Disciplines:
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Hours: 3 Contact Hours
    Author(s):
  • Amy Rebovich, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT
  • Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT
  • Peer Reviewer(s):Kim Schoessow, OTD, OTR/L
    Item#: I6393
    Contents: 1 Course Book (80 pages)
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    An Introduction to Low Vision Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists



    Price $29.95
    Item # I6393
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    When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

    Release Date: August 8, 2017

    Blindness is considered to be one of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2015).  Legal blindness describes central vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye with best correction or visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008).  Low vision is a term used to describe vision loss not corrected by glasses, medicine or surgery. More than 20% of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2029 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). The baby boomer population is projected to be larger than the population of those under the age of 18 by the year 2056 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). As the baby boomer population increases, many will be affected by eye diseases (Prevent Blindness America, 2008). This change in population serves as one factor warranting an increase in occupational therapy (OT) services for those individuals experiencing deficits in occupational performance due to age-related visual loss. The importance of occupational therapy’s role in low vision rehabilitation is paramount as the profession progresses as a leading skilled allied health care service for older adults.This basic, introductory course is intended to introduce the occupational therapy practitioner, who may not have received low vision education or is not comfortable intervening with this population, with current evidence-based information related to the management of clients with low vision. The course content is designed to increase the reader’s understanding of and ability to generalize concepts into daily assessment and intervention for clients experiencing occupational performance deficit due to low vision. Occupational Therapy practitioners will need to pursue further education if they wish to specialize in low vision. 

     

    AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: performance skills; OT Process: evaluation & intervention

    0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

    Course Objectives
    • Describe ocular pathology and eye diseases affecting occupational performance and quality of life in clients with vision loss.
    • Differentiate between the interprofessional members of the low vision rehabilitation team.
    • Identify evidence-based assessment tools to evaluate clients with vision loss.
    • Define and recognize the generalist and specialist occupational therapist’s role in low vision rehabilitation.
    • Describe and identify methods whereby an occupational therapy practitioner can integrate adaptations to enhance the safety and independence of clients living with low vision.

    Amy Rebovich, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT, is an occupational therapist who specializes in low vision and is a certified low vision therapist currently working in the VA Pittsburgh Intermediate low vision clinic. Dr. Rebovich earned her post-professional doctor­ate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2013 and undergraduate degree at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1999. In 2002, she became a Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) and in 2011 obtained the recognition of Specialty Certification in Low Vision through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Rebovich’s clinical experience is 16 years as a low vision occupational therapist and certified low vision therapist. Specifically, 11 to 12 of those years have been directly in low vision rehabilitation. She has worked in a variety of areas of OT and in blind and low vision in an outpatient nonprofit private practice low vision clinic along with the intermediate low vision clinic at the VA Pittsburgh. She also has experience in acute care, skilled nursing facility, and long-term care facilities with a variety of populations. Dr. Rebovich has worked specifically with the geriatric population in low vision rehabilitation with eye diseases as the primary pathology and with younger veterans with traumatic brain injury, photophobia, migraines, and brain injury affecting functional vision. She has had experience collaborating with research projects with local universities/hospitals and has coauthored and lectured over the years to universities, hospitals, and national, state, and local professional organizations in both the private sector and the VA. Currently, Dr. Rebovich is working on research projects within the VA with an interdisciplinary team.

    Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, is a 2014 graduate of the post-professional doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) program from Thomas Jefferson University. She also studied at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received both a master of science (1998) and a bachelor of science (1991) degree in Occupational Therapy. She is currently an associate professor in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Chatham University. Dr. Schreiber currently holds the position of Chair of the Interprofessional Education Task Force at Chatham and serves as Pennsylvania representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Representative Assembly. Throughout her 26 years as an occupational therapist, Dr. Schreiber has provided occupational therapy in a variety of practice settings; this includes hospitals, nursing homes, private homes, rehabilitation centers, and preschools. Her primary interests are in neuroscience, the diseases/syndromes associated with the brain and spinal cord, low vision rehabilitation, and the scholarship of teaching and learning as it pertains to adult student critical thinking. She has presented both locally and nationally on various topics related to low vision, visual-perceptual disorders and intervention, motor learning, OT intervention with the neurologically impaired adult, infusing occupation into routine OT practice, and teaching methods used in adult learning and interprofessional education. Dr. Schreiber has published in several peer-reviewed journals and has coauthored a textbook and several book chapters in texts used in occupational therapy education.

    Kim Schoessow, OTD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She is also an occupational therapist at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She previously worked as an occupational therapist at both the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston and the Frank Stein and Paul S. May Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation in San Francisco. She was also an instructor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the occupational therapy doctoral program at Washington University in St. Louis and the Low Vision Rehabilitation certificate program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

    • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date of purchase.
    • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
    • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
    • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
    • There are no prerequisites for this course.