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A group of optometric educators and leaders in the vision therapy field collaborated over five years to author the first significant book dedicated to vision care of the patient with special needs.
Entitled Visual Diagnosis and the Care of the Patient with Special Needs, the book’s lead author and editor is Dr. Marc Taub, Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation at Southern College of Optometry (SCO). Dr. Taub also serves as Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency Supervisor at SCO and on the college’s faculty.
His fellow editors include Dr. Mary Bartuccio, Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Florida and Dr. Dominick M. Maino, Professor at Illinois College of Optometry.
The book is intended for optometrists and other health care professionals, including those in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy, as well as psychiatry, social work, pediatric medicine, ophthalmology, neuro-psychology, and special education.
The book contains a total of 31 chapters about various conditions affecting special needs populations, as well as chapters on treating different conditions. Many experts who work with patients who have Autism, Down syndrome, brain injury, and other conditions contributed to the book.
Also of note is the significant collaboration among optometrists to develop the content. Faculty members from a dozen different optometry colleges are represented in the book, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
A significant number of SCO faculty, alumni and residency supervisors also participated in addition to Dr. Taub, including Drs. Glen Steele, John Neal, Bill Kress, Pam Schnell, David Damari, Jim Newman, Dan Smith and Paul Harris. SCO-affiliated private practice residency site supervisors included Drs. Leonard Press, Brad Harbemehl and Dan Fortenbacher. Alumni include Drs. Jason Clopton, Angela Howell, and Ashley Reddell. Dr. Karen Kehbein, a former SCO resident who will be joining the faculty this year, also contributed.
Five current or past presidents of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development were involved, including Dr. Glen Steele, who also is a former Optometric Extension Program president. Dr. Taub also currently serves as editor of the Journal of Behavioral Optometry.
“This book represents just how much we’ve learned since the 1990s in areas such as autism, traumatic brain injury and learning disabilities when Dr. Dominick Maino published his noted book on special needs populations,” Dr. Marc Taub explained. “There was no textbook that brings all of this together under one cover. We’ve taken and expanded upon the knowledge in these areas.”
The book even includes an entire chapter on the multidisciplinary approach. “With special needs patients, you need so many people on the team to get the maximum benefit out of any treatment, so our book also covers this area,” Dr. Taub said.
The book retails for $64.95 via Amazon and as an e-book for Kindle and Nook readers. A book signing will be held at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development convention in October in Fort Worth, TX.
“I’m most proud of being able to bring together all of those people who are the best in their field to bring attention to the visual health of patients with special needs.”
For more information, visit http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Diagnosis-Patient-Special-Needs/dp/1451116683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336164760&sr=8-1