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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.

Vision Therapy Picture Books – by Dr. Jen Simonson

420 BVVTDr. Jen Simonson is the author of a series of picture books to educate patients and parents of the symptoms of vision problems, specialized testing, and vision therapy treatment. These illustrated storybooks explain the common symptoms and signs of functional vision problems.

 

 

 

My Perfect Vision 2016

Book #1: My Perfect Vision describes focusing problems even when eyesight is normal. Learn about the differences between eyesight and vision and how this disorder impacts daily life and learning. Also learn about effective treatment through optometric vision therapy and appropriate reading glasses.

Many children and adults experience difficulty with:

  1. accurate clarity of focus (vision is blurry or fluctuates)
  2. speed of switching focus from near to far (difficulty copying from the board or switching between speedometer and street signs when driving)
  3. the ability to sustain focus for long periods (testing and computer work)
  4. Focusing difficulties are common after head injuries such as concussion and as a side-effect to many medications.

 

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Book #2: My Double Vision tells the story of a patient who still experiences double vision even after a history of patching an eye. This picture book explains the signs and symptoms of esotropia (crossed-eye). It covers current testing methods and advanced vision therapy training used to correct this vision disorder. The goal of binocular (two-eyed training) is to achieve both clear, stable vision and 3-D depth perception.

Many patients with esotropia experience:

  1. double vision
  2. head turn or tilt
  3. crowding of print

    Mi Vision Doble
    en Espanol:Mi Vision Doble La visión doble (diplopía) es a menudo el resultadode la falta de alineación de los dos ojos.Normalmente los ojos apuntan al mismo lugar en elespacio. La dirección visual ligeramente diferente secombina en percepción de la profundidad. El objetivode la terapia visual es mejorar tanto la alineación delos ojos como la fusión sensorial en el cerebro.–Dr. Jen Simonson Mi Vision Doble (February 2018), the Spanish Translation of My Double Vision.

 

 

 

Book #3: My Jumbled VisionMy Jumbled Vision

If you fumble or take a tumble – your vision might jumble. Learn about the vision problems that often follow a concussion and how vision therapy can help recover clear and comfortable sports vision.

Mi Vision Confusa cover

Mi Vision Confusa en Espanol

Many patients with post-concussion vision disorder experience:

  1. light sensitivity
  2. headaches from reading
  3. double vision
  4. blurry vision
  5. Difficulty tracking

 

 

 

 

Book #4: My Mismatched VisionMy Mismatched Vision

When the image from one eye is blurry due to refractive amblyopia, the brain suppresses it – receiving and sending less signal to that eye. Our most progressive approach is to teach the brain to use both eyes together with vision therapy.

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My Perfect Vision is a story that explains what it is like to experience blurred vision and tired eyes – even when you have “perfect” 20/20 eyesight. Learn more about reading glasses and Vision Therapy through the colorful illustrations. This is a great book for children starting their Vision Therapy Journey. This illustrated storybook for children explains the common symptoms of focusing problems. Medically called Accommodation Dysfunctions, these disorders include difficulty with accurate clarity of focus, speed of switching focus from near to far, and the ability to sustain focus for long periods.
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    If paying by credit card, please submit form electronically and call 303-443-2257 to make payment. If paying by check, please mail payment to: Boulder Valley Vision Therapy 1790 30th Street #311 Boulder, CO 80301.
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  • Bulk orders of between 20-49 copies are discounted to $6.50 per book.
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  • Bulk orders of over 50 copies are discounted to $5.00 per book.
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Dr. Jen Simonson is the clinical director of Boulder Valley Vision Therapy center. She is also a mother of three boys who love bedtime stories. She was inspired to write after realizing there were many books about getting glasses, but not about her passion – correcting vision issues through optometric vision therapy.

 

Colorado Vision Summit: Preschool Vision Therapy Activities

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Course Objectives:

  1. Learn about normal vision development in Preschoolers (ages 3-6)
  2. Identify delayed visual skills development
  3. Become familiar with the Wachs Analysis of Cognitive Structures (WACS) assessment
  4. Work-shop on Age-appropriate Vision Therapy Procedures
    1. Visually-guided Motor
    2. Tracking
    3. Accommodation
    4. Binocularity
    5. Visual-Perceptual
  5. Learn how to adapt common vision therapy activities to the appropriate level for this age group

Lecture Notes for the course:

Vision Therapy Activities for Preschoolers

Slides for the course:

Vision Therapy Activities for Preschoolers pdf

Motor Testing For other age groups (thank you Dr. DeAnn Fitzgerald):

BESS: Balance Error Scoring System BESS Manual

Gait Analysis: Evaluation of Stride/Walking and Running

Sources for Activities and Equipment:

  • From Lori at Denver Vision Therapy
    • Caren’s laser. We have purchased plexi-glass, foam parquetry pieces, and a feely box from her. She is very easy to work with and is happy to make any accommodations necessary. carenslaser.com
  • Red/Green Toybox
  • Discount School Supplies

 

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