Vision 202: Functional Vision in Special Populations

Clinicians treating individuals diagnosed with developmental delays; central nervous system dysfunction, such as cerebral palsy and/or other multi-system impairments; autism spectrum and sensory-integration disorder; and acquired brain injury or post-concussive syndrome, can improve their clinical decision making skills and therapeutic results by understanding how vision impacts nearly all aspects of daily function. By incorporating the techniques and strategies learned in this workshop, clinicians can guide the visual system to facilitate and enhance functional outcomes within their treatment sessions across disciplines . This seminar is designed to provide the framework in which all rehab clinicians (PT, OT and SLP) develop the ability to identify and incorporate strategies to assist individuals with visual dysfunction. We will review neurology pertinent to visual function, functional components of the vision sensory system and learn why the emergence of visual dominance through motor development is important. We will learn strategies to modify our visual screenings with different populations of patients to gain better understanding of their visual function and then develop specific strategies to enhance treatment by incorporating ways to improve visual function and to understand when individuals need to be referred.​

Friday, January 24, 2020 and
Saturday, January 25, 2020

  Time: Day 1 Registration: 8:30-9am Class: 9:00-4:30 Day 2 Class: 8:30-4:30​

5406 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA, 50131

$425 Early Bird (Before Dec. 24, 2019)
$450 After Dec. 24, 2019
$425 3 or more attendees from same facility
Free for ChildServe team members


Mary Beck, MEd, FCOVD is a NeuroOptometrist (also known as a Behavioral or Developmental Optometrist) who is Board Certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She has over 20 years clinical experience specializing in diagnostic and neurovisual therapeutic services for individuals having difficulties with development, reading, learning, sensory integration, ADD & Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sports Vision Enhancement, VisualVestibular Integration, Primitive Reflex Integration and Post-Trauma VisionRehabilitation. 
Dr. Beck frequently lectures to a variety of professionals. Her lectures include “Vision Development: Signs and Symptoms of Visual Delays,” “Incorporating Vision Training Techniques for Occupational and Speech Therapists,” Sports Vision Enhancement for Peak Athletic Performance”, “1 in 3 Gifted and Talented Children Have a Significant Vision Problem”, “Vision, ADD and Dyslexia”, “Vision and How it Relates to Learning, Dyslexia & ADD”. Her practical approach to enhancing functional vision has benefit both children and adults. She currently practices in and around the Austin area.​


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of more than 4,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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