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

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    Add to Calendar 09/24/2022 07:30 AM 09/25/2022 05:30 PM America/Chicago Seeing the Big World: The Role of Vision in Pediatric Therapy Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

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

Course Description

There are two ways to participate in this live stream event (BOTH count as LIVE CE):
  1. in the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. via LIVE STREAM around the world - Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor.

Course begins: 8:00 AM Central (9:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Mountain; 6:00 AM Pacific)
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

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 materials needed: 4 beads on a 24 inch string

Appropriate Disciplines: OT/COTA, PT/PTA, SLP/SLPA
Course Level: Introductory
Assessment Methods: Attendance Affidavit, Quiz, Self-Assessment on Evaluation Form

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

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 - 08:45
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
10:30 - 10:45
Development of the Visual System
10:45 - 11:15
Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System from Cornea to Cortex
11:15 - 11:35
Common Congenital Visual Disorders
11:35 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45
12:45 - 02:30
Assessing Ocular motor and near vision focusing skills
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:15
Understanding Common Vision Diagnosis
03:15 - 03:45
Is it dyslexia? Vision problem? Both??
03:45 - 04:00
Q&A session

Day 2

08:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 09:15
Visual Profiles of Common Pediatric Diagnosis
09:15 - 10:15
Treating Ocular Motor and Near Vision Focusing
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Telehealth and Vision
11:00 - 12:00
Treating Posture and Balance through the Visual System
12:00 - 01:00
01:00 - 01:30
Visual Perception and Visual Motor Integration
01:30 - 02:00
Case Study #1
02:00 - 02:30
Case Study #2
02:30 - 02:45
02:45 - 03:15
Case Study #3
03:15 - 03:30
Resources to Learn More
03:30 - 04:00
Q&A session

Delivery VIA:

  • Live On Tour - This course is now being offered live on locations throughout the United States.
  • 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:

  • 13 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (1.3 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (1.3 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 #2202009#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
  • 13 Hrs. PT/PTAs in CA (CIAO21-33), IL, TX (13 CCUs APTA TX #2202009)
  • 15.6 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 15.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs and OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-860666)

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MI, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NV, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

  • Introductory Level
    1.3 ASHA CEUs

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

    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.


    "I would love for Robert to do a one day class a little more in depth on the anatomy/physiology of the visual system. I have listened to other presentations done by OD but they are a little over my head. Another thing I would love to learn more about is being able to read and understand an OD report. I have taken many vision classes over the years but I have enjoyed Robert's the best. I love how he makes everything OT based. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2021

    "Great course! I will highly recommend this course to my peers of all disciplines!!"

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2021

    "Robert is a great instructor! I like they way he presented the material, recommended how to assess, and then demonstrated treatment activities. It was a very functional class, one of my favorites. I would enjoy taking another class from him. "

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Sep 2021