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2022 Colorado COVD Study Group

Title: ABSees: Vision Therapy for Little Kids
Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Bring: Bring your favorite activities for ages 0-5 and red/green glasses. Wear comfortable clothes for ease of movement. MASKS ARE REQUIRED, preferably well-fitting high-quality masks. Food: Potluck style! Bring a snack if you are able to. Nearby Food Truck park is also an option (Rayback Collective), which opens at Noon.

Course Summary: Guiding visual development with optometric vision therapy is an important tool for treating young children. The preschool age group often presents with amblyopia and strabismus, conditions that greatly impact visual performance and motor coordination. This course covers vision therapy techniques designed to decrease suppression, improve oculomotor skills, develop accurate accommodation, and improve eye alignment and sensory fusion. Learn how to modify therapy techniques for young children and how to successfully sequence vision therapy based on age and ability.

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We are planning on holding the COVD Study group as planned at Boulder Valley Vision Therapy, and we will do everything that we can to make this a safe and fun event for all attendees. We ask that if you have any COVID symptoms in the 5 days prior to the event, that you please stay home, even if you are feeling well enough to attend.

  1. Course handout: A B Sees Outline CO Study Group 2022
  2. Finger Tracing: PURSUITS Finger tracing portrait jss 2022
  3. MFBF Owls: NEAR FAR MFBF owls 2022
  4. Near Far Turtle Match: Near Far Match the Turtles 2022
  5. Near Far Owl Coloring: Owl Near Far Coloring
  6. Link to Sara Lane, OD, FCOVD activities: http://www.drsarahlaneod.com/downloads.html
  7. Link to Red Green Toybox: http://www.redgreentoybox.com/
  8. Pinterest ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/drjsimonson/vision-therapy/
  9. https://www.eaieducation.com/
  10. https://www.good-lite.com/cw3/Assets/documents/MFBF_Matching_Game_Insructions_0822141.pdf
  11. Http://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/OVP1-2_article_Press_web.pdf
  12. Activity resources
    1.https://www.blueorangegames.com/

    2.https://www.thinkfun.com/

    3.https://www.discoverytoys.us/

    4.https://www.learningresources.com/

    5.https://www.melissaanddoug.com/

    6.https://www.fatbraintoys.com/index.cfm

    7.https://guidecraft.com/

    8.Excellerations – I order from https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/

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Building Blocks: Vision Therapy for Young Children

Building Blocks: Vision Therapy for Young Children

Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) https://www.oepf.org/calendar/building-blocks-vision-therapy-young-children-2021-08-22

Sunday, August 22, 2021 and Sunday, August 29, 2021

This is a 12-hour course spread over two subsequent Sundays 8-22 and 8-29

Course begins at 8 am Pacific, 9 am Mountain, 10 am Central, 11 am Eastern

with Dr. Jennifer Simonson

Registration:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149068874015

Summary:

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.

Bio:

Jennifer S. Simonson, OD, FCOVD is the clinical director of the Boulder Valley Vision Therapy Center in Boulder, CO. She achieved Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in 2006. Dr. Simonson was the recipient of the 2007 Colorado Young Optometrist of the Year Award. She is currently serving as the vice-chair of the International Examination and Certification Board (IECB) and is the Speaker Chair of the Colorado Vision Training Conference. Her primary interests in practice include pediatric vision care, vision therapy, sports therapy, and vision rehabilitation. Dr. Simonson is the author of several picture books for children about vision therapy.

OEPF Staff Contact Ms. Line Vreven

Event Type Over the Internet or Online

Link Registration

iheartVT Virtual Conference

Top Five Vision Therapy Tools

Understand how to utilize traditional therapy procedures and when to move forward with modern alternatives. 1 hour – English – ODs, VTs, Optometry students

Course Handout Top Five Vision Therapy Tools iHeartVT 2020

Products from this course:

  1. Virtual Reality
  2. MFBF Game
  3. Stereoscope
  4. Vectograms
  5. Facility Rock

Virtual Reality Platforms

Vivid Vision: https://www.seevividly.com/

Optics Trainer VR: https://www.opticstrainer.com/

Monocular Fixation in a Binocular Field (MFBF)

MFBF Game: https://www.bernell.com/product/MFBFMG/398

Sherman Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/KEY4102/Games

Carl’s Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/RGCC/398

Franzblau Cards: https://www.bernell.com/product/FZKIT/398

Franzblau Anaglyph Rock

*Lens flipper set: Optego (Canada)

https://optego.com/product/home-therapy-flipper-set/

Home Therapy Flipper Set (each flipper sold individually)

Flipper A +0.75/-1.50 -2.50/+1.25

Flipper B +1.75/-3.50 -4.00/+2.00

Flipper C +2.25/-4.50 -5.00/+2.50

Stereoscopes

Bernell-o-scope: https://www.bernell.com/product/BC200/Cheiroscopes

Cheiroscope:

https://www.bernell.com/product/BACT/Cheiroscopes

iPad Stereoscope:

https://www.good-lite.com/gLab Stereoscope

Headline Stereoscope Cards:

https://www.bernell.com/product/HDSC/Stereoscopic_Cards

Vectograms

Vectograms and Vectographs (Polarized glasses):

https://www.bernell.com/category/Vectograms-Vectographs

Vectographs produced by Vision Assessment Corporation (note – these manuals are great and indicate the stereopsis demand of each 3-D target)

https://www.visionassessment.com/polarized-variable-vectographs

Anaglyphs (Colored Glasses)

Red/Green Emergent VT Anaglyphs:

https://www.emergentvt.com/remote-vision-therapy-kit

Tranaglyphs:

https://www.bernell.com/category/Tranaglyphs

Red/Cyan Opto iPad app: http://gerull-labs.com/red-cyan

Red/Blue Home Therapy System (HTS): https://visiontherapysolutions.net/hts-inet/

Red/Blue Vision Builder: http://www.visionbuilder.no/

Facility Rock

Facility Rock Test Set: https://www.good-lite.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=940&category=0&Secondary=0

Flipper Sets from Good-Lite: https://www.good-lite.com/flippers.pdf

Prism Flippers: https://www.bernell.com/category/Prism_Flippers

**If you have similar products in other countries and you would like me to add links, just send the information to drjsimonson@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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Colorado COVD 2020 Winter Study Group

When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MST)

Where: Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C.7400 East Orchard RoadSuite 175-SGreenwood Village, CO 80111

Topic: Testing and Treatment of Vertical Deviations

Presentors: Dr. Jennifer Simonson of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy and Dr. Lynn Hellerstein of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C.

Course Description: Dr. Simonson and Dr. Hellerstein will share clinical pearls in treating vertical diplopia. 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.

Course is APPROVED for 3 hours of Colorado State licensure CE credit through COA.

Handout: COVD Study Group 2020 Handout Vertical Deviations

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Thank you for coming! Additional Resources here:

  1. Vectograph Information: https://www.visionassessment.com/polarized-variable-vectographs
  2. Variable Prism Maddox Rod: https://www.good-lite.com/cw3/Assets/documents/120004%20Instructions-web1.pdf
  3. Keystone Eccentric Circles: https://www.bernell.com/product/KEY411/Free_Space
  4. Fresnel Prism: https://www.fresnel-prism.com/

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SECO 2020 Board Review: Visual Perception, Accommodation, Vergence, and Oculomotor Function

Course Notes: SECO 2020 Board Review Simonson

Course Links and Resources:

1) Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American Optometric Association:

https://www.aoa.org/documents/optometrists/CPG-4.pdf

*Several other topics are available on the AOA website.

2) Binocular Vision Topics

Park’s 3-Step Test:Parks 3 step

https://www.eyedock.com/parks-3-step

 

Aniseikonia:

https://shawlens.com/aniseikonia/causes_of_aniseikonia/

https://shawlens.com/symptoms/symptoms_of_aniseikonia/#other_signs

3) Entopic Phenomenon:

https://www.opt.uh.edu/onlinecoursematerials/newcoursefiles/opto6124/2_Entoptic_Phenomena.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entoptic_phenomenon

Troxler Effect:

https://telanganatoday.com/troxler-effect

Scheerer’s Phenomenon:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Blue_field_entoptic_phen omenon_animation.gif

4) Color Vision Testing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness

https://ekjo.org/ViewImage.php?Type=F&aid=532955&id=F2&afn=65_KJO_29_6_359&fn=kjo-29-359-g002_0065KJO (Korean Journal of Ophthalmology)

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Building Blocks for Vision Development

Building Blocks for Vision Development

http://studtfoundation.org/

Join us Sunday February 24, 2019 at Western University College of Optometry
At this year’s practicum, Dr. Simonson will share some of her most coveted pearls and strategies for young patients with special needs/developmentally delayed and physical handicaps. She will review normal versus delayed visual development from general motor concepts to development of visual perception and motor output for reproduction. You will gain insight into a systematic approach to vision therapy procedures for these young cases.

Registration Form:

http://studtfoundation.org/Studt%20165%20Registration%20Form-.pdf

Additional resources:

Chapters visually guided gross motor

2018 Eastern States Congress of Optometry

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Eastern States Congress of Optometry courses taught by Dr. Jen Simonson

2018 Eastern States Optometric Congress
Baby Steps to Vision
October 27-28, 2018
White Plains, New York

Additional resources:

VISION TESTING:

  1. Wach’s Analysis of Cognitive Structures testing kit:
    https://www.bernell.com/product/WACSKIT/Perceptual_Skills
  2. Gesell Copy Forms:
    https://gesellinstitute.org/products/copy-form-cards
  3. Copy Form Test:
    https://www.bernell.com/product/BC11985/Games
  4. NSUCO Oculomotor Test Summary:
    http://drboulet.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/NSUCO-Oculomotor-Test-via-PUCO.pdfGrab-a-Bubble (pack of 12)
  5. Standing Angels Testing:
    Standing Angels

VISION THERAPY RESOURCES:

  1. Brand of bubbles that you can catch and stack: “Grab-a-bubble”
  2. Attribute Blocks:
    1. attribute Blocks
    2. Junior-Learning-Attribute-Block-Activities
  3. Parquetry Blocks: Parquetry Blocks
  4. Emergent red/green glasses and therapy activities: https://emergentvt.com/collections/a-le-carte
  5. Red/Green Toybox http://www.redgreentoybox.com/
  6. Craft Store items:
    1. Black felt (large)
    2. Red felt sheets
    3. Green felt sheets
    4. Pom poms (red/green/white) pom poms
    5. Pipe cleaners (red/green/white) Pipe Cleaners
    6. Wood clothes pins

Please contact Dr. Jen Simonson with any other suggestions and resources to add to this list.