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Functional Impact of Visual Challenges

Webinar Length (Hours):



Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L


Functional Impact of Visual Challenges

This 2-hour course dives into daily or academic concerns parents report and the explicit link to vision. Children struggling to climb stairs, read efficiently, or participate in imitation games could benefit from identifying if the underlying concern is related to their visual skills. Participants learn the connection between vision and common impairments treated during OT sessions, including gravitational insecurity, toe walking, and language development, as well as intervention strategies to implement. Participants leave this course with a plethora of new intervention ideas to add to every OT session!

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify two ways visual impairments can impact gross motor movements.
  2. State the connection between functional vision challenges and reading/writing impairments.
  3. Identify the role depth perception plays in feeling safe and secure with environmental navigation.
  4. List vision challenges that can impact a child’s ability to meet developmental milestones.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and other pediatric professionals
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  • Course Instructor: Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L
  • CE Broker course code: 20-1212312

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 09635. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Emily Bourque, MS, OTR/L, graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her master’s degree in 2016. She grew up with a younger sister who has Down syndrome. Attending IEP meetings and advocating for her sister molded her occupational therapist’s mindset long before graduation.

Emily participated in the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program in her final year of college, where she worked on projects with the Parent Information Center of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Family Voices, and the Institute of Disability at the University of New Hampshire. She has volunteered for many special needs organizations including Special Olympics, the local recreation department, and various therapeutic riding centers.

Emily has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitation, schools, early intervention, and outpatient pediatrics. She has created resources and interactive activities for her clients and collaborated with local optometrists to implement a pediatric vision program. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire OT department, teaching for three years nonconsecutively. She coordinates a life skills group for young adults with disabilities.

Emily enjoys laughing with her patients and most of all seeing their continued progress. She strongly believes that parent education and collaboration are paramount to successful OT services. She believes in inclusion for individuals with disabilities.


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