University of Edinburgh

Assessing Vision in Children with Additional Support Needs: Why and How?

Presented on Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 16
Number of Respondents: 16

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
Will focus more on eye movement.
In my daily work with pupils who have Cerebral Palsy and Visual Impairment (CPVI) and Down's syndrome (DS).
I have over 100 children on my database but know not one with DS? I think this needs some exploring, is the vision of DS children in my area completely ignored?
To support young people and other staff in developing environment and learning and teaching.
Has given me a better understanding of visual impairment particularly in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and DS, which I can pass on to ASN teachers.
Will use to help assess pupils and give me greater understanding of consequences of VI on all aspects of learning.
As I have only recently started my role as a VI teacher, this has given me a fantastic insight into working with children, teachers, professionals/agencies and a good understanding of basics. I will pass on this info to outreach colleagues and teachers in schools.
Use what I have learnt when working with children with CP and Nystagmus.
Better understanding of what children with contrast difficulties can see and how it affects their mobility. Will allow me to better explain these difficulties to people.
Very useful info about refractive errors, astigmatism etc which will inform my work as a peri VI both in understanding and explaining my daily work.
To review our assessment procedure and the materials used.
In-service training and home visits.
Hopefully embed into practice testing of children's refractive error in special needs school.
Supporting staff in VI assessment. Building own skills.

Support 'new' staff and QTVI to refresh understanding.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5


Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Clear presentation, interactive.
Lots of general tips and ideas about how we test vision.
Entire presentation.
Excellent understanding of how to do tests (and adapt these). Loved the practical examples to appreciate fully the sight loss of each type of refraction issue (short/long sighted) and the 'contrast vs acuity' acetates. Loved it all, brilliant, thank you. So engaging and interesting Maggie, you are brilliant, wish you were in my area J
Expertise and knowledge of presenter.
Excellent presentation, delivered in an easy to follow way. Lots of very useful information – thanks!
Breadth of information and relevance.
Practical activities. Ability to ask questions.
Presentation was clear, lively and interactive.
Listening to Maggie's expertise. Trying out the practical activities.
Handouts to write on – practical activities to illustrate discussions.
The practical activities were helpful in understanding refractive errors in particular. Reading materials also very good for future reference.
Expertise of speaker and hands-on activities.
Interaction and clarity of lecture.
Dynamic speaker who knows her stuff and welcomes interaction with audience.
Whole day!

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

A very long time to sit and concentrate, maybe a wee break in morning and afternoon would be helpful.
I would like to have heard about assessment of vision for pupils with CVI.
It was excellent but perhaps a little too much in one session. A lot of information at once.
Bit cool in PM.

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