It's typical to dive right into treating the cognitive or physical function impairments, focusing on things like falls or memory. But have you ever noticed how your clients...
...bump into objects...
...take longer than usual to read the instructions for exercises...
...get headaches during your sessions?
What might you be missing? Visual impairments.
Visual function is intertwined with functional performance - reading, writing, driving, dressing, mobility - and if it's not initially addressed, the consequences could lead to wasted rehab treatments, slower recover, and little to no improvements.
Visual Rehab After Neurological Events: Interventions for Your Clients with TBI, CVA & Concussion will walk you through:
- Anatomy and structure of the eye and brain in regard to perception and processing
- The principles of vision testing with dozens of evaluation and screening methods
- Possible red flags of vision problems that are often overlooked or misdiagnosed
- The types of visual impairments, which are often confused for one another
- Advanced technology options and cost-effective alternatives
- Documentation tips and tricks to justify insurance coverage
You'll gain step-by-step guidance to address each condition with new and ready-made tools, so your overall rehab treatment is successful!
See your approach through a new lens when you integrate visual rehab into your therapeutic plan and quickly correct the vision problems your clients are experiencing!
In this exclusive online video training course, you’ll walk through visual rehab interventions, step by step, with Michelle Mioduszewski, MS, OTR/L in Visual Rehab After Neurological Events: Seeing the World Through New Eyes.
You would never start working with a new rehab client without assessing them first, but visual impairments are often very similar, which makes it easy to mistake one for another. Module 1 of this online course will show you how:
- Vision is integral for most daily tasks - yet is rarely considered in treatment plans or reported by clients
- The impairments are affecting your current treatment plans
- To recognize red flags of possible vision problems
- To interact with your client's support system to aid in their overall recovery
Michelle takes you through dozens of assessments and easy identifiers to recognize differences between a wide range of visual conditions. She also arms you with the best sequence of action so no matter who comes to you, your treatments can be on-par with their therapy goals.
You’ve already identified the weak muscle, now it’s time to strengthen it, which makes treatment much more familiar to your rehab setting.
Much like another physical-based impairment, visual conditions require consideration for active range of motion and the direction of weakness when you dive into treatment. From neglect, to pusher syndrome and ADL's, this treatment session uses real-life situations, so you can see the techniques in action!
In Module 2, Michelle Mioduszewski, MS, OTR/L, walks you through:
- Low-cost exercises you can use or create in your office, such as string reading and the hart chart, along with recommendations for advanced tools to analyze and compile data for better functional outcomes for your clients (and documentation)
- Easy ways to remember anatomy and how it interacts with your exercises
- Further assessment and confirmation tests
- Patient and family education for deficits
- Proper documentation and goal setting
Taught by Christine Winter-Rundell, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Through this bonus module, you’ll learn…
- How the visual pathway works, including the interaction between different lobes of the brain
- How to consider the site of the injury to decide where to begin assessment and treatment
- Assessment and treatment techniques for neglect, along with other common visual deficits
Rehab Summit Exclusive taught by Robert Donatelli, PhD, PT
Do you treat clients who play sports? Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are all too common, which means if you aren't prepared to identify and treat it, that high school football player that walks into your office may suffer irreversible damage.
Learn how to actively treat post-concussion symptoms and return your patients back to sports and their life.
This bonus module will show you…
- The common symptoms of TBI that are often overlooked
- Considerations for vestibular and ocular motor impairments - such as cranial nerve damage, head tilts, and more
- Tests and treatments, backed by case studies and the most up-to-date research, to get your athletic clients back in the game
This bonus module gives you an inside look into what your athletes "see" while experiencing visual problems - and how you can best treat them.
Walk away with the proper evaluation tests that can pinpoint which system - somatosensory, vestibular, and vision - has deficits and treatment techniques that can lead to improved performance on and off the field.
Michelle is the AOTA Administration and Management Chairperson for the Rehabilitation and Disability Special Interest Section, National MS Society Board of Trustees, and is a National MS Society Partner in Care Designation. She was trained in NDT and Neuro-IFRAH (NDTC), Bioness Certified, REO Certified, SAEBO Certified, and specialized in vision and cognitive rehabilitation. A published writer by AOTA Press, she also teaches on topics such as IASTM, Neuro-Rehab/Neuro-Handling, vision, cognition, spasticity, ergonomics and complex wheelchair evaluations. Click here for information about Michelle Mioduszewski.
Dr. Winter-Rundell graduated with honors with a degree in Biology and minor in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2000. She attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN for her Doctor of Optometry education, followed by a Residency at Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in the area Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Pediatrics. In 2005 she joined The Children’s Eye Center at Cedar Rapids Eye Care. Dr. Winter has been very active in optometric service missions to five different countries in Latin America where her Spanish language fluency was advantageous, and looks forward to sharing that experience with her children. Click here for information about Christine Winter-Rundell.