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Stanley A. Appelbaum
Vision Therapy & Sensory Integration Specialists
Dr. Stanley A. Appelbaum, FCOVD

Bethesda, MD and Annapolis, MD

Dr. Appelbaum's practice, established in 1977, offers a full range of family vision care services, specializing in the treatment of children and adults with behavioral, sensorimotor or learning-related vision problems -- such as those previously diagnosed with add-adhd, dyslexia, and/or avoidance of reading.

Dr. Appelbaum maintains his practice with Barbara Bassin, OTR, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, thereby giving patients the opportunity to receive sensory-integration-oriented occupational therapy treatments and optometric vision therapies in the same office.

The Co-Directors of the Vision Therapy & Sensory Integration Specialists, Dr. Stanley A. Appelbaum and Barbara Bassin are in partnership practice in Bethesda, MD. They are married both professionally and personally. The philosophy of the Center is one which emphasizes the neuro-physiological abilities necessary to achieve academic, job-related, sports-related and personal success. Some patients receive only Optometric Vision Therapy, others receive only Occupational Therapy, and some receive both. All patients who receive services are carefully screened for possible referral to other professionals.


For the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with visual dysfunction, learning-related visual problems, vision development problems and those in need of routine vision care, glasses, contact lenses, or treatment of eye disease.

Services provided:

Optometric Evaluation

Optometric Treatment

Optometric Consultation/Guidance

  • Family
  • School
  • Other Professionals

Typical Difficulties:

  • Visual Stress including headaches, eye fatigue, eyestrain, rubbing of eyes, squinting, etc.
  • Complaints of discomfort or tension observed when doing visual tasks
  • Reduced distance or near vision (reading vision)
  • Difficulties in sports
  • Learning-related visual problems, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Postural distortions when reading/writing
  • Avoidance of close work-reading/writing
  • Holds book too closely-face too close to desk
  • Poor reading comprehension/speed
  • Reduced performance on standardized educational tests
  • Print blurs or doubles after reading a short time
  • Loses place during reading-needs finger or marker to keep place
  • Rereads or skips lines unknowingly
  • Loses interest with time-comprehension reduces as reading continues/fatigues easily
  • Nervous, irritable, restless after maintaining visual concentration

Occupational Therapy

For the evaluation and treatment of children with coordination, perceptual, learning, and behavioral dysfunction.

Services Provided:

Occupational Therapy Evaluation

  • Sensory Integration
  • Gross Motor/Postural
  • Fine Motor/Visual Motor/Perceptual
  • Developmental

Occupational Therapy Treatment

  • Sensory Integrative Therapy
  • Neuro-developmental Therapy
  • Developmental/perceptual Treatment
  • Fine motor skills/Handwriting

Occupational Therapy Consultation

  • Family
  • School
  • Other Professionals

Typical Difficulties:

  • Clumsiness
  • Poor balance
  • Delayed Gross and Fine Motor Coordination
  • Poor handwriting
  • Delays in school performance
  • Fear in movement
  • Sensitive to sound, touch, movement
  • Poor organization
  • Easily frustrated
  • Developmental Delay
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Distractible

About the Doctors

Stanley A. Appelbaum, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
Dr. Appelbaum is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry. He also completed a Residency in Optometric Vision Therapy at the State University of New York's College of Optometry. Dr. Appelbaum was Director of The Vision Therapy Clinic at The Optometric Center of Maryland, Baltimore City Health Department. Dr. Appelbaum has served as The Maryland State Director of The Optometric Extension Program, an international behavioral vision education and research organization and is currently The Maryland State Director and a certified Fellow of The College of Optometrists in Vision Development which is the Optometric organization that certifies Doctors as specialists in Vision Therapy. Dr. Appelbaum has been appointed by the Governor of The State of Maryland as one of five Optometrists to serve on The Maryland Board of Examiners in Optometry and currently is in charge of giving The Vision Therapy Exam. Dr. Appelbaum is a frequent lecturer and writer in the areas of Behavioral Vision, Vision Therapy, Learning Disabilities, and Rehabilitative Vision Care. His latest published book is entitled: Sensory Integration: Optometric and Occupational Therapy Perspectives.

Barbara S. Bassin, O.T.R./L., B.C.P., Occupational Therapist
Barbara Bassin received her degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, Sargent College, Division of Occupational Therapy. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She is also certified by Sensory Integration International in the administration and interpretation of The Sensory Integration and PRAXIS Test (SIPT). Barbara previously served as an Assistant Faculty member of the Center for the Study of Sensory Integration Dysfunction. She has served as Senior Occupational Therapist at The Prince George's County Health Department and The United Cerebral Palsy Center. Barbara has been an occupational therapist specializing in Pediatrics for over 20 years. She is a frequent lecturer and writer in the areas of Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Learning Disabilities, Perceptual Motor and Developmental Delays.

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