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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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
CVI Scotland: https://cviscotland.org/
Next Sense Institute : UEBOnline
Early Intervention Vision Impairment Professionals - EIVI Professionals
Perkins School for the Blind https://www.perkins.org/
Conversations about CVI with John Ravenscroft - YouTube videos
"Vision and the Brain : Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children by Amanda Lueck and Gordon Dutton
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