University of Edinburgh

Sensory Play and Learning for Visually Impaired Children

Presented on Wednesday 12 September 2012

Course evaluation summary

    Number of Participants: 24
    Number of Respondents: 24

    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?

    Share photographs/ideas and resources with some parents. Use wherever possible in my own visits to schools and homes. Buy whenever possible.
    All the ideas will be useful to me as an Early Years Home Visiting Teacher.
    Actively use and adapt for class base.
    I support 6 MDVI pupils: I've got so many ideas after today that I can use - I will also structure sensory work.
    Pass information and ideas onto class teachers and learning assistants. Maybe make up idea pack tailored to specific pupils to promote inclusion.
    I will use it all the time as I can buy and make equipment for the play schemes and we have a lot of children who will benefit.
    Will develop more sensory activities and stories without having to spend too much money!
    I will take the info back to school to develop sensory sessions and sensory room sessions with my class and sharing ideas with other staff at school.
    I have gained a number of very practical, exciting ideas to use with various children and parents (to encourage and excite parents to use too!)
    Try to use some of the activities in small groups of children (mainstream school with only one child VI) as I think they would all benefit.
    To create some more resources for use with the children I visit.
    As a stepping stone to new ideas for making my own resources which are just as good or even better than from expensive suppliers.
    For a pupil I work with now and for others in the future. To share ideas with colleagues. (4)
    Taking pictures was very useful to go back and look at all things - finding out where to buy and how to use.
    Some good practical ideas for materials.
    On a shopping trip. Find makers for sensory items.
    In in-service training.
    So many ideas given - I am going to make a top 5/10 (or maybe 20!) and begin to fill my evenings creating some of these wonderful resources!
    Introducing pupils to new and exciting activities.
    Great ideas – some of which will be really appropriate with our 100% blind child.
    To expand the children’s sensory experience. A more relevant experience.
    With small, young children with physical disabilities in a P1 setting, small group of P6 (young) children with ADHD/behavioural/sensory processing difficulties, 1:1 or small groups of children with profound autism.
    Lots of super ideas for easy to make/purchase items.

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

    Clarity of presentation


    Pacing of course/event


    What was best about the course/event?

    FVisual/practical experience of Judy shining through. The needs of children met so simply - lots of ideas to use and share.
    The whole day was packed with practical applications to promote children's learning. No wasted time.
    Not a 'best part' - all very exciting and useful in operation - flowed through each session.
    All the ideas of easy to make sensory equipment.
    Seeing that there's so much you can use - without spending lots of money. How to structure activities was very useful.
    Presenter's obvious experience, which informed content.
    The plethora of ideas! (8)
    The resources on display and info on where to buy resources. (2)
    Wonderful array of simple yet effective items to use. Super J loved it.
    The enthusiasm of the course presenter. (2) All the ideas were practical and I think the web addresses will be useful.
    The resources, which were available for us to look at first hand - the extensive range that Judy had brought along with her.
    To see cheap resources and find out where to get them. Good suggestion to take photo of resources.
    Seeing all equipment. Getting cheap ideas and the trainer matching each toy/equipment to different children.
    Great ideas to share with staff/colleagues.
    Good mixture of commercial and home made materials. Many thanks for being so inspiring Judy!
    The wealth of appropriate information and accessible and affordable ideas. All presented in a clear way and with detailed handouts. Also being given permission to photograph and use ideas! Thank you.
    All of the resources available, that you wouldn't think to use.
    What a resourceful woman - inspiring. Thank you.
    The delivery.
    Practical resources to see or try.

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

    Nothing I can think of. Just want to pass on enthusiasm to colleagues. A DVD would share it perfectly.
    Would probably have preferred to have coffee 9.30-10 and actually start at 10.
    Nothing, it was good as it was.
    More time.
    I would prefer better lighting as I lipread. It was fine but better in full light when trying to follow speaker - lower lighting of course fine for specific examples of equipment.
    I personally found I knew all the theory in the first section (as a VI teacher) but I appreciate that (not) all people would.
    No way to improve - excellent.
    An earlier start to cover more.
    Make it a week long!
    More information on sound and tactile.
    Would be great to have photos of equipment on SSC website to look at

    Have you made use of the website? If yes:






    Less Often

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    Suggestions/Changes: Video of visual assessments being used.

    How did you hear about this course?

    SSC Courses Brochure. (2)
    Course Leaflet Mailshot. (2)
    Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (13)
    SSC Newsletter. (2)
    Colleague. (2)
    SSC Website. (2)
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