Online Program

Literature review of vision links to early identificaiton of autism

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Glen Steele, O.D., Pediatrics, Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN
The first signs of autism are shown to appear in the first year of life. There are visual links to many of the signs and symptoms shown in current research. Early identification of the early signs and symptoms of autism is essential. Optometrists have the unique opportunity to recognize babies at risk for autism and provide guidance in the development of a management plan when the signs and symptoms are present. The course will include protocol for assessment and development of a referral network along with other resources.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Identify the vision characteristics linked to autism Assess current protocols for evaluation Design an assessment protocol to relate links

Keyword(s): Vision Care, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a Professor of Pediatric Optometry for 43 years and am a Fellow of the Gesell Institute of Child Development. During my career I have presented original papers on topics ranging from retinoscopy to diagnostic codes used in vision therapy to consultation with allied professionals in the vision therapy practice.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.