Motor Components of Vision in Children with Disabilities (AOTA)


The instructor of this course is Rhoda P. Erhardt, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, who is well-known for her pioneer work in hand and vision development. Her first book, "Developmental Hand Dysfunction," containing the Erhardt Developmental Prehension Assessment, has been in print for more than 25 years, and is used in university occupational therapy programs and by clinicians throughout the world. She then continued her search for effective evaluation and intervention for children with multiple disabilities by creating and publishing the Erhardt Developmental Vision Assessment.

This course is at an Introductory/Intermediate Level, designed for new practitioners as well as experienced practitioners who want to become more knowledgeable about visual development and dysfunction in children with multiple and developmental disabilities.

Teaching methods include: course content delivered in text format, graphics, video clips, handouts, live web links, case studies, experiential labs, clinical observations and assignments. These activities provide interaction with the instructor and other students through the discussion board and private emails. Please note there is one required reading (to be purchased separately) that accompanies this course. Click above on the "Associated Media" icon for more information.

Grading is a combination of participation through discussion and assignments (25%), case report (25%) and midterm and final exams (25% each). The cumulative score of all requirements must meet a minimum 80% passing score.

Course Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual development from a multidisciplinary perspective, have an awareness of the nature and scope of visual problems in children and begin to develop strategies for assessment and treatment in natural contexts.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this interactive online course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and discuss the nature and scope of visual problems in children
  • Describe the contribution of theoretical frames of reference from different disciplines to the study of visual development
  • Compare and experience normal and atypical components of visual development, recognizing the relationships of normal and atypical visual function to gross and fine motor postural control and movement patterns
  • Identify interruptions of visual development, specific visual problems and implications for function
  • Select effective assessment procedures
  • Apply assessment data to intervention programs in home, school and community environments

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