University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 18: Evaluating Listening Skills & Speech Production Skills after Cochlear Implant

Presented on Thursday, 18th February 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 34
Number of Respondents: 28

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?

Present to staff on return to school regarding the importance of pre-teaching vocabulary, and bearing in mind language development age of student and not chronological age.
I will be able to look into programmes to support and develop the child involved.
Use of toys and games in everyday settings with babies. Clear explanation of levels of speech.
Lots of information that improves understanding of how language develops.
Review programmes in nursery for cochlear implant children. Follow up on suggested resources.
Will use with pupils, especially P1 pupil. Has enhanced my expertise.
Better prepared for nursery aged child joining next session who has cochlear implants.
I could use the literacy material with the primary school students.
To inform my own practice and in support of parents.
I will look up assessments and resources.
New resources to be tried.
Will use info and ideas with future pupils.
I will be investigating and acquiring some of the resources which were discussed and available to look at. In particular Baby Beats.
I work with hearing impaired (HI) children but not directly with cochlear implant (CI) users. I hope to take what I have learnt today and adapt for the children I work with.
Put lots of ideas into practice. Pass on ideas to colleagues to help them support pupils.
Increased perception of role of speech and language therapists (SALT), when to refer/be concerned...
To support speech production and literacy development of children with CIs.
Loads of new information. Hopefully learned lots!
Share with staff team.
Disperse to all staff.
Feedback to nursery establishment to help working with young children in a knowledgeable way.
The resource lists were excellent, as a beginning teacher of the deaf (ToD) it is great to find out about tried and tested resources.
Use learning to support pupil who is due to be implanted.
All future SALT sessions - can't wait.
This information will be useful on a daily basis within my establishment.

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

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Speakers being so passionate and knowledgeable. Networking. Thoroughly enjoyed the course.
The course has given me an understanding of what to expect from a child with an implant.
Excellent presentation.
Information about speech acoustics and resources for use in early years.
Excellent presentations and layout of resources to look through.
All good. Helped to refresh my skills!
Background information and how teachers of the deaf/speech and language therapists and medical professionals integrate.
The examples and the videos.
Presentation, clarification of existing knowledge.
Very useful update, having been away from teaching for a while.
Recommendations regarding resources.
Lots of ideas for activities, resources. Clarification of what to expect. Very positive event. I really enjoyed seeing the clips of children's progress.
The knowledge that we are not alone! There are more resources out there.
Knowledge and expertise of course leaders. SALT resources were very useful.
Helped with my understanding of the child I work with who has CI. Gave me more confidence.
So much very useful information.
Opportunity to consider range of resources. Speech production was interesting. A good refresher!
Lots of information and resources. Great course, thanks!
Content was interesting and relevant.
Very relaxed, very informative!
Refresher information. Possibility of working closer with Crosshouse, better working relationship.
Confirming knowledge you already had and building on this.
The expertise of the presenters and the regular opportunities to ask questions.
Presentation on functional listening and speech perception was informative.
Many useful resources for practical activities.
Lots of discussion with audience.

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

Too fast. Would have liked more audience participation. The room was very, very warm. Perhaps a shorter lunch, too.
Information was very interesting and relevant, but too much in one day. Would prefer each speaker to have been a bit shorter with more time to discuss their points.
Handouts of slides.
Lunch, because it took too much time.
Pace rather fast to digest the content. Slides were dense text. A handout of slides to review later on. "Fade in" effect would help present info in smaller chunks. Venue's ventilation.
Copies of slides handed out. I would have liked to see the case studies, as course finished early.
Opportunities to move into smaller groups and discuss.
Practical use of some of the resources.
Handouts would have saved trying to scribble down as much as possible. Too much info - hard to record. Slower pace would have been good.
Nothing, all useful and relevant.
More interactive/discussion.
Handouts are essential so we can concentrate on listening to information and noting down additional ideas and comments, instead of trying to write everything down.
Comfort breaks were lacking.
Handouts from the PowerPoint presentations.
Handouts should have been included, of the presentations.

How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure: 3
Course Info/Leaflet, Email from SSC: 10
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 6
Colleague: 3
SSC Website: 4

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

Something linked to EAL and consideration of language spoken at home.
Developing literacy skills.
Vocabulary acquisition.
Supporting parents whose children are implanted.
Supporting signing pupils in mainstream.