Michele R. Bessler – Vision Therapy: The Impact of Vision Problems on Development, Learning, Behavior and the Rehabilitation Process
Courses Content :
- Michele R. Bessler
- 5 Hours 43 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Dec 09, 2019
Understanding Vision Development and Its Relationship to Learning and Behavior
- Vision as a total process combining sensorimotor, perceptual and cognitive functions
- Signs and symptoms of developmental vision disorders in school-aged children
- Commonly seen vision disorders in children with developmental delays and other special needs (autism spectrum disorders, AD(H)D, cerebral palsy)
- Current research in vision development
Integrating Developmental Vision Strategies with Children
- Vision screening techniques to identify children with undiagnosed vision disorders; Free screening tools to take with you!
- Vision development activities to integrate into your program
- Recommendations for optimal visual performance in the classroom
Impact of Vision Therapy in Treating Underlying Vision Deficits on the Child and the Family
Traumatic Brain Injury and its impact on the Visual System
- How acquired vision disorders interfere with the rehabilitation process and prevent full recovery after head trauma
- Double vision, visual field neglect, Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS), dizziness
- Impact on balance and movement
- The role of specialized lenses, prisms and vision rehabilitation therapy
Demonstrations of Vision Therapy Activities
Michele R. Bessler, OD, FCOVD, is a developmental optometrist who is board certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy and is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. As the owner and director of Long Island Optometric Vision Development, PLLC, Dr. Bessler provides developmental vision care for both children and adults. She has been in practice for over 20 years and lectures extensively on vision therapy for learning-related vision disorders, and on the visual effects of acquired head trauma and their remediation.
She was assistant clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry for 12 years, teaching optometry students in the Pediatric, Vision Therapy and Learning Disability Clinics. Dr. Bessler has also worked extensively as clinic supervisor for the Vision Clinic for Children with Special Needs at the University Optometric Center, working with children struggling with a variety of developmental and medical challenges.
Dr. Bessler is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), American Optometric Association (AOA), NY State Optometric Association (NYSOA), and Optometric Extension Program (OEP). She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the State University of NY State College of Optometry, and completed a residency in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation from SUNY College of Optometry.
Financial: Michele Bessler maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Michele Bessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclosure.