It was sunny and in the sixties today at SUNY, a gorgeous time to be in midtown Manhattan as part of a Friday Residents’ Day seminar on the 11th floor at 33 W. 42nd Street. If you’ve never been the University Eye Center, it is housed within impressive real estate, opposite the New York Public library. It was wonderful having our Resident, Dr. Christopher Lehman attend, and it was great being together with familiar SUNY faces in the form of Drs. Adamczyk, Han, Mozlin, Rutner, and our colleague from Connecticut, Dr. Randy Schulman, as well as Dr. Jason Clopton skyping in from Tennessee.
The day was the brainchild of Dr. Rochelle Mozlin, and after she introduced Skeffington’s Circles, and Dr. Rutner reviewed research supportive of the concepts, I spoke regarding the orphan or forgotten circle: speech-auditory. I cited a marvelous chapter by Dr. Merril Bowan titled “The Neurofunctional Basis of Sensorimotor Integration: Integrating Vision with the Other Senses”, in a monograph on Vision and Sensory Integration still available through OEPF, with Skeff’s speech-language-communication circle elaborated for its temporal attributes.
After overviewing speech-language-communication, and the parallels between auditory and visual processing, I recounted how there is one institution that is perfectly situated to integrate and update “the four circles” for the 21st century. They are at the nexus of optometry, orientation and mobility, and audiology.
I tried to pursue this about 10 years ago, but the conversation went around in circles. Perhaps it is time to try again …