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As physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children with complex needs (and too often) exhausted families and disconnected teams that don't always see eye-to-eye, we recognised the need for clinical discussions that go beyond what we can gather from textbook and published guidelines.

Dr. Bronwen Scott, (O&M) Orientation and Mobility insights for Occupational and Physical Therapists

I am passionate and determined to create opportunities for people with blindness and low vision to meet their goals for independence."

Dr. Bronwen Scott is a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) based in Melbourne, Australia. She has over 35 years of experience **teaching orientation and mobility (O&M)** to children and adults in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Bronwen has previously been involved in coordinating and training O&M Specialists in the UK and Australia, and currently lectures for Macquarie University on the Master of Disability (Sensory Disability) program. She works as an independent O&M specialist supporting children and families across several Australian States. Bronwen’s doctoral thesis explored early childhood O&M, and she also has a particular interest in working with children with cerebral/cortical vision impairment (CVI). 

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Podcast Highlights

Time Stamps in green

  • 2:08 minutes- What dose an O&M specialist do?

  • 3:43 minutes- Early intervention and O&M

  • 6:14 minutes - Acquired vs congenital vision impairment

  • 08:22 minutes- Toddlers and long canes

  • 10:27 minutes- O&M training

  • 13:38 minutes- Let's talk CVI (Cerebral/Cortical Vision Impairment)

  • 16:30 minutes- Advances in the field of CVI intervention

  • 18:43 minutes- Common Mistakes therapist make

  • 19:57 minutes- Resources and Learning

  • 21:36 minutes- Red Flags

  • 23:47 minutes- Vision and the brain

  • 28:52 minutes- Remediate or Compensate?


  • 33:00 minutes- Differential Diagnoses

  • 35:07 minutes- Getting a diagnoses

  • 37:12 minutes- Balance and depth perception

  • 40:33 minutes- The long cane

  • 43:34 minutes- Nystagmus, Torticollis & Tummy Time

  • 48:13 minutes- Head positions

  • 48:57 minutes- Crawling and exploring space

  • 52:02 minutes- Respectful Guiding

  • 55:17 minutes- Developmental Optometry and Orthoptists

  • 57:03 minutes- Losing Vision

  • 58:45 minutes- CVI and powered mobility

  • 1:04:19 minutes- Vestibular system & CVI

  • 1:06:58 minutes- CVI for newbies



All about Me: Bronwen Scott



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