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Learn about age-appropriate vision therapy procedures for preschool-aged patients from 3-6 years old. Discover procedures to build tracking, focusing, and binocular skills. Train on visually-guided gross motor coordination, fine motor skills, and visual information processing appropriate to the patient's age and development. This course will cover optometric vision therapy for amblyopia and strabismus to decrease suppression and improve eye alignment and sensory fusion. Learn how to modify therapy techniques for young children and how to successfully sequence vision training.
Did you know that a child can have 20/20 vision (“perfect vision”) and still experience visual issues? This is because some individuals can see 20/20 through each eye, but the eyes don’t necessarily work well together to create a clear picture. Vision therapy can help improve the muscular systems of the eye for better teaming, tracking and focusing. It can also improve the eye-brain connection so that the child can interpret visual information more effectively. These therapies allow for proper overall visual development and can improve classroom learning.
Audience: Doctor-Para Joint Course
Course Title: TBI: Visual Evaluation and Management
Course Length: 2 hours
This course is designed for the optometrist and paraoptometric to gain knowledge in current diagnostic testing and treatment of vision conditions related to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This course will emphasize post-concussion vision syndrome assessment and rehabilitation. Optometrists need to counsel patients on how to avoid further injury, be equipped with the tools to manage patients with TBI, and treat vision conditions that significantly impact the patient’s performance and recovery.
Category Keywords: TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Post-Concussion Vision Syndrome, Vision Rehabilitation, Neuro-Optometry
Course Title: A B Sees Vision Therapy for Kids aged 2-6
Instructor: Jennifer Simonson, OD, FCOVD
Total Hours: 4
The COPE #70491-FV.
I look forward to providing the membership and colleagues of COVD Canada with a course on Preschool Vision Therapy.
The development of vision starts with healthy eyes and good eyesight. However, that is not all we need to see comfortably, accurately, and efficiently. We need to understand what and where we are seeing things. During infancy and time as a toddler, we learn to use our vision to explore colors, shapes, objects, people and develop depth perception and coordination. Learn more about vision development here.
Top 5 Vision Therapy Tools
Presented by Jennifer Simonson
Learn how to work every visual system pathway using the top 5 vision therapy tools of today. Vision therapy is a progressive program of procedures performed under an optometrist's or doctor's supervision prescribed to improve visual function. Vision therapy utilizes tools such as lenses, prisms, filters, computer programs, and stereoscopes.
Dr. Simonson and Dr. Hellerstein will share clinical pearls in treating vertical diplopia at the 2020 Colorado COVD study group. This course will discuss eye alignment, prism prescribing, and recommended vision therapy techniques to decrease symptoms of double vision. The goal is of this course will be to utilize compensatory and therapeutic strategies to improve fusion skills for patients with vertical strabismus and diplopia. During this workshop, attendees will complete hands-on training on clinical testing for vertical misalignment. Stations will include Maddox rod, Modified Thorington, laser-assisted Hess Lancaster, and other clinical techniques to measure the amplitude of misalignment and fusional ability. This training will help vision therapists understand the direction and amplitude of strabismus. Attendees will also experience induced vertical misalignment and determine optimal prism perscription based on findings. In addition, vision training concepts and procedures will be performed to increase the accuracy, stability, and concomitancy of eye alignment. Learn new techniques and appropriate procedure modifications.
Links and Resources for the SECO 2020 Part 1 Board Review Course section on Visual Perception, Accommodation, Vergence, and Oculomotor Function.
Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 3:30-4:00 pm
Vision Therapy Activities and Resources for Exotropia and Esotropia Therapy
Additional links to research studies discussed in the course.
Title: A New Neurofunctional Approach to the Treatment of Amblyopia and Strabismus
October 11-13, 2019 in Estes Park, Colorado
This course will provide attendees with an understanding of amblyopia and strabismus including eccentric fixation and anomalous correspondence and effective evaluation techniques to determine the prognosis in amblyopia, exotropia and esotropia.
Dr. Simonson will be teaching a course about stereopsis to the Oregon Study Group August 9-11, 2019 in Bend, Oregon.
This is a private group for Dr. Simonson's FCOVDs on Facebook Mentor Team: GRAVITY (GRoup of Awesome VIsion TherapY docs)
Research on vision therapy, orthoptics, and strabismus (eye turn)
Research on vision therapy and the treatment of amblyopia.
Visual problems often overlooked during initial treatment of a brain injury; Left untreated, can have serious consequences.
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation AssociationTM (NORA) issued a joint call-to-action to all healthcare professionals to consider the need for medical and/or functional optometric rehabilitation services for patients who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), such as a concussion, or due to a medical condition such as stroke, tumor, aneurism, meningitis and cerebral palsy, or other neurological insults.
Dr. Simonson will be lecturing at the 165th Studt Practicum. Join us at Western University College of Optometry in Pomona, California to present:
Building Blocks for Vision Development
We are adding to the Boulder Valley Vision Therapy team! If you are interested in training as a vision therapist or helping with administrative tasks, please apply.
Dr. Simonson will be lecturing at the 2018 Eastern States Optometric Congress: Baby Steps to Vision
Crown Plaza Hotel, White Plains, New York on October 27-28
- Vision Therapy Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Preschool Kids Vision Testing
- Vision Therapy with MFBF (Monocular Fixation in a Binocular Field)
Additional information from the 2018 Colorado Vision Training Conference (password protected for attendees).
49th Annual Colorado Vision Training Conference
Friday September 21, 2018 - Sunday September 23, 2018
Optimal Vision Performance: Enhancing Visual Function from Development to Rehabilitation to High Level Athletic Skill
Breaking through Boundaries…..
Bridging science and common sense for better outcomes, improved clinical care, development of professional relationships and patient experience.
Vision Assessment after Brain Injury
2018 American Optometric Association Concussion/TBI Panel
Moderator: Brenda Montecalvo, OD
Presenters: Michael Earley, OD, PhD, Jennifer Simonson, OD, FCOVD, Jacqueline Theis, OD
Several visual conditions can result from PCS including difficulties with accommodation, convergence, eye movements and visual perceptual and cognitive delays. This panel will discus optometry’s role in helping improve outcomes with this population.
Boulder Valley Vision Therapy
10 Year Anniversary Open House
Friday, Jun3 8 5:30-8:30 pm
A Novel Approach to Visual Information Processing Skills
Optometrists and Vision Therapists are invited to the winter 2018 Study Group to be held Sunday, February 11th from 1-4:30 pm at Denver Vision Therapy.
Doctor Simonson will be presenting a two-day course in Monterrey, Mexico about vision development in preschool-aged children.
The Optometrist's Role in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Care
2017 Denver Metro Optometric Society Meeting
December 5, 2017
2 hrs CE
Dr. Jen Simonson
Order form for My Perfect Vision, My Double Vision, My Jumbled Vision, and My Mismatched Vision
en Espanol: Mi Vision Doble, Mi Vision Confusa
Learn more about Vision Therapy through simple stories and colorful illustrations. These are great books for children starting their Vision Therapy Journey.
Doctors and Vision Therapists -
Please join us for Summer Study Group 2017:
Topic: Sports Vision
Date: Sunday July 30th
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Host: Dr. Josh Watt & Staff of Impact Vision Therapy
This course will discuss normal visual development and how to determine if vision skills are delayed. It will cover activities for building tracking, focusing, and eye teaming skills. We will discuss strategies for treating both amblyopia and strabismus in preschool aged children (2-5).
Join Dr. Simonson for this informative class at the 2017 Colorado Vision Summit, this July in Denver, CO.
Mirror overlap, or "superimposition" activities allow us to build the skills to combine the information from each eye into one unified perception in the brain.
Dr. Simonson will be presenting a hands-on course using this technique to build all levels of sensory fusion at the 2017 Colorado Vision Summit in July.
Goal: accurate perception of details with one eye and the perception of the background with the other eye.
Ready Writers Camp is designed to help elementary school aged kids to improve handwriting skills through practice of visual skills, motor skills, and body awareness in a fun activity-oriented setting.
Prism, Prism, Prism!
Dr. Jen Simonson and certified optometric vision therapist Cami Dowis will be presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Part I: Introduction to the Therapeutic use of prism in Vision Therapy
Part II: Monocular, Bi-ocular, Binocular and Yoked Prism Activity Workshop
Join us on May 8th for a talk about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and the role Optometrists play in prevention and treatment. This 1-hour continuing education event will be headed by our very own Optometrists: Dr. Simonson, OD, FCOVD and Dr. Talaber, OD, who will provide knowledge and confidence to diagnose and treat vision conditions related to TBI.
Elizabeth Bahnsen, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, counsels for a wide variety of nutritional conditions and concerns, predominantly with children and families. The most common being: food allergies and sensitivities, ADHD/ADD, digestive issues, weight loss or gain, celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and picky or selective eaters.
Additional course notes can be found here for the 2017 COVD Annual Meeting course: Prism, Prism, Prism!
Dr. Jen Simonson will be speaking with students at the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University about vision rehabilitation for preschool-aged children on Friday, February 3, 2017.
Autumn COVD Study Group: Sunday, November 6th
10 am - noon
Topic: Eye-Hand coordination: Visually guided fine-motor training
Hostess: Jeri Schneebeck, O.D., F,C.O.V.D.
Highline Vision Center
24200 E. Smoky Hill Rd.Aurora, CO 80016
Welcome to the additional resource page for the 2016 Colorado Vision Training Conference.
Please contact Jen with any questions or information to add to this page.
2016 Colorado Vision Training Conference
September 16-18, 2016
“Creating Success in the Examination and Treatment of Children with Multiple Issues”
Celia Hinrichs, O.D., FCOVD
Dr. Simonson just completed 100 hours of continuing education in San Diego, California. The 5-part Sanet Seminar included: Behavioral Vision Concepts, Evaluation and Training of Binocular Vision, Evaluation and Training of Visual Perception, Evaluation and Training of Strabismus and Amblyopia, and Evaluation and Training of Visual Problems Secondary to Acquired Brain Injury.
Colorado COVD Study Group Resources: Body Schema
Dr. Simonson and Cami Dowis, MEd, COVT presented "See to Achieve" at the Boulder Community Hospital on Thursday, May 19th. We greatly value our collaboration in care with the wonderful Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at BCH!
Join us for Study Group: Sunday, June 12th, 9:00 am - 11 am
Hostess: Leanna Dudley, OD, FCOVD
Location: Denver Vision Therapy, PC2460 West 26th Ave Suite 220-CDenver, CO 80211
Topic: Body Schema
Study Group for Vision Therapists and Optometrists:
Topic: prism, prism, prism!
February 27, 2016
8:30 am – 1 pm
Healthy vision deeply influences a child’s achievement in reading, learning, success in sports and future career choices. Hear from both an educational technologist and a doctor of optometry and vision therapy as we show how virtual reality is fostering unanticipated benefits for vision health and learning; and how new mobile 3D technology is being used to screen for and improve early childhood vision with real results in the classroom. - See more at: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_PP49162#sthash.4kCH8QJT.dpuf
Our doctors and staff value continued education and training to better help our patients. Dr. Simonson will be out of the office in 2016 to attend advanced training seminars taught by Bob Sanet, OD, FCOVD in San Diego, California.
Dr. Simonson will be presenting Course #227 "Classroom Accommodations for Students with Visual Issues" at the 2016 Colorado Council International Reading Association meeting in Denver, CO.
- Thursday, Feb. 4th - 2:45-4:45
We have a lot of fun at our holiday party - trying out new vision therapy activities that require eye-hand coordination, symmetry, accuracy, balance, visual memory, creativity and sustained focus. Look for these new activities over the month of December 2015.
Dr. Simonson presented a 3 hour workshop "Binocular Treatment of Amblyopia" on September 24, 2015.Taller 1 - Jueves 24 de Septiembre del 2015 16.30 a 19.30
Tratamiento de la Binocularidad para la ambliopia
Dr. Simonson presented a 45 minute general lecture "Advanced Amblyopia Treatment" on September 26, 2015.
Asistentes en Gereral - Sabado 26 de Septiembre del 2015 9.45 a 10:30
Tratamiento avanzado para Ambliopia
Primitive Reflexes and Sports Vision: Visual Foundations to Peak Performance presented at the 2015 Colorado Vision Training Conference
Helpful links and information page:
Primitive Reflexes and Sports Vision: Visual Foundations to Peak Performance
This three day, twelve-hour course is designed to provide participants with hands on learning opportunities to explore the relationship between the developing sensory - motor systems and the emergence of visual motor and visual perceptual functions. Primitive reflex assessment techniques, live demonstrations, and video analysis will be used to teach medically accepted assessment methods and effective exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in reflex and sports vision activities aimed at facilitating optimal levels of visual performance.
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado
Speakers: Alex and Patti Andrich
Office: Sensory Focus
Doctors and Vision Therapists are invited to attend the joint Colorado and Wyoming Study Group meeting titled: "Binocular Approaches to Amblyopia Treatment."
Sunday August 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Fort Collin's Family Eye Care: 373 W Drake Rd #3, Fort Collins, CO 80526, (970) 223-7150
Many of our doctors and vision therapists will be attending the 24th Annual NORA Conference. This organization provides advanced training in the care and rehabilitation of patients with visual deficits as a result of traumatic brain injury and neurological problems.
Van Orden Training Utilizing the Stereoscope for iPad
Dr. Jen Simonson's abstract was accepted for the poster display at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.
APPLICATION: This therapy training exercise compared visual performance when looking in a digital environment versus a traditional training environment.
The third annual Colorado COVD Study Group Meeting was held 3/15/15 at 1 pm
The 2015 CCIRA Theme is "Scoffolding Literacy for One and All - Colloraboration Celebration". Dr. Simonson will be spoke on Thursday, February 5th from 9:15 to 11:15. Course 115 Reading Struggles? 20/20 Vision is NOT Enough
Dr. Simonson presented "Clinical Pearls for Treating Vertical Deviations" at the 44th COVD Anual Meeting, October 21-25, 2014.
Visualization - The Critical Link Between Vision and Learning
John Abbondanza, OD, FCOVD
The XIX International Academic Congress of Optometry Functional was held in Aguacalientes, Mexico during the first week of September. For more information, please visit here.
Governor Hickenlooper has declared August 2014 - Children's Vision and Learning Month in the State of Colorado!
Colorado COVD Study Group Meeting: Sunday April 27th at 1:00 - discussion of the treatment of vision issues following brain injury.
Theme: Applying new technologies and techniques in your vision therapy program
Please plan to come to the combined doctor and therapist study group (seminar type) on Sunday, February 23rd at 1:00 at Denver Vision Therapy.
The Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) meeting will be held
Our mission is to aid in developing children's vision and enhancing adult visual performance.
How to Make Vision Therapy a Success
Help patients who have functional vision problems achieve their goals by improving your communication.
JENNIFER SIMONSON, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., BOULDER, COLO.
Wishing you a happy holiday season!
To find out more about 3D vision and optometric vision therapy, visit the website for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, www.covd.org.
As part of a Aalen University (Germany) and Pacific University (Oregon, USA) program, we will be hosting professionals in our office to learn pediatric and vision therapy testing and training techniques in April and May 2012. They will be gaining experience in working with children with developmental delays, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
** This event has been rescheduled due to flooding and damage in Estes Park, Colorado **
Our doctors and staff will be completing continuing education at the 2013 Colorado Vision Training Conference in Estes Park, CO September 20-22, 2013. This year's lecturers are Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD and Sam Caldwell, COVT. The topic of the conference is "Vision and Patients with Atypical Neuro-development: Pearls of Optometry's Contribution to Solving the Puzzle"
"Vision and Patients with Atypical Neuro-development: Pearls of Optometry's Contribution to Solving the Puzzle"
Site for more information and the helpful links page.
Our next Colorado COVD Study Group is focused on "Vision Development" and will be held Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 1:00. Join us at Northpark Vision Center located at 10359 Federal Boulevarde, Suite #100, Westminster, CO.
Our doctors and staff will be completing additional continuing education at the 2013 Colorado Vision Summit August 3-4, 2013 in Denver, CO.
Doctor Simonson will be lecturing at the 2013 Colorado Vision Summit to the Vision Therapist education track.
Divergence Excess - a tendency for the eyes to turn out at distance.
Learning Objectives –
- To understand the signs and symptoms of Divergence Excess.
- To learn about treatment options to correct Divergence Excess.
- To develop a Divergence Excess vision therapy training program.
Strabismus Therapy Pearls
Colorado COVD Study Group Meeting
Join us for this very special half-day event of Four hours of continuing education FREE for CPS members! Saturday, October 6, 2012. 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch provided 1:00 - 5:00 Continuing Education. Boulder Valley Vision Therapy Office
Don't Leave Your Child's Vision Behind -
All-Pro Arizona Cardinals' Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald Celebrates August is National Children's Vision and Learning Month
Boulder Valley Vision Therapy patients and staff proudly present Governor Hickenlooper's Vision and Learning Month Declaration August 2012.
The 4 Stages of Binocularity: The Ladder of Depth Perception was presented by our very own therapists, Amy Zeiger and Kayla Wigle, at the Colorado Vision Summit in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this past July! Their presentation covered basic diagnostic requirements, treatments techniques, and activites that restore functional binocular vision starting from the bottom up. Below are some of the activites that they covered in thier presentation. Please Enjoy! If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Simonson presented a hands-on training workshop titled "Premium Pre-testing" on Saturday, February 4, 2012. We also discussed the visual requirements for maintaining a driver's license in the state of Colorado and how to select appropriate testing during an examination based on driving complaints.
Join The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for a three-part series of discussions with local artists, scientists, and thinkers as we explore the connections between art and the brain.
Wednesdays, October 12, 19, & 26 6:30 pm Members: free / Non-Members: $5
The Science of Improvisation - October 12 The Science of Visual Perception- October 19 The Science of Aesthetics - October 26
The target audience for the program includes Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Teachers, Early Childhood and Special Educators. Please contact Dr. Simonson if you are interested in attending.
During the many pre and post Superbowl press interviews, Fitzgerald, explained that one of the keys to his success was having vision therapy as a child. He had a vision problem that was making it difficult to pay attention in school and his grandfather, Dr. Robert Johnson, a developmental optometrist in Chicago, Illinois, diagnosed the vision problem and the appropriate treatment.
Diagnosis and Management of Visually-based Reading Disability presented by Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD, FAAO at the 2011 Colorado Vision Training Conference.
Dr. Simonson, Amy, Barbara, Becki, Gail, and Kayla will be receiving 15 hours of Continuing Education on September 23-26, 2011.
Dr. Simonson provided 2 hours of Continuing Education to the Denver Metro Optometric Society regarding current strategies in the diagnosis, treatment, and co-management of Amblyopia.
Our doctors and staff will be completing continuing education at the 2013 Colorado Vision Training Conference at Snow Mountain Ranch, CO November 1-3, 2013. This year's lecturer is Nancy Torgerson, OD, FCOVD. The topic of the conference is "Vision and Patients with Atypical Neuro-development: Pearls of Optometry's Contribution to Solving the Puzzle"
Please see the (1) Guidelines for Driving Recommendations compiled by the Colorado Optometric Association Low Vision Committee, (2) Questions and Answers from the Lecture and (3) the Lecture Handout. The presentation was given by Dr. Simonson during the 2011 Colorado Vision Summit held in Denver, CO in July.
"My young son got Patchwork out three additional times on his own. He definitely seems to enjoy it" - Parent of a color deficient child
Dr. Simonson was a guest speaker for the "Brain Storm" event at the Boulder Valley School District.
Thank you for your questions about vision development, learning, and vision therapy!
E-mail Dr. Simonson at email@example.com with any additional questions.
Dr. Simonson, Dr. Dudley, Barbara and Patty attended the 2010 Colorado Vision Training Conference in Estes Park, CO on September 24-26th. This year's topic: From Mirror Neurons to Embodied Cognition: A Practical Course For Developing Effective Visual Thinking skills presented by Carl G. Hillier, OD FCOVD.
Dr. Susan Barry, neuroscientist, professor and author of Fixing My Gaze. Dr. Barry, recently interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air program, is famous for gaining 3D vision as an adult and sharing her experiences in her book, which was just released in paperback.
Dr. Jen Simonson and Dr. Gina Gabriel will be offering a Visual Training Course in Colorado Springs on March 15, 2010.
Pictures of Ashley's school project: When Flat Stanley visited Colorado, he received a vision examination and learned some eye exercises.
As a testament to her ability to apply herself, Dr. Temple Grandin describes the impact of her vision in her book, Thinking in Pictures, and Other Reports of My Life with Autism.
Sports Vision Training is the Topic of the 2009 Colorado Vision Training Conference.
The 39th Annual meeting of the International organization, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development is being held in Colorado October 13-17th.
Thank you for coming to our website for more information about vision therapy.
The COVD annual meeting was held in Denver, CO October 12-17, 2009. All of our staff and doctors attended this educational conference and trade show.
Our team of certified optometric vision therapists and doctors.
Our office will be hosting the University of Colorado Pre-Optometry club meeting on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Our staff will completing continuing education at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Vision and Learning: Why Seeing is Achieving was presented by Dr. Jen Simonson and Dr. Gina Gabriel (from Eagle Eye Vision in Longmont, CO) to the Estes Park School District Teachers on August 18, 2009.
Jen Simonson, OD, FCOVD and Gina Gabriel, OD, MS will be presenting a program to the educators at the Estes Park School District on Tuesday, August 18th.
Doctor Simonson spoke at the Estes Park School District on April 2, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. about Vision and Learning. Dr. Simonson is part of the non-profit Vision and Learning Forum of Colorado. Contact the Vision and Learning Forum if you would like to schedule an free informational talk for your school or PTA.
Dr. Tara Peterson, President
Mount Holyoke professor Susan Barry, a neurobiologist, writes an inspirational story about her journey into "Seeing in Three Dimensions" at the age of 48 after completing vision therapy. Cross-eyed since infancy, she had three surgeries to correct the misalignment of her eyes, but never was able to see depth perception until vision therapy.
Installation of our new cabinetry will begin at 7:00 am on January 28th. Watch our office transform in 2009!
Please Pardon our Dust . . .
Looking for some great gifts for the holidays? Here are our 2008 recommended toys and games for vision development!
We viewed the splendor of the Rocky Mountains . . . out the windows of the lecture hall. Although we had planned on 14 hours of lecture on neurology, research, and vision therapy techniques, Dr. Bob Sanet was so interesting, we talked him into speaking an hour more.
Dr. Simonson values education and training for her staff. Our vision therapists and doctors will be attending the Colorado Vision Training Conference with lecturer Bob Sanet, OD, FCOVD.
Dr. Simonson and Krystal are volunteering at the Colorado State Special Olympics.
Dr. Simonson joined the practice in February 2008.