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Visual perception assessment post brain injury

Visual perception assessment post brain injury

Osama Abdelqader

Sunday, 15 Rajab 1439 AH - 1 April 2018 AD 1:30 PM-3:30 PM Auditorium 4

Occupational Therapists graduated from the Allied health collage in Hashemite university/Jordan since 2004, started at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City  in 2006 as occupational therapist and currently working as clinical supervisor in the stroke program, I started my interest in vision assessment and intervention with neurological cases in 2014 till now. I provided several training about visual rehabilitation in the Saudi health conference, 4th international conference for disability, Saudi occupational therapy association and provided two days approved course from the Saudi commission in September 2017. Currently I am leading the visual rehabilitation project in sultan city which aims to provide comprehensive evaluation and assessment for patients post brain injury and will present three days course about visual rehabilitation in April 2018.

 

Visual perception assessment - post brain injury

 

Rehabilitation following disabilities not limited to physical management, but it extends to manage sensory, cognitive, perceptual, and psychological impact following disabilities including nervous system damage.

Visual impairment is one of the major areas which need special intervention by the rehab team thru providing proper assessment and intervention for the affected person.

Rehab team and rehabilitation facilities assist the patient to overcome the physical challenges, but do not focus on the visual impairments: especially visual efficiency (eye movement) and visual perception challenges because of:

 

  • Lack of knowledge in providing proper assessment/intervention by the therapists.
  • The patients themselves are unaware of their visual problems especially the pediatric population.

 

 Visual problem can compromise the person level of function, since 80% of the stimulus information comes from the visual system. If an individual sees distorted, he reproduces distorted and he therefore learns distorted. The studies shows that 50% of the patient having visual problems following brain damages. The affected population can be children, young, and older adults with or without acquired brain injuries.

The planned workshop will provide overview about the basic assessment of visual perception skill and eye efficiency skills with patients post brain injury.