Visual Processing Impairment I: Evaluation and Intervention for Adult Acquired Brain Injury

Audience: OT, COTA 
PT, PTA,SLP are welcome to attend. The course is taught from the OT perspective but the information provided is applicable to PT and Speech Language Pathology. The course is designed for therapists who work with adults with acute brain injury, but the evaluation and treatment principles are applicable to pediatric and cerebral palsy populations. 
Course level: Introductory
Course Date: October 10-11, 2020
Course check in time:  Saturday 8-8:30 Registration and Sunday: 8-8:30 (8:15 time for questions)
Saturday 8:30-4:15 pm and Sunday Course time 8:30-2:15 pm
Location: Via ZOOM/live webinar
Course Fee: $345

Contact Hours: 12

Course intended to be completed in full.  If you need to arrive late or leave early the CE department must be notified before course takes place for contact hours to be adjusted.

PT/PTA partial credit:  Hours for partial credit attended will be adjusted on your course certificate and MN board of Approval number removed.  You may still be able to submit the hours attended towards your professional license. 

ASHA: Hours for partial credit attended will be adjusted on your course certificate, but the ASHA logo will be removed.  You may still be able to submit the completed hours towards your professional license. Participant forms will not be submitted to ASHA for SLP attendees who do not complete the course in full. 

OT/OTA: You will receive a certificate of course completion with total CE contact hours. M HEALTH Fairview is no longer an approved provider through AOTA. For additional information about CE requirements for license, please see MN Statute 148.6443: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/148.6443

MN statutes 143.6443, subdivision SUBD.2 “Standards for determining the qualified education activities” will continue to be utilized in determining appropriate OT related CE courses.

Cancellation Fee: Cancellation Fees will apply

 Course Description:

This intensive workshop provides therapists with the skills to effectively evaluate and treat visual perceptual dysfunction in adult patients following stroke and head trauma. The course addresses: visual neglect and inattention, oculomotor dysfunction, visual field deficits, reduced visual acuity, and disorders of complex visual processing. Participants are taught how to identify deficiencies in functional performance which are caused by visual perceptual impairment and design practical interventions which increase independence in daily occupations. The course emphasizes a functional and practical approach to evaluation, treatment and documentation of visual perceptual dysfunction.


Mary Warren PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and instructor in the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation Dr. Warren developed the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation at UAB and served as its program director and as Co-Director of the UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation before retiring in 2018. She continues to teach in the certificate program. Dr. Warren lectures extensively on vision rehabilitation for persons with age-related eye disease, and vision impairment from adult acquired brain injury and is an internationally recognized authority in this area. Dr. Warren is the author of the Brain Injury Visual Assessment Battery for Adults (biVABA), co-editor of the textbook: Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults with Low Vision and has contributed chapters to several rehabilitation textbooks including "Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction." In addition, Dr. Warren chaired the AOTA panel that developed specialty certification in low vision rehabilitation (SCLV). She was named a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2006 for her work in vision rehabilitation. Among her many honors, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Envision Foundation and the Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UAB School of Health Professions. 

Financial disclosure:  Visabilities receives an honoraria for Mary Warren speaking and teaching on this topic.  Visabilities gets all income from sales of the biVABA and workshops and Mary is an employee of the company.

Mary Warren also teaches an online graduate course for OT Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Non-Financial: Mary Warren  has no non-financial disclosures to disclose. 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the basic neurological foundations underlying adult acquired visual perceptual dysfunction.
  • Correlate deficiencies in visual perceptual processing with changes in performance of daily occupations.
  • Identify client behaviors that may indicate deficiencies in visual perceptual processing.
  • Select appropriate assessment tools to measure deficiencies in visual perceptual processing.
  • Use assessment results to select appropriate treatment interventions.
  • Formulate appropriate treatment interventions and progression of treatment to enable the client to use visual perceptual processing to complete daily occupations.
  • Document deficiencies in visual perceptual processing and set objective, achievable goals.
  • Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other rehab professions to maximize the effectiveness of treatment intervention


Day One
8:00-8:30 am     Registration 
8:30-11:30 am   Overview of visual processing framework for evaluation and intervention
11:30-12:00 pm  LUNCH Break
12:00-215 pm    Self-directed learning experience
2:15-2:30  pm    BREAK
2:30-4:15 pm     Evaluation and intervention for deficits in visual acuity
                          Evaluation and intervention for visual field deficits (hemianopia)
                          Questions and Answers
Day Two
8:00-8:15 am      Registration
8:15-8:30 am      Questions
8:30-11:30 am    Evaluation and intervention for visual field deficits (hemianopia) continued
                           Evaluation and intervention for hemi-inattention and neglect
11:30-12:00 am  LUNCH Break
12:00-1:00 pm    Questions
                           Hemi-inattention and neglect continued
1:00-1:15 pm      BREAK
1:15-2:15 pm      Hemi-inattention and neglect continued



 MN Board of PT approval #3730

This course if offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs

( Professional Area, Introductory Level)