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Samantha Slotnick, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Behavioral Optometry • Vision Therapy


Dr. Samantha Slotnick has a distinctive background, with undergraduate roots in behavioral psychology as well as physical chemistry and post-graduate training in behavioral optometry and vision science. She has conducted both functional and anatomical vision research. Her current primary focus is her private behavioral optometry practice in Scarsdale, NY from which she also provides educational consulting for patients and professionals through video interface, as well as on-site.

Dr. Slotnick is a graduate of SUNY College of Optometry where she also completed her Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, along with advanced studies in Vision Science. She has attained Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She leads seminars and workshops on vision training, with particular expertise in treating patients with Strabismus. She has contributed numerous chapters on this topic; recent authorships include: “Strabismus: Development, Diagnostics and Rehabilitation” in the book, Visual Development, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Pediatric Patient, 2 nd Ed., and “Strabismus: Challenging the Adaptation” as well as contributions to “Strabismus Therapy” in Applied Concepts in Vision Therapy, 2 nd Ed.​

Dr. Slotnick sits on the Peer Review Board of Vision Development and Rehabilitation, the quarterly publication of COVD. She also serves on the organizational board of the Eastern States Optometric Congress, providing an annual educational program dedicated to vision therapy and vision development. 

Upcoming Seminars:
2-Day Seminar + Optional 3rd Day Interactive Workshop
Advanced Seminar in Strabismus: 
Reorganizing Space, Time and the Visual Process

Presented by Samantha Slotnick

Seminar registration is now open!

Recordings of the sessions will be available for 180 days after the final session for anyone who has registered.

Open to BABO members only until August 22nd for discounted rate of £115

Advanced Seminar in Strabismus: 

Reorganizing Space, Time and the Visual Process
Presented by Samantha Slotnick

Session 1:

Session 2:


18 Mar 2023

19 Mar 2023

20 Mar 2023

9:00 am - 6:00 pm US ET / 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm BST
9:00 am - 6:00 pm US ET / 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm BST
8:30 am - 2:30 pm US ET / 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Recommended Pre-Requisite Course

This 2-day advanced seminar on strabismus treatment and management builds upon the binocular treatment principles presented and explored in the recommended pre-requisite course, “Tuning Binocularity: The Art of Facilitating Visual Biofeedback” (recording available for review).  The advanced seminar provides a context to help optometrists and vision therapists relate to the world as seen through the eyes of the patient with strabismus.  It provides systematic guidelines for facilitating binocular fusion in patients with strabismus, and offers an extensive exploration of the diagnostic and therapeutic use of the Slotnick Swirl®, specifically for strabismus rehabilitation.


Optional 1-day Workshop follows, for hands-on application and reinforcement.  Outline and detailed description below.​

  • Seminar:  Hybrid event: Live & Virtual!
    Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2023 — 9:00 am - 6:00 pm US ET (1 hour lunch break @ 1 pm)
     16 hours CE, with 8 hours COPE-pending 

  • Workshop*(optional 3rd day)
    Monday, March 20, 2023 8:30 am - 2:30 pm US ET (1 hour lunch break @ 11 am)
     5 hours CE 

  • On-site Location: Limited to 20 on-site registrants
    245 Argyle St S, Caledonia, Ontario, CANADA
    ~15 minutes from John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport
    ~1 hour from Toronto Pearson International Airport


  • Recommended Pre-requisite:  Tuning Binocularity: The Art of Facilitating Visual Biofeedback.   
    Available here:

* Workshop for In-Person Seminar attendees only

Course Outline

Advanced Seminar (2 days):

  • Thinking in 4 Dimensions: Advantages of Strabismic Adaptations

  • Strabismus Assessment within the Optometric Examination

    • Case example with interpretations and inferences

  • Visual Projections:  Normal and Anomalous

    • Sensory & Motor Assessment

    • Cover Testing and interpretation in strabismus

    • Posture Campimetry (Brock Posture Board)

    • MIT or Slotnick Swirl® for image projection assessment

  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic use of the MIT or Slotnick Swirl® in Strabismus Assessment

    • Includes when, how and whether to address Anomalous Projection

    • Flow charts presented to guide observations and decision-making in treatment plans.

  • Refractive Sculpting for patients with strabismus

  • Supplementary resources: Patient coaching & Vision therapy activities which support 4-D processing.

Interactive Workshop* (optional 3rd day, in-person only):

In-person attendees will have the opportunity to return for a 3rd day of hands-on exploration.

  • Observe the assessment of a patient with strabismus:

    • Cover testing with simultaneous prism presentation

    • Visual projection assessment with the Slotnick Swirl, and exploration of treatment plans.

  • Explore Posture Campimetry technique in small groups with Brock Posture Boards, with supervision.

  • Explore advanced binocular fusion and biofeedback techniques using Slotnick Swirl® therapeutically, in small groups.

Materials recommended for in-person attendees:

  • HTS red/blue filters (cobalt blue!)

  • Horizontal Prism bar

  • Red/green glasses

  • Penlight (with a switch, preferred)

Course Description

This advanced 2-day seminar builds upon the foundations established in “Tuning Binocularity,” which is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite course (recording available here). The advanced seminar:

  • Explores clinical considerations for analyzing the sensory status of the patient with strabismus.

  • Evaluates optometric findings in a sensory processing context.

  • Helps the clinician establish a prognosis and an effective plan for sensorimotor alignment through strabismus training.

  • Introduces the MIT (or “Slotnick Swirl”) as a diagnostic testing tool in strabismus management.

  • Helps clinicians interpret image projection responses, both normal and anomalous projection.

  • Provides a systematic plan for treatment and management of challenging patients with strabismus:

    • Includes prism compensation and reduction plan.

    • Includes guidance on how to determine of whether anomalous projection is interfering with sensorimotor alignment prognosis,

    • as well as appropriate treatment options for re-establishing normal projection or facilitating alignment in the presence of anomalous projection.

  • Provides recommendations for activities which support processing of visual information over 4 dimensions of space/time.

  • Provides detailed guidelines on how to prescribe lenses to facilitate binocular fusion in patients with strabismus.

The Workshop is offered as an optional 3rd day, applying techniques and assessments presented in the seminar (for in-person participants only). It includes hands-on therapeutic training with the Slotnick Swirl®, and reinforcement of case management choices. In addition, time is spent exploring visual projections and interpretation with the Brock Posture Board, from both doctor and patient perspective.

Case-driven discussion may include prescriptive management, primitive reflexes and syntonics applications along with therapy activities.

*Management strategies presented in the Workshop begin in the exam room and include prescribing from the therapy room. Therapists interested in attending are strongly encouraged to do so with their optometrists, as partnership will be necessary when implementing these strategies.


  • 2-Day Seminar — Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 2023)
    hosting costs, lunches, and refreshments included for in-person attendees

    • In-Person​ Registration - $425

    • Virtual-Only​ Registration - $325

  • Workshop* (Optional In-Person) — Monday, March 20, 2023
    lunch & refreshments included for in-person attendees

    • Early Bird​ Registration - $250    *Register before Feb 12th* 

    • Standard​ Registration - $295 

  • Payment can be made by Credit Card, Debit Card, or PayPal Account

  • Refunds will not be available once the seminar begins. 

  • Registration includes access to the live seminar sessions, certificate of attendance, and access to the session recordings for 180 days following the final session.

Intended Audience:

  • This seminar is appropriate for Optometrists and Vision Therapists.

  • This seminar is presented in English.

  • Open to participants around the world.

Technical requirements for Virtual-Only Registrations:

  • Stable internet connection

  • Zoom account

Seminar registration is now open!

Recordings of the sessions will be available for 180 days after the final session for anyone who has registered.

Open to BABO members only until August 22nd for discounted rate of £115

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