Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide For Occupational Therapists by Stephen G. WhittakerLow Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide For Occupational Therapists by Stephen G. Whittaker

Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide For Occupational Therapists

byStephen G. Whittaker, Mitchell Scheiman, Debra A. Sokol-mckay

Hardcover | August 15, 2015

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ThisSecond EditionofLow Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapistsprovides current, evidence-based information on low vision rehabilitation that contains several new and expanded chapters on ADLs, IADLs, and recreation, as well as new online resources and the latest in accessibility devices.

Low vision rehabilitation is rapidly growing as a specialty practice for occupational therapists. This growth requires practical, evidence-based information on the evaluation and treatment of the effects of low vision on occupational performance. Responding to this need,Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists, Second Editionblends standards of practice that have been developed for over 50 years by low vision therapists and optometrists, with the latest scientific research and the unique perspective of occupational therapists.

This text is written to introduce the student and general practitioner to low vision rehabilitation as commonly encountered in medical rehabilitation as well as provides a conceptual approach to evaluation and treatment that will enrich an advanced practice. Authors Stephen Whittaker, a low vision researcher, certified low vision therapist and occupational therapist, Mitchell Scheiman, an optometrist and researcher, and Debra Sokol-McKay, an occupational therapist with specialty certification in low vision as well as certification as a low vision therapist, vision rehabilitation therapist and diabetes educator, have carefully selected evidence-based evaluations and treatments that focus on clinical practicality and meaningful occupational goals in adults.

New to theSecond Edition:
  • A focus on occupational performance using “whatever works, whether visual, non-visual, or a combination of these different devices and adaptive techniques
  • The “EPICFramework, a general strategy to organize a treatment plan for daily activities using visual and non-visual techniques
  • Access to a companion website designed as a handy clinical reference, with solutions to clinical problems easily searchable and cross-linked to related content
  • The“Success-Oriented Approachto interventions based on the most recent research on cognitive disability and depression associated with low vision
  • Applications of the latest electronic accessibility devices including smartphones, tablets, and magnifiers that read aloud
  • Incorporates the AADE(tm) 7 Self-Care Behavior framework of theAmerican Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Incorporates concepts from the latest edition of the AOTAOccupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process
  • A chapter devoted to field loss, spatial neglect and perceptual impairments resulting from acquired-brain-injury.
  • The latest in Medicare documentation standards including outcome to G-code conversions and ICD-10 diagnostic coding for low vision.

Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for additional materials to be used for teaching in the classroom.

Features Included:
  • Recommended practical evaluation and treatment methods such as a 1 hour evaluation protocol, how to write observable and measurable goals and document outcomes, and specific instructions on how to implement treatments
  • Prepares therapists for the ACVREP certification as a low vision therapist or vision rehabilitation or AOTA specialty certification in low vision
  • Emphasizes intervention and low vision rehabilitation treatment including:
    • modification of the environment
    • adaptive visual and non-visual techniques
    • selection and use of non-optical assistive devices
    • selection and use of electronic and optical devices and use of computer technology including smartphones and tablets
  • Comprehensive case studies on vision impairment resulting from eye disease to head injury and more
  • Provides valuable information on how to start an independent practice in low vision rehabilitation
  • Includes a chapter on diabetes management

Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists, Second Editionemploys an interdisciplinary perspective that is unique, practical, and credible and will benefit Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant students, as well as practicing clinicians interested in specializing in low vision or other health care practitioners for patients with vision impairment.
Stephen G. Whittaker, PhD, FAAO, OTR/L, CLVT, is an occupational therapist, certified low vision therapist and research Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry with a PhD in experimental psychology and post-doctoral training in visual science. For over 35 years, Steve has been teaching, doing research, and providing clinical servic...
Title:Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide For Occupational TherapistsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 1.33 inPublished:August 15, 2015Publisher:Slack IncorporatedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617116335

ISBN - 13:9781617116339

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reference book A thorough and comprehensive book for low vision technology, independent living, and orientation and mobility. Great description of eye diseases and conditions and how to deliver therapeutic services and environmental modifications for all areas of independent living. Pictures, tables, and practical applications and case studies make this book a valuable addition to anyone's library. It also has extensive lists of references to other professional works.
Date published: 2018-03-27

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Contributing Authors
Foreword by Theresa M. Smith, PhD, OTR, CLVT

Section I Introduction and Background Information
Chapter 1 Overview and First-Response Interventions
Chapter 2 Epidemiology, History, and Clinical Model for Low Vision Rehabilitation
Chapter 3 Review of Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of the Visual System
Chapter 4 Eye Diseases Associated With Low Vision
Chapter 5 Optics of Lenses, Refraction, and Magnification
Chapter 6 Psychosocial and Cognitive Issues Related to Vision Disability

Section II Evaluation
Chapter 7 Overview and Review of the Optometric Low Vision Evaluation
Paul B. Freeman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Chapter 8 Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation Evaluation

Section III Treatment
Chapter 9 Overview of Treatment Strategy
Chapter 10 Foundation Skills and Therapeutic Activities
Chapter 11 Managing Peripheral Visual Field Loss and Neglect
Chapter 12 Environmental Modifications
Chapter 13 Optical Devices and Magnification Strategies
Chapter 14 Computer Technology in Low Vision Rehabilitation
Section IV Occupational Performance
Chapter 15 Reading and Writing
Chapter 16 Basic Self-Care
Chapter 17 Home Management
Chapter 18 Leisure, Recreation, and Sports
Chapter 19 Community Activities and Mobility
Chapter 20 Managing Diabetes and Medications
Debra A. Sokol-McKay, OTR/L, SCLV, CDE, CVRT, CLVT
Chapter 21 Establishing a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialty Practice
Maxine Scheiman, MEd, OTR/L, CLVT and Stephen G. Whittaker, PhD, FAAO, OTR/L, CLVT
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