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Who should attend:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists
  • Educators
  • Social Workers


September 17th, 2016. 8:30am to 5:30pm


The Quinnipiack Club, 221 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510 (Limited accomodations available)

Registration Fee

Note: registration fee does not include lunch, there was a typographical error on one of the email announcements. We apologize for that error.
Early (July 30): $285
After July 30: $310

Course Description

  • Have you wondered why patients who have further potential do not progress following traditional therapy approaches for balance, posture, motor and perceptual problems?
  • Why do persons not respond to therapy for weight bearing on their affected side following a TBI or CVA?
  • Why does a person with Parkinson’s disease lean forward and shuffle their feet rather than take a 
normal stride?
  • Why do some children toe-walk?
  • What is visual spatial neglect?
  • Why can a person, who has 20/20 vision, see a bug or piece of lint on the floor but not find the door or person in the room?
  • Can visual field loss following a CVA be rehabilitated?
  • While we tend to think and attend through our vision, how does the motor-sensory system relate to our vision?

Vision is the primary process for organization of space and time related to posture, movement and balance. Following a neurological event such as CVA, TBI, MS, etc, the visual process can become compromised affecting spatial organization. This can directly affect balance and posture and the ability to organize space for higher visual cognitive processing. Spatial dysfunction can cause difficulties with binocular function of the eyes and interfere with visual skills used for problem solving a spatial environment that most of us take for granted. Spatial visual processing dysfunction can cause Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS) and Visual Midline Shift Syndrome (VMSS).

Explore the relationship of the visual-spatial process and its primary role in rehabilitation following a neurological event. The relationship between vision and postural organization of flexion and extension leading to postural tone (normal and abnormal) will be demonstrated. It will show how lenses and prisms can affect neuro visual processing dysfunction and how proper prescription can directly affect potential of therapeutic outcome to maximize potentials.

Course Objectives

  • To provide in-depth understanding of vision and its process based on up-to-date knowledge and understanding.
  • To provide an understanding and appreciation of the impact of visual processing dysfunction on cognition, perception, posture, movement, balance and spatial organization.
  • To positively influence practice by providing new assessment and treatment strategies.
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of prescribed prism prescriptions to affect balance, posture, movement and spatial organization.