PowerPoint Tutorials

The PowerPoint tutorials, The Essentials of an Occupational Therapy Low Vision Evaluation, and Strategies to Maximize Your Client’s Vision, have been incorporated into the training manual for specialty Level II fieldwork in low vision rehabilitation. They were initially developed by Julie Ann Nastasi for continuing education workshops. The PowerPoints were used to train occupational therapy practitioners at the New York State Occupational Therapy Association’s (NYSOTA) Hudson Taconic District’s evening workshops. Each PowerPoint was initially used as a two-hour workshop. Feedback from the workshops was positive. The PowerPoints have also been used to provide training to fieldwork educators on low vision rehabilitation. Workshops have been held at Mercy College for the fieldwork educators of the occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant programs. These PowerPoint lectures have been adapted to serve as resources for students completing specialty Level II fieldwork in low vision rehabilitation in the form of independent-study. The PowerPoint tutorials were reviewed by a panel of occupational therapists that are specialty certified in low vision through AOTA and approved for use in this project.

These PowerPoint tutorials will provide occupational therapy students with background knowledge that will assist them in completing a specialty Level II fieldwork placement in low vision.

Strategies to Maximize Your Client’s Vision: Anatomy, Common Diagnoses, and Adaptations’ learning objectives are to: understand the basic anatomy and function of the eye, learn the common low vision diagnoses, learn the areas typically affected by the common diagnoses, and learn adaptations to use with clients to maximize their vision. Anatomy and function of the eye includes the iris, pupil, cornea, aqueous, lens, ciliary muscle, vitreous, retina, macula, optic nerve, and sclera. Common diagnoses include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Areas affected by each of the diagnoses are covered in the tutorials in terms of diagnoses as well as function. Common adaptations that are client-centered and environmental-centered are also covered.

Essentials of an Occupational Therapy Low Vision Evaluation’s learning objectives are to learn: what components need to be included in an occupational therapy low vision evaluation, how to test vision, how to rate activities of daily living (ADLs) based on visual deficits, and how to create a problem list and goals based on the findings of a low vision evaluation. Components included in a low vision evaluation include primary and secondary diagnoses, medical history of diagnoses, past medical history, the client’s goals for therapy, and testing visual acuity, visual fields, eye dominance and contrast sensitivity. Scotoma assessment and rating of ADLs are also addressed and covered in detail. Finally, the presentation provides instruction on how to create a problem list and goals based on the evaluation findings.

The PowerPoint tutorials are meant to be used in this project as independent studies and as guides which students can reference while working with clients. Information covered on the knowledge examination is derived from the PowerPoint slides.

See attached documents below.

The materials for this manual which are on this web-site are copyrighted. I understand that Julie Ann Nastasi, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV has granted me access to the professional development resources that she has designed and copyrighted for Specialty Level II Fieldwork in Low Vision Rehabilitation. I intend to use these materials to advance the provision of occupational therapy low vision rehabilitation services and education. I agree to acknowledge Julie Ann Nastasi as the author of these materials. I understand that Julie Ann Nastasi may wish to contact me in the future to follow-up on how this information has been utilized. Please contact: Julie Ann Nastasi, OTD, OTR/L, SCLV at julie.nastasi@gmail.com to receive permission to use and reproduce these forms. Contact information will be gathered in order to periodically contact facilities or individuals using the forms in order to further develop the tools to meet the needs of the profession.

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  1. Essentials of an Occupational Therapy Low Vision Evaluation
  2. Strategies to Maximize Your Client's Vision

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