Instructors:
Katelyn Jordan, O.D., FAAO
Sarah LaRosa, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT

  • Katelyn Jordan has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Brooks Rehabilitation; Honorarium and does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • Sarah LaRosa has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Brooks Rehabilitation; Honorarium and does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Location:
Indiana University Health
1701 N. Senate Ave. C114, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Course Description:
The course is designed to promote education and training for rehabilitation therapists and nurses on the procedures and screening methods for visual impairment across the continuum of care. Screening methods will aid practitioners in better identifying age- related pathological change and/or an acquired change in visual status secondary to neurological incidence.  Course topics will also include interpretation of optometry documentation, as rehab therapists and nurses may glean insight into the functional barriers secondary to altered visual status. Practitioners will learn the importance and benefits to team collaboration with optometry for best patient outcomes. Rehabilitation specialists will learn the importance of understanding visual function and how it relates to safety with mobility.

The course will outline procedures for instructing clients and caregivers on the use of sighted guide technique and self protection techniques specific to persons with visual disability. 

Course Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify clients with visual impairment and describe the immediate environmental modifications required to improve safety, comfort, and participation in daily activities including scheduled therapies
  • Predict the need for optometric referral and consultation of vision rehab services
  • Describe the impact of visual status on functional outcomes and communicate barriers for team conference contributions, team collaboration, and/or family/caregiver education
  • Summarize screening findings to the attending physician and consulting optometrist in use of a collaborative model
  • Identify and integrate intervention modifications for the client with visual impairment specific to their visual needs
  • Associate optometry documentation and exam findings with functional outcomes and barriers to safety
  • Identify visual signs and symptoms associated with age-related pathological change versus newly acquired, diagnoses specific neurological change
  • Summarize the proper and safe use of sighted guide and self-protection techniques for participation in functional and community mobility related tasks for applicable clients
  • Define the anatomy and physiology of the visual system and gross systems integration

At the end of this course, PTA specific participants will be able to:

  • Determine the impact of visual status on functional outcomes and communicate barriers for team conference contributions, team collaboration, and/or family/caregiver education
  • Initiate intervention modifications for the client with visual impairment specific to their visual needs
  • Interpret optometry and supervising physical therapist documentation and relate exam/evaluation findings to functional outcomes and visual barriers to safety

Course Education Level: Introductory

Intended Audience:
The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Registered Nurses (RN), CNAs, LPNs, and Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) designations.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email CEU@brooksihl.org and we will be happy to help clarify!

Contact Hours:
This course has been approved for 14 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

This course has been approved for 12 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Florida Board of Nursing

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test.

Enrollment:
If you are a Brooks Clinician and want to pay by cost center, please fill out this registration form and return the check and form to the Brooks IHL.

Satisfactory Course Completion:
Full course attendance (including signing the attendance sheet each day), performance demonstrations and question and answer session.

Course Evaluation/Survey:
Within 48 hours of course completion, you will receive a post course survey. The IHL values your feedback and we thank you in advance for taking the survey.

Timed Agenda
Day 1

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.: Arrival and Check In
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Introduction and Icebreaker
8:30 – 12:00 p.m.: Ocular/Neuro Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Introduction to Basic Vision Screening, Intervention and Occlusion Strategies
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Functional Simulation Lab and Case Analysis

Day 2
7:30   – 8:00 a.m.: Arrival and Check In
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Interpretation of Optometry Documentation & Intervention Strategies
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Introduction to Sighted Guide Technique & Sighted Guide Lab
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.: Discussion, Screening Practice, Q&A, Closing