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Digital Seminar

Vision Therapy: The Impact of Vision Problems on Development, Learning, Behavior and the Rehabilitation Process

Michele R. Bessler, OD, FCOVD
5 Hours 56 Minutes
Apr 23, 2018
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  • Recognize signs and symptoms of developmental vision disorders in children
  • Integrate development activities into your program
  • Case studies demonstrating a multidisciplinary approach in helping children with learning difficulty and adults recovering from trauma
  • Free screening tools to take with you!

The visual system plays a critical role in the development of academic skills, including:

reading, writing, mathematics, and is a precursor to higher level cognitive abilities. Delays in the development of various visual functions have a significant impact on a child’s ability to reach their academic potential, and results in emotional, attentional and behavioral problems when left undiagnosed and untreated.

Acquired vision disorders are also extremely common in the population of patients who experience closed head trauma. Unresolved vision deficits have a significant impact on their rehabilitation process, as the visual system deficits often interfere with balance, movement and thinking.

You will learn the types of developmental vision deficits which often occur in the school-aged child, as well as the acquired vision deficits which occur in the TBI population.

You will learn signs and symptoms of vision problems as well as easy-to-implement screening strategies. Treatment modalities will be discussed, including how lenses, prisms and vision therapy services can resolve these deficits. Additionally, case studies demonstrating the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in helping children with learning difficulty and adults recovering from trauma will be included. Hands-on demonstrations allow you to synthesize the impact of vision disorders on the total human system and experience how vision therapy can help direct and guide the visual development/rehabilitation process.



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Michele R. Bessler, OD, FCOVD, is a developmental optometrist who is board certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. As the owner and director of Long Island Optometric Vision Development, PLLC, Dr. Bessler provides developmental vision care for both children and adults. She has been in practice for over 20 years and lectures extensively on vision therapy for learning-related vision disorders, and on the visual effects of acquired head trauma and their remediation.

She was assistant clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry for 12 years, teaching optometry students in the Pediatric, Vision Therapy and Learning Disability Clinics. Dr. Bessler has also worked extensively as clinic supervisor for the Vision Clinic for Children with Special Needs at the University Optometric Center, working with children struggling with a variety of developmental and medical challenges.

Dr. Bessler is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), American Optometric Association (AOA), NY State Optometric Association (NYSOA), and Optometric Extension Program (OEP). She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the State University of NY State College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation from SUNY College of Optometry.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michele Bessler maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Michele Bessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclosure.

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  1. Communicate the various vision skills which are required for learning and the signs and symptoms of vision disorders in the school-aged child.
  2. Implement screening strategies to better identify individuals with vision disorders and more effectively communicate to others the impact of vision deficits on performance and behavior.
  3. Develop a higher level of skill with integrating visual activities when working with children with functional vision delays, particularly those with various developmental challenges.
  4. Demonstrate how to build visual skills from the ground up, starting at a level that is achievable for each individual.
  5. Explore the impact that undiagnosed and untreated vision deficits have on the rehabilitation process of individuals suffering with acquired brain injury.
  6. Articulate how specialized lenses, prisms and vision therapy may be used to develop visual function and eliminate visual deficits for both children and adults struggling with learning-related vision disorders and/ or head trauma.


  • Understanding Vision Development and Its Relationship to Learning and Behavior
    • Vision as a total process combining sensorimotor, perceptual and cognitive functions
    • Signs and symptoms of developmental vision disorders in school-aged children
    • Commonly seen vision disorders in children with developmental delays and other special needs (autism spectrum disorders, AD(H)D, cerebral palsy)
    • Current research in vision development
  • Integrating Developmental Vision Strategies with Children
    • Vision screening techniques to identify children with undiagnosed vision disorders; Free screening tools to take with you!
    • Vision development activities to integrate into your program
    • Recommendations for optimal visual performance in the classroom
  • Impact of Vision Therapy in Treating Underlying Vision Deficits on the Child and the Family
    • Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Impact on the Visual System
    • How acquired vision disorders interfere with the rehabilitation process and prevent full recovery after head trauma
    • Double vision, visual field neglect, Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS), dizziness
    • Impact on balance and movement
    • The role of specialized lenses, prisms and vision rehabilitation therapy
  • Case Studies
  • Demonstrations of Vision Therapy Activities

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, Early Learning and Special Educators

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