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Practical Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Functional Visual Skills for Greater Academic Success: Preschool – High School

Kathy Bryte, M.ED., OTR/L

November 6, 2019 – New York, NY
November 7, 2019 – Uniondale, NY (Long Island)

Early $295.00* | Regular $320.00 

 Cost includes a materials kit

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This course is specifically designed to increase attendees’ awareness of what a Functional Vision Challenge may look like during common academic activities, with an emphasis on acquisition of reading skills. Attendees identify measurable, observable learning behaviors of students who may be struggling to access a more visually demanding curriculum, in 2019. Designed for school-based OTs to easily identify the 3 Visual Efficiency Skills needed for successful student performance, while accessing a variety of visually demanding tasks. Information from reproducible Checklists and Forms, provided, can be used within the classroom environment to document evidence of a suspected Functional Visual Challenge. Functional Vision Challenges can affect student performance in many ways including memory, concentration, and focus during learning tasks. Attendees participate in Therapeutic Movement Interventions, aka “TMI’s”, to experience decreased visual stress and strain, themselves, across the conference day.

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Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course should be able to identify:

  • 5 Physical Stressors that can cause visual strain within the Classroom Environment.
  • 5 Therapeutic Movement Interventions to decrease students’ stress levels using the Collaborative Approach.
  • 5 Practical Strategies to facilitate reading fluency and comprehension skills.
  • 5 Classroom Adaptations to decrease student stress related to lighting, furniture and visual distractions.
  • 5 Collaborative Classroom Learning Activities that support development of Functional Visual Skills.

Target Audience & Course Level 

Introductory to Intermediate level. Activities are graded to offer therapists a variety of interventions for the students’ abilities, regardless of the experience level of the therapist/attendees.



8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00 a.m.: Introduction, Review of the Agenda and Safety Awareness Strategies during TMI’s.

8:30 a.m.: Development of Normal Vision and Visual Perception Skills:

  • Active Participation Activity: The 3 Functional Vision Skills
  • Identifying Ocular Motility Skills during an academic task.

10:00 a.m.: Break

10:15 a.m.: Vision Screening: Active Participation Activity with Partner.

  • “Make-It-Take-It”: the “Touch Spell Activity Board”

11:45 a.m.: Lunch

12:30 p.m.: Active Participation Activities for Whole Classroom Interventions:

  • “The 5-R Curriculum for OT’s”,
  • Relaxation Exercises for the Eyes:
    1. “20-20-20 Rule”
    2. “The Cupping Exercise”
  • Preschool Thematic Activities: the Collaborative Approach:
  • Demonstration: “Make-It-Take-It”:
    1. “The Shoe Box Letter Activity”
    2. “The Body Parts Map”: Preschool Activity

2:30 p.m.: Whole Classroom Strategies: Gathering the Evidence: Severe Student Behaviors

  • The “Draft EMH/EMR Curriculum” for the OT/Teacher team
  • Homework: 2 Case Studies and Comprehension Questions

3:00 p.m.: Close


Kathy Bryte, M.ED., OTR/L

KATHY BRYTE, M.ED., OTR/L received her BS degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College. In 1991, she became NDT Certified in Pediatrics. Kathy has been an OT for 35 years, with 22 of those years devoted to working in schools. She authored Classroom Intervention for the School-Based Therapist, An Integrated Model Practical Strategies and interventions for Occupational Therapists Working in Preschool’s – Grade 12 Classrooms. Fueled by her passion, Kathy integrates Occupational Therapy services to implement with all students.


November 6, 2019
Hotel Pennsylvania 
401 7th Avenue, NY, NY

November 7, 2019
Long Island Marriott
Uniondale, NY


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.

color web&pptTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs. 6 contact hours, Mixed Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills and Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention.


Group Discount

Early $295.00* | Regular $320.00 

*Early registration must be received 21 prior days to seminar –
VALID UNTIL OCT 16, 2019 for LI 
VALID UNTIL OCT 17, 2019 for NYC 

3 or more registrants – Early –  $279.19 | Regular – $302.85  (use code group3)

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