Functional Visual Behavior in Adults:

An Occupational Therapy Guide to Evaluation and Treatment Options, 2nd Edition

By Michele Gentile, MA, OTR/L, Editor

  Vision is the result of a complex system, a powerful pathway for entering the human master computer—the brain— and is the "meeting ground" where adaptive behavior is organized. Occupational therapy professionals need to understand the visual system because it is vulnerable to many dysfunctional skills, which can impact its effectiveness as an information-processing tool. Treatment of the visual system can lead to improvements in clients' muscle tone; posti re; movement; and visual-motor, visual-spatial, visual-perceptual, and cognitive functioning.

This new edition provides a framework to explore the complexities of the visual system and to further the collaboration of occupational therapists with eye care professionals to increase benefits to clients, because optimizing visual behavior can enhance motor function and quality of life.

This expanded new edition presents a multidisciplinary approach to working with individuals who have deficient or dysfunctional visual information-processing abilities, including adults with neurological impairments, those with acquired visual difficulties, and geriatric clients. This comprehensive text discusses how to assess vision problems, develop appropriate interventions, and use adaptive equipment, including that needed for driving.