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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Current PVTAP Students (graduating this year)
 
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Current PVTAP Students (graduating this year)

Drinks and appetizers

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
 
 
 
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Jared Torgerson
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
General

People struggle with learning due to visual issues while often not knowing where their frustrations are from. Through your Visual Processing Assessment, identify and communicate a person’s strengths and challenges, impact on life and help available through VT in order to better realize their potential.

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM
 
 
 
10:35 AM - 12:05 PM
Jared Torgerson
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
General

Communicate and empower patients of all ages and abilities to be intentional with their vision. Guide patients towards taking an active role in their visual process. Build understanding, engagement and ownership of progress throughout VT.

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
 
 
12:05 PM - 1:05 PM
 
 
 
1:05 PM - 1:40 PM
 
General
 
1:50 PM - 3:10 PM
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
Jared Torgerson
Therapists

How does vision play a role in attention? Help patients when visually, everything is of interest or when nothing is worth paying attention. How to use and train different types of attention throughout therapy.

Anna Reeves
Optometrists

Proximal to distal postural stability and its impact on school performance (neurodevelpmental treatment approach, biomechanics)

  • motor developmental milestones and it’s impact if delayed or missed

Potential underlying causes for un-stability- vision related (developmental delay caused by visual challenges, tone, structural deformities related to visual challenges - torticollis, kyphosis, etc., sensory challenges)

  • vision related tonal challenges
  • torticollis
  • sensory challenges

Sensory development and its impact on learning. 

  • visual-auditory-vestibular
  • olfactory
  • tactile
  • Proprioception
  • Gustatory
  • Interception

 

Note: Part 1 is offered to optometrists only;Part 2 is offered to both optometrists and vision therapists

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM
 
 
 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Anna Reeves
General

Bottom up approach: posture, structural support, sensory integration

  • Posture: proximal stability leads to distal stability, functional posture
  • Structural Support: Chairs, cushions, easel etc. 
  • Sensory integration

Top down approach: environmental support, school accommodations 

  • Environmental support: colour, amount of info on page, accessibility setting on computer, specialized keyboard, mouse, special programs
  • School accommodations: education for staff

 

Note: Part 1 is offered to optometrists only;Part 2 is offered to both optometrists and vision therapists

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 
 
 
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
 
 
 
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
 
 
 
9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
 
 

All members

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM
 
 
 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
John Abbondanza
General

This course is intended to teach a comprehensive approach helping children who are struggling in school and will cover a wide range of topics from a theoretical and clinical perspective, including patient history, examination, special testing, parent consultation, and visual therapy.  It draws on a background of visual science, education, psychology, and philosophy, to present a comprehensive approach to children with difficulty learning rooted in science but clinically tested.  Relevant research is discussed but the emphasis is on management of visual dysfunction, including oculomotor dysfunction, difficulty with laterality and directionality, and spelling problems, among other topics.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 
 
 
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jared Torgerson
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
Optometrists

How does vision play a role in attention? Help patients when visually, everything is of interest or when nothing is worth paying attention. How to use and train different types of attention throughout therapy.

John Abbondanza
Therapists

AM Skeffington is widely considered to be the grandfather of behavioral optometry. He revolutionized our understanding of the visual process with his understanding of ‘The Four Circles’ and lectured all across the globe on vision and visual therapy. In this course intended for vision therapists, ‘The Four Circles’ are discussed in some detail but their clinical relevance and insight into the visual function of the patient will be emphasized. Many different vision therapy techniques will be discussed and how ‘The Four Circles’ may be used to help understand the functional visual problems patients face and how we may be better able to guide them in therapy.

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
 
 
 
3:20 PM - 3:50 PM
 
Optometrists

Join us for a panel discussion on some hot topics on Vision & Learning with some of Canada's pediatric and vision therapy doctors. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions for the Optometrists on the panel.

 
Therapists

Join us for a panel discussion on some hot topics on Vision & Learning with a panel of Canadian Vision Therapists. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions for the Therapists on the panel.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
John Abbondanza
Optometrists
 
Jared Torgerson
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
Therapists

Learn how and why we visualize, remember and judge time and space. How to be intentional in developing these visual skills. Learn the vital roles vision can play in the classroom, sports, relationships, and life.

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
 

Ticket required

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
 
 
 
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
John Abbondanza
General

This course is intended to teach a comprehensive approach helping children who are struggling in school and will cover a wide range of topics from a theoretical and clinical perspective, including patient history, examination, special testing, parent consultation, and visual therapy.  It draws on a background of visual science, education, psychology, and philosophy, to present a comprehensive approach to children with difficulty learning rooted in science but clinically tested.  Relevant research is discussed but the emphasis is on management of visual dysfunction, including oculomotor dysfunction, difficulty with laterality and directionality, and spelling problems, among other topics.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Nancy Torgerson, OD
Jared Torgerson
General

Imagine if your focus with patients and team members was to discover and communicate their potential versus the ways they were broken. Maximize outcomes through the harmony of helping each person shine in their individual uniqueness and learn to be a part of something much bigger than themselves. Have an outward mindset and dream big!