Provides therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Teaches cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
- Trains clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
- Assesses clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
- Teaches clients to travel independently, using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
- Monitors clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
- Develops rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
- Recommends appropriate mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
- Trains clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
- Collaborates with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
- Provides consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.