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Digital Seminar

Improving Visual Processing at Any Age: Enhance Performance, Learning, & Therapeutic Success

Cathy Stern, O.D., FCOVD, FCSO, FNORA
5 Hours 56 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 08, 2018
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Hidden Visual Processing Problems: Think Faster, Learn Better, Work Smarter

Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight. Optimal visual processing helps us see more, think faster, and attend longer. Enhancing visual processing is key to improving learning and performance for school, work, play, and activities of daily living. How can we build up visual processing to learn faster and work smarter? How can we assist those recovering from concussion/brain injury?

This workshop will help you better understand visual processing, allow you to experience the effects of non-sight related vision problems, and introduce you to a program of visual skills testing and visual brain training. The program uses easy-to-learn techniques that you can integrate into your current therapies and use to enhance therapeutic success.


* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This course consists of 5.75 self-study clock hours. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel

5.5 Actual Professional Development Hours (self-study). MEDS-PDN, powered by PESI, Inc., is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept of Education.  

Illinois Educators


5.5 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours have been made available through Quincy University. Those requesting ISBE PD Clock Hours will need to complete additional steps in order to receive the ISBE “Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form.


While completing the post-test/evaluation be sure to answer the question “Are you an Illinois Educator” Yes. PESI will then be prompted to send you the “Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, Etc.” form. You will need to complete the ISBE evaluation form, and return it plus the applicable ISBE enrollment fee(s) (made payable to PESI, Inc.), and your name within two weeks from receiving your CE certificate. You will then be emailed the “ISBE Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form.

Indiana Educators

5.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance of this self-study package per the Indiana Department of Education standards.

Montana Educators

This self-study package is offered for 5.0 Renewal Units. PESI, Inc. is an Approved Renewal Unit Provider with the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

New York Educators Self-Study

PESI, Inc. is an approved sponsor of CTLE with the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) Office of Teaching Initiatives. Provider #23567. This self-study activity will qualify for 5.75 Approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Hour(s), in the area of Pedagogy. Hours are based on full attendance. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.

Texas Educators

PESI, Inc., has been approved as a CPE Provider #500-981 for Texas Educators by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBED). This self-study package qualifies for 5.5 CPE clock hours.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 5.9 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 5.75 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 5.75 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 5.75 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 5.5 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.1 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 5.75 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Cathy Stern, O.D., FCOVD, FCSO, FNORA Related seminars and products

Developmental/Behavioral optometrist

Private Practice

Cathy D. Stern, O.D., FCOVD, FCSO, FNORA is a behavioral optometrist with specialized training for treating learning-related vision problems, computer vision syndrome, neurological vision problems following brain injury or stroke and sports vision training. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with learning problems, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, autism and the multiply challenged. She also works with adults following traumatic brain injury and with athletes of all ages.

Dr. Stern has presented national and international workshops for physicians, optometrists, teachers, psychologists, occupational, physical and speech therapists and other professionals who work with special populations. She is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD), the College of Syntonic Optometry (FCSO) and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (FNORA). Dr. Stern is state director of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, past vice-president of the College of Syntonic Optometry, Massachusetts key person for the AOA Sports Vision Section and a past reviewer for the Journal of Behavioral Optometry. She recently published the chapter Photophobia, Light and Color in Acquired Brain Injury in Vision Rehabilitation edited by Penelope Suter and Lisa Harvey. Dr. Stern maintains a private practice in Canton, MA limited to vision therapy and vision rehabilitation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Cathy Stern maintains a private practice. She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc. She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for Education Resources Inc. She is an instructor who receives compensation for the College of Syntonic Optometry. Dr. Stern was a contributing editor for Vision Rehabilitation (CRC Press), writing the chapter Photophobia, Light and Color in Acquired Brain Injury.

Non-financial: She is the Massachusetts State Director of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and receives no compensation.

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  1. Describe the visual skills needed for optimal visual processing
  2. Comprehend the impact of visual problems on performance and learning
  3. Implement up-to-date screening tools for patients with visual symptoms
  4. Define the role of the optometrist as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  5. Integrate a program for visual brain training
  6. Apply new techniques to improve visual performance that can be quickly and easily incorporated into your therapy


  • Eyesight vs. visual processing?
  • Our two-track visual system
    • What is it?
    • Where is it?
  • Eye tracking, focus flexibility, and eye coordination skills
  • Building up visual stability, visual stamina, and speed of processing
  • Can my hands and feet do what my eyes see?
  • Reduced falls, accidents, and sports injuries
  • Faster recovery from concussion and brain injury
  • Oculomotor dysfunction
  • Accommodative instability
  • Visual Screening Tools for:
    • Convergence
    • Visual tracking
    • Focus flexibility
    • Depth perception
  • Go beyond vision acuity
  • How to refer
  • Who to refer
  • What they can do for my patient
  • Techniques you can apply now!
  • Ways to enhance visual tracking and convergence
  • New techniques to improve visual processing and visual integration
  • Enhancing processing speed, attention, visual memory, and sensory integration
  • How to apply the concept: Think Faster, Learn Better, Work Smarter

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Educators


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