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

Audience: OT, COTA 
PT, PTA,SLP are welcome to attend, but is  taught from the OT perspective but the information provided is applicable to PT and speech language pathology. Although the course is designed for therapists who work with adults with acute brain injury, the evaluation and treatment principles are applicable to pediatric and cerebral palsy populations. 
Course level: Introductory
Course Date:May 16-17, 2020
Course time: 8-8:30 Registration
Saturday 8:30-4:30 pm and Sunday 8:30-2:30 pm
Location: Woodwinds Health Campus
1925 Woodwinds Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
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.

This course will be submitted for AOTA approved credits and approved for MN Board of PT.  Course will not be submitted for ASHA registration. 

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. 

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 Registration (refreshments provided)
8:30 Overview of visual processing framework for evaluation and intervention
10:00 Self-directed learning experience
10:15 Evaluation and intervention for deficits in visual acuity
11:30 Lunch (on your own)
12:30 Evaluation and intervention for oculomotor deficits
2:15 Self-directed learning experience
2:30 Oculomotor deficits continued
3:30 Evaluation and intervention for visual field deficits (hemianopia)
4:30 Adjourn

Day Two
8:00 Registration (refreshments provided)
8:30 Evaluation and intervention for visual field deficits (hemianopia) continued
10:00 Self-directed learning experience
10:15 Evaluation and intervention for hemi-inattention and neglect
11:30 Lunch (on your own)
12:30 Hemi-inattention and neglect continued
2:30 End of course

 This course is offered for 1.2 ASHA CEUs

(Related Area, Introductory Level)


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