Therapies in the School Speaker Highlight – Cathy Stern


As the annual Therapies in the School Conference draws near we would like to highlight one of the dynamic speakers and the session she is presenting:

Dr. Cathy D. Stern OD, FCDO, FCOVD, FNORA  is known for “treating the visual side of learning”. She provides developmental, behavioral and neuro-optometric rehabilitation in private practice and as a consultant at the Massachusetts Hospital School. Dr,. Stern is She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1980. She is a developmental and behavioral optometrist with specialized training in learning-related vision problems, vision rehabilitation, computer vision syndrome and sports vision strength training.

She has extensive experience working with children and adults with learning problems, add/adhd, non-verbal learning disability, cerebral palsy, autism and the multiply challenged. She also is involved with vision rehabilitation following head trauma and stroke. Dr. Stern has presented workshops and seminars for physicians, teachers, psychologists, occupational, physical, speech therapists and other professionals who work with special populations.

She is a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) and the College of Syntonic Optometry (FCSO). She is also trained in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Dr. Stern is State Director of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Vice President of the College of Syntonic Optometry and Massachusetts Keyperson for the American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section. The Massachusetts Society of Optometrists recently recognized her as a leader in vision therapy.


Visual Thinking: A New Paradigm to Maximize Success with School-Based Therapies
Visual Thinking involves seeing clearly and processing visual information in the brain for accurate motor action. We will demonstrate techniques to help a student better use visual thinking for reading, writing, math, attention, memory and sports.

Cathy is presenting this session with Donna McCrorey OTR/L an Occupational Therapist at the Massachusetts Hospital School for over twelve years where she specializes in the care of children with multiple disabilities including: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, head injuries and other rare genetic conditions. 

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