To be offered in Spring 2023
2 credits (3 ECTS Credits)
Optometrists can work together with other disciplines for the benefit of their patients on the autism spectrum. This course provides background about the diagnosis and daily lives of patients on the spectrum from a variety of guest lecturers: a developmental psychologist, speech pathologist, special education teacher and mother of a child on the autism spectrum. This course covers visual assessment and treatment of patients on the autism spectrum, when to refer the patients to other disciplines, and the relative timing of the interventions.
After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:
Dr. Paul Allen Harris is an optometrist (SUNY, 1979), a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), and the American Academy of Optometry (1999), and a Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Harris published several books in the topic of optometric visual development, binocular vision disorders and vision therapy. Dr. Harris was the chief investigator of a vision therapy program in Baltimore city public schools, a founder and instructor in the optometric extension program training hundreds of optometrists world-wide in vision therapy, sports vision, and optometric management of acquired and traumatic brain injury.
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