Professional Learning Series: What to Know About Cerebral Visual Impairment

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Professional Learning Series: What to Know About Cerebral Visual Impairment

What to Know About Cerebral Visual Impairment: Evaluation and treatment to improve a child's functional performance

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The United Cerebral Palsy's Professional Learning Series is pleased to welcome our next presenter, Dr. Karen Harpster. Dr. Harpster is a clinican scientist and occupational therapist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She is also a member of the UCP Research Committee. Read her full biography below.

In this session, we will discuss screening and assessment tools that can be utilized during multi-disciplinary CVI Clinics. We will review the level of evidence for interventions in the literature for children with CVI. Finally, we will go into detail about intervention strategies that can be used during everyday activities to optimize success for children with CVI.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the evidence for screening and assessment tools used with children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Review the evidence for interventions for children with CVI
  • Present intervention strategies used to promote independence during daily activities


Karen Harpster PhD, OTR/L is a clinician scientist and occupational therapist and has been at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 2011. Karen is also an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati and a faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disability (LEND) Program. She received her Master’s in Occupational therapy and Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences both from The Ohio State University. Karen evaluates and treats children with neurodevelopmental disorders with a large focus on infants and children with cerebral palsy and/or cerebral visual impairment. Karen’s research focus is to develop research and clinical programs for prevention and early treatment for infants at high-risk for cerebral palsy and those with cerebral visual impairment. Karen is a member of the UCP Research Committee.


The UCP Professional Learning Series is hosted in partnership with Gillette Children's and UCP of Central Arizona. Click here to learn more about the UCP Research Initiative or make a donation.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Information:

Credit Designation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ | 1.5 Contact/Clock Hours

Physicians: Gillette Children’s is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and integrity of this educational activity.

Gillette Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This activity is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MNBON) continuing education requirements for 1.5 contact hours. It is the participant’s responsibility to ascertain if this activity meets the mandatory continuing education requirements of the licensing board under which they practice.

Others: This activity is worth a maximum of 1.5 clock hours. It is the responsibility of the individual to determine if this activity meets their professional requirements for continuing education credit.

Disclosure Statement: It is the policy of Gillette Children’s, in accordance with the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Dr. Mark Gormley, planning committee member for this activity, provides research support for Allergan (AbbVie) and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals. Dr. Mark Gormley’s relevant financial relationships have been fully mitigated. No other planners or presenters of this educational activity have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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