August 25, 2018 - August 27, 2018

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is proud to host a comprehensive neuro vision continuing education course geared for Occupational Therapists in central Ohio. This course will be led by three specialists from Craig Hospital. The course will range from basic through advanced skills over 3 days.

Course objectives include:

  1. State anatomy and function of normal visual systems.
  2. Define common visual terminology and identify implications for therapy.
  3. Identify common visual and visual-perceptual impairments associated with Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke.
  4. Demonstrate a basic vision screening for referral to a vision specialist.
  5. Develop basic and advanced clinical skills to assist with treatment planning for the patient with visual and visual-perceptual impairments.
  6. Explain multi-disciplinary and functional impacts of visual impairments.
  7. Demonstrate basic and advanced treatment approaches addressing visual deficits including environmental modifications and remedial visual therapy exercises.


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Day 1: Saturday, August 25

8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration 

8:30 am -10:30 am Introduction

10:30 am -10:45 am Break

10:45 am -12:00 pm Clinical Observations and Screening for Visual Impairments

12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch Break

1:00 pm -2:30 pm  Clinical Observations and Screening for Visual Impairments

2:30 pm -3:00 pm Post-Screening Compensatory Interventions

3:00 pm -3:15 pm Break

3:30 pm -4:30
 pm Patient screening Practice

4:30 pm -5:00 pm Summary/Questions

Day 2: Sunday, August 26

8:00 am -8:30 am Vision Treatment Basics

8:30 am -10:15 am Spatial Awareness, Visual Motor and Scanning Lab

10:15 am -10:30 am Break

10:30 am -12:00 pm Oculomotor/Brock String Lab

12:00 pm -1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm -2:00 pm Perception Lecture and Demo

2:00 pm -2:30 pm Yoked prism evaluation for body in space awareness

2:30 pm -3:00 pm Maddox Rod Testing

3:00 pm -3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm -3:45 pm Applying Fresnel prisms

3:45 pm -4:15 pm Advanced Taping Techniques

4:15 pm -5:00 pm Case examples

Day 3: Monday, August 27

8:00 am -10:00 am Advanced Spatial Treatment Lab and Visual Vestibular

10:00 am -10:15 am 

10:15 am -10:45 am 
Advanced Visual Vestibular Continued 

10:45 am -11:30 am 
Visual-Motor Reaction Speed for Pre-Driving Readiness

11:30 am -12:30 pm 

12:30 pm -1:45 pm
Advanced Neuro-Muscular Re-education for Cranial Nerve Treatment

1:45 pm -2:45 pm
Beyond the Brock String

2:45 pm -3:00 pm

3:00 pm -4:00 pm
Cases and Wrap up



Registration Options

2 Day Registration (Saturday & Sunday ONLY): $350.00

3 Day Registration (Saturday, Sunday & Monday): $450.00

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Note: Discounts are not available for this course.


Course Instructors

Thomas Politzer, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Dr. Politzer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1981.  His areas of expertise include vision rehabilitation for patients with neurological disorders, contact lenses, and low vision for the partially sighted.  He has Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and is on staff at Craig Hospital.  Dr. Politzer is a former president of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Karen Rasavage, OTR
Karen Rasavage, OTR currently works as the Occupational Therapy Education Coordinator and Vision Clinic Coordinator at Craig Hospital.  Karen also works as a part-time private practitioner.  She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 with her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Karen’s years of experience include working throughout the continuum of care within the traumatic brain injury population.  She developed a strong interest in vision rehabilitation early in her practice.  While participating in professional mentorships with neuro-optometrists, she places emphasis on integrating occupational therapy concepts, such as sensory integration and activity analysis, into visual rehabilitation with children and adults following brain injury.   She also has specialized training in NDT, Kinesiotaping, and SAEBO applications for enhanced upper extremity functioning.  Karen has been published in the areas of interdisciplinary rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, and visual inattention, and presents extensively to rehabilitation professionals on vision treatment following acquired brain injury.

Amy Berryman, OTR, MSHSA 
Amy Berryman is the occupational therapy brain injury supervisor at Craig Hospital and is the chair of the Craig Hospital Brain Injury Summit.  She has worked throughout the continuum of care in traumatic brain injury for over 17 years, including inpatient, outpatient, and transitional living settings.  She has presented extensively on vision rehabilitation in traumatic brain injury and has published in the areas of vision, interdisciplinary team approaches to rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation. Additionally, she has advanced training in NDT techniques and other modalities to facilitate neuro-muscular recovery. Amy completed her occupational therapy degree in 2000 at the University of Oklahoma, and graduated with her master’s degree in health services administration from Regis University in 2007.  She is an adjunct professor for the Creighton University occupational therapy program, facilitating the neurorehabilitation lab coursework for their Colorado cohort.

Continuing Education Credits


This course has been submitted for continuing education units to the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board for occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistants. Credits are currently pending.