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COURSE TITLE: Cortical / Cerebral Visual Impairment Update: Understanding CVI From A Therapist’s Perspective
COURSE DATES: April 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020
This course provides an update on cortical / cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children with multiple disabilities. It highlights the paradigm shift necessary for physical therapy as a profession to effectively serve these children. Specifically, it will address current research findings on how visual information is processed, the prevalence of CVI today, and how therapists can work towards identifying children at risk for CVI through various screening tools. In addition, the new Visual Classification System for children with cerebral palsy will also be introduced.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- understand how current research has changed what we know about CVI,
- describe the characteristics associated with CVI,
- understand key terms and reports associated with working with children with CVI,
- state what tools are currently available to screen children for the presence of CVI,
- recognize and understand the Visual Function Classification System for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
COURSE DESIGN: SELF-PACED
This online course is designed so that participants may access the course materials asynchronously (at times that are convenient to his/her/their schedule) for the period that the course is open. This course requires that participants achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: 5 Contact Hours (0.5 CEU)
- Lesson 1: Defining CVI
- Lesson 2: Understanding Current Research
- Lesson 3: Identifying Characteristics Associated with CVI
- Lesson 4: Key Terms in Visual Impairment
- Lesson 5: Screening Children for CVI
- Participants must complete all learning activities in each of the five (5) course Lessons; learning activities may include, but are not limited to, viewing video recorded presentations, completing readings, and quizzes.
- Participants must achieve a minimum score of at least 70% on the course post-test to receive full course CEU credit.
REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH: March 30, 2021
Joanne Szabo, PT, DPT, MHA, PCS
Dr. Joanne Szabo works for the Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind in addition to providing early intervention services to infants and children in Southern Arizona. She enjoys sharing her knowledge related to working as a physical therapist for children with multiple disabilities including severe sensory impairments. She has publications in Teaching Exceptional Children, Pediatric Physical Therapy, and Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. In 2015, she received the Knowledge Translation Lectureship Award from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Szabo has developed and presented multiple webinars on the topic of CVI through Perkins School for the Blind. She presented on the topic of Cortical / Cerebral Visual Impairment at the 2019 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference.
COURSE SYLLABUS: CVI UPDATE_2020-21_SYLLABUS
In addition to this course, please visit COURSE CATALOG for the list of 2020 Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Self-Paced Course Bundle options. Enrollment options include single course enrollment OR multi-course enrollment.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.
Registration links for the 2020 APPT Course Bundle Series for individuals not currently registered as Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Members.