Date of Award
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Occupational Therapy -- methods; Vision, Ocular -- physiology; Vision Screening; Visual Perception
"Vision is not simply the ability to read a certain size letter at a distance of 20 feet. Vision is a complex and adaptable information gathering and processing system which collects, groups, analyzes, accumulates, equates, and remembers information" (American Optometric Association, 2005, p.1). The purpose of this project is to develop a parent/caregiver handbook that will educate parent/caregivers with children who have visual deficits and to benefit the Vision Therapy Project, which is located in Casper, Wyoming. This project is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide assistance and education to parents/caregivers with children in need of vision therapy. Information for The Vision Therapy Project Parent/Caregiver Handbook was gathered from an extensive review of literature and research. The findings from this review demonstrated a high percentage of school-aged children entering the school system do not receive a comprehensive visual screen to detect visual deficits therefore many school-aged children are being misdiagnosed or labeled with learning disorders by educators and parents/caregivers. This handbook is intended to be used by an occupational therapist to facilitate parental involvement, address areas which are impacting children's learning, and to develop a better understanding of the vision therapy treatment being provided to their child. The parent/caregiver educational handbook contains information regarding the development of the visual system; visual deficits and disorders that result from a dysfunction within the visual system; how other senses work together in conjunction with vision; what is occupational therapy (OT) and vision therapy (VT) and the services provided; parents/caregivers roles with therapy in the home and office; and resources for parents/caregivers to access. The Vision Therapy Project parent handbook will allow parents/caregivers to become effective advocates, and increase the child's success within their academic environment as well as independence with their occupational performance.
Cardinal, Dawn and Nannemann, Genea, "There is more to vision than seeing clearly" (2006). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 188.