Eye Read! Improving Functional Vision to Increase Student Learning (No Cost for TMI PLC Members)

Eye Read! Improving Functional Vision to Increase Student Learning  

There is a GLARING problem with your reading interventions - do you know what that is?  Hint: it isn’t anything cognitive.  It is physiological and its name is FUNCTIONAL VISION! Ask any reading specialist/interventionist and they will tell you that they notice these difficulties all the time, but feel unprepared to do anything about it - except for refer the student out to a developmental ophthalmologist or a particularly savvy physical therapist.  WE can deliver the simple exercises to fix this critical deficit and it’s time we did! Our underserved learners deserve nothing less! Good to Know:  Eyesight is your ability to see objects clearly and the technical term for it is visual acuity.  Visual acuity is a measurement of what size letter you can see at the standard distance of 20 feet. Normal visual acuity is 20/20.  (Fun fact: The chart used for acuity was developed in 1862 - before the lightbulb!) Functional vision encompasses more than just eyesight. It’s how you use your entire visual system -- the eyes, the brain, the visual pathways -- to work together to help you interact with your environment.  Because functional vision includes more than just your visual acuity, you can actually have 20/20 eyesight and still have a functional vision problem.

Focus on Facts: According to COVD, one in ten children have a vision problem significant enough to impact learning. These children appear to have a learning disability or an attention problem when the real culprit is poor visual processing skills.

Your attendance in this lively, eye-opening (no pun intended!) workshop, will entitle you to:

  • Correct functional vision problems.
  • Assess risk factors for vision-based learning problems.
  • Determine if the weakness is physiological or cognitive.
  • Provide these crucial exercises to improve functional vision skills:
    • Convergence/Divergence - Near/Far Focus - the ability to accurately fuse both eyes onto the target word is a fundamental skill for reading. Inadequate convergence may underpin many reading comprehension difficulties more commonly treated as cognitive or attention deficits.  More important than ever as staring at small screens and not the horizon is impeding the development of these abilities.
    • Tracking: Saccades -  the eyes’ ability to quickly and accurately shift from one target to another is a crucial skill in high level reading ability.  The student must be able to repeatedly have the eyes land accurately on the target without fatigue or any discomfort such as headaches for the predetermined duration based on their level.  If a child cannot control these eye movements, he’ll lose his place and comprehension becomes a problem.
    • Tracking: Pursuits - allows our eyes to smoothly follow moving targets.


Good to know: The protocols are designed to be compatible with a tiered system of supports at either Level II or III or during a 
“WIN” (Whatever I Need) period.


Audience: All PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, EnVision President and TMI Lead Consultant
Location: Ramapo College of NJ; Trustees Pavilion - Room 1

 

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)
Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019 -
09:00 to 14:00
Cost per Registrant: 
$149
The email to associate with this registration.
Event Location: 
TMI/Ramapo College - Mahwah, NJ
Event Category: 
K-12 General

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