Seeing and Moving: Visual / Vestibular Course

Join us for a three day discovery of the integration of the vestibular and visual senses. This course will provide an understanding of the neurobiological interaction of these sensory systems and their impact upon the movement and learning systems. Understanding of brain mechanisms to support treatment processes of the visual vestibular integration will be emphasized providing functional intervention strategies.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS:

This course is designed for occupational therapists treating a wide variety of children and youth with developmental disabilities and neurological challenges.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  1. The learner will develop an understanding of how the vestibular and visual systems are wired together in the brain.
  2. The learner will develop an understanding of how the vestibular system supports visual function and primes the nervous system for movement.
  3. The learner will develop an understanding of how the brain processes visual information perceptually.
  4. The learner will acquire an introductory understanding of the assessment of visual perception.
  5. The learner will develop an understanding of how the visual system modulates and modifies vestibular information in the nervous system.
  6. The learner will acquire an elementary understanding of the difference between saccadic eye movements and voluntary visual tracking skills.
  7. The learner will be introduced to the understanding of how visual deficits affect movement patterns and learning of new movements.
  8. The learner will be introduced to integrated treatment approach encompassing vision and vestibular synthesis.

Course outline:

Day One

• Neurobiology of the Vestibular System
• Clinically relevant vestibular system function as it relates to movement • Interaction between vestibular system and visual system
• Assessment of the Vestibular system: lab
• Treatment Demonstration

Day Two

• Therapeutic intervention for the vestibular system
• Practicum
• Treatment Demonstration
• The neuroanatomy and function of vision for movement

Day Three

• Visual perception, color and space

• Assessment of visual perception
• Visual intervention strategies
• Treatment Demonstration
• Practicum
Integration into Function