Concussion and Vision: Screening and treating persons with persistent post-concussive symptoms

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$59 per participant

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Course Description

Concussions are encountered in a variety of settings across the continuum of care, including schools, sports, outpatient clinics and acute rehabilitation. Post concussion symptoms often include but are not limited to complaints of headaches, dizziness, nausea, eyestrain, blurred or double vision, light and/or noise sensitivity, mood changes and cognitive changes. Those symptoms that persist beyond normal expected clinical recovery of 7-14 days for adults and 30 days for adolescents are termed persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS).  Visual deficits are common sequelae post concussion, accounting for some 70% of patients and are associated with prolonged recovery. Our visual system is comprised of more than just eyesight or seeing 20/20. It is a complex and dynamic array of neural networks that are involved in how we process incoming visual information and is vulnerable to harm post brain injury. The visual system plays a dominant role in how we interact with our environment and perform our daily life activities and therefore is an integral part of the rehabilitation process for persons experiencing persistent postconcussive symptoms.

This course will provide its participants with an understanding of the visual system and how it functions as well as the impact visual skills have on our participation in daily activities. Participants will also be provided with education regarding typical visual dysfunction commonly observed in patients with PPCS. The course will also provide education and resources on screening tools and assessments used to evaluate visual skills relative to norms. And finally the course will provide examples of both compensatory and remedial treatment activities, techniques, and resources to assist the patient suffering from persistent postconcussive symptoms relative to vision. The educational level of this course is intermediate

Course Instructor
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Elizabeth Martori, OTL is a licensed occupational therapist working at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation and has served as clinical specialist in the areas of vision and neurological rehabilitation. She has over 10 years of experience in adult neurological rehabilitation across the spectrum including acute inpatient and outpatient settings. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Scranton in 2007 with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She holds advanced certifications in Vestibular Rehabilitation, The Arnadottir OT-ADL Neurobehavioral Evaluation (A-ONE), and as a Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS). She has additional experience as an adjunct professor at City University of New York (CUNY), York College and experience teaching professionally as a speaker at various continuing education courses, including “Vestibular Evaluation and the Dizzy Patient” and “Concussion across the Spectrum of Injury Conference.” She has lectured nationally on topics related to vision and neurological rehabilitation in the areas of concussion, vestibular, and neurological vision screening.

Course Outline
  • Literature review of persistent visual symptoms post concussion

  • Explanation of visual skills

  • Visual skills related to function/dysfunction

  • Screening tools and assessments for these visual skills

  • Treatment techniques for compensatory and remediation

Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Available On-Demand - learn at your own pace!

Course Locations
Continuing Education Credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-interactive activity is offered at 0.2 CEUs, intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

For other professions, this course counts as 2.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing education credit. 

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Learning Outcomes
  • Participant will be able to identify common visual deficits that occur related to persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS)

  • Participant will be able to assess these visual deficits using standardized screening measures

  • Participant will be able to implement remedial and compensatory treatment techniques to address visual changes and dysfunction

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Physicians Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

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