I signed up! "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Speaker was a great balance between professional, relevant, organized and engaging. I never was bored, and I have been taking continuing ed for 25 years."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Excellent course! I wish all OTs had this foundational knowledge!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Great job, perfect amount of information and very thorough. Thank you!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021

    "Thank you Robert. This was just the course I needed with the current caseload that I have. Many of my kids have visual deficits along with other areas and now I feel I can better address the specific visual deficits with more knowledge and new ideas."

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jan 2021