Saturday, November 5, 2011

Yale Autism Seminar - Videoby Yale Child Study Center

Yale Autism Seminar - Video

by Yale Child Study Center

The Yale Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is the United States' first undergraduate course of its kind. The goal of this series is to make all of the lecture content and supporting materials available online for free for anyone who desires to learn about Autsim Spectrum Disorders. For Yale undergraduates, the class consists of a weekly seminar on diagnosis and assessment, etiology and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with autism and related disorders of socialization. This collection contains the full video of the course.

Comments: The link will take you to the iTunes Podcast area so you can download this series of lectures. This is very well done and a must see for those optometrists just now starting to work with those with Autism....or even for many of us who have worked with these individuals for some time. They do not mention the role of vision and optometric vision therapy....but it's a good start on learning more about ASD. DM

Friday, November 4, 2011

New AOA Report Examines ‘3D in the Classroom’

New AOA Report Examines ‘3D in the Classroom’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Optometric Association (AOA), in partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium, has published a comprehensive report for administrators and teachers that describes and explains the optimal uses of 3D in the classroom, including how 3D approaches to learning can enhance teaching and improve assurance of student school readiness.

The first-of-its-kind report was developed in collaboration with educators, vision researchers and specialist advisors from across the 3D industry. Among its key findings is that children often learn faster and retain more information in the 3D environment, and their ability to perceive 3D and learn in 3D requires precise elements of “vision fitness.” 3D vision fitness skills associated with eye alignment, eye tracking, and balanced and corrected refractive errors are also associated with improved overall reading and learning abilities, according to the report.

“Good vision is important for everyone,” commented AOA president Dori Carlson, OD. “For a growing child, good vision and eye health plays a vital role in enabling the child to make the most of his or her innate abilities while learning to read, write and participate comfortably and confidently in the classroom environment. These exciting and bold opportunities in the 3D learning experience are nothing less than a game changer.”

Yet the AOA points out that as many as one in four U.S. students may be unable to partake in 3D learning activities due to under performance of various aspects of the vision system that have gone undetected and untreated. “The recent emergence of 3D presentation technologies and 3D content in movie theaters, in the home, in video games and now in the classroom, perhaps surprisingly, provides a unique public health opportunity,” explained Dr. Carlson. “The ability to perceive depth in a 3D presentation—known as “stereopsis”—turns out to be a highly sensitive test of a range of vision health indicators. It is much more sensitive than the standard eye chart, because it requires that both eyes function in a coordinated manner, as they converge, focus and track the 3D image.”

In addition to practical notes for teachers on the viewing of 3D in the classroom, the report also includes a detailed timeline of the history of 3D, fun facts about vision in nature, common causes of 3D viewing challenges, how 3D displays work, 3D’s impact on careers in the future, and a detailed appendix listing glossary of terms and references.

Optometrists may download a copy of the report here.

3D Vision Syndrome: Vision Institute of Canada Lecture

Members Honored at College of Optometrists in Vision Development 41st Annual Meeting

Members Honored at College of Optometrists in Vision Development 41st Annual Meeting

Eight special individuals received awards for their contributions to the fields of developmental and behavioral optometry at the Awards Luncheon held at 41st Annual Meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), October 27, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Receiving recognition were Drs. Edwin Howell, Leonard Press, Celia Hinrichs, Paul Freeman, and Patrick Quai. The Certified Optometric Vision Therapist honored was Samantha Caldwell; while meeting exhibitors, Mr. Harry and Mrs. Elaine Wayne of Wayne Engineering were also honored as well.

Dr. Dominick Maino presenting award to Dr. Edwin Howell
I had the honor of presenting the 2011 A.M. Skeffington Award for outstanding contributions to the optometric literature in the areas of behavioral vision care and vision therapy to Edwin Howell, OD, FCOVD‐I. Dr. Howell is an optometrist in private practice in Heathmont, Victoria, Australia. In addition he is an adjunct associate professor at the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Senior Clinical Associate at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry.

Dr. Len Press accepting award
Leonard Press, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, received the 2011 G.N. Getman Award in recognition of his clinical expertise in developmental optometry and his dedication to patient care. Dr. Press is a past president of COVD, past member of the COVD International Examination and Certification Board, and a preceptor for students from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Press has a private practice in Fair Lawn where he currently practices with his son, Dr. Daniel Press.

Dr. Brad Habermehl, President of COVD presenting award to Dr. Hinrichs

The President’s Award was presented to Celia Hinrichs, OD, FCOVD, in recognition of her many
years of service on the COVD International Examination and Certification Board (IECB). She still serves as special consultant to the IECB. Dr. Hinrichs practices in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Paul Freeman, OD, FCOVD in special recognition for raising the awareness of COVD Board Certification among the optometric community. Dr. Freeman is the editor of Optometry, the journal of the American OptometricAssociation. He has a private practice in Sewickley, Pennsylvania and is on staff at the Allegheny General Hospital Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Quaid accepting award from Dr. Dominick Maino

The Optometry & Vision Development Journal Award for best published article during 2010 was given to Patrick Quaid, BSc(Hons)Optom, MCOptom, PhD, for the article titled: “Diagnosing Extraocular Muscle Dysfunction in Clinic: Comparing Computerized Hess Analysis, Park’s 3‐Step Test and aNovel 3‐Step Test.”

Samantha Caldwell accepting award from Dr. Torgerson
The 2011 Certified Optometric Vision Therapist of the Year Award was given to Samantha Caldwell, COVT, for her outstanding dedication to behavioral optometry and patient care. Ms. Caldwell is a certified optometric vision therapist, working at Alderwood Vision Therapy Center in Lynwood, Washington under the direction of Dr. Nancy Torgerson, a COVD Fellow.

The fantastic Waynes receiving well earned recognition from COVD

A Special Service Award from COVD was given to Harry and Elaine Wayne of Wayne Engineering for their many years as an exhibitor at the COVD annual meeting and for their work and dedication to the field of developmental optometry. For over 37 years Wayne Engineering has been developing instruments for testing and enhancing visual and sensory‐motor skills.

These awards are given annually at the COVD Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon. Nominations for the awards are reviewed by selection committees compiled of past award recipients and
members of the Board of Directors and Journal Review Board.

During a special session on Friday, Mrs. Robin Benoit and her daughter, Jillian, talked about their book, Jillian’s Story: How Vision Therapy Change My Daughter’s Life, and thanked the COVD audience for all they are doing to change the lives of many children and adults with stories similar to Jillian’s. Robin and Jillian were presented with COVD’s Making Vision Therapy Visible Award for their outstanding contributions to public awareness of optometric vision therapy and developmental vision care.

Student and resident travel grant awards were also presented to fifty‐two optometry students
and residents to defer expenses for their attendance at the COVD meeting. COVD received a
$7,000 grant from The Vision Care Institute, LLC to help fund these grants.

About COVD
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non‐profit
optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation and board
certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy and visual
rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and
other vision specialists. For more information on learning‐related vision problems, vision
therapy and COVD, please visit or call 888.268.3770.
CONTACT: Pamela R. Happ, CAE
COVD Executive Director
888.268.3770 tel