Our May meeting is a special, joint meeting of the Sight-Loss Support Group of Central PA and the Hearing Loss Association of America Central PA. The meeting will connect the dots between our two primary sensory systems, vision and hearing, and the brain. Understanding what we see and what we hear happens mostly in the brain. If we see and hear with our brains, what happens when the brain has trouble processing the images and auditory signals the eyes and ears send to the brain?
Dr. Elise Uhring, an audiologist, and Dr. Tracy Sepich, an optometrist, will present their work with Connect the Dots, a multidisciplinary program that helps people with learning challenges rooted in sensory processing difficulties. Their work is a nexus of three disciplines – vision, hearing and cognition – and approaches patient care in an integrative and creative way. The practitioners in Connect the Dots work collaboratively to help people who have difficulty with reading, memory, attention span, logic and reasoning, and other learning challenges. Weak cognitive skills are identified and strategies for rewiring the brain are developed.
Dr. Elise Uhring is an audiologist with Uhring's Hearing and Balance. Dr. Tracy Sepich is an optometrist with Restore Eye Care. There are two other practitioners in Connect the Dots: Dr. Christine Zlupko, an optometrist also with Restore Eye Care, and Suzanne Wolfe, a reading and cognitive therapist.