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Visual skills

LIVE Webinar: How Visual Skills Impact a Students Learning in School: A PT/OT Perspective

Melissa Gerber, OTD, OTR/L

Monday – November 7, 2022

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (May 10, 2022). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

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Jam-packed with assessment, treatment planning and treatment ideas, this course will address the WHY, WHEN, and HOW to address functional visual skills in school-based practice. Visual processing, visual perception and visual motor skills are crucial for students to be successful classroom learners. Participants will learn to identify areas of difficulty using a functional visual skills checklist. We will review standardized and evidenced-based evaluation tools appropriate for the school setting. We will discuss how to plan treatment to address challenges identified, using a wide variety of treatment modalities which will be demonstrated. School based therapists will be able to put their own visual skills binder together to use as a quick treatment tool in their schools. Video demonstrations will be used to help participants become familiar with both assessment and treatment strategies. This course will also address prioritization and progression for treatment planning.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the meaning of good vision vs. functional visual skills.
  2. Learn to assess visual skills that impact your students function in school
  3. Understand how to use a functional visual skills checklist and how to derive treatment plans from the results of the checklist
  4. Identify components of vision and how they impact function in school
  5. Understanding the meaning of visual processing and how to assess it, using a variety of evidenced based assessment tools.
  6. Learn easy ways to embed vision into treatment.

Target Audience: 

 OT, PT and Special Educators

Course Level 

Introductory to Intermediate


Melissa Gerber, OTD, OTR/L

Melissa Gerber, OTD, OTR/L is a seasoned and respected clinician with extensive experience in pediatrics. She began her career in Adult/Pediatric inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation and acute care, and she currently works for Great Neck Public Schools, 21 years. Dr. Gerber is the President of 4MYKIDSOT, a private practice providing therapy and evaluations. Dr. Gerber is also affiliated with PuzzleArt Therapy, and enjoys sharing this program.
Dr. Gerber receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Dr. Gerber has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

LIVE On-Line Webinar
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00 am -9:00   Identifying your why? What brought you to this workshop?

What is Functional Vision?

What is the role of the School-Based therapist? vs. What is within our scope of Practice?

How do we see these students? What is their classification?

Models of Vision and where School-Based Therapists fit in

9:00-10:30   Components of Vision:

Visual Integrity

Visual Efficacy

Visual Processing

Anatomy of the Visual System and Visual Pathway

Development of Visual System (brief overview)

Visual System’s Role in Sensory Processing

Examples of how to add vision into your treatment

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45- 12:00: Oculomotor Assessment- Lab- Functional Visual Checklist

What should my testing assess? Identifying areas of weakness

Applying what we found to treatment

Visual Processing

Visual Spatial Skills

Visual Analysis Skills

Visual Motor Integration

How do I write goals to address visual skills?

12:00 pm-12:45: Lunch

12:45-1:30: Areas of Visual Processing and Strategies to incorporate into Treatment

Visions Impact on Reading and Writing Tasks

When to Treat, Remediate, Compensate or Refer

1:30-2:30: Evidenced Based assessments

Regulation and its Impact on Working on Visual Processing Skills and Ways to Incorporating Visual skills into treatment

2:30-3:00: Case Studies: Clinical Problem Solving and Decision Making Based on Best Practices and Research


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID#04768. This Live PD is offered at .6 CEU’s, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.



Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Oct. 24, 2022

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “Additional Information” section at checkout.