University of Edinburgh

Working with children with cochlear implants in sign bilingual settings

Presented on 17 January 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 15
Number of Respondents: 14

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?

Generate basis for future discussion on learning and teaching.
Have more information to make informed points on varying opinions.
Get my act together regarding checking equipment.
It will inform policy and procedures across the local authority.
My understanding has improved which will be reflected in my working with CI children and families.
Having watched some of the video clips and seeing how some of the implanted children progress in a sign bilingual setting, I will continue to use sign/speech together and not feel 'guilty' about doing so.  Investigate, also, the possibility of the boy I visit having language processing specific difficulties.
Evaluate my own expectations of the children I work with and the balance of spoken vs signed language during my input.
To reinforce what I know and use it as evidence when working with others who have less experience or a less open mind.
Think about more formal assessment.
Using my skills, assessing individual needs using them to match needs of children after regular assessments.
Review practice.
Look at how we are assessing pupils development and needs.
More confident re outcomes of CI, so can reassure parents concerns when CI suggested at very young age.
Revisit my own beliefs and 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?

Wide points of view.
Hearing about other colleagues problems.
It addressed the key issues we are currently facing.
Discussion of current issues was relevant and interesting.
Listening to others experiences/comments and their views.
Up-to-date research and statistics and the opportunity to take part in discussions with fellow professionals and hear other people's experiences and viewpoints.
Balanced view well supported by research and experience.
Reminding that learning is child-led. Assessment tools.
Assessment tools. Meeting others from different authorities.
Awareness of current research and how this may/may not impact upon our service.
The opportunity to hear the views of other professionals and the common difficulties.
Very interesting statistics re early implantation - very thought provoking as to the future for deaf children.

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

I would have liked some input from the medical side and the cochlear implant team.
Sometimes felt presenter was suggesting total communication was the answer and that CI children should not be in a sign bilingual setting. Not enough discussion about CI children with additional difficulties and discussion on how to manage CI child within a sign bilingual setting, perhaps before they move into a different educational setting.
Discussion of children implanted at 6 years and their speech perception/speech development.
Discussion groups.
Technology to work as required.
More opportunity to discuss issues with other colleagues.
Nobody's fault but more time for general discussion between attendees - so many conflicting issues.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I enjoyed it very much, thank you.
Very interesting/thought provoking (2).
Very good, thought provoking course that should facilitate discussions about practice within our setting.
Enjoyed it very much.
Would like to have discussed more how to assess language development in children with cochlear implant.
Thanks to all who organised course. Sue Archbold - very good presenter.

Location and Venue

Convenient location for this course: No Response 6; Yes 8;  No

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue



Quality of venue



Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 2; Likely 12; Less Likely

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

Deafblind course.
Children with CI and other complex needs, eg; language processing, dyslexia, etc.  ICT resources for the deaf. Working with deaf babies - early years, early intervention. Different assessment resources suitable for deaf children.
Deafness and complex needs. Visual impairment.
Very good selection of courses offered for this session. Hopefully we will be able to send some staff to most of them.
Total communication training for mainstream staff.

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


your professional knowledge and understanding


your professional and personal attributes