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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Spielbound's video.

Stay in the Game!

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Stay Sharp Seniors: Did you know that playing board games is more associated with preventing dementia than diet, exercise, or reading? Until a few years ago, neither did we! As the importance of elder care grows, we are determined to help get more seniors together around games. We are developing Seniors Play game kits that contain games specifically modified to make playing games more feasible and enjoyable for seniors with a variety of possible health states. We are partnering with Community 360 and UNMC to bring these games directly to seniors nearby. Also, memberships to the game library are discounted for teachers and seniors (age 55+), and we open it at 9am every day in hopes that retirees will explore our game library. #seniorsplay (video 3 of 4)

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 21, 2016 at 10:25 am

Correlation of vision problems and ADHD confirmed in a national survey, >75,000 participants.

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ADHD and Vision Problems in the National Survey of Children's Health. - PubMed - NCBI

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Optom Vis Sci. 2016 May;93(5):459-65. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000823.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick Specifically, this study identifies the highest correlation between ADHD and "vision problems which are not correctable with glasses or contacts." This would include functional vision problems, like convergence insufficiency, oculomotor dysfunction, accommodative problems.

So, the take home is:
If your child is suspected of having AD/HD, this alone is a strong indication to have their vision assessed, preferably by an eye doctor who can diagnose and treat vision problems which are not correctable with glasses or contacts.
The value is that successful treatment of the vision problems can mitigate the impact of ADHD.

May 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Very interesting post/ video:
The visual process does not require visual input!
This blind man (with no eyes) demonstrates how he creates visual images from other sensory inputs, hands in particular.

His drawings include important components, but they are disproportionate, based on their relative importance in his experience.
**Note that his self-portrait is a fairly accurate representation of the sensory homunculus: enlarged lips, hands.

This individual explores the world sequentially by touch. To gain visual closure on images, he must sustain visualization (picture in his mind) of each sequential input to form a complete picture. He demonstrates this process when he tries to produce the drawing: Notice that he draws a car by features, but makes no enclosure of the car as a whole in which to place its parts.
His visual-motor integration is a challenge in that he does not gain biofeedback on his drawing attempts on paper. Thus, proportionality of the final results does not have the opportunity to be readjusted.
A therapeutic way to build this skill would be to make etched impressions in clay, so he can learn to feel and know distances and proportions.

He does have other sensory inputs. In particular, the auditory system can provide simultaneous spatial information, as he listens to sounds of movement. (A tail swishing in the air as a cat purrs, for example, would provide some simultaneous input on cat volume, which he can translate into a visual image.)

There is great value in appreciating the role of vision in the integrated use of all our senses in the space of the mind. These visual information processing skills can be TRAINED, and are not dependent on visual input.

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A blind guy drew sketches of what he thinks things look like. The results are fascinating.

http://www.someecards.com

Tommy Edison, who goes by the moniker "The Blind Film Critic" on YouTube, creates videos where he talks about the hilarious perks of being blind and urges those who have the ability to

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Is your child ready to learn?

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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Why are TWO eyes better than one?
For more reasons than you think!
Read the perspective of Sue Barry, a patent who was cross-eyed, and rehabilitated!

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A Surprising Reason Why Two (Coordinated) Eyes Are Better Than One.

http://www.psychologytoday.com

Seeing while moving; what eye exams don’t reveal.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Optometric Extension Program Foundation's photo.

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Optometric Extension Program Foundation

Register today-- space is limited! Online registration now available for this event--> http://slotnickrcscanada.eventzilla.net

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Oh my god's video.

Extraordinary visual motor integration skills!
Watch his eyes, he makes tremendous use of his peripheral vision, and had four dimensional thinking in spatial/ time organization!

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This kid is insane!

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Dr. Deedra Mason... discussing antioxidants in the body and the EYES!

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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

Rules to live by: Wake up --> Be awesome --> Sleep... Repeat!

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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm

In a room filled with bright minds... ready to learn about the role of antioxidants in women's health with Dr. Deedra Mason, Naturopathic doctor!

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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 14, 2016 at 9:33 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Dynamic Vision Therapy's post.

Another great article...
If you notice your child tilting his head or closing one eye in order to see, this is often a tell tale sign of amblyopia. You may also be able to observe that your child’s eyes are not aligned, that they are not moving together as a team, or that one eye is turning inward, wandering outward, upward, or downward.

As a parent, teacher, or occupational therapist, it is important to note that many children who have amblyopia do not actually complain of vision problems. They have adapted or grown accustomed to favoring one dominant eye.

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If you notice your child tilting his head or closing one eye in order to see, this is often a tell tale sign of amblyopia. You may also be able to observe that your child’s eyes are not aligned, that they are not moving together as a team, or that one eye is turning inward, wandering outward, upward, or downward.

As a parent, teacher, or occupational therapist, it is important to note that many children who have amblyopia do not actually complain of vision problems. They have adapted or grown accustomed to favoring one dominant eye.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared a memory.

Ever wonder what we're looking for in a "Comprehensive Vision Evaluation," as opposed to a basic "eye exam?"
This article lays it out very nicely!!

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Ever wonder what we're looking for in a "Comprehensive Vision Evaluation," as opposed to a basic "eye exam?"
This article lays it out very nicely!!

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 11, 2016 at 9:29 am

Exciting to see meditation in the media as a tool for children to self-regulate...

Sister-article lists three techniques.

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The Mindful Child

mobile.nytimes.com

New research shows the benefits of meditation for the elementary school set.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Reactions's video.

Helpful input on how to keep your eyes safe in contact lenses!

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You're probably cleaning your contacts wrong. Find out how to do it right in this week's video with Gross Science!

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared their event.

Struggling in school? Homework war? Reading challenges?

Still a few days left to register your child for the chance to Look... SEE! and Learn!
Last chance to register!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1701537140084788/

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Look, See! and Learn!

Look, See! and Learn!

--> Struggling in School?
----> Math concepts a challenge?
------> Poor spelling?

--> Fighting the “Homework War?”
----> Reading below expectations?
------> Is it really a short attention span?

Vision Therapy helps children build all of the key skills they need for success in school!

At Look… SEE! & Learn!, your child can learn to:
• organize visual information
• improve visualization skills
• enhance visual memory
• problem solve
• build planning and sequencing skills,
• and much more!

Our Vision Team will introduce your child to learning through play concepts!

Reserve your spot for this incredible opportunity to learn
through PLAY and EXPLORATION in our Vision Therapy Space!


Look... SEE! and Learn!


-- Reservations --

* Open to all children, ages 5 and up

* Space is limited, reservation required.

* $18 per child, Parents/Guardians free.

* Tickets available: http://drslotnick.com/LSL/

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 9, 2016 at 7:50 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared their event.

Struggling in school? Homework war? Reading challenges?

Still a few days left to register your child for the chance to Look... SEE! and Learn!
Don't wait: Registration closes Wednesday!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1701537140084788/

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Look, See! and Learn!

Look, See! and Learn!

--> Struggling in School?
----> Math concepts a challenge?
------> Poor spelling?

--> Fighting the “Homework War?”
----> Reading below expectations?
------> Is it really a short attention span?

Vision Therapy helps children build all of the key skills they need for success in school!

At Look… SEE! & Learn!, your child can learn to:
• organize visual information
• improve visualization skills
• enhance visual memory
• problem solve
• build planning and sequencing skills,
• and much more!

Our Vision Team will introduce your child to learning through play concepts!

Reserve your spot for this incredible opportunity to learn
through PLAY and EXPLORATION in our Vision Therapy Space!


Look... SEE! and Learn!


-- Reservations --

* Open to all children, ages 5 and up

* Space is limited, reservation required.

* $18 per child, Parents/Guardians free.

* Tickets available: http://drslotnick.com/LSL/

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared their event.

Struggling in school? Homework war? Reading challenges?

Still a few days left to register your child for the chance to Look... SEE! and Learn!
Don't wait: Registration closes Wednesday!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1701537140084788/

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Look, See! and Learn!

Look, See! and Learn!

--> Struggling in School?
----> Math concepts a challenge?
------> Poor spelling?

--> Fighting the “Homework War?”
----> Reading below expectations?
------> Is it really a short attention span?

Vision Therapy helps children build all of the key skills they need for success in school!

At Look… SEE! & Learn!, your child can learn to:
• organize visual information
• improve visualization skills
• enhance visual memory
• problem solve
• build planning and sequencing skills,
• and much more!

Our Vision Team will introduce your child to learning through play concepts!

Reserve your spot for this incredible opportunity to learn
through PLAY and EXPLORATION in our Vision Therapy Space!


Look... SEE! and Learn!


-- Reservations --

* Open to all children, ages 5 and up

* Space is limited, reservation required.

* $18 per child, Parents/Guardians free.

* Tickets available: http://drslotnick.com/LSL/

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared their event.

Struggling in school? Homework war? Reading challenges?

Still a few days left to register your child for the chance to Look... SEE! and Learn!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1701537140084788/

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Look, See! and Learn!

Look, See! and Learn!

--> Struggling in School?
----> Math concepts a challenge?
------> Poor spelling?

--> Fighting the “Homework War?”
----> Reading below expectations?
------> Is it really a short attention span?

Vision Therapy helps children build all of the key skills they need for success in school!

At Look… SEE! & Learn!, your child can learn to:
• organize visual information
• improve visualization skills
• enhance visual memory
• problem solve
• build planning and sequencing skills,
• and much more!

Our Vision Team will introduce your child to learning through play concepts!

Reserve your spot for this incredible opportunity to learn
through PLAY and EXPLORATION in our Vision Therapy Space!


Look... SEE! and Learn!


-- Reservations --

* Open to all children, ages 5 and up

* Space is limited, reservation required.

* $18 per child, Parents/Guardians free.

* Tickets available: http://drslotnick.com/LSL/

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

Great article, thank you, Fotis Velissarakos, for sharing highlights:

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Please share !
Valuable Information by an Occupational Therapist on the visual side effects of reduced physical activity in children and the use of tablets, smartphones etc.

[Highlights]
*Vision plays a major part in our everyday life and development.

*Due to a more sedentary lifestyle with a strong emphasis on technology (computers, tablets, etc.), it's a fact that obesity, health issues, and attention difficulties are prevalent in children today.

*Unfortunately, lack of physical activity also impacts ocular motor abilities.

*Additionally, lack of exercise can be detrimental to visual processing. Perhaps this is another factor that impacts reading and writing.

*Occupational therapy cannot remediate ocular motor problems when provided once or twice per week. Occupational therapists are neither vision therapists nor trained eye specialists.

*First of all, limiting screen time and replacing it with gross motor play stimulates the nervous system and gets it ready to take in information.

*Eye exercises performed several times per day, rather than just during therapy, will return the best results.

*Emphasis should be on movement and making it fun. Encourage children to participate and initiate creative ideas.

Read full article on the link below ...

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Vision Exercises for Children

occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com

Vision plays a major part in our everyday life and development. What we see and how we interpret it is individualized. Only you can truly know what you are seeing.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick Unfortunately, yes. The link seems to have been taken down. :-(

May 8, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick Woo hoo! Link is back up and running!
Take a look!

May 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

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Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconMay 4, 2016 at 7:26 pm

Fascinating study finds parents' attention is critical during interactions with their child for learning and development.

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IU study finds infant attention span suffers when parents' eyes wander during playtime

news.indiana.edu

Caregivers whose eyes wander during playtime due to distractions -- such as smartphones or other technology -- may raise children with shorter attention spans, according to a new study from psychologists at Indiana University.

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
May 1, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Optometric Extension Program Foundation's photo.

Thank you to this outstanding group of docs and therapists, for a wonderful, interactive seminar!

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Another wonderful weekend of learning and sharing! What a great lecture and great group! See you all again soon! Thank you, Dr. Slotnick for sharing with us and thank you Dr. Serex-Dougan for coordinating and assistance with hosting!

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
April 30, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared Optometric Extension Program Foundation's post — at Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Great group gathered in Baltimore, exploring the visual process together!

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Another great seminar weekend here at the OEP National Education Center! Dr. Slotnick has everyone captivated!

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
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April 27, 2016 at 12:05 am

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared CustomEyes Vision Care's video.

This amazing woman is an inspiration! No limits!

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For those of you who have had trouble putting in contacts, here's a little inspiration...

Dr. Samantha Slotnick
Facebook IconApril 26, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Dr. Samantha Slotnick shared their event.

Looking forward to joining my colleagues in Baltimore this weekend!
I'll be presenting my Regional Clinical Seminar:
- THE OPTOMETRISTS' GUIDE TO STRABISMUS: REORGANIZING SPACE, TIME AND THE VISUAL PROCESS -
- Check the OEP website for remaining slots!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1503962463265837/

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RCS: The Optometrist's Guide to Strabismus: Reorganizing Space, Time and the Visual Process

RCS: The Optometrist's Guide to Strabismus: Reorganizing Space, Time and the Visual Process

This comprehensive course provides a foundation for relating to patients with strabismus, anisometropia, and other binocular adaptations:
- Explores clinical considerations for analyzing the sensory status of the patient with strabismus.
- Evaluates optometric findings in a sensory processing context.
- Helps the clinician establish a prognosis and an effective plan for strabismus training.
- Introduces the MIT as a diagnostic testing tool. Helps clinicians interpret image projection responses, both normal and anomalous projection.
- Provides extensive recommendations for activities which support processing of visual information over 4 dimensions of space/time.
* As management strategies presented here begin in the exam room, we recommend therapists wanting to attend do so with their optometrists.


Outline:
► Thinking in 3 (4) Dimensions
Visual Adaptations
► Case Analysis
Patient-oriented Sensory Assessment
Optometric findings
Sensorimotor interpretation
► Sensory Fusion and Motor Fusion
► Classic model vs behavioral model
► Diagnostics of Visual Projection
MIT/Swirl as a diagnostic tool
Normal and Anomalous Projection (Correspondence)
Assessing Anomalous Projection
Cover Testing
Brock Posture Board Campimetry
Compartmentalized visual perception in strabismus
► Therapeutics: Development of binocular processing
Biofeedback with MIT/Swirl
Flow chart
► Building a 4-D Brain: Vision Therapy techniques for all binocularly-challenged patients.
Harnessing Monocular Depth Cues
Looming: Processing space/time
Multi-sensory Integration Activities
Central-Peripheral Integration Activities
Visual Processing Development in computerized games
Visual Imagery: Visualization and Visual Memory Activities



Download Registration form here:
http://oepf.org/sites/default/files/OEP_SLOTNICK_2016_Baltimore.pdf

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