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Introduction to Visual Impairments & Visual Testing for Pediatrics

presented by Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

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Financial: Cynthia N. Potter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Cynthia N. Potter has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course provides participants with an overview of the visual system and its development, definitions of blindness and low vision/partial sight, and the incidence of visual impairments. Components of visual screening and examination are presented and relevance of test results to physical therapy treatment is discussed.

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Cynthia N. Potter, PT, MS, DPT

Cindy Potter, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in many different practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient, preschool, school, community-based settings, and ICF/IDD facilities for 39 years. She earned a BS in biology and English writing from Allegheny College, an MS in health-related professions (developmental disabilities track)…

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1. Normal Development of the Visual System

This chapter provides participants with an overview of the development of the visual system, including prenatal development and critical periods of development after birth. Visual behaviors in typical development and important elements for continued development of the visual system are described.

2. Definitions and Incidence of Blindness and Low Vision/Partial Sight

This chapter reviews the incidence of visual impairments and identifies those children who are at high risk. Definitions of visual impairments are explained.

3. Visual Screening and Examination: Determining What a Child is Able to See

The physical therapist must understand these components to appreciate the impact that a child’s visual capabilities have on their ability to benefit from therapy. Designing effective treatment strategies is based on the understanding of the child’s visual capacity and are imperative to the visual screening. Components of clinical vision screening and examination and functional vision assessment are reviewed.

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