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Visual Processing Therapy: Helping Individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Acquired Brain Injury

Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
6 Hours
Apr 17, 2018
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Watch internationally renowned expert and author in vision therapy, Leonard Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD, and learn the role of vision beyond eyesight. Dr. Press will show you how learning-related vision problems present in individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders, ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and acquired brain injury as well as practical interventions to develop visual abilities with your clients.

Watch this recording and learn to differentiate visual efficiency from visual processing as well as effective screening tools to identify visual problems. You will learn strategies to collaborate with developmental optometrists. The sample procedures that will be demonstrated will enable you to help a wide variety of patients having difficulty with visual processing. This course will leave you with a new and exciting perspective on visual processing and therapy.

Walk away with the strategies necessary to:

  • Differentiate vision from eyesight and vision screenings from eye examinations
  • Identify children and adult with vision problems
  • Provide learning procedures to improve visual processing abilities
  • And more!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, is board-certified in optometric vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is a diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry in Binocular Vision and Perception and is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Vision Development & Rehabilitation. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where he completed his residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision, Dr. Press served as chief of the pediatric unit at the Eye Institute of the College. He subsequently served for 15 years as chief of the vision therapy service at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry.

Dr. Press is a consultant on visual disabilities for the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is past-president of the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians, and of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He is current chair of the Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Committee of the American Optometric Associations. Author of three textbooks and over 100 articles in ophthalmic journals, Dr. Press presents continuing education lectures and seminars on vision nationally as well as internationally. He is optometric director of the Vision and Learning Center in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, one of the first sites in the country to be accredited as a private practice residency program for vision therapy and rehabilitation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Leonard Press maintains a private practice.  He is in a leadership position with the Vision and Learning Center.  He is an author for Mosby and Butterworth-Heinemann publishers and receives royalties.  He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Leonard Press is a diplomat of the American Academy of Optometry in Binocular Vision and Perception.  He is a consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners.  He is the current chair of the Pediatric/Binocular Vision Committee of the American Optometric Associations.


  1. Compare and contrast eyesight and vision.
  2. Define the role of vision in early intervention.
  3. Identify visual problems impacting learning.
  4. Describe common ground between other therapies and vision therapy.
  5. Explain how to screen for vision disorders.
  6. Formulate therapeutic interventions for vision problems.


  • Visual Efficiency
    • The neurodevelopment of eye tracking, accommodation and binocular vision
  • Visual Processing
    • How the eyes interface with the rest of the brain and body
    • Vision problems as neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Vision problems as sensory processing disorders
    • Visual perceptual testing: Standardized and observational
  • How Developmental Optometry Relates to Occupational Therapy and Other Disciplines
    • Jean Ayres, Brain Gym and developmental vision
    • Collaboration between therapeutic interventions
    • Signs and symptoms of undiagnosed or untreated vision disorders
    • Convergence Insufficiency Symptom Survey (CISS)
    • Optometric application of lenses and prisms
    • The Neuroplasticity and
  • Neuroadaptability of the Visual System
    • What goes wrong visually, why it goes wrong, and what we can do about it
    • Is there an age at which it’s too early or late to intervene?
    • Visual problems as early red flags for autism spectrum disorder
    • Learning-based vision problems and academic performance
    • Post-trauma vision disorder and other problems of acquired brain injury
  • Hands-on Demonstration of Screening Procedures
    • PLRG the penlight red/green standardized convergence insufficiency screening
    • Visual tracking and head movement
    • Visual tracking and the midline plane
    • Near-far focusing flexibility
    • Information for referral and collaboration
  • Overview of Sample Therapeutic Activities
    • Nearpoint of convergence and touch
    • Physiological diplopia and divided attention
    • Hart Chart Saccadic
    • Pointer-in-straw in three dimensions
    • Central/peripheral awareness
    • Press Lites       

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Educators

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