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



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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

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 Requirements:
  • Computer with internet and working speakers/sound are required for this course.
  • Course must be completed within 30 days of activation (activate course within 6 months of purchase).
  • An online multiple-choice quiz (80% passing score) and submission of an online evaluation form are required for successful completion.
  • A certificate of completion will be available to print immediately after course is successfully completed.
  • SLPs - ASHA CEUs may be obtained by completing the online ASHA form and checking the "Report to ASHA" box.

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

15 Minutes
Understanding the Who and What of the Pediatric Eye Exam
30 Minutes
Vocabulary of the Eye doctor’s office
45 Minutes
Better or worse…glasses and their purpose
15 Minutes
Development of the Visual System
30 Minutes
Anatomy and Physiology of the Visual System from Cornea to Cortex
20 Minutes
Common Congenital Visual Disorders
10 Minutes
105 Minutes
Assessing Ocular motor and near vision focusing skills
30 Minutes
Understanding Common Vision Diagnosis
30 Minutes
Is it dyslexia? Vision problem? Both??
45 Minutes
Visual Profiles of Common Pediatric Diagnosis
60 Minutes
Treating Ocular Motor and Near Vision Focusing
30 Minutes
Telehealth and Vision
60 Minutes
Treating Posture and Balance through the Visual System
30 Minutes
Visual Perception and Visual Motor Integration
30 Minutes
Case Study #1
30 Minutes
Case Study #2
30 Minutes
Case Study #3
15 Minutes
Resources to Learn More
11.0 Hours

Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 11 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 (16.25 PDUs - written exam)
  • 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
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pre-Approved for:
  • 11 Hrs. PT/PTAs in CA(CIAO22-38), IL, TX (APTA TX #2202009; 13 CCUs)
  • 13.0 Hrs.PT/PTAs and OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-868879)
  • 13.2 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY

  • Introductory Level
    1.1 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)


    "It would be awesome to include more about PT vs OT in assessing and treating these kids."

    - Irvine, CA / Nov 2022

    "Thanks Ciao and Robert. My power point did not have any of the addendum handouts - I will need to get these please. Let me know how to do this properly (through Ciao or from Robert directly??)"

    - Cary, NC / Nov 2022