February 2, 2015
Dr. Roth gave a workshop presentation at JFK Rehabilitation Hospital to 40 Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech & Language Pathologists. Incorporating vision into other therapies improves effectiveness and outcomes for patients that have special needs, Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Roth also instructed the therapists on the use of a special computer program that aids in detecting and identifying problems that may be undetected, even by many eye doctors. The third part of the presentation was on Ocular Motilities. Vision develops sequentially. In the same way a child transitions from 1st grade to 2nd grade to 3rd grade, vision develops in a logical sequence. Vision is much more than just being able to see letters on a chart at 20 feet. Vision involves the ability to converge (point the eyes in) and diverge, physically focusing, fixating, and tracking. For vision to be effective, the individual must use both their peripheral vision and their central vision. They must incorporate vision with the other senses; proprioception, tactile, kinesthesis, etc.
Dr. Roth brought and shared several books that deal with incorporating vision into other therapies. Some are authored or co-authored by OT's and address how the OT can be more effective when incorporating vision into a therapy program.
The important take-away was that the more therapists incorporate vision into what they do, the better outcomes their patients will have.