University of Edinburgh

Establishing and Developing Communication with young people who are multiply disabled and VI or who are multisensory impaired

Thursday 25 May 2006

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 35 Number of Respondents: 32

Overall Assessment: How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1 Poor = 5
Enhancement to your expertise 1.09
Content and supplementary material 1.37

How will you use what you have learned today?
To develop communication with my daughter.
With parents and staff who could not come to the course.
As a parent I look forward to practically applying what I've learned.
Very practically in my work with Calum (granny).
Will use knowledge gleaned with complex pupils in school.
I will go back to school with frank ideas and more insight into my own practice.
I will use video analysis more regularly to develop interaction sessions.
Valuable insight - new knowledge of importance of emotion in communication process.
Staff development.
Liaison with VI specialist.
Individual work with pupils.
To begin my learning as a co-creator of communication with MDVI children.
Firstly - assess information and related thoughts I have had over the 2 days. Then look at how my team can best begin to adjust our practice. Plans include targeting a small number of individuals to begin ideas, hopefully this number will increase with practice.
In assessment of MDVI pupils and collaboration with MDVI teachers.
To motivate and encourage staff to develop their practice with the children they support.
In the class.
Video assessment.
Awareness of movement.
Working with another member of staff (who also attended), try to put in place time for interaction with a pupil who is visually impaired and multiply impaired. Also to use video to examine what happens and plan future intervention.
When working 1 to 1 with MDVI pupils.
In interaction sessions at school and training staff.
To enhance my practice with pupils (especially one) - confirming her gestures and trying to develop her communication.
Use it in communicating with children I work with.
I hope it will inform every aspect of my practice and that of my team. I also hope to be able to include the parents of my children far more.
To enhance my teaching and the quality of education the pupils in my class receive.
To pass on to others the importance of looking at how we communicate.
Reflect on my own practice.
To further develop my teaching skills when working with my pupils - in developing their communication and understanding of communication as a two-way process.
I will try to change my practice within a mainstream setting to use the principles learned. I think I will try to use videos for training auxiliaries and also for demonstrations to show to parents.
It has reinforced my belief in the overall importance of emotional communication. It will make me look and think in different ways.
Build on teamwork within the various schools and families that I work with.
Develop more meaning and potential for communication within interaction.
Everyday in all my communication with children - especially in understanding emotional responses.
Pace of interaction.
Taking risks.
Conversation as well as making/hearing requests.
With staff working with pupils with complex/multiple disabilities.
To enable to communicate with movement, gesture and sign further in my everyday working with children.
It will support and enhance my class/pupil/staff practice.
In practice.

How would you rate the following:Excellent = 1 Poor = 5
Clarity of presentation 1.34
Pacing of course/event 1.53

What was best about the course/event?
The insights it provided to the behaviour, characteristics, movement and gestures of children and how this can be developed.
Video analysis.
Realising that my son already communicates in so many ways that I wasn't aware of. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I can do for him and also to help me to see the gestures that he is already giving.
Questions, and video analysis.
Clarity of presentation.
Relevance to working practise.
Given me confidence to implement ideas re interaction and communication.
Video analysis.
Video examples brought theory to life.
The video material that enhanced the tutorials.
The inspiring and encouraging qualities of Inger herself.
Interesting and relatable presentation. Lots of thought-provoking ideas.
Video material and analysis was outstanding. This gave a great insight into what to look for when working with children with complex needs.
Inger made the course very interesting and understandable. Excellent use of video to illustrate the points.
Parent interaction and video and Inger herself (experience).
Video analysis.
Video to show what was meant/give examples.
Practical examples.
Video footage and examples. Learning more possibilities.
Video illustrations were superb.
Handouts and presentations were also very effective.
It has opened my mind to all sorts of possibilities with the children at school.
The tone was right, the content was not too highbrow and theoretical.
The content in the course was excellent. The information gained in this course will enable me to work on developing communication with the pupils I work with. The variety of video used throughout the course to illustrate the presentation and stages of communication. The clear presentation of the steps involved in establishing and developing communication in young deafblind. Learning a lot. Inger is inspirational - her use of video analysis was spot on. Relevance to population I work with. Answered the questions of how to move on from interaction and link to formal communication - as promised in the course description. Time to think through interaction further. The obvious skill and enthusiasm of the course leader. The whole thing. Videos were excellent. Inspiring lady. Her passion for her subject was excellent. The videos were revelatory. Video interpretation.

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

It was all excellent. More time! One or more days longer. It would have been good to have had more families attending. Ventilation and seating, ie room. Could have been a 1 day as opposed to 2 day course - a bit laborious - overheads and handouts poor quality. Perhaps something more active after lunch eg, group to analyse a short video - something to keep you awake. Inger was very interesting but it was warm and we were pleasantly full. Could maybe have been covered in one day? Perhaps more variety in approach. Availability of videos we saw to take away with us. However I know we will, hopefully, be able to get the DVDs soon. Not much really. Sun outside on the second day would have been good! Nothing! - two days was brilliant and very thought-provoking and inspirational. Nothing. Seeing some of the books on the book list. Lunch.

Any other comments regarding the course?

Inger's presentation style is very accessible and Mary's presence complemented her discussions very well. Really appreciated being able to ask questions - enjoyed the relaxed nature of the course. Admiration for factual delivery in a second language. An inspiring presentation - really made me stop and think about what is important in work with children. Brilliant Inger, thanks for being an inspiration. Excellent. Very well presented. Interesting and thought provoking. Thank you. I enjoyed the course very much and feel I have gained a lot. Mary Lee's idea of getting together groups to exchange, comment on and analyse our own video materials is excellent. Needs to be repeated! Perhaps emphasis on deafblindness could have been highlighted on application form. Short breaks were appreciated as chairs are quite hard! More please!! Another session looking at the videos. It was inspirational and amazing. Inger is an amazing woman. The course was excellent. The opportunity to share with other practitioners their experiences and questions and more importantly to listen to Inger who is brilliant. Very good. Fantastic. Really will make me consider my practice carefully. Absolutely brilliant, every member of staff from a special school should attend this course.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 4; Yes 25; No 3

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue 1.74

Quality of venue 1.64

Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 5; Likely 26; Less Likely 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Not sure, but speakers that are as good as Inger.
Aspects of vision - looking at eyes/their component parts/what different visual conditions look like. How eyes react to different environments depending on visual condition. Daisy technology. Communication with children who are brain damaged and have poor motor skills. On day someone suggested video analysis - bringing videos and getting "second opinion". More on interaction - video analysis. More similar training - different aspects to working with such children. Anything of this quality! Not sure what you can provide, I shall have to have a look at your website.

Outcomes Assessment

If you are a teacher, how would you rate this course in relation to the following "Chartered Teacher Standard" components:

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

your professional values and personal commitment 1.35

your professional knowledge and understanding 1.29

your professional and personal attributes 1.35