Cortical Visual Impairment: An Overview for Rehabilitation Providers
Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
12-1 pm EST, 11 am -12 pm CST, 10-11 am MST, 9-10 am PST
Chris Russell, MS. Ed.
Instructor Bio: Chris Russell is currently the Project Coordinator for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative. He also has experience as a classroom teacher and Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) working with children who have visual impairments and additional disabilities including deaf-blindness. Chris specializes in working with individuals with severe and multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness, cortical visual impairment, curriculum adaptations for children with visual impairments and additional disabilities, and instructional strategies supporting communication development for children with pre-symbolic communication. He holds the Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsement, and conducts training in CVI Characteristics, Phases, Assessment and Intervention across NY state and around the country for professionals and families. He currently serves as assistant instructor to Dr. Roman for Perkins E-Learning’s online course, “Cortical Visual Impairment,” and teaches graduate courses at Hunter College in teacher training programs for Blindness/Visual Impairment, and Severe/Multiple Disabilities.
Abstract: Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of visual impairment in children in the western hemisphere. As many of the children/youth who have CVI do not present with additional ocular impairments, they often receive normal results on clinical vision exams. This occurs because the damage which results in abnormal vision is not found in the structures of the eyes, but in the connection between the eyes and the brain. Children with CVI present with unique visual behavioral characteristics across a range of visual functioning and adaptive needs. Due to the nature of this neurologically-based visual impairment, children/youth with CVI can achieve significant progress in visual functioning – given the appropriate supports and meaningful interventions.
This session is based on the CVI Range approach to functional vision assessment and educational interventions developed by Dr. Roman-Lantzy. It will provide an overview of CVI, with a focus on understanding and identifying the 10 unique visual behavioral characteristics associated with CVI and the 3 Phases of CVI. Participants will gain both technical and practical knowledge and skills to support the range of students with CVI in the context of their roles on the collaborative team. Content will be tailored to meet the unique needs of professionals working in pediatric clinical settings.
Course Objectives: At the end of the session, the learner will increase their knowledge and skills in:
Audience: This webinar is intended for all members of the pediatric rehabilitation team including medical staff, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, licensed psychologists, mental health professionals, and other interested professionals.
Disclosures: Chris has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.
Registration is now open. All webinars are free for members of IPRC/RCPA. Registration fee for non-members is $179. Not a member yet? Consider joining today. Multiple registrations per organization are permitted.
This course has been submitted for 0.1 OT CEUs (1 Contact Hour)
*Occupational Therapists must attend the full session and complete a course evaluation following the presentation to receive credit. Group registrations are permitted.
Certificates of Attendance are available for all participants.