Shrewsbury Borough Visual Processing

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Visual Processing and the Brain

How the brain receives, processes and remembers information is neurologically dominated by the visual sensory system. Participants will evaluate how visual efficiency and perceptual problems impact learning, memory, and behavior in approximately 1 in 4 people. Deficits in these visual processing skills can mimic or exacerbate the symptoms of attention deficit, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and a variety of physical, psychological, and behavior problems, leading to medications and interventions that do not address the underlying problem. Experience the dominance of your own vision-brain processing over other sensory systems and examine how the visual system integrates with other sensory systems. Review research on the impact of processing problems on a variety of health concerns and appraise typical AD/HD client questionnaires. Use a mock standardized test to judge your own performance with a binocular problem. Note: This course does not address eyesight or visual acuity.


Suggested Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Vision Therapists, Physical Therapists, Special Educators, Mental Health Professionals, and interested others.


Objectives: Participants will be able to:

1. Recognize the difference between visual processing and visual acuity.

2. Practice brain experiments and describe brain plasticity.

3. Review research on ocular-motor and visual perceptual skills.

4. Define how 13 vision, auditory, and vestibular skills can impact learning and behavior.

5. Explain how 13 vision, auditory, and vestibular skill deficits can lead to a misdiagnosis.

6. Describe why vision can lead to negative physical symptoms when watching 3-D media.

7. Examine new questions to include in patient intake forms.


Course Segments

Part 1 - Introduction

• Review course segments

• Learning objectives

• Requirements for successful completion


Parts 2-6 - How Visual Processing Impacts Behavior and Learning

Vision Versus Eyesight

• Distinction between 20-20 eyesight or visual clarity

• Neurological dominance of the visual sensory system

• Brain plasticity

How Vision Impacts Learning

• Specific areas of impact

• Effect on standardized testing

• Educators discuss visual processing in the classroom

Visual Processing Problems That Present to Healthcare Providers

• Behavioral conditions

• Learning problems

• Physical symptoms


• Review of recent research on brain plasticity, white matter, and vision development

• Review of research on healthcare problems that may be attributable to visual processing

Brain Games

• Experiment with visual processing and perceptual changes


Parts 7-15 - How to Recognize Hidden Learning Problems

Recognition & Understanding - Skills Vital for Processing Visual Input

• Eye Movement Control, Focus Shifting, Peripheral Vision, Eye Teaming, Laterality &

• Directionality, Visual Closure, Visual Discrimination, Figure-Ground, Eye-Hand

• Coordination, Form Reproduction, Visual Memory, Auditory-Visual Integration, Vestibular


Impact on:

• Core Subject Performance

• Attention & Behavior

• Critical Thinking Skills

• Physical symptoms

Recognizing a Problem

• Specific behaviors and performance markers that indicate a problem for each of 13 skills

• 3-D movie viewing and visual processing

• Judge your own performance with mono-vision

Interactive Elements

• Selective visual attention

• Engage the magno-parvo cellular pathway

• Experiment with visual memory and auditory processing


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