Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments: Key Factors in Early Motor Development


Because the research and information available to physical therapists working with visually impaired infants and toddlers is limited, therapists often struggle to determine best practices when working with this population. Specifically, this presentation will address the research that does exist, related to motor development and children who are blind or visually impaired. Both direct and indirect effects of vision loss on motor development will be covered. The information presented will help to fill in the gaps that therapists may have when trying to progress young children from sitting or standing to walking independently. There are key skills that a child must obtain before they can independently walk and these skills will be highlighted. Other key sensory systems that must be developed, when working with these young children, will also be addressed. This presentation will provide ideas for early intervention goals for this population as well as strategies and resources that can be utilized related to the tools needed to support these goals.

Location Teleconference

Date 11/20/2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (Check in 6:00 PM)
Sponsor APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy
Trainer Joanne Szabo, PT, DPT, MHA, PCS
Contact APTA Pediatrics (800) 970-5051
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
6. Periodic monitoring
Credit Hours 0.5 - Atypical Development
0.5 - Intervention
0.5 - Typical Development
Status Closed